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Vlogmas - Christmas in the making

Watch our last and final video as everyone here at Salisbury Cathedral wishes you all a very Merry Christmas!

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Vlogmas - Christmas in the making

Posted By : Marie Thomas Tuesday 29th November 2016

Watch our last and final video as everyone here at Salisbury Cathedral wishes you all a very Merry Christmas! In our last and final vlog of the year we’ve asked everyone what Christmas means to them. 

You can view all of our Vlogmas videos here.


Salisbury Cathedral is launching its largest and most ambitious social media project ever, thanks to a sixteen-year-old work experience student.

Connie Roberts from St Edmunds School, Salisbury, came up with the idea of making a ‘vlogmas’ at the Cathedral after getting hooked on the daily Christmas video blogs (‘vlogs’) that YouTube presenters (vloggers) post throughout December.

Vlogmas - Christmas in the Making is a first for Salisbury but may also be a first for any English Cathedral. Twenty-five home-made films, one for every day of December until Christmas Day, following the army of volunteers and staff as they prepare for the Cathedral’s busiest time of the year and set the stage for the important Christmas services.

“I’m a Christmas-aholic and thought it would be a fun, alternative idea…” explains Connie, who also clocked that we had two ready-made vlogging stars in the form of Amber Rawlings, our 21-year-old Marketing Assistant, and Tyler Ringwood Hoare, one of the Vergers…

The task of making the 25 short ‘vlogmas’ films fell to Amber Rawlings, who looks after Salisbury Cathedral’s social media. She and the team have been shooting on a Canon 700d with and without a tripod and iphones, and editing on iMovie.

Her vlogs (and Tyler's) offer lively backstage access to Cathedral life, featuring everything from a test run for ten-foot tall puppets that will feature in the Family service and the installation of laser lights in the triforium for the Star of Bethlehem, dress rehearsing the real-life donkey who plays her part in the Christmas story, finding paper angels in the attic waiting to descend in mid December, a school nativity practice, a Georgian Christmas at Mompesson House and choristers rehearsing Handel's Messiah for their concert on Wednesday 7 December.

Still in the throes of production, with just ten films in the can, Amber admits to occasionally feeling overwhelmed by the scale of it all: “I am used to making Snapchats and online stuff like that but the last time I made any kind of short film was when I was at college, so Vlogmas has been a bit of a monster, a nightmare really, but a fun one! Luckily vlogs are a different feel to ‘real’ TV, a bit more ‘in the moment’, which gives you some leeway and I think the fact that you get to see all sorts of things you wouldn’t normally see is great.”

Helping with the production are 22 recruits from Bishop Wordsworth School Sixth Form, who took on jobs including filming, editing and social media, even creating the stop-action titles.

“The boys have been really great" she explains, "They bring their own skills and ideas to the table, and some are already involved with small scale filmmaking. I think they quite like the fact that they get tea made for them and occasionally we feed them cake.”

Vlogmas will be published daily until Christmas Day on the Cathedral website and shared via Facebook and Twitter.


For more information contact Marie Thomas on m.thomas@salcath.co.uk or 01722 555148