|A Service Of Thanksgiving||20121212|
The international radio service of the BBC began on 19 December 1932 and now broadcasts around the world in many different languages, as well as in English.
Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, will be speaking in one of his last official duties in that role and Lord Patten of Barnes, the Chairman of the BBC Trust, will be reflecting on the role and the future of the World Service.
The service will be led by the Revd Dr Sam Wells, the Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, with the Revd Tim Dean, a former member of the World Service staff.
Taking part are the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields under their Director of Music Andrew Earis and the Gospel Choir from Twyford Church of England High School in West London, winners of the senior section of the Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year in 2009.