TOWN HALL RAISES THE ROOF FOR BBC SONGS OF PRAISE

Issued: 3 April 2009

A spectacular celebration of Handel?s Messiah, recorded at Town Hall Birmingham, will be broadcast on BBC One?s Songs of Praise over two programmes on Easter Sunday 12 & Sunday 19 April.

Introduced by Aled Jones, the programmes feature favourite arias and choruses from this much-loved work. A choir of 1000 singers from the Midlands join soloists Elin Manahan Thomas, Rhys Meirion and Jonathan Lemalu to raise their voices for this unique event.

Now in its 47th year, the BBC?s flagship inspirational programme regularly attracts 2.5m viewers. The first of the two programmes is broadcast on Easter Sunday on BBC One at 5.55pm.

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Note to Editors

Now in its 47th year, Songs of Praise is BBC One?s flagship inspirational music programme, providing stories of faith and singalong Christian music every Sunday evening throughout the year. Popular Songs of Praise events include the annual School Choirs of the Year Competition, the search for the Nation?s Favourite Hymn and the annual Big Sing from the Royal Albert Hall.

Further information on Songs of Praise visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/songsofpraise/
Songs of Praise was recorded at Town Hall Birmingham in January 2009.

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a registered charity. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and a thriving education/community department reaches a further 20,000 people of all ages.

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).