At The Foot Of The Cross

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20050325

Roger Royle introduces a special meditation for Good Friday from Trinity College, Cambridge, with the Chapel Choir and Trinity Singers.

20060414

Aled Jones introduces a special meditation on the journey to the cross from St Paul's Cathedral. Including a performance of John Rutter's Requiem.

20070406

From St Paul's Cathedral, Aled Jones introduces a meditation on Christ's journey to the cross. The choir of St Paul's sings the Passion-tide extracts from Handel's Messiah.

20080321

Aled Jones introduces a meditation on Christ's journey to the cross.

The St Paul's Cathedral Consort is joined by the BBC Concert Orchestra for a special Good Friday performance of the Faure Requiem and passion-tide music, including Allegri's Miserere Mei, and Good Friday hymns.

Sharon Small and Ben Miles tell the story of Christ's passion with Gospel readings and poetry, and the BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year Joel Whitewood sings the famous Pie Jesu. The Director of Music is Andrew Carwood.

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Ken Bruce introduces a meditation on Christ's journey to the cross and a special Good Friday performance of excerpts from Handel's oratorio 'Messiah', from St Paul's Cathedral.

Ken Bruce introduces a performance of excerpts from Handel's oratorio 'Messiah'.

20100402

Salisbury Cathedral is the glorious setting for BBC Radio 2's meditation in words and music for Good Friday, hosted by Aled Jones and featuring the ever-popular music of Karl Jenkins.

The BBC Concert Orchestra will come together with the voices of Salisbury Festival Chorus in front of a capacity audience to perform selected movements from Jenkins' Mass for Peace: The Armed Man, his Requiem, and Stabat Mater.

There will also be complete performances of his smaller works Palladio and Adiemus, familiar to many through their use in commercial advertising.

Jenkins' memorable and appealing music always wins the heart, and is highly appropriate for Good Friday.

It will be interspersed by the drama of the Bible's passion story and selected reflections from award-winning writer Sara Maitland's new meditation 'Stations of the Cross', to create that essential moment of Good Friday meditation for the BBC Radio 2 audience who gather At the Foot of the Cross.".

Good Friday meditation from Salisbury Cathedral with Aled Jones and music by Karl Jenkins."

20110422

Aled Jones reflects on Good Friday and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ with powerful music and readings reflecting on the Passion - including a complete performance of Faure's Requiem.

The BBC Concert Orchestra, Hertfordshire Chorus, the youth choir Cantate, and the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year provide the music.

They are joined in the beautiful St Alban's Abbey where actors Emma Fielding and Hugh Bonneville read from the King James Bible - in its 400th anniversary year - as well as ancient and contemporary poetry inspired by the story.

The conductor is Keith Lockhart, Hertfordshire Chorus are directed by David Temple, Cantate are directed by Nicholas Shaw, and the organist is Tom Winpenny.

Music and readings for Good Friday presented by Aled Jones including Faur退's Requiem.

20120406

A packed Canterbury Cathedral - mother church of the Anglican Communion - welcomes the BBC Concert Orchestra for Passiontide music, as well as new and old readings which re-tell the timeless story of Jesus' death on the cross.

John McCarthy introduces the music, together with words from scripture and poetry read by Laura Main (Call the Midwife's Sister Bernadette). The main work is the ever popular Stainer Crucifixion, orchestrated by Barry Rose.

John Stainer's work has been much loved by village choral societies and cathedral choirs alike, since its first performance in 1887 when a critic described; "music intensely imbued with the religious spirit and with a descriptive power that loses nothing on account of its simplicity and unaffected melodious sweetness. Such music enters into the hearts of the people and lives there.

The cathedral choir and a number of local choirs sing under the direction of Canterbury Cathedral's Organist and Master of the Choristers, David Flood. And the Dean of Canterbury, the Very Reverend Dr Robert Willis, leads the prayers.

Canterbury cathedral has been a place of worship for over 14 hundred years when St Augustine of Canterbury was sent from Rome to preach Christ to the Anglo Saxons. It was here in the 12th century that Thomas a Beckett was martyred and so this place became a place of pilgrimage - and still today people come from all over the world to worship God, to pray and to sing.

Also featuring the voices of BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year Richard Decker and Ella Rainbird Earley. The organist is David Newsholme and the BBC Concert Orchestra is led by Cynthia Fleming.

John McCarthy introduces a Good Friday meditation from Canterbury Cathedral.

20130329

The most dramatic events in Christian history are retold in an evening of music and readings, presented by Ken Bruce, to mark Good Friday.

Music from Handel's Messiah frames this seasonal meditation in which Penelope Keith reads the Good Friday story from the gospel accounts and poetry.

Recorded in front of an audience in the Edwardian splendour of Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, the Bach Choir and BBC Concert Orchestra will be conducted by David Hill, with soloists Philippa Hyde (soprano), Anna Harvey (mezzo), Richard Dowling (tenor), Marcus Farnsworth (bass), and the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year 2012 - Isaac Waddington and Louisa Stirling. Producer: Mark O'Brien.

20140418

Winchester Cathedral is the inspirational setting this year for the BBC Concert Orchestra, choirs and congregation as they reflect on the story of the first Good Friday: the death of Jesus on the cross and the grief of his followers. Diane Louise Jordan introduces an evening of music At the Foot of the Cross with actor Stephen Tompkinson who joins her to describe the events of that day in reading and poetry. Fauré's Requiem with soloist Andrew de Silva is the main work alongside music from film, anthem and oratorio with well-known Good Friday hymns and traditional spirituals.

The BBC Concert Orchestra, leader Charles Mutter, is conducted by Andrew Lumsden, Director of Music at the cathedral. The Waynflete Singers join Winchester cathedral choristers, BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year 2013 Luke McWatters and gospel group Tessera, directed by Ken Burton.

20150403

Diane Louise Jordan introduces an evening of music and reflection for Good Friday from Central Hall, Westminster. She is joined by the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by James Burton, a chorus of singers from across London, BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year Helena Paish, soul singer Louise Marshall and winner of The Voice 2014 Jermain Jackman. These forces combine to create a poignant and inspiring programme of music including well known hymns and spirituals, choral classics and pieces from popular British composers, culminating in a full performance of John Rutter's Requiem.

The warm, rich voice of actor, Patrick Robinson brings the events of the first Good Friday to life with readings and poems telling the story of Jesus' last hours and also reflecting on the sacrifice made by those who died on the battlefields of World War I.

20160325

Diane Louise Jordan introduces an evening of music and reflection for Good Friday with the international classical singing trio, The Priests, The Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir, and BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year 2015, Angus Benton and Agatha Pethers. These forces combine to create a poignant and heartfelt programme including well known hymns for Good Friday and gospel favourites as they've never been heard before. From the BBC's Maida Vale Studios in London.

Producer: Katharine Longworth.