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Swedish carols brighten day.

BIRMINGHAM Cathedral was the scene for a carol service with a Scandinavian twist.

The annual Santa Lucia Service was a striking spectacle at St Philip's in Colmore Row.

It is a traditional Swedish festive service of carols and readings celebrating the martyrdom of Santa Lucia.

This is followed by a candlelight procession during which the soloist - the "Santa Lucia" - wore a crown of candles.

This year the starring role went to Birmingham music student Sara Jones (left).

The congregation was treated to a performance by Ex Cathedra Academy of Vocal Music, under the direction of its artistic director, Jeffrey Skidmore.

The service was led by the Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham Cathedral and the Rev Anders Rune, vicar of the Swedish Church in London.

Among the guests were the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, Swedish consul David Gwyther, and members of the city's Swedish business community.

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Swede sounds: The Santa Lucia Service with Ex Cathedra Academy of Vocal Music. Pictures: Emma Trimble
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