This year marks the 90th Anniversary of the BBC Radio 4 Christmas appeal with St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square. The appeal is in aid of homelessness nationwide.
Will’s arrangement of IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER is the soundtrack to this appeal. Listen to the BBC Radio 4 appeal choir and Will Todd perform in this special Sunday worship in aid of the Christmas appeal, first broadcast on Sunday 4th December.Listen Again
Back in the 1920s, the vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Dick Sheppard, was preaching at a service broadcast on the BBC. Sheppard asked those listening to send in donations to support those in need in the run-up to Christmas. This was the beginning of a partnership that has continued for 90 years. For the past nine decades, Radio 4 listeners have supported the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields with charitable donations that go towards helping some of the most vulnerable in our society through the various charities and agencies the church supports.
The current vicar, the Rev Dr Sam Wells leads a service to mark the appeal and the work it has done. Familiar Radio 4 voices join those reflecting on the history and impact of the appeal. The preacher is the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James, with music from the Radio 4 Choir, the composer, Will Todd, and St Martin’s Voices, directed by Andrew Earis.
Donate to the BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal