St James’s Christmas Lights switched on by international opera star Katherine Jenkins

Tonight, the St James’s London Christmas lights were switched on by classical opera star Katherine Jenkins in Jermyn Street. Prior to the switch on ceremony, Katherine led a carol concert in St James’s Church with an invited audience.

Katherine said “It's a real honour to be asked to turn on the St James' Christmas lights. The new lighting design and scheme is fabulous as I'm sure you'll agree, Christmas has certainly arrived on Jermyn Street, St James’s".

Two Christmas trees have also been installed within the grounds of St James’s Church. Donated from Windsor Great Park which is owned and managed by The Crown Estate, they follow the theme of the main Christmas lights in Jermyn Street. The sparkling, snowflake panels are new for 2012 have been designed by Design Director Paul Dart of James Glancy Design. This is the first year that Christmas lights will be displayed along the entire length of Jermyn Street.

St James’s is a popular shopping and lifestyle destination, world renowned for high quality menswear and accessories, with stylish bars, cafés and restaurants such as new Italian restaurant, Cicchetti – the first London location for the San Carlo group. Shops in the area specialise in producing bespoke collections, products and gift ideas – perfect when seeking a unique and exclusive Christmas present. World famous heritage retailers in St James’s include Turnbull & Asser, shirt makers by Royal Appointment; London’s leading cheesemongers, Paxton & Whitfield; Floris, perfumers since 1730; and the “Queen’s Grocer” Fortnum & Mason, all holders of royal warrants.

NOTES TO EDITORS

The Crown Estate is investing £500 million in St James’s over the next 10 years with a focus on keeping the area in line with its core values: personal, distinctive, stimulating and eclectic. The Crown Estate is committed to enhancing the area through a proactive tenant mix strategy, continued refurbishment of some of London’s most historic landmark buildings and improved streetscape to encourage pedestrian dwell time. The St James’s development will secure the area as one of London’s most sought after retail destinations.

Katherine Jenkins is the world’s most prolific classical crossover artist. Since launching her career in 2004, the Welsh Mezzo Soprano has sold in excess of seven million albums. Best known from her unique interpretations of popular songs, operatic arias and hymns, Katherine, from the tiny village of Neath in the Welsh Valleys, has become an inspiration for millions of people around the world.

Her stratospheric rise has made Katherine the fastest selling soprano ever. Having released nine studio albums, she has won various BRIT awards and broken countless records. This year, as well as releasing her first Christmas album, ‘This Is Christmas’ featuring traditional carols and festive favourites, Katherine will also be hosting a Christmas TV special 'Steppin Out with Katherine Jenkins' which will be broadcast on ITV1 in December.

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