Adventist Music on TV Over Christmas

6th December 2018

Broadcasting on BBC1 television on the two last Sundays of December, Ken Burton will conduct the Songs of Praise The Big Sing, the biggest date in the broadcast calendar of BBC1's Songs of Praiseseries.

The programme is the longest running religious music programme in the world. It was first broadcast in 1961, and has broadcast every Sunday since.  In 2001, to celebrate its fortieth anniversary, it recorded a special celebration programme from the Royal Albert Hall. The Croydon SDA Gospel Choir featured in that programme. Following the success of that, the producers decided to make it a yearly event, and beginning in 2003 created The Big Sing as an annual event, in which two programmes would be made. The Adventist Vocal Ensemble ‒ the choir which Ken Burton created specifically for Songs of Praise broadcasts ‒ was invited to sing in all of the programmes ‒ on some occasions performing its own songs and collaborating with a number of different singers. 

For the first time, the event was taken out of London to Edinburgh. Ken Burton was invited to conduct. This is the first time another conductor has directed the programme. Burton was responsible for conducting the orchestra, stage choir, and one thousand voices in the audience, as well as arrangements for orchestra and singers of several hymns ‒ including To God Be The Glory, and Amazing Grace featuring Highland bagpipes. He also did special arrangements of the Songs of Praisesignature tune.

In the first arrangement for the Christmas broadcast, he featured different elements of Handel's Messiah, and finished with an interweaving of 'glory to the newborn King'  from the carol Hark The Herald Angels Sing. For the Scottish New Year theme tune, he featured the Scottish national anthem theFlower of Scotland  and a bit of Auld Lang Syne with the original theme tune. 

For Burton, the event was a true foretaste of heaven ‒ where sounds, and colours, and voices join together in creating a sound so magnificent, John the Revelator simply had to define it as coming from a number that no man could number, standing around the throne, crying in a loud voice 'Salvation to our God and unto the Lamb!'

Check TV magazines for broadcast times. For more information about Ken Burton see here. 

Adventist Music on TV Over Christmas

Dec 09: Adventist Vocal Ensemble featured in BBC1 Songs of Praise, 1.15 pm.

Dec 22: Croydon SDA Gospel Choir, London Adventist Chorale, Brixton Chamber Orchestra in concert ‒ Croydon SDA church, 7.30 pm, singing a variety of classical works and gospel works. 

Dec 23:  BBC1 Songs of Praise: Ken Burton conducts Songs of Praise: The Big Sing Christmas. 

Dec 25:  BBC1 On Christmas Night, TESSERA is featured with their popular 'Mary, Did You Know?'.

Dec 30:  BBC1 Songs of Praise: Ken Burton conducts Songs of Praise: The Big Sing New Year from Edinburgh.

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