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Southbank Sinfonia on BBC Radio 2

Will Weir in Cambridge

The Southbank Sinfonia recorded a service for BBC Radio 2 at Cambridge's Trinity College on Monday.

The ensemble accompanied the college's chapel choir in what was a beautiful and deeply moving event. The service, entitled “At the Foot of the Cross,” is to be broadcast on Radio 2 on Good Friday 25 March at 9.30pm. Conducted by Trinity College's Richard Marlow, the sinfonia displayed amazing versatility as it performed traditional hymns with unconventional and incredibly dynamic arrangements. Guest appearances were made by the Trinity Singers and 2004's Young Chorister of the Year, Westminster Abbey's Thomas Jesty. Hannah Gordon and Michael Maloney also contributed with readings from the New Testament account of the last few hours of Christ's life and his Resurrection.

The Southbank Sinfonia – based at St John's Waterloo – is designed to bridge the treacherous gap between graduation and a concert career for those who take degrees in orchestral performance. The organisation's website explains its aims to “ensure that the most promising graduates are retained in the profession".

At the Foot of the Cross is introduced by Canon Roger Royle, formerly of Southwark Cathedral.

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