This year we are thrilled that our annual Celebration of Carols event will take place in Aberdeen as well as in London, as it has done since 2014. Not only that, this year's event sees the premiere of The Three Ships, a Christmas story of love, hope and wonder written by acclaimed actor, presenter and writer, Sir Tony Robinson, and with music by our very own Professor Paul Mealor, Chair in Composition and Royal Composor. Featuring our world-class Chamber Choir and the award-winning actor Iain Glen, they are sure to be wonderful festive occasions for our alumni and friends.

As well as an opportunity to bring together our alumni and friends at this wonderful time of year, the Celebration of Carols allows us to support the world-changing work of the University through our partnership with the Development Trust. This year, we are supporting the vital work of medical research at each event, with dementia research the primary cause of our Aberdeen event and cancer research at our London event. More details about each of these causes can be found below.

Dementia Research at Aberdeen

Dementia is terrifying. Many of us have already experienced the heart-breaking impacts of this disease, and all of us fear it. But it needn’t be that way. Dementia research will bring better treatments and prevention – and one day a cure. Together we can bring that day closer. With Aberdeen’s expertise in brain imaging and drug development, our research team is part of the global campaign to beat this disease. You can make a real difference by supporting us today. Should you wish to do so, you can visit the University of Aberdeen Development Trust's dementia webpages to find out more about this cause and how to make a donation.

Cancer Research at Aberdeen

One in three of us will be affected by cancer and one in four will die from this horrible disease. Aberdeen’s researchers are already at the leading edge in a range of different cancer specialisms, but we want to do so much more. Every donation you make will accelerate our research to find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer by supporting the University’s new Cancer Research Centre. You can find out more about this ambitious project to attract the world’s brightest minds to lead pioneering cancer research and how you can help at the University of Aberdeen Development Trust's cancer webpages.


Please note that all available tickets for the Aberdeen event on 12 December have now sold out but that a limited number remain available for the London event on 21 December. For tickets for the London event, please contact the Alumni Relations team at or at +44 (0)1224 273234.