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20040418Roger Royle looks forward to St George's day with guests the Halifax Choral Society and the Black Dyke Band. Hymns reflect the story of St George including Onward Christian Soldiers and Jerusalem.
20040509Roger Royle presents a selection of favourite hymns chosen by listeners.
20040516Roger Royle presents a selection of favourite hymns chosen by listeners.
20040606Spirit of D-Day: A special programme commemorating the courage and camaraderie of those involed in the events of D-Day. Presented by Roger Royle.
20040613Roger Royle presents a selection of favourite hymns chosen by listeners.
20040627Roger Royle presents a selection of favourite hymns chosen by listeners.
20040704Roger Royle presents a selection of favourite hymns chosen by listeners.
20040725Roger Royle takes a pilgrimage in hymns for the feast of St James, the Patron Saint of Spain. Featuring the London Bach Choir directed by David Hill, with organist Jane Watts.
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5/5. Pilgrimage: Sister Beckett explores the idea of pilgrimage depicted in Lorenzo Monaco's Adoration of the MagiI from his Coronation of the Virgin, 1414."

20040912On Racial Justice Sunday, Roger Royle reflects on the joys and sorrows which arise in communities sharing different cultures.
20040919Speaking in Hymns. Roger Royle introduces hymns and spiritual songs. The featured choirs were recorded in St Martin's Church, Belfast during Music Live.
20041003Harvest: This week's hymns celebrate the miracle of growth and humanity's responsibility for the earth and its people. Presented by Roger Royle.
20041010Week of Prayer for World Peace: Roger Royle introduces hymns and songs reflecting on peace and reconciliation.
20041017Hymns for the 21st Century. Roger Royle introduces the first of two programmes featuring winners of the BBC's competition to write a new hymn.
20041024More Hymns for the 21st Century. Roger Royle introduces the second of two programmes featuring winners of the BBC's competition to write a new hymn.
20041031Roger Royle visits Moriah Chapel in Loughour, South Wales.
20041114Roger Royle reflects on those who have died in wars past and present. Churches and choirs from across the UK sing traditional hymns of comfort and inspiration for the season.
20041121Roger Royle presents a programme of children's hymns with churches and choirs across the UK. This week's guests are the Songs of Praise Senior School Choir of the Year 2004.
20041128Advent 1. Promises, Promises... From the Past: Roger Royle introduces hymns and Advent carols which connect the promise of Christmas with the traditions of the Old Testament.
20041205Advent 2. Promises, Promises... to Mary: Roger Royle reflects on the promise made to the Virgin Mary and introduces hymns and Advent carols sung by churches and choirs across the country.
20050102Roger Royle starts the first Sunday of the New Year in traditional fashion with hymns that reflect the church's theme for that day - the naming of Christ.
20050109Roger Royle recalls the visit of the Wise Men to the Christ child and introduces hymns from choirs assembled as part of a Royal School of Church Music gathering in St George's, Beckenham.
20050116Roger Royle reflects on Christian unity among the different traditions of the church and introduces hymns including Thy Hand O God Has Guided, Brother Sister Let Me Serve You and Go Forth and Tell.
20050123Roger Royle reflects on humanity's constant desire to move from one place to another and introduces hymn including Gospel Train, I'll Go In The Strength Of The Lord and The God Of Abraham Praise.
20050130Roger Royle introduces a selection of favourite hymns chosen by listeners, including Songs Of Praise The Angels Sand, Lift High The Cross and O Strength And Stay.
20050206Saying Sorry: Roger Royle looks forward to the season of Lent with hymns reflecting the experience of confession and forgiveness.
20050213Love and Laughter: Roger Royle begins a special series for Lent, recalling Christ's 40 days in the wilderness with hymns reflecting on life's essentials.
20050220Food, Water and Shelter: Roger Royle with a special series for Lent, recalling Christ's 40 days in the wilderness with hymns reflecting on life's essentials.
20050227Roger Royle continues his special series for Lent, reflecting on life's essentials. He talks to the author Edward Rutherford and churches and choirs across the country sing a selection of hymns.
20050306Roger Royle presents a selection of favourite hymns chosen by listeners.
20050313Roger Royle introduces music to reflect the emotion of Passiontide when Christians look forward to the events of Holy Week. With the Reading Phoenix Choir directed by Norman Morris.
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Prisoners of Conscience: Roger Royle introduces hymns which reflect the courage and faith of prisoners of conscience, sung by choirs and churches across the country. "

20050403On Low Sunday, Roger Royle presents a selection of post-Easter music, featuring the older members of the National Youth Choir of Scotland's Edinburgh Children's Choir.
20050410Prisoners of Conscience: Roger Royle introduces hymns which reflect the courage and faith of prisoners of conscience, sung by choirs and churches across the country.
20050417Anticipating St George's Day, Roger Royle has hymns celebrating the life and faith of the saints, featuring the Callington Singers, with the Chamber Choir and Senior Vocal Group of Stover School.
20050417In anticipation of St George's Day, Roger Royle introduces hymns celebrating the life and faith of the saints, sung by choirs and churches across the country.
20050424Roger Royle introduces favourite hymns sung by churches across the country, and features the choir and congregation of St Finnian's Church, Cregagh in Belfast, conducted by Gerald Monaghan.
20050501Roger Royle presents a selection of favourite hymns chosen by listeners. This week's theme is the countryside. Featuring the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir.
20050508On the anniversary of VE day, Roger Royle looks back at 60 years of celebrations, and reflects on the feast of the Ascension, the commemoration of Christ's universal reign of peace.
20050515Roger Royle presents a selection of favourite hymns chosen by listeners. This week's featured singers are from Shankhill Parish Church in Lurgan.
20050529Roger Royle presents a programme of hymns and choral music inspired by the revolutionary song of praise My Soul Magnifies the Lord. The guest choir is from Clare College, Cambridge.
20050605Weddings: Roger Royle reflects on ideas of love and marriage in a month traditional for weddings. The guest choir is the Royal School of Church Music Millennium Youth Choir under David Ogden.
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Roger Royle reflects on the Eucharist, an act of worship instituted by Jesus at the last supper. The guest choir is the Sirenian Singers conducted by Jean Stanley Jones."

20050612Roger Royle reflects on the Eucharist, an act of worship instituted by Jesus at the last supper. The guest choir is the Sirenian Singers conducted by Jean Stanley Jones.
20050619Roger Royle focuses on Providence and introduces hymns reflecting the bounty of God's gifts. This week's guest choir is the Choir of King's College Chapel, University of Aberdeen.
20050626Roger Royle tells the story of John the Baptist and his significance in hymns and music. This week's guest choir is the Pilgrim Consort in St Mary the Virgin, Holy Island.
20050703The Sirenian Singers from Wrexham, directed by Jean Stanley Jones, sing hymns to celebrate the feast of St Peter and St Paul with choirs from across the UK.
20050710Roger Royle presents hymns to reflect peace, justice and freedom. Featuring Glasgow's Bearsden Choir, directed by James Hunter.
20050717Roger Royle presents a selection of favourite hymns chosen by listeners.
20050724Roger Royle tells the story of St James, one of Jesus's closest followers and whose feast day is tomorrow. This week's guest choir is the Pilgrim Consort.
20050731Roger Royle recalls the life and times of well known hymn writers. The spotlight first is on Cecil Alexander, who penned Once in Royal David's City and All Things Bright and Beautiful.
20050807Hymn Writers: In the first of a four-part series, Roger Royle recalls the life and times of well-known hymn writers. This week, the focus is on Mrs Cecil Alexander.
20050814Hymn Writers: In the second of a four-part series, Roger Royle recalls the life and times of well-known hymn writers. This week, the focus is on John Mason Neale.
20050821Hymn Writers. 3/4: Roger Royle explores the poetry and hymn writing of George Herbert. The chapel choir of Clare College Cambridge sing King of glory, King of Peace, and others.
20050828In the last of a series of special Sunday Half Hours, Roger Royle recalls the life and times of some of the most well known hymn writers.
20050904Celtic Saints: Roger Royle celebrates the life and inspiration of Celtic saints such as Brendan, Columba, Bede and Aidan who travelled Britain to spread the story of Christ.
20050911On the anniversary of the destruction of New York's twin towers, Roger Royle reflects on words of strength from the Bible. Guest choirs from Leeds Cathedral are conducted by Benjamin Saunders.
20050918Roger Royle presents a selection of favourite hymns including Thou whose almighty Word, Glorious things of thee are spoken and Lord thy word abideth.
20050925Roger Royle presents a selection of favourite hymns chosen by listeners, exploring visions of the city of God from earthly and heavenly points of view.
20051002Roger Royle introduces hymns telling the story of St Francis, the patron saint of animals and founder of the Franciscan order. Music comes from churches and choirs across the UK.
20051009Roger Royle introduces traditional hymns giving thanks to God for the earth and all it provides. The guest choirs are St David's Praise and Cambrensis, directed by Kelvin Thomas.
20051016Roger Royle presents a selection of favourite hymns chosen by listeners. This week's featured choir is the Edinburgh Children's Choir, directed by Elizabeth McColl with organist Stuart Hope.
20051023Roger Royle commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, and reflects on the nations relationship with the sea. This week features the Choir of the Old Royal Naval College.
20051030Roger Royle commemorates saints who, though unsung, have inspired and encouraged the faithful in their lifetime and beyond. His guests are the Leicester Choral Society, conducted by Richard Dacey.
20051113Roger Royle introduces hymns and anthems to reflect Remembrance Sunday, and tells the story of the tomb of the unknown warrior. The guest choir is the Bearsden Choir in St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow.
20051120Roger Royle introduces choirs from the International Church Music Festival singing hymns of thanksgiving, looking forward to Thanksgiving in the USA.
20051204Advent Wreath. 2/4. The Prophets: Roger Royle lights the second candle and looks at how the prophets saw the coming of God's kingdom and how that relates to the birth of Christ.
20051211Advent Wreath. 3/4. The Forerunner: Roger Royle lights the third candle on his Advent wreath and introduces carols and hymns that look forward to Christmas with the message of John the Baptist.
20051218Mary: Roger Royle lights the fourth and final candle on his Advent wreath and introduces hymns and carols telling the story of Jesus' mother, the Virgin Mary.
20051225Christmas at Canterbury: Roger Royle celebrates Christmas in Canterbury Cathedral, with traditional carols and Christmas music, and readings from Barbara Flynn and Robert Bathurst. Then News.
20060101All Things New: Roger Royle looks forward to the coming year with hymns of thanksgiving and hope celebrating all things new.
20060108Roger Royle introduces hymns and carols for The feast of the Epiphany. This week's guest choir is Cordydd from Cardiff directed by Sioned James with Rob Nicholls, organist.
20060115In the week of prayer for Christian Unity, Roger Royle introduces hymns of reconciliation with guest choirs from the Corrymeela community in Northern Ireland.
20060122Monks and Nuns: Roger Royle reflects on the religious life and those called to be monks and nuns with guest singers, the choir of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh.
20060129St Paul's Story: A choir of pilgrims following St Paul's journey from Neapolis to Athens illustrate in hymns the story of the saints mission to the Gentiles. Presented by Roger Royle.
20060205Called to Serve: Roger Royle explores the ways in which people serve their community, their neighbours and the Lord. The Parliament Choir sings in St Mary's Undercroft, Westminster.
20060212Hymns in My Spare Time: Roger Royle explores the background to famous hymns from unusual authors such as actors, MPs and archeologists and launches a competition for new hymns.
20060219Roman Catholic Hymns: Roger Royle introduces hymns treasured by Roman Catholics sung by the cathedral choirs of Leeds Cathedral, and churches and choirs across the UK.
20060226St David: Roger Royle introduces Welsh hymns and hymn tunes looking forward to St David's Day. This week's guest choir is Cordydd from Cardiff, directed by Sioned James.
20060305Roger Royle begins a special series for Lent reflecting on the desert experience. This week, hymns reflect the experience of Jesus, tempted in the wilderness. The guest choir is the Coventry Singers.
20060312The Desert Fathers: Roger Royle continues his series for Lent looking at the desert experience. This week's hymns reflect the thoughts of those who found inspiration in the wilderness.
20060319Desert Travels: Roger Royle reflects on stories of Old Testament heroes whose faith in God led them through the desert.
20060326Silence in the Desert: Roger Royle introduces hymns inspired by Elijah's experience of finding God in the silence of the desert.
20060409Palm Sunday: Roger Royle introduces hymns that reflect the story of Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem and the events leading up to his crucifixion on Good Friday.
20060423St George: Roger Royle reflects on nationality, the English and their patron saint with hymns from churches and choirs across the land.
20060430Roger Royle presents a selection of favourite hymns chosen by listeners.
20060507Roger Royle presents a selection of favourite hymns chosen by listeners.
20060514St Matthias: On the feast day of St Matthias, the patron saint of alcoholics, Roger Royle introduces hymns of support and courage reflecting God's power to liberate and comfort.
20060521Sacred Space: Roger Royle presents a selection of favourite hymns chosen by listeners. Roger Royle introduces hymns linked to locations treasured for their atmosphere of holiness and inspiration.
20060528Ascension: Roger Royle introduces hymns reflecting the Church's celebration of the ascension of Christ 40 days after Easter. This week's guest choir is the Reading Phoenix Choir.
20060604Roger Royle celebrates the birthday of the church and the experience of the Holy Spirit with hymns sung by UK choirs. Music includes: Come down, O Love Divine and Spirit of the Living God.
20060611Roger Royle features the winners of the BBC's hymn writing contest and introduces music from different traditions. The winning hymns are sung by the Andy Silver Singers and the Daily Service Singers.
20060612Roger Royle presents a selection of favourite hymns chosen by listeners.
20060618Roger Royle presents a selection of favourite hymns chosen by listeners.
20060702The Sea

Roger Royle introduces hymns that reflect on the sea and its association with the chaos of creation and its power to inspire. This week's featured choir is from Paisley Abbey, directed by George McPhee with organist John Langdon.

Hymns include Thou whose almighty word, There's a wideness in God's mercy and God moves in a mysterious way.

20060709World of Work

Roger Royle looks forward to the feast day of St Benedict and reflects on the Benedictine motto 'to work is to pray'. The world of work inspires this week's hymns with guest choirs from Framlingham College, Suffolk directed by Rob Goodrich and choirs and churches from across the UK. Hymns include For The Fruits Of His Creation, From Thee All Skills And Science Flow and Angel Voices Ever Singing.

20060723Roger Royle celebrates the centenary of the English Hymnal which reinvigorated worship and gave us many of today's favourite hymns. This week's guest choir is from the church where it all began, St Mary the Virgin, Primrose Hill.

The Musical Director is Michael Willford and the organist, Bryan Almond. Hymns include, Come down O Love Divine, In the Bleak Midwinter, and He who Would Valiant be.

20060730The story of Mary, who sat at Jesuss feet, and Martha, who worked in the kitchen, inspire this week's hymns on the theme of service introduced by Roger Royle. The hymns come from churches across the UK and include Amazing Grace, My song is love unknown and Now thank we all our God.
20060806Roger Royle begins a summer series of programmes exploring visions. This week he reflects on visions of heaven with hymns from around the country and guests, the Swansea Bach Choir.
20060813Roger Royle reflects on visions of forgiveness through hymns. This week's guest choir is from Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Cambridge directed by Nigel Kerry with organist James Sherlock. Music includes Lead Kindly Light, Hail Redeemer King Divine and Ave Verum, Elgar.
20060820Roger Royle presents a selection of favourite hymns chosen by listeners.
20060827Visions of Justice: Roger Royle continues to explore visions for a better world and reflects on a vision for justice with this week's featured choir, the Reading Phoenix Choir.
20060903Roger Royle celebrates the 70th anniversary gathering of the Hymn Society singing in St Martin's Church, Dorking, with hymns for all times and seasons.

The music is directed by Martin Ellis with organist David Pipe as well as other churches and choirs from across the UK. Hymns include For all the saints, New songs of celebration render and Thine be the glory.

20060910Roger Royle presents a selection of hymns from around the UK inspired by the Virgin Mary, including Now Thank We All Our God, As I Kneel Before You and Tell Out My Soul. The featured choir is from Northern Ireland, with organist Edward Craig and directed by Michael McCracken.
20060917Dreams and Visions: Roger Royle reflects on the life of the 12th century mystic and musician, Hildegard of Bingen, with hymns from across the UK. This week's guest choir is from Our Lady and the English Martyrs in Cambridge, directed by Nigel Kerry with organist, James Sherlock. Hymns include Hildegard's O Virtus Sapientiae, Soul of My Saviour and Ye Holy Angels Bright.
20060924Roger Royle celebrates Harvest Festival with hymns from churches and choirs across the UK. This week's guest choir is the Andy Silver Singers.
20061008Dance is the theme for this week's hymns introduced by Roger Royle and inspired by St Pelagia, who was converted by the story of a dancers search for perfection. The guest choir is the Coventry Singers, directed by Paul Leddington Wright with organist Daniel Moult. Hymns include Lord of the dance, Alleluia Sing to Jesus, and Psalm 150.
20061015Roger Royle reflects on healing of body and spirit through hymns. The featured choir is Cor Aelwyd CF1, directed by Eilir Owen Griffiths accompanied by Rob Nicholls and Aled John.
20061022Hymns introduced by Roger Royle. Saints on earth and in heaven, the family of God, inspire this Faith in the World week's hymns. The guest choir is the Cambridge Chorale, directed by Julian Wilkins with organist Ralph Woodward
20061029Roger Royle introduces hymns that explore the relationship between science and religious belief. This week's featured choir is from Bristol Cathedral, conducted by Mark Lee.
20061112Roger Royle introduces this week's hymns commemorating those who have died in war and those who experienced life under occupation.
20061119God's Children: Roger Royle looks back at a week of fundraising for Children in Need and introduces hymns written for and about children. The guest choir is the Coventry Singers.
20061126St Andrew: Roger Royle looks forward to St Andrew's day with the choir of Paisley Abbey and hymns from choirs and churches across the country.
200612031/4. Advent: The Gift of Hope. Roger Royle looks forward to the gift of Christmas. This week's guest choir is from St George's Parish Church, Beckenham.
200612102/4. Advent: The Gift of Love. Roger Royle looks forward to the gift of Christmas. The guest choir from Jordanhill Parish Church is joined by Strathclyde University Chamber Choir.
20061217Advent 3: The Gift of Peace. Roger Royle introduces carols for Advent and reflects on the Christmas gift of peace. The featured choir is from St George's Parish Church, Beckenham.
20061224Advent 4: Roger Royle goes to Exeter Cathedral for Christmas Eve to hear again the story of the birth of Jesus, the gift of God to the world.
20061231A Calendar of Praise: Roger Royle reflects on the power of hymns through the ages to express people's concerns and their relationship with God.
20070107Epiphany: Roger Royle introduces hymns celebrating the visit of the wise men to the Christ child. The guest choir is the Guernsey Churches Festival Chorus conducted by Roy Sarre.
20070114Retreat: Roger Royle looks at traditions of spiritual retreat and contemplation in the company of the hermit St Anthony of Egypt. The guest choir is from Clifton College, Bristol.
20070121Christian Unity: In a week of prayer for Christian unity, Roger Royle introduces hymns from many traditions and churches across the UK. The guest choir is Serendipity.
20070128Darkness and Light

Roger Royle explores the way hymns and Christian music reflect the spiritual significance of darkness and light. The guest choir is from St Mary's, Primrose Hill, directed by Michael Willford with organist Bryan Almond.

Hymns include Thou whose almighty word, Immortal invisible and O blest creator of the light.

20070204Carers

Roger Royle reflects on the love and care offered to others by families, friends, medical staff and volunteers. Guest choir is Aelwyd CF1, directed by Eilir Griffiths with organist Rob Nichols.

Hymns include Praise my soul the king of heaven, Brother, sister let me serve you and The Lord is my shepherd.

20070211The Family: Roger Royle reflects on the joys and challenges of family life through hymns and Christian music. Guest choirs are from Jordanhill, Glasgow, and Strathclyde University.
20070218Forgiveness: As the church looks forward to Ash Wednesday, Roger Royle considers what it means to forgive and be forgiven with hymns from churches and choirs across the UK.
20070225Lent 1: Fasting. As Lent begins, Roger Royle looks at traditional ways of marking the weeks before Easter. This week's featured choir is from St Mark's Church, Harrogate.
20070304The Family

Roger Royle reflects on the joys and challenges of family life through hymns and Christian music. The guest choir from Jordanhill, Glasgow, is joined by the Strathclyde University chamber choir.

20070311Lent 3: Learning. Roger Royle looks at how learning has become a way of marking the season. The featured choirs were recorded at the Hymn Society's 70th anniversary celebrations.
20070318Lent 4: Praying. Roger Royle continues his reflections on keeping Lent, focusing on the different ways God comes close in prayer. Guest choir is from Groomsport Presbyterian Church.
20070325Passion

Roger Royle reflects on suffering and the human tragedy of slavery on the date of the bicentenary of the Act to abolish the slave trade. The guest choir is from St George's Church, Beckenham. Hymns include My song is love unknown, O sacred head, and Steal away

20070401Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday begins Holy Week when Christians recall the events leading up to Good Friday and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Roger Royle introduces music for the season with the guest choir from St Mark's, Harrogate, with BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year 2006, William Dutton. Hymns include Ride on ride on in majesty, We sing the praise of him who died and It is a thing most wonderful.

20070415Low Sunday: On the Sunday after Easter, Brian D'Arcy reflects on stories of resurrection and hope with the chapel choir of King's College in Aberdeen, and choirs and churches across the UK.
20070422Brian D'Arcy looks forward to St George's Day with guest choir the Bracknell Choral Society, directed by Barnaby Smith with organist Samuel Rathbone.
20070429Teaching the Faith

Brian D'Arcy looks at how the Christian faith has been taught down the ages as reflected in the church's hymns.

Featured singers are Cor Caerdydd in Conway Methodist Church, Cardiff. The Musical Director is Gwawr Owen and the organist David Geoffrey Thomas. Hymns include Tell me the old old story, Jesus loves me and John Rutter's All things bright and beautiful.

20070506Mary's Month

The month of May has been kept as a special month of devotion for Mary for more than 300 years. Brian D'Arcy reflects on her story through hymns and music.

The guest choir is the Pilgrim Consort, singing in the Marian shrine of Montserrat in Spain, conducted by James Hawkey.

20070513Gamblers

Brian D'Arcy tells the story of St Matthias, who was chosen by lot to replace Judas, and reflects on the role chance plays in people's lives.

He introduces hymns on that theme with this week's guest choir, the BBC National Chorus of Wales, directed by Adrian Partington with organist Robert Court. Hymns include Lead us heavenly Father, lead us; Rock of Ages and The king of love my shepherd is.

20070520Ascension: Brian D'Arcy celebrates the feast of the Ascension with churches from across the UK. Hymns includes Christ triumphant, Hail the day that sees him rise and Jesus is Lord.
20070527"Pentecost

Brian D'Arcy reflects on the birthday of the church and the coming of the Holy Spirit. This week's featured singers are from Oundle School near Peterborough, directed by Alastair Tighe, accompanied by John Arkell. Hymns include Come down O love divine, Spirit of God and Alleluia, sing to Jesus."

20070527Pentecost

Brian D'Arcy reflects on the birthday of the church and the coming of the Holy Spirit. This week's featured singers are from Oundle School near Peterborough, directed by Alastair Tighe, accompanied by John Arkell. Hymns include Come down O love divine, Spirit of God and Alleluia, sing to Jesus.

20070603Martyrs: Brian D'Arcy tells stories of those whose faith has led them to give up their lives for Jesus Christ. The featured choir is the Priory Singers, directed by Harry Grindle.
20070610Thomas Ken: Brian D'Arcy tells the story of 17th century bishop and hymn writer Thomas Ken with the help of choirs at Winchester College where he was at school.
20070617Home

Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns which explore the meaning of home for people today. The featured choir is Bracknell Choral Society, directed by Barnaby Smith with organist Samuel Rathbone. Hymns include Praise my soul, Jesus, good above all other and Jerusalem the golden.

20070624Charles Wesley

Brian D'Arcy celebrates the 300th anniversary of Charles Wesley's birth with a selection of hymns - Wesley wrote more than 6,000.

Anglicans and Methodists join together to sing in St Martin's Church, Dorking, directed by Gordon Stewart, with organist Martin Ellis. Hymns include O for a thousand tongues, Where shall my wondering soul begin and Love divine.

20070701Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns reflecting the life and work of Diana, Princess of Wales - with Christians of all denominations singing in St Mary's Church, Bowdon, alongside churches and choirs from across the UK. The director of music is Sasha Johnson Manning with organist Robin Coulthard.
20070708Sea Sunday

Brian D'Arcy sets sail to celebrate Sea Sunday with hymns sung by this week's featured choir from King's College Chapel, University of Aberdeen. The singers are directed by Roger Williams, with organist George Chittenden.

20070715Sea Sunday

Brian D'Arcy sets sail to celebrate Sea Sunday with hymns sung by this week's featured choir from King's College Chapel, University of Aberdeen. The singers are directed by Roger Williams, with organist George Chittenden.

20070722Faith

Brian D'Arcy reflects on the mystery and power of faith through hymns. This week's featured singers from The Salvation Army Belfast Temple Corps are conducted by Yvonne Rouffet, with bandmaster Jack Burch and songster leader Keith Pyper. Hymns include Blessed Assurance, Guide me O thou great Jehovah and Immortal invisible.

20070729Co-operation

Brian D'Arcy looks at how effective teamwork can be, with the help of hymns sung by Oundle School near Peterborough, their chapel choir and churches across the UK. The musical director is Alastair Tighe with organist John Arkell.

Hymns include O for a thousand tongues, He's got the whole world in his hands and Panis Angelicus by Cesar Franck.

20070805Transfiguration

Brian D'Arcy reflects on the story of the Transfiguration and ideas of change and transformation, with hymns sung by churches and choirs across the country. Hymns include Holy, holy, holy, Crown him with many crowns and At the name of Jesus.

20070812Conversion

Brian D'Arcy tells the story of John Henry Newman's journey of faith on the anniversary of his death, and reflects on his hymns with the choir and people of St Mary the Virgin, Bathwick, and churches across the UK. The Musical Director is Colin Hunt, with conductor Anthony Crossland.

Hymns includes Praise to the holiest in the height, Lead kindly light and Just as I am.

20070819Salvation Army

Brian D'Arcy tells the story of the Salvation Army through their hymns and music. The guests are the Belfast Temple Corps, directed by Jack Burch. They are joined by singers from the Salvation Army across the UK.

Hymns include Send the fire!, Onward Christian Soldiers and When I needed a neighbour.

20070826Ignatius of Loyola

Introduced by Brian D'Arcy, with Ignatius of Loyola inspiring the choice of hymns. The featured choir is the Pilgrim Consort, singing in the Ignatian church in Manresa in Spain. They are directed by Marcus Farnsworth and James Hawkey. Music includes Soldiers of Christ arise, Regina Coeli by Morales and Let all mortal flesh keep silence.

20070902Brian D'Arcy explores the single life, its blessings and its challenges.

Music comes from St Robert's Parish Church choir and congregation from Pannal, near Harrogate. Hymns include Amazing Grace, Be Still my Soul and What a Friend we Have in Jesus.

Emma Whiteley, BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year, sings the prayer of St Patrick's Breastplate.

20070909The Bible

Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns that have been inspired by the Bible. This week's featured choir is Cor Caerdydd, singing in Conway Road Methodist Church, Cardiff. Their Musical Director is Gwawr Owen, with organist David Geoffrey Thomas.

Hymns include Lord, thy Word abideth, Fight the good fight and Blest are the pure in heart.

20070916The Cross

Brian D'Arcy reflects on the powerful symbolism of the cross for the church, with hymns sung by the choir and people of St Mary's in Bathwick. The Musical Director is Colin Hunt and the conducter is Anthony Crossland. Also featured are two of the winners of the BBC's hymn writing competition.

20070923Mission

Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns which explore ideas of the church's mission to serve all people. Guests include the Alumni Choir from Portsmouth, directed by David Swinson, with organist David Thorne. The final two winners of the BBC's hymn-writing competition can also be heard for the first time.

20070930Angels

Brian D'Arcy reflects on stories of angels and the hymns inspired by them, with the BBC National Chorus of Wales, directed by Adrian Partington, and with organist Robert Court.

Hymns include Ye holy angels bright, Angel voices ever singing and Praise my soul the king of heaven.

20071007Harvest

Brian D'Arcy celebrates the harvest season with traditional hymns. The guest choir is from St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow, directed by Frikki Walker, with organist Oliver Rundell. Hymns include We plough the fields and scatter, Let us with a gladsome mind and For the beauty of the earth.

20071014The community of faiths

Brian D'Arcy reflects on the common ground shared between people of all faiths. Verse and Chorus feature with St Robert's Parish Church Choir and congregation in Pannal, near Harrogate, and Emma Whitely, the BBC Radio 2 Choir girl of the year 2006.

They are conducted by Kevin Paynes with accompanist and musical director David Darling. Hymns include All people that on earth do dwell, Put peace into each others hands and There's a wideness in God's mercy.

20071028All Saints

Brian D'Arcy looks forward to All Saints day and celebrates the life and ministry of people past and present called to serve God in their lives. Guest singers are the choir and congregation of St Mary's, Bowdon in Cheshire. The Musical Director is Sasha Johnson Manning and the organist is Robin Coulthard.

20071111Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns that have a special significance for Remembrance. This week's featured choir is the Priory Singers, recorded in St Molua's Church in Belfast, directed by Harry Grindle with organist Philip Elliott. Hymns include O God our help in ages past, Eternal Father strong to save and For the healing of the nations.
20071118The Lord's Prayer

Brian D'Arcy reflects on how the Lord's Prayer has inspired hymn writers through the years. This week's featured singers were recorded in St Martin's Church, Dorking, with local Anglicans and Methodists. The musical director is Gordon Stewart, with organist Martin Ellis.

Hymns include Dear Lord and Father of mankind, Lord teach us how to pray aright and O for a closer walk with God.

20071125Isaac Watts

It's the anniversary of the death of hymn writer Isaac Watts (1674-1748). Brian D'Arcy introduces a programme of Watts' best known hymns and tells the story of his life. The featured choir is the Glasgow University Chapel Choir, directed by James Grossmith, with organist Kevin Bowyer.

Hymns include When I survey the wondrous cross, Joy to the world and Come let us join our cheerful songs.

20071202Ready for the angels

Brian D'Arcy introduces the first in an Advent series leading up to Christmas. This week's hymns are about getting ready for the angels, and guest singers are from King's College, Taunton - Songs of Praise school choir of the year (senior).

The Musical Director is Colin Albery, and the organist James Campbell. Hymns include Come thou long expected Jesus, People look East, and Lo he comes with clouds descending.

Hymns include When I survey the wondrous cross, Joy to the world and Come let us join our cheerful songs.

20071209Ready for the kingdom

On the second Sunday of Advent, Brian D'Arcy continues to reflect on getting ready for Christmas. He introduces guest singers from Knock Methodist Church in Belfast. Hymns include Long ago, prophets knew, Adam lay y bounden and On Jordan's bank, the Baptist's cry.

20071216Ready for justice

Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns in his Advent series about getting ready for Christmas. This week's hymns reflect on being ready for justice.

The guest singers are Cantorion, directed by Tim Rhys Evans with organist Jeffrey Howard, recorded in St German's Church, Cardiff. Hymns include O come O come Emmanuel, But who may abide the day of his coming, Handel and A great and mighty wonder.

20071223Ready for Christmas

Brian D'Arcy completes his Advent series by finally getting ready for Christmas. Carols are sung in Chester Cathedral with the cathedral choir and the new BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year, Charlotte McKechnie and Joel Whitewood.

The Musical Director is David Poulter and the Organist is Philip Rushforth. Favourite carols include Hark the herald angels sing, Away in a manger and Silent night.

20071230The future

Brian D'Arcy looks forward to the New Year with guest singers in St Jude's Church, Southsea, and the Portsmouth High School for Girls choir. The Director of Music is David Thorne and Organist is David Cain.

Hymns include Of the Father's love begotten, Onward Christian soldiers and One more step along the world I go.

20080106"Epiphany

Brian D'arcy reflects on the visit of the wise men to the Christ child. Hymns and carols for Epiphany are sung by churches and choirs from across the UK. This week's guest singers are from St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow. Frikki Walker directs the music, with organist Oliver Rundell.

Hymns include The first Nowell, Brightest and best of the sons of the morning and As with gladness men of old."

20080113Quakers

Brian D'Arcy introduces music that reflects Quaker spirituality as he tells the story of the founder of the Quakers, George Fox. He features songs from the Andy Silver Singers and hymns from churches and choirs from across the UK. Music includes Let all mortal flesh keep silence, Dear Lord and Father of mankind and Lord of the dance.

20080120"Week of prayer for Christian Unity

The week celebrates its centenary this year.Brian D'arcy tells the story behind it and reflects, through hymns, on the way churches of many denominations relate to each other. Hymns include Just as I am, At the name of Jesus and The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended."

20080127Hospitality

Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns which reflect on ideas of hospitality and friendship, with guests the Alumni choir. Director of Music is David Swinson with organist David Thorne. Hymns include Holy holy holy, An upper room and O Jesus I have promised.

20080203Age and Experience

The story of the elderly Simeon and Anna in the temple inspires hymns for this week's programme, on the theme of age and experience. They are introduced by Brian D'Arcy with the Thames Philharmonic Choir, directed by John Bate, with organist Stephen Disley. Hymns include O God, our help in ages past Nunc Dimittis (Burgon) and Lord of all hopefulness.

20080210Lent 1 - Hannah

Brian D'Arcy begins a series of programmes for Lent linked with wise women, past and present.

This week's hymns help to tell the story of Hannah from the Old Testament. The guest singers perform at St Jude's Church, Southsea, directed by David Thorne, with organist David Cain.

Music includes Forty days and Forty Nights, Here I am Lord (I the Lord of sea and sky) and Magnificat in F, Dyson.

20080217Brian D'Arcy continues his series for Lent looking at the life and influence of some wise women of faith.

Lent 2 - Bernadette of Lourdes

Brian tells the story of Bernadette of Lourdes, who experienced visions of the Virgin Mary 150 years ago this month. Featuring the chapel choir of Glasgow University, directed by James Grossmith, with organist Kevin Bowyer. Hymns include Lead us, heavenly Father lead us, Blest are the pure in heart and Be still for the presence of the Lord.

20080224Brian D'Arcy continues his series for Lent looking at the life and influence of some wise women of faith.

Lent 3 - Lydia

This week's focus is Lydia, the first person to be converted to Christianity by Paul. The featured choir is King's College, Taunton, with Musical Director Colin Albery and organist James Campbell. Hymns include Shall we gather at the river, Be thou my guardian and Jesu, Lover of my soul.

20080302Brian D'Arcy continues his series for Lent looking at the life and influence of some wise women of faith.

Lent 4 - St Non

On Mothering Sunday, Brian looks at the life of St Non, the mother of St David. The featured choir is Cantorion, with musical director Tim Rhys Evans and organist Jeffrey Howard. Hymns include When I survey the wondrous cross and Guide me O thou great redeemer.

20080309Passion Sunday

Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns for Passion Sunday, the fifth Sunday in Lent. It's a time when Christians start to concentrate their thoughts on the significance of the suffering of Jesus, in preparation for Holy Week.

Thames Philharmonic choir provide the music, directed by John Bate and organist Stephen Disley. Hymns include When I survey the wondrous cross, There is a green hill far away and O sacred head sore wounded.

20080316Palm Sunday

Brian D'Arcy introduces music for Palm Sunday and Holy Week as he recalls the events leading up to Good Friday and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Featuring music from Knock Methodist Church, directed by Stephen Preston.

20080323Easter Glory

Father Brian D'Arcy celebrates Easter with a programme of hymns and music performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and the boys and girls of Liverpool Cathedral Choir. They are joined by the BBC Radio 2 Choristers of the Year for 2007, Charlotte McKechnie and Joel Whitewood. The organist is David Poulter and the Director of Music is Ian Tracey.

The Easter story, seasonal poetry and prose is read by Sue Jenkins and Joe McGann. Music includes Jesus Christ is risen today, Thine be the glory and Christ triumphant.

20080330Low Sunday

Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns for the first Sunday after Easter, known as Low Sunday. The featured choir is the Welsh Chamber Singers, directed by Avril Harding, with organist John Cheer. Hymns include All hail the power of Jesus' name, God so loved the world and Lift high the cross.

20080406Prisoners of Conscience

Brian D'Arcy commemorates Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an anti-Nazi German pastor involved in a plot to assassinate Hitler, in a programme of music that celebrates the lives of those who take a stand against injustice and oppression.

20080413St Francis and the Franciscans

Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns which celebrate the life of St Francis and the founding of the order of the Fransiscans in 1209. Music comes from Chethams School of Music in Manchester, and the musical director is Martin Bussey. Hymns include All creatures of our God and King, Ye holy angels bright and O for a closer walk with God.

20080420St George's Day

Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns to celebrate England's patron saint. With music from the City of Bristol Choir, directed by David Ogden, and organist Richard Johnson. Hymns include Onward Christian Soldiers, Jerusalem and For all the saints.

20080427Hymns as Poetry

Poetry has long helped people to express their deepest feelings about life and God. Brian D'Arcy presents a selection of well-loved poetic hymns which articulate profound religious truths.

Featuring the Renaissance Singers of Blackburn Cathedral, directed by Richard Tanner and organist James Davey. Hymns include Praise to the holiest, Jesus shall reign whe'er the sun and Through the night of doubt and sorrow.

20080504Ascension

Brian D'Arcy celebrates the Ascension with a selection of well-known hymns. The featured singers are from Giffnock South Parish Church, directed by Duncan McClure, and organist Peter Howard. Plus a solo item by this year's BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year, Charlotte McKechnie.

Hymns include Crown him with many crowns, Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour and Alleluia, sing to Jesus.

20080511Pentecost

Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and Brian D'Arcy marks the festival with a selection of hymns. This week's featured choir is Trinity College of Music Chamber Choir, directed by Stephen Jackson, and the organist is Sean Farrell.

Hymns include Breathe on me breath of God, Come down O love divine and Spirit of God.

20080518Trinity

Brian D'Arcy introduces music for Trinity Sunday with a selection of hymns to celebrate the three persons of the Godhead - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Hymns are sung by the choir of Royal Holloway University, London, directed by Rupert Gough, with organist Alexander Norman.

Hymns include Christ Triumphant; All hail the power of Jesus' name and Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour.

20080525St Augustine

Brian D'Arcy celebrates the life of St Augustine, the first Archbishop of Canterbury, with music from the choir of Canterbury Cathedral. Directed by David Flood, the programme features the voice of Radio 2's Young Chorister of the Year 2007, Joel Whitewood. The organist is Timothy Harper.

Hymns include We have a gospel to proclaim and God is working his purpose out.

20080601"Artists

This year is the 500th annivesary of Michaelangelo's commission to paint the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. Brian D'Arcy celebrates the work and talents of artists, with music from this week's featured choir, the Fairhaven Singers. The musical director is Ralph Woodward and the organist, Christopher Whitton.

Hymns include Angel voices ever singing, Now thank we all our God and of the Father's love begotten."

20080601Artists

This year is the 500th annivesary of Michaelangelo's commission to paint the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. Brian D'Arcy celebrates the work and talents of artists, with music from this week's featured choir, the Fairhaven Singers. The musical director is Ralph Woodward and the organist, Christopher Whitton.

Hymns include Angel voices ever singing, Now thank we all our God and of the Father's love begotten.

20080608St Columba

Brian D'Arcy celebrates the work of St Columba and the role of Celtic Christianity. With hymns from the First Portadown Presbyterian Church.

Music includes I heard the voice of Jesus say, Before the throne of God and Let all the world in every corner sing. The music is directed by Michael Harris, accompanied by Diane Crozier.

20080615Weddings

As the wedding season gets into full swing, Brian D'Arcy reflects on marriage with traditional hymns and readings. Music includes O perfect love, Immortal love and O praise ye the Lord.

The featured choir is from St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow, directed by Frikki Walker with organist Christopher Nickol.

20080622Refugees

Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns to commemorate the death of St Alban. Music is provided by the choir and congregation of St Peter's Church in St Alban's. The musical director is Nicholas Robinson and the organist is Alexander Flood. Hymns include When I needed a neighbour; O Jesus I have promised; and Through all the changing scenes of life.

20080629Ministry

Brian D'Arcy looks at church ministry and leadership as he celebrates the work of St Peter and St Paul. Music comes from the featured choir of Jesus College, Cambridge, directed by Daniel Hyde. The organist is Tom Chatterton.

Hymns include Soldiers of Christ arise, At the name of Jesus and Here I am Lord.

20080706Brian D'Arcy explores the cult of celebrity with the featured Cardiff Polyphonic Choir. The musical director is Neil Ferris and the organist is Robert Court. Hymns include Be still my soul, John Rutter's All things bright and beautiful and Guide me O thou great redeemer.
20080713Rules for life

Brian D'Arcy celebrates the life of St Benedict. The featured choir is Leeds Cathedral Choir, directed by Christopher McIroy and the organist is Christopher Johns. Hymns include Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, Holy God we praise thy name and As pants the hart.

20080720Living with Difference

To mark the Lambeth Conference, Brian D'Arcy presents a selection of hymns to celebrate living with difference. With featured music from the choir and congregation of Beckenham Parish Church directed by Nigel Groome. Hymns include Glorious things of thee are spoken; The church's one foundation and Dear Lord and Father of mankind.

20080727Worldwide Faith

As the World Council of Churches marks its 60th anniversary, Brian D'Arcy presents a selection of favourite hymns to celebrate the worldwide nature of the Christian faith. Hymns include Lead us heavenly Father, lead us, Siyahamba and Jesus wher'ere thy people meet.

20080803Transfiguration

Brian D'Arcy marks the Transfiguration of Jesus with hymns to celebrate the transforming power of faith. With music from Fitzroy Presbyterian Church in Belfast with the Fitzroy Orchestra, directed by Chris Blake. Hymns include Beauty for brokenness, Bright the vision that delighted and Amazing Grace.

20080810Sport

To celebrate the Olympic Games in China, Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns with a sporting theme. Featuring Trinity College of Music Chamber Choir, directed by Stephen Jackson. The organist is Sean Farrell. Hymns include Fight the good fight, Jesus good above all other and You'll never walk alone.

20080817Buildings

Brian D'Arcy examines the significance of church buildings as he marks the annniversary of the founding of the Cistercian order at the famous Citeaux Abbey in France. The featured choir is the City of Bristol Choir, directed by David Ogden.

20080824To mark St Bartholomew's Day, Brian D'Arcy reflects on health and well-being with music provided by Giffnock South Parish Church, directed by Duncan McClure. Organist: Peter Howard.
20080831Brian D'Arcy celebrates the opening of the 60th Paralympic games in Beijing. With the choir of Canterbury Cathedral, plus the voice of Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year 2007 Joel Whitewood. The musical director is David Flood, and the organist is Timothy Harper.

Hymns include In Christ there is no east or west, All creatures of our God and King and John Rutter's Open thou mine eyes.

20080907Every year, Methodist churches hold a Covenant service to celebrate and affirm their relationship with God and each other. Many churches hold this service at the start of the Methodist year in September.

Brian D'Arcy marks the occasion with some appropriate hymns from the featured choir, the Welsh Chamber Singers, directed by Avril Harding. The organist is John Cheer. Hymns include Take my life and let it be and Forth in thy name O Lord I go.

20080921Debt

In a world preoccupied with money, profit and debt, Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns of reassurance and hope. With music from Fitzroy Presbyterian Church in Belfast, with The Fitzroy Orchestra directed by Chris Blake. Hymns include Lord for the Years, Great is thy faithfulness and Be thou my vision.

20080928Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns about heaven, featuring Chetham's School of Music recorded in Manchester Cathedral. The musical Director is Martin Bussey and the organist Geoffrey Woollatt. Hymns include Christ triumphant, All my hope on God is founded and Blest are the pure in heart.
20081005Brian D'Arcy celebrates harvest with a selection of well-loved hymns. Music is provided by the Ardwyn Singers, directed by David Michael Leggatt and the organist is Janice Ball. Hymns include We plough the fields and scatter; For the beauty of the earth and Come ye thankful people come.
20081012Brian D'Arcy explores issues of crime and punishment and looks at the work of Elizabeth Fry, the Quaker and prison reformer. The featured choir is from St Peter's Church, St Alban's, directed by Nicholas Robinson. The organist is Alexander Flood.

Hymns include He who would valiant be; Angel voices ever singing and O for a closer walk with God.

20081019Brian D'Arcy explores the reasons that people believe in God, one of the themes of this year's Faith in the World Week. With music from the Royal School of Church Music Summer Course in Durham. The organist is David Goodenough.

Hymns include Breathe on me breath of God; Jesus the very thought of thee; and In heavenly love abiding.

20081026All Saints

Brian D'Arcy anticipates All Saints Day and All Souls Day with a selection of celebratory hymns and anthems from one of the 2008 Eton Choral Courses. The choir is directed by Ben Parry and the organist is David Goode. Hymns include For all the saints; Ye watchers and ye holy ones and Love divine.

20081109Brian D'Arcy marks Remembrance Sunday with a selection of hymns to commemorate the fallen. Music includes The day thou gavest, I vow to thee my country and Jerusalem the Golden. The featured choir is from Royal Holloway University in London, directed by Rupert Gough. The organist is Alexander Norman.

Part of Radio 2's Remembrance Season.

20081116Saint Margaret of Scotland: Brian D'Arcy celebrates the saint's life with Scottish hymns. Ian McCrorie directs choirs from Edinburgh and Glasgow. The organist is John Kitchen.
20081123 Brian D'Arcy presents hymns to commemorate St Cecilia's Day.
20081123St Cecilia's Day: Brian D'Arcy presents hymns in praise of God in a celebration of music and musicians to commemorate St Cecilia's Day.
20081214
20081214

Advent Wreath: God's Love. Brian D'Arcy looks at God's love in the context of Christmas preparations, in the third programme in the Advent series.

20081221 Brian D'Arcy hosts a programme of festive music and Bible readings from Belfast.
20081221 Brian D'Arcy hosts a programme of festive music and Bible readings from Belfast.

Brian D'Arcy hosts a programme of festive music and Bible readings telling the nativity story from Fisherwick Presbyterian Church in Belfast.

20081228 Father Brian D'Arcy explores the story of the feast of Holy Innocents.
20081228 Father Brian D'Arcy explores the story of the feast of Holy Innocents.

Father Brian D'Arcy explores the story of the feast of Holy Innocents. Featuring music from 'The Choir', directed by James Whitbourn. The organist is Greg Morris.

20090111 Brian D'Arcy explores the idea of Holy Ground and the value of sacred spaces.
20090111 Brian D'Arcy explores the idea of Holy Ground and the value of sacred spaces.

Brian D'Arcy explores the idea of Holy Ground and the value of sacred spaces. The featured choir is The Fairhaven Singers, directed by Ralph Woodward.

20090118
20090118

Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Features the Cardiff Polyphonic Choir, directed by Neil Ferris, and the organist Robert Court.

Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

20090125
20090125

Brian D'Arcy explores politics and power through hymns and music. The choir is from St George's Church in Beckenham, directed by Nigel Groome. The organist is Alasdair Friend.

Brian D'Arcy explores politics and the nature of power through hymns and music.

20090208
20090208

Brian D'Arcy celebrates the love of God through music and prayer. With the congregation of First Portadown Presbyterian Church, director Michael Harris and organist Diane Crozier.

Brian D'Arcy celebrates the love of God through music, prayer and reflection.

20090215
20090215

Brian D'Arcy presents hymns to celebrate faith as expressed in the Word of God. With singers from the Eton Choral Course 2008, directed by Ben Parry. The organist is David Goode.

Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns which celebrate faith expressed in the Word of God.

20090222
20090222

Brian D'Arcy explores the stories and consequences of persecution with appropriate hymns. With Leeds Cathedral Choir, directed by Ben Saunders. The organist is Christopher McElroy.

Brian D'Arcy explores the stories and consequences of persecution with appropriate hymns.

20090301
20090301

Brian D'Arcy explores the vow of poverty and marks St David's Day. Featuring the Cardiff Ardwyn Singers, directed by David Michael Leggett. The organist is Janice Ball.

Brian D'Arcy explores the vow of poverty and marks St David's Day.

20090308
20090308

Brian D'Arcy explores the tradition of chastity. The featured choir is the Renaissance Singers of Blackburn Cathedral, directed by Richard Tanner. The organist is James Davey.

Brian D'Arcy explores chastity. With the Renaissance Singers of Blackburn Cathedral.

20090315
20090315

Brian D'Arcy explores obedience to the will of God. With the Charles Wood Summer School, recorded in Armagh Methodist Church, directed by Adrian Brunt and organist Theo Saunders.

Brian D'Arcy explores obedience to the will of God.

20090322
20090322

Synopsis

Brian D'Arcy looks at the religious vow of stability and celebrates Mothering Sunday with some appropriate hymns and music.

Brian D'Arcy looks at the religious vow of stability and celebrates Mothering Sunday.

20090405
20090405

Brian D'Arcy introduces appropriate hymns for Palm Sunday, featuring music from The Choir, directed by James Whitbourn. The organist is Greg Morris.

Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns for Palm Sunday.

20090419
20090419

Synopsis

Brian D'Arcy introduces a selection of well loved hymns to mark St George's Day.

Brian D'Arcy introduces a selection of hymns to mark St George's Day.

20090426
20090426

Brian D'Arcy explores the idea of peace - in our country, in our lives and with God. This week's featured choir, the Bearsden Choir, sing a selection of traditional and contemporary hymns including "Forth in the peace of Christ I Go" and "Behold the mountain of the Lord".

  • The Musical Director is Frikki Walker and the organist is Christopher Nickol.

    Brian D'Arcy explores the idea of peace - in our country, in our lives and with God.

  • 20090503
    20090503

    To mark the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns about healing and wholeness.

    This week's featured choir is Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir directed by Martyn Rawles. The organist is Cathy Lamb. Hymns include "I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say"; "There's A Wideness In God's Mercy" and "Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord".

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns about healing and wholeness.

    20090503

    To mark the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns about healing and wholeness.

  • This week's featured choir is Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir directed by Martyn Rawles. The organist is Cathy Lamb. Hymns include "I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say"; "There's A Wideness In God's Mercy" and "Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord".

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns about healing and wholeness.

  • 20090510
    20090510

    Brian D'Arcy explores Christian thinking on charity and reflects on poverty and injustice throughout the world. This week's featured choir is the Priory Singers from Belfast directed by Nigel McClintock.

    Brian D'Arcy explores Christian thinking on charity.

    20090517
    20090517

    On Sunday Half Hour, Brian D'Arcy looks ahead to Ascension Day,when the Christian church teaches that the risen Jesus Christ was taken up into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father.

    This week's featured choirs are from Coventry Blue Coat School with Holy Trinity Church in Coventry. Hymns include Crown Him With Many Crowns; Hail The Day That Sees Him Rise; and Lift Thine Eyes.

    Brian D'Arcy looks ahead to Ascension Day.

    20090524
    20090524

    This year, the Commonwealth of Nations celebrates its 60th anniversary. A unique association of independent countries, it seeks to promote goodwill and mutual understanding. On this week's Sunday Half Hour, Brian D'Arcy celebrates the family of God and the worldwide nature of the Christian faith with hymns and reflections.

    Music comes from Coventry Cathedral and featured hymns include Let All The World In Every Corner Sing, and In Christ There Is No East Or West.

    Brian D'Arcy celebrates the family of God and the worldwide nature of the Christian faith.

    20090531
    20090531

    The Christian Church celebrates the day of Pentecost when God's Holy Spirit fell upon Jesus' disciples.

    Brian D'Arcy marks the occasion with hymns, prayers and reflections. Hymns are sung by this week's featured choir, Cantemus Chamber Choir from Wales, directed by Robert Court.

    The organist is Huw Tregelles Williams and music includes Breathe On Me Breath Of God and Spirit Of God, Unseen As The Wind.

    Brian D'Arcy celebrates Pentecost with prayers, reflections and hymns.

    20090607
    20090607

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns for Trinity Sunday when the church celebrates the three persons of God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

    This week's featured choir is Trinity Boys Choir and hymns include Holy, Holy Holy, Firmly I Believe And Truly, and Love Divine.

    The musical director is David Swinson and the organist is David Thorne.

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns for Trinity Sunday. Featuring Trinity Boys Choir.

    20090614
    20090614

    Holy Communion is at the heart of Christian worship, commemorating Jesus' final meal with his disciples. On this week's Sunday Half Hour, Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns which celebrate the Eucharist or Lord's Supper.

    This week's featured choir is Beverley Chamber Choir, directed by Mark Pybus and the organist is Jeffery Makinson.

    Hymns include God Is Love, Let Heaven Adore Him and Christ Is The Heavenly Food. And BBC Radio 2's 2008 Young Choristers of the Year sing Broken For Me.

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns to celebrate the Holy Communion.

    20090621
    20090621

    Brian D'Arcy marks Father's Day by celebrating the fatherhood of God with hymns, prayers and reflections.

    This week's featured choir is the Churchdown Male Voice Choir who were first heard on Sunday Half Hour 40 years ago.

    Hymns include How Great Thou Art, Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah and Let There Be Peace On Earth. Their musical director is John Blenkinsopp and their accompanist is Pam Taverner.

    Brian D'Arcy celebrates the fatherhood of God with hymns, prayers and reflections.

    20090628
    20090628

    To mark the feast of St Peter, Brian D'Arcy presents a selection of well loved hymns to celebrate the life of the fisherman who became Jesus' favourite disciple. Through prayer and reflection, he reflects on the work of the church in the Christian life.

    This week's featured choir is the Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir. They are directed by Martyn Rawles and the organist is Cathy Lamb. Hymns include Ye Watchers And Ye Holy Ones and Lord, Thy Church Her Watch Is Keeping.

    Brian D'Arcy presents a selection of hymns to mark the feast of St Peter.

    20090705
    20090705

    Brian D'Arcy reflects on what citizenship is and marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin with some well loved hymns. Music includes City of God how broad how far and Glorious things of thee are spoken. This week's featured choir is Cantemus Chamber Choir directed by Robert Court. The organist is Hugh Tregelles Williams.

    Brian D'Arcy presents hymns and reflects on the nature of citizenship.

    20090712
    20090712

    Brian D'Arcy considers the folklore which says that rain on St Swithin's day means rain for the next 40 days and 40 nights.

    Through hymns and reflections, he explores the natural world and hymns include All Things Bright And Beautiful, O Worship The King and All Creatures Of Our God And King. This week's featured choir is The Schola with members of the Priory Singers directed by Nigel McClintock. The organist is Liam Crangle.

    Brian D'Arcy explores the natural world through hymns and reflections.

    20090719
    20090719

    To mark the start of the Special Olympic Games in Leicester, Brian D'Arcy celebrates the indomitable human spirit and its ability to overcome the most demanding of circumstances. He plays a selection of hymns recorded by singers from Lancashire churches gathered in Standish Parish Church who were directed by Neil Shepherd. The organist is Peter Jebson. Hymns include Longing for light; Soul of our Saviour and My song is love unknown.

    Brian D'Arcy celebrates the human spirit with a selection of hymns.

    20090726
    20090726

    In a world of seeming constant change, believers sometimes experience uncertainty about their faith. Brian D'Arcy considers the role of doubt - and even disbelief - in the Christian life.

    With prayers, reflections and well loved hymns including Blessed Assurance, Thine Be The Glory and Be Still. This week's featured choir is the Glasgow Chamber Choir directed by Michael Bawtree and the organist is David Hamilton.

    Brian D'Arcy considers the role of doubt in the Christian life.

    20090802
    20090802

    Brian D'Arcy explores the impact of change and transformation in people's lives - and the world around them - through well loved hymns and reflections.

    This week's featured choir are the Leeds Methodist Choir directed by Paul Dewhurst. The organist is Thomas Leach and hymns include O Love Divine How Sweet Thou Art and Tis Good Lord To Be Here.

    Brian D'Arcy explores the power of change and transformation through hymns and reflections

    20090809
    20090809

    Earlier this year, Coventry Cathedral was host to a celebration of hymn writing - both contemporary and traditional.

    Brian D'Arcy plays some of the music which was recorded at the service and finds out why hymns have played such an important role in the life of the Church.

    Brian D'Arcy with a celebration of hymn writing from Coventry Cathedral.

    20090816
    20090816

    To mark the feast of the Assumption, Brian D'Arcy explores ideas about heaven on this week's programme. How do we make sense of the idea of heaven? What do people believe?

    A selection of favourite hymns from previously featured choirs includes Nearer My God To Thee, The Servant King and Immortal Invisible God Only Wise.

    Brian D'Arcy explores ideas about heaven to mark the feast of the Assumption.

    20090823
    20090823

    What does it mean to be just and to treat people fairly? Brian D'Arcy looks at ideas of justice and righteousness in this week's programme as he marks the United Nations International Day for Remembrance of the Slave Trade.

    Hymns include When I Survey The Wondrous Cross and The Battle Hymn Of The Republic. This week's featured singers are Churchdown Male Voice Choir, directed by John Blenkinsopp, and the accompanist is Pam Taverner.

    Brian D'Arcy presents hymns and looks at ideas of justice and righteousness.

    20090830
    20090830

    Brian D'Arcy presents a selection of hymns for the bank holiday weekend, with readings and words of encouragement.

    He looks at teachings on commitment and faithfulness within the church community. Hymns include O Perfect Love and All For Jesus. This week's featured choir are Schola Cantorum and Priory 2, directed by Nigel McClintock, and the organist is Liam Crangle.

    Brian D'Arcy presents hymns, prayers and reflections.

    20090906
    20090906

    Brian D'Arcy looks at what it means to serve God. The programme features well loved hymns such as Thine For Ever God Of Love, Lift Up Your Hearts and Jesus Is Lord. This week's featured choir is the Coventry Singers, directed by Paul Leddington Wright, and the organist is Kerry Beaumont.

    Brian D'Arcy looks at what it means to serve God.

    20090913
    20090913

    Brian D'Arcy shows ways of sharing God's love through hymns, prayer and reflection. With music provided by the choristers of Jesus College Cambridge, hymns include Fill Thou My Life, Jesus The Very Thought Of Thee and Lord Thy Church On Earth Is Seeking. The musical director is Simon Lole and the organist is Tim Lambourne.

    Brian D'Arcy presents a selection of hymns to celebrate Holy Cross Day.

    20090920
    20090920

    Brian D'Arcy celebrates a traditional harvest on this week's programme, giving thanks not only for the food which has been gathered in, but also for all those who make it possible. Music comes from the Swansea Bach Choir and hymns include well loved favourites such as We plough the fields and scatter and Come ye thankful people come.

    Brian D'Arcy celebrates harvest with hymns. Music comes from the Swansea Bach Choir.

    20090927
    20090927

    Hope is one of the three Christian virtues, alongside faith and love. Through reflection, music and words of encouragement, Brian D'Arcy explores Christian teachings on hope - both in this world and in the life to come. This week's featured choir is the Bearsden Choir from Scotland, directed by Frikki Walker. The organist is Christopher Nickol. Hymns include Amazing Grace, Lead kindly light and All my hope on God is founded.

    Brian D'Arcy introduces a selection of hymns and explores Christian teachings on hope.

    20091004
    20091004

    St Francis of Assisi is well known as the patron saint of animals and the environment. The order which takes his name celebrates 800 years of Franciscan spirituality this year. Brian D'Arcy marks their anniversary with hymns and reflections. The music was recorded on a pilgrimage to Assisi earlier in the year and features the Millennium Youth Choir. Hymns include All creatures of our God and King and Make me a channel of your peace. The musical director is David Ogden and the organist Daniel Moult.

    Brian D'Arcy presents hymns, prayers and reflections.

    20091011
    20091011

    Edward the Confessor, a former King of England, was also a man of prayer. To mark his feast day on 13th October, Brian D'Arcy reflects on the purpose of prayer.

    Featured hymns include Prayer Is The Soul's Supreme Desire and Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind. This week's featured choir is Cambridge Chorale, directed by Julian Wilkes, and the organist is Timothy Uglow.

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns exploring the point and purpose of prayer.

    20091018
    20091018

    This week's Sunday Half Hour explores the diversity of the Christian faith practised around the world.

    Brian D'Arcy introduces reflections and music exploring the breadth and inclusivity of God's love. Hymns include I Cannot Tell, There's A Wideness In God's Mercy and Christ Is The World's redeemer. The featured choir is Schola Cantorum with Priory 2, who are directed by Nigel McClintock, and the organist is Liam Crangle.

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns to celebrate the diversity of the Christian faith.

    20091025
    20091025

    Growing up with God. To mark BBC Radio 2's Faith in the World week, Brian D'Arcy finds out how religious faith is passed down to the next generation.

    Through hymns, reflection and prayer, he explores Christianity's core beliefs and discovers how - and what - children are taught today. Hymns include Now Thank We All Our God, Teach Me My God And King and Loving Shepherd Of Thy Sheep.

    Brian D'Arcy presents hymns to mark Faith in the World week.

    20091108
    20091108

    Brian D'Arcy introduces some favourite hymns for Remembrance Sunday to commemorate and honour all those who have lost their lives in conflicts around the world. Through reflection, music and prayer, he pays tribute to those who have sacrificed their lives in current and past wars.

    This week's featured choir is Trinity Boys' Choir, directed by David Swinson, and the organist is David Thorne. Hymns include O Valiant Hearts, O God Our Help In Ages Past and O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go.

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns for Remembrance Sunday.

    20091115
    20091115

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns, prayers and reflections.

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns, prayers and reflections.

    20091122
    20091122

    Brian D'Arcy celebrates the feast of Christ the King with a selection of well loved hymns.

    The featured singers come from Lancashire churches and the musical director is Neil Shepherd. The organist is Peter Jebson and hymns include Rejoice The Lord Is King and Lord Enthroned In heavenly Splendour.

    Brian D'Arcy celebrates the feast of Christ the King with a selection of hymns.

    20091129
    20091129

    The Advent season marks the beginning of the liturgical year, as preparations get underway for Christmas. The themes celebrated throughout Advent include hope, joy and peace. On this, the first Sunday in Advent, Brian D'Arcy looks specifically at Advent hope.

    The programme features music from the Glasgow Chamber Choir and hymns include O Come O Come Emmanuel, Hark The Glad Sound and Lo He Comes With Clouds Descending. The choir is directed by Michael Bawtree and the organist is David Hamilton.

    Brian D'Arcy presents hymns of hope for the first Sunday in Advent.

    20091206
    20091206

    Brian D'Arcy introduces more hymns for Advent. This week, he looks at the joy of the nativity as preparations for Christmas get underway. And Sunday Half Hour also makes its contribution to the BBC's special Sing Hallelujah weekend which has encouraged singers of all abilities to join together to perform Handel's famous chorus.

    This week's featured choir is the Blue Coats School Coventry, with the choir of Holy Trinity Coventry directed by Philip Formstone. The organist is Christopher Howard. Hymns include On Jordan's Bank and Come Thou Redeemer Of The Earth.

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns for Advent and looks at the joy of the nativity.

    20091213
    20091213

    Every year, tens of thousands of Christmas cards are sent wishing family and friends a peaceful Christmas. This week, Brian D'Arcy explores what the peace of the Advent season really means and where it can be found.

    This week's featured choir is Beverley Chamber choir, directed by Mark Pybus. The organist is Jeffrey Makinson. Hymns include Be Still My Soul and For The Healing Of The Nations.

    Brian D'Arcy explores what the peace of the Advent season really means.

    20091220
    20091220

    Brian D'Arcy looks forward to Christmas with a celebratory programme of carols and readings recorded in St Peter's Cathedral, Belfast.

    Award-winning singers The Priests are joined by acclaimed choir, Cappella Caeciliana; the BBC Young Choristers of the Year 2009, Jacquelyne Hill and Laurence Kilsby; along with a suitably festive congregation to tell the story of the Nativity.

    Favourite carols include Once In Royal David's City, Silent Night and It Came Upon A Midnight Clear.

    Brian D'Arcy celebrates Christmas with carols and readings.

    20091227
    20091227

    Focusing on a new year of new promises and new beginnings, music comes from this week's featured choir, the Swansea Bach Choir. The music director is John Hugh Thomas and the organist is Glen Crooks. Hymns this week include Go Forth Into The World and Morning Has Broken.

    Music comes from the Swansea Bach Choir and the music director is John Hugh Thomas.

    20100103
    20100103

    Brian D'Arcy celebrates the feast of the three magi with well loved music for Twelfth Night. For many, this is the climax of the Advent and Christmas seasons.

    Music comes from King's College Chapel Choir with members of the Aberdeen Univeristy Choral Society, directed by Roger Williams. Hymns include As With Gladness Men Of Old and Three Kings From Persian Lands Afar.

    Brian D'Arcy presents hymns to celebrate the season of Epiphany.

    20100110
    20100110

    The love of God has inspired more hymns than perhaps any other subject. Brian D'Arcy introduces just a few of them tonight and explores some of the teachings behind the words.

    This week's featured choir is the Cambridge Chorale and music includes God Is Love Let Heaven Adore Him, Stainer's anthem God So Loved The World and Come Down O Love Divine.

    Brian D'Arcy explores the love of God with hymns. Featuring the Cambridge Chorale.

    20100117
    20100117

    This week, Brian D'Arcy explores what it means to live in community with other believers.

    The music was recorded by the Royal School of Church Music Millennium Youth Choir who travelled to Assisi last year to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Franciscan community. Directed by David Ogden, hymns include Soldiers Of Christ Arise; The Servant Song; and Lord, You Give The Great Commission. The organist is Daniel Moult.

    Brian D'Arcy plays hymns and explores what it means to live in community with believers.

    20100124
    20100124

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns, prayer and reflections.

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns, prayer and reflections.

    20100131
    20100131

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns, prayer and reflections.

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns, prayer and reflections.

    20100207
    20100207

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns, prayer and reflections.

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns, prayer and reflections.

    20100214
    20100214

    With Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday only a few days away, Brian D'Arcy looks at the background to these holy days of preparation. He plays favourite hymns including My Song Is Love Unknown, A New Commandment and Thine Forever God of Love.

    The featured choir is from the church of the Holy Redeemer, Billericay, directed by Kathy Underhill. The organist is James Devor.

    Brian D'Arcy plays favourite hymns.

    20100221
    20100221

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns, prayer and reflections.

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns, prayer and reflections.

    20100228Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns, prayer and reflections.
    20100307
    20100307

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns, prayer and reflections.

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns, prayer and reflections.

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    20100307 class="blq-clearfix">

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns, prayer and reflections.

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns, prayer and reflections.

    20100314
    20100314

    Brian D'Arcy pays tribute to mothers everywhere with a special programme of hymns for Mothering Sunday.

    Featuring the music of the Sydenham Salvation Army band and songsters in Belfast, hymns include O The Deep, Deep Love Of Jesus and O Boundless Salvation. The bandmaster and conductor is Philip Pentland and the accompanist is Joseph Murray.

    Brian D'Arcy introduces favourite hymns for Mothering Sunday.

    20100321
    20100321

    Hymns and prayers for your Sunday evening listening.

    Hymns and prayers for your Sunday evening listening.

    20100328
    20100328

    Hymns and prayers for your Sunday evening listening.

    Hymns and prayers for your Sunday evening listening.

    20100411
    20100411

    Presented by Brian D'Arcy.

    Presented by Brian D'Arcy.

    20100418
    20100418

    For the second in his series of programmes looking at the Psalms of David, Brian D'Arcy explores perhaps one of the most well known and well loved Psalms of all - Psalm 23. Sometimes referred to as the Shepherd's hymn, it has been written and arranged by poets and composers for centuries. This week's hymns include, of course, Psalm 23 sung to the well loved Crimond, In heavenly love abiding and Father hear the prayer we offer.

    The choir of St Martin in the Fields is this week's featured choir, directed by Andrew Earis. The organist is Martin Ford.

    Hymns and prayers with Brian D'Arcy.

    20100425
    20100425

    This week, Brian D'Arcy continues his series of hymns from the Psalms and this week looks at the theme of God's justice. Through reflection, music and prayer he explores how the Psalmists understand mercy, justice and righteousness. Hymns include Immortal invisible, Praise my soul the King of heaven and Jesu lover of my soul.

    The featured choir is the William Harries Singers directed by Richard Pugsley. The organist is David Geoffrey Thomas.

    Hymns and prayers with Brian D'Arcy.

    20100502
    20100502

    In his final programme on the Book of Psalms, Brian D'Arcy looks at Psalm 139. It has been called the "God knows everything" Psalm, which celebrates God's sovereignty. It's one which has inspired many well loved hymns. This week's music includes "Forth in thy name" "Lord of all hopefulness" and "Fill thou my life".

    Hymns and prayers with Brian D'Arcy.

    20100509
    20100509

    This week, Brian D'Arcy marks Rogation Sunday - a traditional observance which asks for God's blessing on the natural world. Music comes from Tewkesbury Abbey's Schola Cantorum and features the voice of one of BBC Radio 2's Young Choristers of the Year 2009, Laurence Kilsby. The musical director is Benjamin Nicholas and the organist is Carleton Etherington. Hymns include "Brother Sister let me serve you", "Lead us heavenly father lead us" and "The spacious firmament on high". Produced by Janet McLarty.

    Hymns and prayers with Brian D'Arcy.

    20100516
    20100516

    Brian D'Arcy celebrates the feast of the Ascension with hymns, prayers and reflection. This week's featured choir is the Blossom Street Singers directed by Hilary Campbell. The organist is Andrew Earis and hymns include Alleluia Sing To Jesus and Crown Him With Many Crowns.

    Brian D'Arcy celebrates the feast of the Ascension with hymns, prayers and reflection.

    20100523
    20100523

    Today is the feast of Pentecost which commemorates the birth of the Christian church. Brian D'Arcy celebrates by looking at some of the traditions of Whitsuntide, including the northern Whit walks. He explores the background and importance of the festival and marks it with traditional hymns and prayers.

    This week's featured choir is the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, directed by Michael Bawtree, and the organist is Morley Whitehead.

    Brian D'Arcy celebrates Pentecost with hymns and prayers.

    20100530
    20100530

    The Christian church marks the mystery of Trinity Sunday today, celebrating God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns and reflections and explores some of the teachings behind this feast day. Music comes from St Andrew's Church in West Tarring, W Sussex and features the voice of Jacquelyne Hill, BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year 2009. Hymns include Majesty, Holy Holy Holy, and Lord of Beauty, thine the splendour. The musical director is John Wardle and the organist is Richard Axtell. The producer is Janet McLarty.

    Hymns, reflection and prayer with Brian D'Arcy.

    20100606
    20100606

    With the FIFA World Cup opening this week and Wimbledon and golf tournaments just around the corner, Brian D'Arcy celebrates a summer of sporting events. This week's featured choir is Eltham College Choir, based in south east London and hymns include Breath on me breathe of God, I heard the voice of Jesus say, and The Lord bless you and keep you. The musical director is Alastair Tighe. The producer is Janet McLarty.

    Hymns and prayers with Brian D'Arcy.

    20100613
    20100613

    Music Sunday has been organised by the Royal School of Church Music to celebrate the contribution choirs and musicians make to the worshipping life of the church. This week, Brian D'Arcy introduces music recorded especially for the occasion at St George's Church in Beckenham. Hymns include Christ Triumphant, Let all the world in every corner sing and Bright the vision that delighted. The musical director is Nigel Groome and the organist is Alasdair Friend.

    The producer is Janet McLarty.

    Brian D'Arcy with hymns, prayer and reflection.

    20100620
    20100620

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns and prayers to mark Father's Day. As a day which celebrates the contribution they can make to family life - and society at large - Brian D'Arcy explores and reflects on the nature of fatherhood. Hymns include Angel Voices Ever Singing, Blest Be The Everlasting God and Blessed Assurance.

    Brian D'Arcy with hymns, prayer and reflection.

    20100704

    Brian D'Arcy looks at the life of St Thomas the Apostle and he marks Independence Day in the United States of America with a selection of hymns and prayers. This week's featured choir is the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union with the Edinburgh Youth Choir directed by Michael Bawtree. The organist is Morley Whitehead. Hymns include All my hope on God is founded, Who would true valour see and For all the saints.

    Brian D'Arcy with hymns, prayer and reflection for America's Independence Day.

    20100711

    Sea Sunday is the day when churches around the world come together to remember and give thanks for seafarers. Brian D'Arcy celebrates the work of all those who go to sea, their families and those who work alongside them.

    This week's featured choir is Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, with this year's BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year, Laurence Kilsby. Hymns include "Eternal Father, strong to save", "I, the Lord of sea and sky" and "Dear Lord and Father of mankind". The musical director is Benjamin Nicholas and the organist is Carleton Etherington.

    The producer is Janet McLarty.

    Brian D'Arcy celebrates Sea Sunday through reflection, prayer and hymns.

    20100718

    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 celebrates Sunday Half Hour's 70th anniversary.

    20100725

    Brian D'Arcy marks the feast of St James with hymns and reflection. St James is the patron saint of Spain and one of Jesus' disciples who, according to folk lore, became the first bishop of Jerusalem.

    Hymns this week include Come Down O Love Divine, Father Lord Of All Creation And And Can It Be. This week's featured choir is the William Harris Singers, directed by Richard Pugsley, and the organist is David Geoffrey Thomas.

    Hymns, prayers and reflection with Brian D'Arcy.

    20100801

    Brian D'Arcy celebrates the feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus with hymns, prayer and reflection. The Transfiguration marks the culmination of Jesus' life on earth when he revealed his divinity to his chosen disciples.

    Hymns include "Christ whose glory fills the skies", "Thy kingdom come, O God" and "At the name of Jesus".

    The producer is Janet McLarty.

    Hymns, prayers and reflection with Brian D'Arcy.

    20100808

    Florence Nightingale was a woman whose faith motivated her life's work. Well-known as the Lady with the Lamp, she transformed nursing services and training. To commemorate her death 100 years ago this week, Brian D'Arcy reflects on her life and her contribution to the health of the nation.

    The Altnagelvin Hospital Choir are this week's featured choir and hymns include "Praise my soul the King of heaven", "Brother, Sister let me serve you" and "Jesus calls us o'er the tumult". The musical director is Jim Goodman and the organist is Ian Young. The producer is Janet McLarty.

    Brian D'Arcy with hymns, prayer and reflection.

    20100815

    Mathematics is defined as the science of quantity and space. This week, Brian D'Arcy looks at its logic and reasoning and explores how science and faith sit alongside each other.

    The week's featured choir is Eltham College Choir and hymns include Ye servants of God, Teach Me My God And King and We Have A Gospel To Proclaim. The musical director is Alastair Tighe and the organist is Charles Andrew.

    Brian D'Arcy explores faith and science with hymns, prayer and reflection.

    20100822

    This week, Sunday Half Hour marks the 100th birthday of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Brian D'Arcy looks at the life of this remarkable woman and the example she set in dedicating her life to the service of others.

    Music comes from the choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields in central London and hymns include Go Forth And Tell, Ye That Know The Lord Is Gracious and Take My Life And Let It Be. The musical director is Andrew Earis and the organist is Martin Friend.

    Hymns and prayers for your Sunday evening listening.

    20100829

    Brian D'Arcy introduces a selection of hymns and reflections for the Bank Holiday weekend. He celebrates leisure time and tries to strike the balance between work and relaxation. This week's featured choir is Glasgow Chamber Choir directed by Michael Bawtree. Hymns include "Summer suns are glowing", "O Jesus I have promised" and "There's a wideness in God's mercy".

    Brian D'Arcy with hymns, reflections and prayer.

    20100905

    Hymns and prayers for Sunday evening listening.

    Hymns and prayers for Sunday evening listening.

    20100912

    Hymns and prayers for Sunday evening listening.

    Hymns and prayers for Sunday evening listening.

    20100926

    As the days begin to shorten, Brian D'Arcy celebrates the fruits of summer with a special harvest programme. He also looks at the feast of St Michael and All Angels as colleges and universities return at the beginning of a new academic year.

    The Colne Valley Male Voice Choir provide some of the music which was recorded in Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield. Directed by Thom Meredith and accompanied by Keith Swallow, music includes a traditional Irish blessing, Howard Goodall's Love Divine and Thou whose almighty word.

    Brian D'Arcy with hymns, prayer and reflection.

    20101003

    Hymns and prayers for your Sunday evening listening.

    Hymns and prayers for your Sunday evening listening.

    20101010

    In the second of three programmes looking at the life of Jesus, Brian D'Arcy looks at Jesus the teacher. Regarded by many as the supreme example of wisdom, this week's programme explores His words and teachings and finds out why they are still relevant today.

    Hymns include "Guide me O thou great Jehovah" and "Lord thy word abideth".

    Brian D'Arcy with hymns, prayer and reflection.

    20101017

    This week, Brian D'Arcy concludes his series of reflections on the nature of Jesus' ministry and considers his role as King. Mocked as "King of the Jews" at his crucifixion, Brian explores through music, prayer and reflection, what the kingdom of God might mean to today's Church.

    This week's featured choir is the Glasgow Chamber Choir, directed by Michael Bawtree. The organist is John Gormley. Hymns include Jesus shall reign, Christ is the world's true light and Rejoice the Lord is King.

    Brian D'Arcy, with hymns, prayer and reflection.

    20101017
    20101024

    For this year's Faith in the World week, Brian Darcy explores one of the most frequently discussed topics in the New Testament: money and the love of money. With hymns, listener dedications and reflection, this week's music includes "Count your blessings", "Blest are the pure in heart" and "Be still my soul". Produced by Janet McLarty.

    Brian D'Arcy with hymns, prayer and reflection.

    20101031

    Hymns, prayers, and reflection.

    Hymns, prayers, and reflection.

    20101031
    20101114

    As towns and villages up and down the country commemorate Remembrance Sunday, Brian D'Arcy traces the background to this annual event and features some familiar hymns for the occasion. Hymns include "The day thou gavest", "Abide with me" and "Lead us heavenly Father, lead us". This week's featured singers are the Sirenian Singers directed by Jean Stanley Jones. The organist is Graham Eccles. Produced by Janet McLarty.

    Brian D'Arcy with hymns, prayer and reflection.

    20101114
    20101121Brian D'Arcy with hymns, prayer and reflection.
    20101128Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns and reflection for the first week of Advent.
    20101205Hymns, prayer and reflection from Brian D'Arcy.
    20101212Hymns, prayers and reflection.
    20101219Brian D'Arcy with carols from Coventry Cathedral.
    20101226Brian D'Arcy with prayer and reflection.
    20110102Brian D'Arcy celebrates the feast of the Epiphany with hymns, prayer and reflection.
    20110109Brian D'Arcy with hymns, prayer and reflection.
    20110123Hymns, prayers and reflection.
    20120506Diane Louise Jordan traces the way the Christian story has been told and taught down the centuries and how we respond to it when things are not altogether clear for us.

    With music including Thou Whose Almighty Word Chaos And Darkness Heard, Thy Hand, O God, Has Guided Thy Flock From Age To Age, In Christ Alone My Hope Is Found, and God Moves In A Mysterious Way.

    20120513Hymns, prayers and reflection for Sunday evening listening.
    20120520Diane Louise Jordan celebrates Jesus' ascension into heaven with hymns and songs including The head that once was crowned with thorns, Crown him with many crowns and Hail the day that sees him rise. With the Alumni Choir of Portsmouth, directed by David Thorne, accompanied by Jeffrey Makinson. Producer: Simon Vivian.
    20120527Diane Louise Jordan marks Pentecost - the birthday of God's Church - when the Holy Spirit inspired the community of Jesus' early disciples. With hymns and songs including Come down, O Love Divine, Every time I feel the Spirit, and O Thou who camest from above. Producer: Simon Vivian.
    2012060320120603 (R2)Diane Louise Jordan with a special programme to mark Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. With music from the choir of The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy in The Strand, London and Richard Decker, BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year 2011. Including hymns: All people that on earth do dwell, Holy, Holy Holy!, Brother, sister, let me serve you, and Hubert Parry's anthem: I was glad. Master of the Music: Philip Berg. Organist: Justin Luke. Producer: Simon Vivian.
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    Easter Glory20090412

    Brian D'Arcy celebrates Easter with music and readings from the Wells Cathedral in Somerset. The musical director is Matthew Owens and the organist is Jonathan Vaughn.

    Brian D'Arcy celebrates Easter with music and readings from Wells Cathedral in Somerset.

    Epiphany20090104 Epiphany: Father Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns for the feast of the Epiphany.
    Epiphany20090104 Epiphany: Father Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns for the feast of the Epiphany.

    Father Brian D'Arcy introduces some well-loved hymns for the feast of the Epiphany. The featured singers are recorded from Old St Paul's Episcopal Church in Edinburgh.

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    Passion Sunday20090329

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns for Passion Sunday. With the Bradford Youth Choir directed by Christopher McElroy. The organist is Christopher Johns.

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns for Passion Sunday.

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    Synopsis

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns for Passion Sunday. With the Bradford Youth Choir directed by Christopher McElroy. The organist is Christopher Johns.

    Brian D'Arcy introduces hymns for Passion Sunday.

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 01 December 199119911201Producer: B. TOSH

    Next in series: 08 December 1991

    Previous in series: 24 November 1991

    Broadcast history

    01 Dec 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-11-28

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 02 June 199119910602"

    Producer: BOGLE, A

    Next in series: 09 June 1991

    Previous in series: 26 May 1991

    Broadcast history

    02 Jun 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1990-10-24"

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 03 February 199119910203"

    Producer: BOGLE, A

    Next in series: 10 February 1991

    Previous in series: 27 January 1991

    Broadcast history

    03 Feb 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1990-10-24"

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 03 March 199119910303Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 03 March 1991

    Previous in series: 24 February 1991

    Broadcast history

    03 Mar 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 03 March 199119910303Producer: N. VINCENT

    Next in series: 10 March 1991

    Previous in series: 03 March 1991

    Broadcast history

    03 Mar 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-02-27

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 03 November 199119911103Producer: J. MACKAY

    Next in series: 10 November 1991

    Previous in series: MALVERN

    Broadcast history

    03 Nov 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-10-20

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 03 September 199519950903Producer: C. JAQUISS

    Next in series: 10 September 1995

    Previous in series: 27 August 1995

    Broadcast history

    03 Sep 1995 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1995-08-31

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 04 August 199119910804Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: HERNE BAY COURT

    Previous in series: 28 July 1991

    Broadcast history

    04 Aug 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-07-15

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 06 January 199119910106Producer: J. MCKAY

    Next in series: 13 January 1991

    Previous in series: 30 December 1990

    Broadcast history

    06 Jan 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1990-10-21

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 06 October 199119911006Producer: ROY JENKINS

    Next in series: 13 October 1991

    Previous in series: 29 September 1991

    Broadcast history

    06 Oct 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-09-04

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 07 April 199119910407Producer: J. MCKAY

    Next in series: 14 April 1991

    Previous in series: 31 March 1991

    Broadcast history

    07 Apr 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1990-10-21

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 07 July 199119910707Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 14 July 1991

    Previous in series: 30 June 1991

    Broadcast history

    07 Jul 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-07-03

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 08 December 199119911208Producer: B. TOSH

    Next in series: 15 December 1991

    Previous in series: 01 December 1991

    Broadcast history

    08 Dec 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-12-04

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 08 September 199119910908Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 15 September 1991

    Previous in series: TORQUAY

    Broadcast history

    08 Sep 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-09-02

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 09 June 199119910609Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 16 June 1991

    Previous in series: 02 June 1991

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    09 Jun 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-06-05

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 10 February 199119910210Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 17 February 1991

    Previous in series: 03 February 1991

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    10 Feb 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-01-30

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 10 March 199119910310Producer: N. VINCENT

    Next in series: 17 March 1991

    Previous in series: 03 March 1991

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    10 Mar 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-02-27

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 10 November 199119911110Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 17 November 1991

    Previous in series: 03 November 1991

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    10 Nov 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-10-10

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 10 September 199519950910Producer: C. JAQUISS

    Next in series: ST PATRICKS COLLEGE MAYNOOTH

    Previous in series: 03 September 1995

    Broadcast history

    10 Sep 1995 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1995-08-31

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 13 January 199119910113Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 20 January 1991

    Previous in series: 06 January 1991

    Broadcast history

    13 Jan 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1990-12-05

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 13 October 199119911013Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 20 October 1991

    Previous in series: 06 October 1991

    Broadcast history

    13 Oct 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-09-20

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 14 April 199119910414Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 21 April 1991

    Previous in series: 07 April 1991

    Broadcast history

    14 Apr 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-04-10

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 14 July 199119910714Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 21 July 1991

    Previous in series: 07 July 1991

    Broadcast history

    14 Jul 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-07-10

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 15 December 199119911215Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 22 December 1991

    Previous in series: 08 December 1991

    Broadcast history

    15 Dec 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-12-04

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 15 September 199119910915Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 22 September 1991

    Previous in series: 08 September 1991

    Broadcast history

    15 Sep 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-09-02

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 16 June 199119910616Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 23 June 1991

    Previous in series: 09 June 1991

    Broadcast history

    16 Jun 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-06-05

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 17 February 199119910217Producer: N. VINCENT

    Next in series: 24 February 1991

    Previous in series: 10 February 1991

    Broadcast history

    17 Feb 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-02-13

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 17 March 199119910317Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 24 March 1991

    Previous in series: 10 March 1991

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    17 Mar 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-03-13

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 17 November 199119911117Producer: B. TOSH

    Next in series: 24 November 1991

    Previous in series: 10 November 1991

    Broadcast history

    17 Nov 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-11-12

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 18 August 199119910818Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: TORQUAY

    Previous in series: HERNE BAY COURT

    Broadcast history

    18 Aug 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-07-18

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 199105051991050505 May 1991

    Producer: N. VINCENT

    Next in series: 12 May 1991

    Previous in series: 28 April 1991

    Broadcast history

    05 May 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-04-05

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 199105121991051212 May 1991

    Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 19 May 1991

    Previous in series: 05 May 1991

    Broadcast history

    12 May 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-05-08

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 199105191991051919 May 1991

    Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 26 May 1991

    Previous in series: 12 May 1991

    Broadcast history

    19 May 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-05-08

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 199105261991052626 May 1991

    Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 02 June 1991

    Previous in series: 19 May 1991

    Broadcast history

    26 May 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-05-15

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 20 January 199119910120Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 27 January 1991

    Previous in series: 13 January 1991

    Broadcast history

    20 Jan 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-01-16

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 20 October 199119911020Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: MALVERN

    Previous in series: 13 October 1991

    Broadcast history

    20 Oct 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-09-26

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 21 April 199119910421Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 28 April 1991

    Previous in series: 14 April 1991

    Broadcast history

    21 Apr 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-04-10

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 21 July 199119910721Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 28 July 1991

    Previous in series: 14 July 1991

    Broadcast history

    21 Jul 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-07-10

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 22 December 199119911222Producer: B. TOSH

    Next in series: 29 December 1991

    Previous in series: 15 December 1991

    Broadcast history

    22 Dec 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-12-18

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 22 September 199119910922Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 29 September 1991

    Previous in series: 15 September 1991

    Broadcast history

    22 Sep 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-09-18

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 23 June 199119910623Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 30 June 1991

    Previous in series: 16 June 1991

    Broadcast history

    23 Jun 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-06-19

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 24 February 199119910224Producer: N. VINCENT

    Next in series: 03 March 1991

    Previous in series: 17 February 1991

    Broadcast history

    24 Feb 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-02-13

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 24 March 199119910324Producer: S. SCOTT

    Next in series: 31 March 1991

    Previous in series: 17 March 1991

    Broadcast history

    24 Mar 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-03-10

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 24 November 199119911124Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 01 December 1991

    Previous in series: 17 November 1991

    Broadcast history

    24 Nov 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-11-20

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 24 September 199519950924Producer: C. JACQUISS

    Next in series: COWBRIDGE

    Previous in series: ST PATRICKS COLLEGE MAYNOOTH

    Broadcast history

    24 Sep 1995 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1995-04-29

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 27 January 199119910127Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 03 February 1991

    Previous in series: 20 January 1991

    Broadcast history

    27 Jan 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-01-16

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 28 April 199119910428Producer: J. MACKAY

    Next in series: 05 May 1991

    Previous in series: 21 April 1991

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    28 Apr 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-02-21

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 28 July 199119910728Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 04 August 1991

    Previous in series: 21 July 1991

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    28 Jul 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-07-10

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 29 December 199119911229Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: L

    Previous in series: 22 December 1991

    Broadcast history

    29 Dec 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-12-18

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 29 September 199119910929Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 06 October 1991

    Previous in series: 22 September 1991

    Broadcast history

    29 Sep 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-09-12

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 30 June 199119910630Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 07 July 1991

    Previous in series: 23 June 1991

    Broadcast history

    30 Jun 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-06-19

    Programme Catalogue - Details: 31 March 199119910331Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 07 April 1991

    Previous in series: 24 March 1991

    Broadcast history

    31 Mar 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-03-13

    Programme Catalogue - Details: FAVOURITES, Episode 119960114Producer: C. JAQUISS

    Next in series: HAM, SURREY

    Previous in series: RAMSGATE

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    14 Jan 1996 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1995-12-20

    Programme Catalogue - Details: HAM, SURREY19960128Producer: C. JAQUISS

    Next in series: 04 February 1996

    Previous in series: FAVOURITES, Episode 1

    Broadcast history

    28 Jan 1996 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1996-01-05

    Programme Catalogue - Details: HERNE BAY COURT19910811Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 18 August 1991

    Previous in series: 04 August 1991

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    11 Aug 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-07-17

    Programme Catalogue - Details: MALVERN19911027Producer: D. NOWLAN

    Next in series: 03 November 1991

    Previous in series: 20 October 1991

    Broadcast history

    27 Oct 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-10-15

    Programme Catalogue - Details: RAMSGATE19960107Producer: C. JAQUISS

    Next in series: FAVOURITES, Episode 1

    Previous in series: PRINCETOWN

    Broadcast history

    07 Jan 1996 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1995-12-13

    Programme Catalogue - Details: ST PATRICKS COLLEGE MAYNOOTH19950917Producer: C. JAQUISS

    Next in series: 24 September 1995

    Previous in series: 10 September 1995

    Broadcast history

    17 Sep 1995 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1995-08-31

    Programme Catalogue - Details: TORQUAY19910901Producer: J. WILLS

    Next in series: 08 September 1991

    Previous in series: 18 August 1991

    Broadcast history

    01 Sep 1991 20:30-21:00 (RADIO 2)

    Recorded on 1991-07-21

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    Saint Margaret of Scotland20081130 Advent Wreath: God's promises. Brian D'Arcy lights the first candle the Advent wreath.
    Saint Margaret of Scotland20081130 Advent Wreath: God's promises. Brian D'Arcy lights the first candle the Advent wreath.

    Advent Wreath: God's promises. Brian D'Arcy lights the first candle on this year's Advent wreath with a selection of music to celebrate the first Sunday in the Church's year.

    The Pope's Visit 2010: Highlights from the Hyde Park Vigil
    The Pope's Visit 2010: Highlights from the Hyde Park Vigil20100919

    Excitement mounts as thousands gather to greet the Pope in this central London park. Sunday Half Hour's Brian D'Arcy meets and talks with visitors and pilgrims from all corners of the country and introduces music from the event celebrating the life of faith.

    The Papal Vigil provides Catholics in England, Scotland and Wales the chance not only to celebrate their faith but to explain it and demonstrate how it influences their lives and the lives of those around them. Hymns, psalms, worship songs, gospel - a huge variety of music and musicians accompany the crowds gathered there.

    People representing each parish from across the UK carry banners in procession alongside members of Catholic organisations. Cardinal Newman's phrase "Heart speaks unto heart" inspires a presentation called "The heart of the Church". Christian organisations use that phrase to illustrate their work as a heart that sees, a heart that understands, a heart that serves and a heart that seeks justice. The Vigil Liturgy that follows consists of readings, prayers and an address by the Pope and concludes with Benediction.

    The visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has been described by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as an "unprecedented opportunity to strengthen ties between the UK and the Holy See on global initiatives, and to emphasise the important role of faith in creating strong communities.".

    The Pope greets thousands gathered in this central London park. With Brian D'Arcy.

    The Pope's Visit 2010: Highlights from the Hyde Park Vigil20100919

    Excitement mounts as thousands gather to greet the Pope in this central London park. Sunday Half Hour's Brian D'Arcy meets and talks with visitors and pilgrims from all corners of the country and introduces music from the event celebrating the life of faith.

    The Papal Vigil provides Catholics in England, Scotland and Wales the chance not only to celebrate their faith but to explain it and demonstrate how it influences their lives and the lives of those around them. Hymns, psalms, worship songs, gospel - a huge variety of music and musicians accompany the crowds gathered there.

    People representing each parish from across the UK carry banners in procession alongside members of Catholic organisations. Cardinal Newman's phrase "Heart speaks unto heart" inspires a presentation called "The heart of the Church". Christian organisations use that phrase to illustrate their work as a heart that sees, a heart that understands, a heart that serves and a heart that seeks justice. The Vigil Liturgy that follows consists of readings, prayers and an address by the Pope and concludes with Benediction.

    The visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has been described by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as an "unprecedented opportunity to strengthen ties between the UK and the Holy See on global initiatives, and to emphasise the important role of faith in creating strong communities.".

    The Pope greets thousands gathered in this central London park. With Brian D'Arcy.