BBC Radio 4's major series for Holy Week looks at life in our cathedrals today.
Cathedrals still dominate our city centres: once symbols of temporal power, of technological wonder, a vital part of our musical health, and more recently the focus of protest and appeals to a new morality - what do they mean to us now?
A week of original dramas set in a fictional cathedral, and daily features from real ones, explore how our great cathedrals offer an image of the contradictions of faith in twenty-first century Britain.
The People's Passion Mass and Easter Anthem, composed specially for the series by Sasha Johnson Manning, with lyrics written by the poet Michael Symmons Roberts, not only features in the programmes, but has been made freely available by the BBC, and will be sung by over a hundred and forty choirs around Britain and across the world, as we move towards Easter Day.
The People's Passion Mass and Anthem will be broadcast in full on Easter Sunday, as part of Sunday Worship for Easter Day, from Manchester Cathedral.
THE PEOPLE’S PASSION: CATHEDRAL CONVERSATION
Five conversations have been recorded between two people visiting one of Britain’s great cathedrals. These iconic landmarks on the skyline of Britains’ cities are attracting people in increasing numbers. With a wealth of religious and historical heritage to explore, each discussion will ask what is the role and place of cathedrals in 21st Century Britain? Each conversation complements the episode of Nick Warburton’s Dramas for ‘The People’s Passion’ also being broadcast each day throughout Holy Week.
Producer: Peter Everett
Singing The People's Passion
The Pakefield Singers rehearse The People’s PassionFind out more
Over a hundred and forty choirs around the world are singing The People's Passion Music over Easter, in a unique new commission from BBC Radio 4. And there's still time to get involved! Find out more, download sheet music, mp3s and backing tracks for free, and see who's singing The People's Passion near you.
The People’s Passion: Afternoon Dramas
Each conversation complements that day’s Afternoon Drama from The People’s Passion. Five original dramas from award-winning writer Nick Warburton see the Passion and present collide in the lives of people crossing one fictional Cathedral – from the tourists, to the sick, the workers, the clergy, and the coffee shop visitors, the faithful and the lost.Find out more:
Sunday Worship Easter Day
The Bishop of Manchester preaches at this special Easter Eucharist featuring composer Sasha Johnson Manning's and poet Michael Symmons Roberts' new Radio 4 commission 'The People's Passion' live from Manchester Cathedral. President: The Dean, The Very Revd Rogers Govender; Deacon: The Precentor, The Revd Canon Gilly Myers; Organist & Master of the Choristers: Christopher Stokes; Sub-Organist: Jeffrey Makinson; Producer: Philip Billson.Find out more:
BBC One's The Preston Passion - Good Friday 6th April 2012, 12pm-1pm.
"Six months of embedded research with locals in Preston was a moving and completely new way of developing TV drama" says Colin Heber-Percy, co-writer of BBC One drama The Preston Passion, based on the story of Christ's Passion.Writing The Preston Passion - Colin Heber-Percy.