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'Down to Earth' – the coming
of the BBC!
Below is the first front-line
bulletin about the forthcoming TV recordings from St Faith’s.
for the second bulletin logging the events of the week leading up to the
A great deal has been happening on many fronts and the pace is now
most definitely hotting up. A few of the highlights…
Planning and Logistics. There has been a plethora of meetings, emails,
phone calls and discussions. The BBC have put it all together in a formidable
‘Technical Requirements’ document for those involved.
There has already been a preliminary musical run-through to time the various
items for the two services, featuring St Faith’s church choir and the nucleus
of the ‘Core Choir’ – people with loud voices who will be in the front
pews for the recordings, looking bright and happy, familiar with the services
and ready to belt out the music and impress the cameras and viewers.
The St Faith’s ‘Flower people’ have been busy creating sample decorations,
hangings and arrangements (including Advent candles and all the trimmings
for the font) and getting them approved, ready for decking out the church
in the days before the recording sessions. Other church members have
been equally busy with their various responsibilities (car parking arrangements,
sidesmen's duties, heating, security, booking tickets, etc etc!)
Although we wouldn’t normally have our Christmas tree in place until just
before Christmas, the BBC has decreed that there must be two 20ft trees
up and decorated for the recordings, even though the services are being
recorded and broadcast in the season of Advent. Most people of course believe
that Christmas ends on Christmas Day (or very soon after) - for Christians
that's when it all begins...
The theme of the four Advent services (two preceding ones are being recorded
in a church ‘down south’) is ‘Down to Earth’ (a neat juxtaposition of the
themes of the Incarnation and environmental matters). James Jones, Bishop
of Liverpool, features in all four, linking them with the environmental
theme: he will be appearing prominently in both ‘our’ services.
The first service (Sung Eucharist for Advent III) will run for an hour;
the second (the Carol Service) for three-quarters of an hour.
The first service will be transmitted on BBC1 on Sunday December 12th at
10.00 a.m; the second one on the following Sunday.
Taking part in the first service will be the ‘Love and Joy Gospel Choir’;
the second service may feature a ‘celebrity reader’. The BBC Radio 2 Chorister
of the Year is also appearing.
There will be five cameras in church, and miles of cables and lighting.
Outside there will doubtless be lots of support vehicles, and certainly
catering buses and portaloos!
Among the equipment in use will be, according to the BBC, 'two small quiet
gennies', a 'Jimmy Jib', an 'Osprey', '5 stornos', a 'Lazy T/B', and a
The final rehearsal and recording sessions occupy various lengthy time-slots
from Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th December; these could be described as
the tip of the BBC iceberg for the many people at St Faith’s involved in
the processes of planning, liaising, communicating and generally keeping
Those attending the recordings are asked to bring packed lunches, and to
dress brightly (but with different clothes for the two services!). There
are to be no coats worn, but 'thermals' are recommended!
Admission is by ticket only, but there are still tickets available for
anyone who has not applied – ring Fr Neil Kelley on 0151-928 3342.
for the latest bulletin recording the events of the week leading up to
the recording sessions.
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