Footage of a Canterbury choirboy singing at the city centre carols on Christmas Eve, streamed live to the Canterbury Residents Group on Facebook, was the group’s most watched video of 2018.
Milton Boland (13) from St Stephen’s church choir performed the first verse of Once in Royal David’s City to an amassed crowd of over 2,000 locals who turn out each year to sing carols in Rose Lane.
Within a short period, the video had been viewed over 15,000 times.
Group members were quick to praise the performance.
Jennifer Cryer wrote: “Beautiful singing and a wonderful start to Christmas.”
Sarah Partridge added: “Thank you for this. Being in Thailand and missing out on the carols for the first time in a long time gives me hope. Merry Christmas everyone.”
The community carol event raises money for the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Gift Fund and is attended each year by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Dover.
A double decker bus provides a platform for the conductor and the Salvation Army play the accompaniment.
Edd Withers who runs the Canterbury Residents Group told the Journal “Sometimes in a group like ours the negative can rise to the top and become much louder than the many more positive smaller stories.
“It’s lovely to see that such a wholesome and heart-warming video has become the most popular of 2018. I hope that it’s a trend we can continue in 2019.”
St Stephen’s church choir sings weekly during term time and performs a number of concerts each year in cathedrals and churches around the county and in Europe. New members do not have to have experience as training is provided.
Find out more about joining the choir on their website.