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1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 18 July 2010

On 14th July 1940, the very first edition of Sunday Half Hour was broadcast from St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol. It was described as a programme of "community hymn singing" and was intended to boost the morale of troops serving abroad during the Second World War. This week, Brian D'Arcy celebrates its 70th anniversary with a special programme of celebration recorded in the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London.

With music from massed choirs and a packed congregation, he introduces some of the listeners' favourite hymns and finds out precisely what it is that has made the programme so long-lived and so well-loved. Hymns include Great Is Thy Faithfulness, Love Divine and How Great Thou Art. The Musical Director is Andrew Earis and the organist is Martin Ford.

  • Brian D'Arcy

    Brian D'Arcy

    Presenter Brian D'Arcy and Producer Janet McLarty warming up before the start of the recording.

  • St. Martin-in-the-Fields Choir

    St. Martin-in-the-Fields Choir

    MD Andrew Earis, Presenter Brian D'Arcy, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Choir, massed choirs and brass.

  • The Congregation

    The Congregation

  • St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square

    St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square

  • The Massed Choirs

    The Massed Choirs

    The massed choir was made up of choirs who had taken part in Sunday Half Hour recordings over the years and the congregation.

  • The Recording

    The Recording


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