11 December 2002

Methodists invited to take part in BBC Songs of Praise special for John Wesley's 300th anniversary

Methodists invited to take part in BBC Songs of Praise special for John Wesley's 300th anniversary

BBC TV has invited Methodists in Britain to join a choir of a thousand Methodist voices to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of John Wesley.

BBC TV's Songs of Praise has invited choir singers to come to the BIG SING in the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 30 March 2003.

The hymns recorded that day will provide the music for three editions of Songs of Praise including a special programme to mark Wesley's tercentenary which will feature eight of Charles Wesley's greatest hymns.

Paul Leddington Wright (founder of the MAYC Orchestra and Singers) will be conducting the singing, accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra. The evening will be hosted by Pam Rhodes and Aled Jones.

There will be one rehearsal prior to the event at the Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, on Sunday 23 March 2003 from 14.30-17.30 and choir members will also be required in the Royal Albert Hall from 14.30 on 30 March. The recording begins at 18.30. Choir members will receive free entry to the event and will be seated in the Arena.

This Wesley special edition of Songs of Praise is planned to be broadcast in June 2003 to coincide with the 300th anniversary itself. The programme is also planned to feature separate location filming around some of the places associated with Wesley's life.

Please note: It is very important that ticket holders attend both the choir rehearsal on 23 March and the afternoon rehearsal on 30 March.

Important update, 11 February 2003 - Please note that, after exceptional demand, all places have now been taken for the Choir of 1,000 Methodist Voices and the general congregation places. Please do not make any more enquiries or orders from the BBC, the Methodist Church or the Royal Albert Hall.

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