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At the Foot of the Cross

Dan Walker presents a sequence of spiritual songs from stage and screen, to mark Good Friday with the BBC Concert Orchestra, London Contemporary Voices and special guest stars.

Dan Walker presents an evening of songs and stories of hope coming from the midst of despair.

He's joined by the BBC Concert Orchestra, London Contemporary Voices, The BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year and special guest stars, including singer/songwriter Yola and West End star Oliver Tomsett, with a sequence of spiritual songs from stage and screen, reflecting on the story of Good Friday, the day that Jesus died.

The story is told through and eclectic mix of inspirational music including“Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables, Rag'n'Bone Man’s “Human”, Caccini's "Ave Maria" and the classic Gospel song, "Mary Don't You Weep". Actors Susan Jameson and Michael Bertenshaw bring Gospel narrative to life in an entirely new way, reflecting on the events that led to the crucifixion from the perspective of those close to Jesus in the last days of his life. And the themes of Good Friday are brought into the modern day through the deeply personal stories of individuals who have experienced hope coming from despair, people who've experienced loss, who've undergone profound transformation and who have made incredible sacrifices out of love for other people.

Producer: Katharine Longworth

1 hour, 57 minutes

Last on

Fri 19 Apr 2019 20:00

Music Played

  • Richard Rodgers

    You'll never walk alone

    Composer: Oscar Hammerstein II. Choir: London Contemporary Voices. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Balcombe.
  • Nigel Swanston

    Everybody's free

    Composer: Tim Cox. Choir: London Contemporary Voices. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Balcombe.
  • Mike Leigh

    Dream the impossible dream

    Composer: Joe Darion. Performer: Oliver Tompsett. Music Arranger: London Contemporary Voices. Choir: London Contemporary Voices. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Balcombe.
  • Yola Carter

    Walk through fire

    Performer: Yola Carter. Music Arranger: Olly Hamilton. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Balcombe.
  • Claude‐Michel Schönberg

    Bring him home

    Composer: Herbert Kretzmer. Performer: Oliver Tompsett. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Balcombe.
  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Albinoni Adagio

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Balcombe.
  • César Franck

    Panis Angelicus

    Performer: Emilia Jaques. Performer: Cassian Pichler-Roca. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Balcombe.
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber

    Gethsemane

    Performer: Emilia Jaques. Performer: Cassian Pichler-Roca. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Balcombe.
  • Jamie Hartman

    Human

    Composer: Rag’n’Bone Man. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Choir: London Contemporary Voices. Conductor: Richard Balcombe.
  • Howard Goodall

    The Lord is my Shepherd

    Performer: Cassian Pichler-Roca. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Choir: London Contemporary Voices. Conductor: Richard Balcombe.
  • Stephen Schwartz

    When You Believe

    Composer: Babyface. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Choir: London Contemporary Voices. Conductor: Richard Balcombe.
  • Giulio Caccini

    Ave Maria

    Performer: Emilia Jaques. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Balcombe.
  • Anthony B. Stephens

    You got the love

    Composer: Arnecia Michelle Harris. Composer: John Bellamy. Choir: London Contemporary Voices. Conductor: Richard Balcombe.
  • John Williams

    Schindlers List

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Balcombe.
  • Tony Hadley

    Bridge over troubled water

    Performer: Oliver Tompsett. Music Arranger: Chris Egan. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Balcombe.
  • Richard Rodgers

    Climb every mountain

    Performer: Emilia Jaques. Performer: Cassian Pichler-Roca. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Balcombe.
  • Trad.

    Mary don't you weep

    Performer: Yola Carter. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Choir: London Contemporary Voices. Conductor: Richard Balcombe.
  • Rolf Løvland

    You raise me up

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Choir: London Contemporary Voices. Conductor: Richard Balcombe.

At the foot of the Cross

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