BBC Morning Prayer and Evensong recording 08 January 2020

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BBC Morning Prayer and Evensong Recording 08 January 2020

On Wednesday 08 January 2020 the BBC took over the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula.  Actually, they came the previous day to install their microphones and other equipment, not only in the Chapel itself but also in the Crypt, where they set up a suitably high-tech control room - not to mention the spare kit stored around the font. 

On the morning of Wednesday 08 January the Chaplain, The Reverend Canon Roger Hall MBE led a service of Morning Prayer for broadcast at 0810 the following Sunday 12 January on Radio 4.  He was assisted by Gill Howard and Chris Weston-Simons from the regular congregation, Debbie Whittingham (Tower Deputy Governor), Colm Carey (Master of Music), the Choir of the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London and the distinguished actor David Suchet CBE, who delivered his address on the subject of St Peter, for whom the Chapel is named.  In the photos below you can see them all, together with Ben Collingwood (Producer at BBC Religion & Ethics, Radio).

That afternoon, we switched imperceptibly from Radio 4 to Radio 3 for a live broadcast of Choral Evensong.  Given that we were live on air, we were acutely conscious of the huge numbers who listen to these broadcasts and we were careful not to cough or drop a pin before the magic red light was finally extinguished to mark the end of the broadcast.  We were impressed by the immense professionalism of the small BBC crew and are grateful to them for their meticulous hard work and expertise in realising these transmissions from our historic Chapel.

It was a privilege and a pleasure to welcome so many, through the medium of radio, to worship with us at the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula in our 500th Anniversary year.  Some two million people are reckoned to listen to the Sunday morning service throughout the world - via radio and the Internet - and to all of them we send our greetings and blessings.  When you are next in London, do come to worship with us.