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Noisettes and Merriweather join Disney's free Christmas Carol gigs

A Christmas Carol

Story by Jack Foley

THE Noisettes and Daniel Merriweather are among the artists confirmed to appear at three free concerts being held to mark the release of Disney’s A Christmas Carol in November.

On Tuesday, November 3 London will be brought to life with a trio of free concerts in The City, Regent Street and Oxford Circus, before the World Premiere of Disney’s A Christmas Carol, in association with Morrisons, in Leicester Square.

The event forms part of London’s biggest ever co-ordinated Christmas lights switch on and celebration, London’s Christmas Carol.

At Oxford Circus, where they will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Christmas lights, girl group The Saturdays, and the UK number one artist Taio Cruz will entertain the crowds before Jim Carrey turns on the dazzling lights.

Completing the line up will be the stars of the hit West End musical Sister Act which opened at the London Palladium in June 2009.

London indie pop rock band The Noisettes and MTV Europe Award nominee Daniel Merriweather will perform at Regent Street before joining Colin Firth to push the button to light up the skies.

Also performing will be the winner of the BBC television series I’d Do Anything, Jodie Prenger currently starring in the hit musical Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and the London Community Gospel Choir.

Meanwhile, at St Paul’s Cathedral, legendary ‘80s icons Spandau Ballet and pop’s most exciting sensation, Little Boots will headline the festivities before joining Bob Hoskins on stage for a spectacular light show.

Performances from, Britain’s Got Talent star Faryl Smith, St Paul’s Cathedral Choir and the cast of top West End musical Hairspray add to the line up in the City. Further acts will be announced shortly.

Once the switches have been flicked, St Paul’s Cathedral Choir will join the crowds across the capital in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the biggest ever Christmas Carol sing-along.

You can still choose the carol to be sung on the night by logging on and voting at www.londonschristmascarol.com

Nobody need miss any of the excitement on the night as the event will be broadcast on big screens across the capital to the other locations, as well as to Leicester Square where following the dazzling festivities, the World Premiere of Disney’s A Christmas Carol will take place at three of London’s leading cinemas.

Stars of the film Jim Carrey, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins and Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis will walk the red carpet.

With an additional 10 regional premieres taking place at the same time across the country, the Official Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous 3D Film Premiere will be set.

Tickets for the premiere are now on sale at www.londonschristmascarol.com supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

A donation will be made to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (Registered Charity no. 235825) as part of Disney’s partnership with the hospital, to help towards an ongoing Disney campaign to raise an invaluable £10 million towards their much-needed redevelopment appeal.

London’s Christmas Carol is a celebration of a traditional Christmas as London turns back the clock and brings to life the seasonal spirit with events, promotions and activity across the capital.

Partners involved in this initiative are The Walt Disney Company UK, The Mayor’s Office, Westminster City Council, the New West End Company, The Crown Estate, The City of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Visit London, the Cheapside Initiative and many more.