An evening of Christmas music and traditional carols will take place on 7 December in a concert at the Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned at 8pm.

The Harmonics Chois and InCantus, two local choir groups, will perform three pieces, one of which is the eight-part, double choir arrangement of ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ by 21st Century composer Ola Gjeilo.

Harmonics Choir, formed and led by Phillip Borge, has been performing in Gibraltar for a number of years now and generally performs two or three concerts locally each year.

InCantus is a small local chamber choir who have been singing together since 2013. They sing both accompanied and unaccompanied music and hope to introduce something new and interesting to their audiences.

“I think carol singing provides a wonderful opportunity for people to really feel that Christmas is on its way,” said soprano singer Lucy Hart from InCantus. “It takes us back to our childhood and is obviously a wonderful way to teach our children the Christmas story too.”

Ms Hart said that for some people, singing carols may be the only time they sing outside of the shower, so carol singing provides an opportunity to feel part of something special and exciting.

“There really is nothing like singing in a group. As well as retelling the Christmas story, they also carry a message that we can all relate and aspire to which is generally one of love and caring,” she said. “I think this comes across even more when you are sharing the experience and the message with everyone else around you.”

Ms Hart said that Christmas is always a traditionally fun-filled and happy time, but what comes out in Gibraltar is the real sense of community and caring.

“People in Gibraltar are always generous with their time and money, giving to those less well off than themselves, and this is never truer than at Christmas time. Add to this the wonderful events and concerts that are run throughout this magical season and you always feel you are never far away from an opportunity to enjoy time with your friends. It is definitely a great place to be at Christmas time.”