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BBC set to air a Bramdean choral blast from the past

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

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A CITY school will have the clock turned back more than 20 years when it features on national radio.

An archive broadcast of choristers from Exeter's Bramdean School, in Heavitree, is set to be aired on BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday, January 23.

The performance from 1990 will be broadcast at 3.30pm on Choral Evensong – the longest running outside broadcast in the world.

The original transmission was recorded in the school's chapel, built by headteacher Tony Connett, and Bramdean has the distinction of being the first school chapel choir to be invited to take part.

The performance was produced by Dr Barry Rose, then the BBC's music adviser to religious broadcasting and now visiting choral director for the school.

Mr Connett said he was delighted the vintage performance is set to be aired again.

He said: "Dr Rose was responsible at the BBC for choosing the choirs which would be included in the series, as well as often acting as producer of the broadcasts.

He had heard the Bramdean choir singing in the then newly-built chapel."

Dr Rose made the decision to come here, and on the day he was the BBC's producer for the live transmission."

Included in the performance was a descant to the last hymn The Day Thou Gavest, which was written for the occasion.

In 1990, Bramdean was a boys-only school and a number of the choristers were weekly boarders, which enabled them to have a daily rehearsal schedule, as well as singing compline or vespers in the chapel each afternoon of the week. The broadcast will be repeated at 4pm on Sunday, January 27.

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