BBC Radio 4!

We’ve enjoyed another unusual weekend with choir.

No Friday night rehearsals, but instead a three hour, Saturday afternoon rehearsal. Not on our own, but with the producer and team members of the Radio 4 Sunday Worship programme. Bishop Nicholas was invited to do the Harvest service and decided to conduct it at St John’s! It’s another huge honour for the choir. Chris had invited his organ teacher, James Lancelot to play while he conducted. He fitted straight in with us!

We did sounds checks, sang, stopped, sang, stopped, checked, rechecked and finally ran the service in full with Bishop Nicholas, Ben and Jacqui there. It was great fun and the team, whilst exacting in their requirements, were supportive and encouraging.

This morning, we had a brutally early start. We had to be robed and in the stalls for 6.50am, ready for another full run through of the service and links, before the congregation were briefed by the producer. There’s no room for error of timing, words, involvement or anything else in a live broadcast.

It’s amazing how quickly 38 minutes goes by when you’re in full concentration. It seemed like as soon as we started we were done. It was slightly nerve wracking but an amazing experience. We all sang as well as we could and it felt like a real team effort.

The Bishop said it could well be a once in a lifetime experience. I hope I do it again one day, but I’m very proud to have done my first live broadcast with St John’s Choir, Devizes.

Daddy couldn’t be with us as he’s travelling. He heard it on the radio and thought it was brilliant. Here’s the recording Sunday Worship, Radio 4

5 comments

  1. A wonderful experience and special congratulations to all our top line choristers for such a great performance, starting with rehearsal 07.00!

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  2. I enjoyed the service very much, a good balance between the Harvest theme and the growing environmental concerns. I took place in a similar broadcast from Filey St Oswald’s many years ago.
    Good to hear the organ at the end too – often the announcer cuts in as soon as the final voluntary has started. And what a guest organist to have! Well done to all involved.
    Mike Lester

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    • Thank you! We were very lucky to have been asked, and very lucky to have James. He was DoM at Durham when Chris was Organ Scholar there, so extra special to have him with us.

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