King's Choir heads new BBC Easter schedule
King's Choir will play a key part in a new Easter schedule from the BBC. BBC TV will broadcast Easter at King's, an Easter service sung by the Choir and filmed in the Chapel. The BBC hope the service will prove as popular as Carols from King's, which is broadcast on Christmas Eve on BBC2 and viewed by over two million people.
Aaqil Ahmed, commissioning editor for religion at BBC TV, says: 'Hopefully it’s going to be a returner. We’ll see how people take to it.'
On the radio, BBC Radio 3 is broadcasting two concerts from King's over the Easter period. MacMillan's St John, also sung by the Choir, will be broadcast live on 2 April 2010 at 7pm. A concert of sacred music played by the Britten Sinfonia will be broadcast on 6 April. For details of these concerts and all the Easter concerts and services at King's see Easter at King's. For more information about the Choir see the Choir pages.
The new BBC schedule is a response to criticism of last Easter's schedule, which church leaders claimed had little religious content. Apart from the broadcasts from King's, the new schedule will also include two religious documentaries (details to be announced) and a special edition of Songs of Praise from the Holy Land. The BBC have not yet announced when Easter at King's will be shown.