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AD03The People's Passion, Wednesday: Last Supper20120404

BBC Radio 4's major series for Holy Week looks at life in our cathedrals now.

Cathedrals still dominate our city centres: once symbols of temporal power, of technological wonder, a vital part of our musical health, and more recently the focus of protest and appeals to a new morality - what do they mean to us now?

A week of original dramas set in a fictional cathedral, and daily features from real ones, explore how our great cathedrals offer an image of the contradictions of faith in twenty-first century Britain.

The People's Passion Mass and Easter Anthem, composed specially for the series by Sasha Johnson Manning, with lyrics written by the poet Michael Symmons Roberts, not only features in the programmes, but has been made freely available by the BBC, and will be sung by over a hundred and forty choirs around Britain and across the world, as we move towards Easter Day.

The People's Passion Mass and Anthem will be broadcast in full on Easter Sunday, as part of Sunday Worship for Easter Day, from Manchester Cathedral.

3/5: Wednesday: Last Supper

by Nick Warburton

When Clive, the Cathedral's Vice Dean, invites his girlfriend Jo to tea; and Graham, one of the vergers, is bullied into feeding a troublesome visitor... neither man knows quite what's in store for him.

The Old Man....David Bradley

Jo....Tracy Wiles

Clive....Don Gilet

Paul....Jim Norton

Graham....Kim Wall

Hannah....Emerald O'Hanrahan

with Adjoa Andoh and James Lailey.

Produced and Directed by Jonquil Panting

Original music by Sasha Johnson Manning, with lyrics by Michael Symmons Roberts.

Performed by:

Manchester Chamber Choir, directed by Christopher Stokes, with Jeffrey Makinson (organ), Rob Shorter (tenor), Rebecca Whettam (cello), Jahan Hunter (trumpet) and Holly Marland (recorder).

BBC Singers with Eleanor Gregory (soprano), Margaret Cameron (alto), Chris Bowen (tenor), Stephen Charlesworth (bass) and Andrew Earis (piano).

Andrew Kirk (organ), and the choir of Saint Mary Redcliffe, Bristol.

More People's Passion:

Wednesday 4th April at 1345: ART AND ARCHITECTURE: novelist Salley Vickers and architect Ptolemy Dean discover the timeless beauty of Salisbury Cathedral.

Thursday 5th April at 1345: Loyd Grossman and Baroness Sherlock investigate HEROES AND HERITAGE at Durham Cathedral.

Thursday 5th April at 1415: AFTERNOON DRAMA: THURSDAY: TRIAL.

Vice Dean Clive invites his girlfriend to tea, and verger Graham feeds a difficult visitor.