MORE than 2,500 people attended the three Advent Processions, From Darkness to Light, at Salisbury Cathedral over the weekend.

Each service began in total darkness and silence, broken only by the lighting of the single Advent Candle and a solo voice ringing out across the ancient space.

As the choir sang, the two large and colourful processions made up of around 90 people including the Acting Bishop of Salisbury, Dean of Salisbury, Cathedral Canons, and forty-strong Cathedral Choir made their way around the ancient building until, by the conclusion of the service, the medieval building was lit by 1,300 flickering candles (a total of 3,900 were used over the weekend) and the Prisoners of Conscience window was illuminated blue at the East End.

The choir for the service was conducted by Salisbury Cathedral’s director of music, David Halls, and a plainsong choir sang from the West End Gallery.

John Challenger, assistant director of music, played the organ.

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