Pupils sing much loved carol on Radio 2
Christmas Day is an exciting time of year for any child.
But this year will be extra special for Bredgar Primary School
That’s because they are set to feature in a Radio 2 programme
entitled Sing in Heavenly Peace: The True Story Of Silent
In the show, which is due to air at 9pm on Christmas Day, Sir
Cliff Richard looks into the truth behind the world’s most famous
Christmas carol, Silent Night.
As part of the recording the youngsters can be heard singing the
song, which was composed in Austria in 1818.
Listeners will also hear Year 6 pupil Leon Baker, 11, reading
the first verse of the poem Twas The Night Before Christmas as well
as other children from the school talking about what Christmas
means to them.
It was all recorded at St John the Baptist Church in the village
back in October, but it wouldn’t have happened had it not been for
head teacher David Whitehead.
By day he runs the school but in his spare time he writes and
this was just one idea he came up with and pitched to his friend
Jon Holmes who runs a production company called Unusual Productions
Following talks with Radio 2 the programme was commissioned.
Mr Whitehead said: “I’ve always loved the hymn Silent Night and
thought it was very special, but when I started researching the
history behind it I found my knowledge was wrong.
“I thought it was written in the trenches during the First World
War but it was actually written a whole century before that.
“I thought others would be interested to know the background
“We asked Sir Cliff Richard to narrate it because he’s the
nation’s favourite Christian and he jumped at it. I didn’t meet him
“I’m very pleased the programme has been made and I know the
children are very excited about it.
“The staff, children and their parents are going to be tuning in
on the day.
“We’ve mentioned it in our newsletter and made reference to it on
the Christmas cards we’ve sent out to other schools in the area and
friends of the school to let them know about it too so hopefully
lots of people will tune in.”
- Click here for more Sittingbourne news...
- Click here for more news from across the county...