Christmas Big Sing
A feast of carols and festive music from the Royal Albert Hall as star guests Ronan Keating, Alexander Armstrong, Ruby Turner and Shaun Escoffery join hosts Sally Magnusson and David Grant.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
- On Christmas Night was performed by the Choirs and Congregation of The Christmas Big Sing.
- In The Bleak Midwinter was performed by Alexander Armstrong.
- O Come All Ye Faithful was performed by the Choirs and Congregation of The Christmas Big Sing.
- Do You Hear What I Hear? was performed by Shaun Escoffery.
- O Little Town Of Bethlehem was performed by the Choirs and Congregation of The Christmas Big Sing.
- Oh Holy Night was performed by Ruby Turner and the Birmingham Community Gospel Choir.
- Joy To The World was performed by the Choir and Congregation of The Christmas Big Sing.
- Gwyl Y Baban was performed by Llangennech Junior School.
- Silent Night was performed by Ronan Keating.
- Hark! The Herald-Angels Sing was performed by the Choirs and Congregation of The Christmas Big Sing.
Forty years ago, Alexander Armstrong was a choirboy. He won a choral scholarship to Trinity College Cambridge where he joined the famous Footlights theatre group. Today, he’s known as a comedian and one half of the duo Armstrong and Miller. He’s also quizmaster of BBC’s One’s hugely popular Pointless and the new voice of cartoon hero Danger Mouse. He released his debut album A Year of Songs in November.
Shaun was encouraged to become a singer by his friend the actor Idris Elba. He is now a successful singer-songwriter and performer and has appeared in several West End musicals including Tommy, Parade, Les Miserables and The Lion King.
Ruby Turner is a Jamaican born gospel, soul and R&B singer-songwriter and actress. Her big break came singing with Culture Club in the 1980s, but she has since sung with everyone from Bryan Ferry to Mike Jagger. She is also an actress whose credits include Eastenders and the film Love Actually.
Gospel Choir of the Year 2015
Birmingham Community Gospel Choir also known as BCGC, are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. Directed by singer/song writer Maxine Brooks, the choir brings together singers of all ages and backgrounds.
Ysgol Iau Llangennech
Llangennech Junior School wowed the judges at the School Choir of the Year competition this year with their beautiful sound and refined harmonies, which showed a level of skill far beyond their young years. They are directed by Lewis Richards.
Ronan Keating is an Irish singer-songwriter who found fame as lead singer of boy band, Boyzone. In 1999, he went solo and achieved worldwide recognition when his single When you say nothing at all , was used on the Notting Hill soundtrack.. Away from music, he is the founder of the breast cancer charity, Marie Keating Foundation, which is named after his mother.
|Executive Producer||Dave Stanford|
|Series Producer||Matthew Napier|