Radio 3 to broadcast Choral Evensong twice a week
BBC Radio 3 is to broadcast Choral Evensong live on Wednesdays at
4.00pm from mid-September 2008, with a repeat on Sunday afternoon.
is currently relayed live on Sundays at 4.00pm.
Roger Wright, Controller, Radio 3, said:
"We are pleased to be able to include two broadcasts of Choral
Evensong from September.
"Scheduling it on Sundays has brought new
listeners to the live broadcasts, though others have missed it on
"Airing it live on Wednesday and repeating it
on Sunday will offer audiences a choice for this ever-popular part
of the Radio 3 schedule."
During its long broadcast history, Choral Evensong has been heard
on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. At first the service
lasted only 30 minutes; it has also been broadcast at 45 and 50
minutes. For a short while in 1970 the service was broadcast
monthly not weekly.
The broadcast was originally transmitted on
the National Programme, and then after the war successively on the
Home Service, Radio 4 and Radio 3, returning to Radio 4 for some
years in the late Seventies.
Nowadays the popular Listen Again
facility on the Radio 3 website – bbc.co.uk/radio3 – means that the weekly broadcast
can be heard at any time for seven days after transmission.
This Sunday's broadcast comes from St Paul's Cathedral.
Forthcoming highlights include a live Ash Wednesday service from
St Alban's Cathedral; Palm Sunday from St George's Chapel, Windsor
Castle; Easter Sunday from Winchester Cathedral and from St Paul's
Outside the Walls, Rome, on 6 April.
Notes to Editors
On some occasions the Sunday broadcast will not be a direct repeat
of the Wednesday programme, for example, Easter Day.
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