A Celebration For Ascension Day

An exuberant celebration of the Ascension of Christ from the newly refurbished St Martin in the Fields in the centre of London.

The Rev Dr Giles Fraser reflects on Jesus's challenge to the Church to be his body on Earth.

The service is led by the Rev Nicholas Holtam, with Latin American Baroque music sung by the BBC Daily Service Singers, the Pilgrim Consort and the Choir of St Martin in the Fields directed by Marcus Farnsworth.

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20070517

A service of celebration from the church of St Giles Cripplegate in the Barbican, London.

Music, including Haydn's St Nicholas Mass, is performed by Sinfonia Britannica, the Daily Service Singers and the choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields, accompanied by period instruments and conducted by Christopher Stokes.

The Preacher is the Rev Lucy Winkett, Canon Precentor of St Paul's Cathedral, and the service is led by the Rev Nicholas Holtam.

20080501

An exuberant celebration of the Ascension of Christ from the newly refurbished St Martin in the Fields in the centre of London.

The Rev Dr Giles Fraser reflects on Jesus's challenge to the Church to be his body on Earth.

The service is led by the Rev Nicholas Holtam, with Latin American Baroque music sung by the BBC Daily Service Singers, the Pilgrim Consort and the Choir of St Martin in the Fields directed by Marcus Farnsworth.

20100513

The Very Revd June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury, is the preacher at this service live from St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, celebrating Christ's ascension into heaven.

Featuring music from Vivaldi's 'Gloria' sung by the BBC Daily Service Singers and St Martin's Choir with Sinfonia Britannica, directed by Andrew Earis.

Celebrant: The Revd Nicholas Holtam

Organist: Martin Ford

Producer: Simon Vivian.

Live service from St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, with music from Vivaldi's Gloria.

20110602

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is the preacher at this service live from St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, marking the day when Christians remember the departure of the risen Jesus from this earth, leaving his disciples with the promise of the gift of his Holy Spirit.

Music by Haydn, Finzi and Vaughan Williams is sung by the BBC Daily Service Singers and the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields directed by Andrew Earis and accompanied by Martin Ford (organ) and members of the Southbank Sinfonia.

The celebrant is the Vicar of St Martin's, the Revd Nicholas Holtam.

Producer: Stephen Shipley.

The Archbishop of Canterbury preaches at a service from St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.

20120517

John Rutter directs the BBC Daily Service Singers, the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Brass for a live Eucharist on Ascension Day from St Sepulchre's - the Musicians' Church - in London. Preacher: The Revd. Prof. Richard Burridge, Dean of King's College London; Celebrant: The Revd Rosemary Lain-Priestley. The music will be a setting of the Mass by Imogen Holst with anthems by John Rutter.

Producer: Mark O'Brien.

20130509

Hundreds gather in the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields to celebrate Ascension Day, marking the day when Christians remember the departure of the risen Jesus from this earth, leaving his disciples with the promise of the gift of his Holy Spirit. Music includes extracts from J S Bach's B minor Mass sung by the BBC Daily Service Singers and the Choir of St Martin-in-the Fields directed by Richard Tanner and accompanied by Andrew Earis and members of Canzona. The preacher is the Lord Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James. The celebrant is the vicar of St Martin's, the Revd Dr Sam Wells. Producer: Clair Jaquiss.

20140529

Hundreds gather in the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square to celebrate Ascension Day, marking the moment when the risen Jesus ascended into heaven, leaving his disciples with the joyful promise of the gift of his Holy Spirit.

Featuring Bob Chilcott's 'A Little Jazz Mass' sung by the BBC Daily Service Singers and the Choir of St Martin-in-the Fields directed by Bob Chilcott. Organist: Andrew Earis.

The preacher is Dominican Fr Timothy Radcliffe, author and former Master of the Order of Preachers.

The celebrant is the Vicar of St Martin's, the Revd Dr Sam Wells.

Producer: Simon Vivian.

20150514

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev'd and Rt Hon Justin Welby preaches at a service celebrating the Ascension of Jesus Christ live from the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London's Trafalgar Square. Leader: the Vicar, The Revd Dr Sam Wells. Hundreds of Radio 4 listeners gather to join the Daily Service Singers and the Choir of St Martin's, where the English Baroque architectural setting is complemented by the music of GF Handel, who inaugurated the original St Martin's organ in 1727. Excerpts from Handel's 'Utrecht Te Deum' and 'Messiah' - including the Hallelujah Chorus - reflect the majesty of Jesus' Ascension into Heaven to reign as King of Kings.

20160505

"Since I am coming to that Holy roome, Where, with thy Quire of Saints for evermore, I shall be made thy Musique" (John Donne).

To mark the day on which Christians celebrate Jesus' Ascension into Heaven the Reverend Dr. Sam Wells leads a Eucharist live from St Martin-in-the-Fields in London. Preacher, the Right Reverend James Jones, reflects on times when Heaven and Earth meet. Whether in the celebration of Holy Communion or in the creativity of music such as tonight's broadcast premier of Will Todd's brand new Jazz Missa Brevis, Christians believe our human existence is touched by the Divine in a multitude of ways. Favourite Ascension-tide hymns alongside music by Will Todd and John Rutter are performed by the Daily Service Singers and St. Martin's Voices, with the Will Todd Ensemble directed by Andrew Earis. Producer: Katharine Longworth.

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From St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square. Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise (Llanfair); Movements from

Gloria (Vivaldi); Look, Ye Saints , the Sight Is Glorious (Regent Square); The Head, That Once Was Crowned with Thorns (St Magnus). Readings: Daniel 7, w9-14; Ephesians 1, W15-23; Luke 24, w44-53.

Staff from BBC Religion join the Daily Service Singers, the New English

Orchestra and Choirgirl of the Year Helen Massey. Celebrant the Rev

David Winter. Preacher the Very Rev Gilleasbuig Macmillan. Director of music Nigel Swinford. Producer Philip Billson

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Unknown: Ye Saints

Unknown: Helen Massey.

Unknown: David Winter.

Unknown: Gilleasbuig MacMillan.

Music: Nigel Swinford.

Producer: Philip Billson