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County has plenty of festive ways to enjoy the weekend

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

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There's nothing quite like the music of Christmas, whether it's carols, classical masterpieces or seasonal pop tunes.

You can get into the spirit at a number of Christmas concerts around Gloucestershire this weekend, aimed at celebrating the festive season.

Flautist Sir James Galway will be joined by Lady Jeanne Galway to perform a Christmas concert at Stroud's Subscription Rooms on Sunday at 7.30pm.

With music by the Orchestra of St John's, the programme includes Vivaldi and JS Bach and conductor will be John Lubbock.

Bite-sized bursts of festive praise will be sung by choristers at Gloucester Cathedral tomorrow on the hour as part of a Carols on the Hour event.

Beginning at 11am, each service lasts 30 minutes and runs alongside a Christmas market in the cloisters from 10am.

Stalls will be selling local crafts, stained glass, jewellery and vintage collectibles and a lively nativity scene with real animals and actors will also be taking place. If you stay on for the evening, you can here Carols by Candlelight from 7pm. The Stuart Singers will be singing a selection of festive numbers.

Nothing will put you in the Christmas mood faster than the sound of Tewkesbury Town band belting out a mixture of new and classic seasonal tunes with a few sing-along numbers at The Roses.

Now firmly established as an essential part of the town's Christmas festivities, the brass band will be playing tomorrow at 7.30pm and on Sunday at 3pm.

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