Easter Glory



Roger Royle celebrates Easter in the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool.

A thousand voices sing hymns for Easter with local choirs - including Blackburn Cathedral Young People's Choir, conducted by James Davy; the Preston Cecilian Choral Society, conducted by Chris Gill; and members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir.

They are joined by tenor Alfie Boe and the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year 2006, William Dutton and Emma Whiteley.

The Director of Music is Ian Tracey and the mighty Wurlitzer is played by Nigel Ogden.

Special guests Jean Alexander and Russell Boulter read the Easter story and seasonal poetry.

Music includes Thine be the glory, Hallelujah from Handel's Messiah and Jesus Christ is risen today.


Brian D'arcy and guest Sue Jenkins celebrate Easter with a feast of words and music from Manchester Cathedral.

Brian is joined by the choir of Manchester Cathedral, Manchester Camerata and the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year 2009, Laurence Kilsby and Jacquelyne Hill.

The story of that first Easter morning is told through readings and poetry read by Sue Jenkins.

Choirs and congregation join together in some uplifting Easter hymns including Jesus Christ is risen today", "The strife is o'er" and "Thine be the glory", together with joyful Easter choral music such as Lord of the Dance and Now the Green Blade Riseth.

The Musical Director is Christopher Stokes.

The organist is Jeffrey Makinson.

Producer: Janet McLarty.

Uplifting music and readings for Easter presented by Brian D'arcy"


On Easter Sunday evening, Frances Finn presents a feast of Easter music, hymns, readings and poetry from the splendid surroundings of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square.

Joining Frances will be actor Brian Blessed, the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year 2012 - Louisa Stirland and Isaac Waddington, vocal quintet Apollo5, the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Brandenburg Festival Chorus, and an audience of Radio 2 listeners - all accompanied by Brandenburg Brass. The Director of Music is Andrew Earis.


Join the Huddersfield Choral Society for a feast of Easter music, hymns, readings and poetry with soprano Laura Wright, actor James Quinn, and presenter Frances Finn. The Huddersfield Choral Society is justly celebrated for its performances of Handel's Messiah and the evening features Easter movements from this iconic English masterpiece, as well as anthems, Easter carols and hymns, scripture readings and poetry, all celebrating the joy of Christ's resurrection. Director of Music: Joseph Cullen; Organist: Darius Battiwalla; Producer: Philip Billson.


The stunning voices of the Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir are joined by top soloists to tell the Easter story in their Gospel Oratorio "The Resurrection". In a celebration of life and music they bring this age-old story into the 21st Century through favourite Gospel songs and spirituals recorded in BBC Maida Vale studios.


John Rutter conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Bach Choir, with tenor soloist Benedict Hymas in the complete broadcast premiere of his major new work: 'The Gift of Life'. John gives presenter Frances Finn insights into what inspired him to write this ground breaking musical celebration of Life and Creation, and choir and audience join together in well-known Easter hymns. Wolf Hall's 'Thomas More': actor Anton Lesser performs seasonal readings of poems and passages from the Bible. Producer: Rowan Morton-Gledhill.