Countryfile Christmas special stars RAU choir

RAU choir with Adam Henson

RAU choir with Adam Henson - Credit: Archant

Two agriculture students at the Royal Agricultural University got muddy with Countryfile’s Adam Henson, as they filmed their Christmas special on the University farms.

RAU choir filming

RAU choir filming - Credit: Archant

Lydia Jeffs-Joory, FdSc Agriculture and Farm Management student, and Phillip Steadman, BSc (Hons) Agriculture student, who are both members of the RAU choir, donned their wellies and winter coats to take part in filming for the Countryfile Christmas special – due to be broadcast on December 22.

The popular BBC series will feature Lydia moving sheep onto stubble turnips at Coates Farm, near the University campus, and Phillip and Adam talking pigs at Harnhill Farm near Cirencester.

Phillip said: “It was great to see Adam Henson and the Countryfile team pay the RAU a visit. Lydia and I discussed overwintering sheep and pigs with him, and what farmers do at Christmastime. We had a great day doing a spot of filming and putting the knowledge we have learned into practice.”

It will then show them rehearsing Hark! The Herald Angels Sing with the rest of the choir in the impressive University chapel, before their big festive finale at Westonbirt Arboretum – which was filmed at Westonbirt on Friday evening.


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