Carols in the City 2019

Event details

  • Date: 3 December 19
  • Location: St Stephen Walbrook, 39 Walbrook, London EC4N 8BN

We’re delighted to host Carols in the City at the beautiful church of St Stephen Walbrook, in the heart of the City of London on Tuesday 3 December 2019.

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Celebrate the beginning of the festive season and help create a future everyone can see.

Come and join us for an evening of popular carols and festive readings for all the family to enjoy, with guest celebrity speaker, actress, Sophie Thompson. 

The night will entail carols sung by candlelight alongside a wonderful performance from the Medici choir. The choir has a rich medical heritage, harking back to its beginnings in 1951 when they performed during the Festival of Britain. 

Additionally, we are so pleased to have talks from researchers as well as people living with sight loss. As mentioned above, Sophie Thompson will be joining us, hosting a pre-event VIP reception as well as a festive reading to follow. 

Post concert, we will host a drinks reception with mince pies in the church. It’s the perfect opportunity to gather with friends and family at this festive time and support pioneering eye research.

Please contact Rachel at, call 020 7264 3919 or register your interest below.

St Stephen Walbrook - an exquisite piece of Wren architecture

Based in the City, just along from Mansion House, this is one of Sir Christopher Wren's masterpieces. Rich in heritage and immaculately restored, it has a stunning dome which was Wren’s original design before St Paul’s. 

St Stephen Walbrook Church

Sophie Thompson

Sophie is an award winning actress who has worked extensively in film, theatre, television and radio, known for her work in 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' and 'Harry Potter'. She is also an author who has written children's books such as ‘Zoo Boy’ and cooking book ‘My Family Kitchen’ after being crowned winner of Celebrity Masterchef 2014. 

Sophie says:

“I’m delighted to have been asked to host Fight for Sight’s Carols in the City event this year. The charity’s cause is a particularly personal one for me, not least because my mother, Phillida Law, has been a patron there for many years now. Both she and my granny, Megsie, have glaucoma - but unfortunately my Grandma wasn’t diagnosed until the damage had already been done and she had lost her sight.”

Since glaucoma can be hereditary, my mum was immediately advised to get her eyes checked after what happened to her own mother, and was told she had early signs of glaucoma. Luckily, regular check-ups and eye drops have worked wonders in allowing my mother to retain her sight, but more research needs to be done into finding new treatments and more effective diagnoses for the worst affected.”

“Fight for Sight works tirelessly to fund research into glaucoma – amongst other eye conditions – with the hope of doing just that.”

“They are already on the cusp of so many breakthroughs, and with more funding they can radically reshape the future of those affected by sight loss.”

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