Admiralty Carol Service 2020 - BFBS Christmas Special Broadcast
The Navy sings in unison across the world to celebrate Christmas
Due to the Government restrictions on large scale events during the 2020 pandemic, the Naval Staff have changed how the Royal Navy will hold the First Sea Lord’s traditional Admiralty Service and reception; the Christmas Service that marks the start of Advent traditionally held at St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Admiralty’s adopted church in London.
Adopting the virtual format, following an initiative from The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, BFBS generously agreed to film, edit and produce a 25-minute TV special featuring choristers singing from the Royal Hospital School Chapel Choir, accompanied by the brass quintet from HM Band of the Royal Marines, HMS Collingwood.
BFBS will broadcast the full service at 17.35 on 13th
December on Forces TV (Freeview 96, Sky 264, Freesat 165 and Virgin 277) in the UK and, for those serving overseas, on BFBS Extra on BFBS TV.
The service will also be featured on the Forces TV YouTube Channel
and Facebook page
– and on forces.net A virtual choir
What makes this year’s Admiralty Carol Service unique is an ambitious contribution of carol singers filmed joining the Service as a virtual congregation from across the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and RFA, including deployed units across the globe, our air stations, reserve units and regional training establishments.
Will you spot anyone you know during the broadcast?
The virtual choir of carol-singing sailors and Royal Marines will accompany the RHS choir during the opening carol, “Once in Royal David’s City” and again during the closing carol, “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”.
The programme aims to show the Royal Navy in unison, illustrating the spread of our global Navy family, many of whom will be deployed over the Christmas period.
The Chaplain of the Fleet, The Venerable Martyn Gough QHC will welcome us to the Admiralty Service and the First Sea Lord, Admiral Tony Radakin will give his Christmas address during the programme, highlighting the successful achievements of the Royal Navy across 2020 including video clips of Royal Navy operations this past year.
The ‘Forces TV special’ will be available to a broad audience from the whole force, their families, their supporters and the veteran community, both in the UK and abroad kindly enabled by BFBS’ global platforms and community