Worshippers at Wakefield Cathedral are set to become stars of the small screen when BBC’s Songs of Praise is filmed there today.
The city will be the focus of two shows, which will be aired on Sunday, April 28 and Sunday, October 6.
Barbara Hepworth, the cathedral’s refurbishment, local crafters and the Wakefield Way, will all feature in the programmes about Wakefield being ‘a city on the up,’ presented by BBC Breakfast’s Bill Turnbull.
Producer Charlotte Hindle said: “The cathedral contacted us a year ago to ask if we wanted to do a programme once the refurbishment was complete. Wakefield has been transformed in recent years and has a lot to offer visitors, so we thought we would give the programmes an Enterprising Wakefield theme.
“It’s not somewhere people might think of going, but hopefully our programmes will show it’s well worth a trip.”
In true Songs of Praise Style, the shows will feature hymns sung by the cathedral’s congregation, including For all the Saints which was written by the first Bishop of Wakefield, William Walsham How.
There will also be performances by the cathedral’s choir and opera singer Jonathan Veira.
Miss Hindle said: “There was so much material to choose from that we had a dilemma over what to leave out, but we’re really pleased with what we’ve got so far, which includes great footage of Barbara Hepworth talking about her faith and the making of one of her best-known pieces, Crucifixion.
The cathedral was a hive of activity yesterday as preparations for filming of the ticket-only service were underway as Mr Turnbull recorded some pieces to camera.
The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Rev Jonathan Greener, said: “We are very proud of our new nave, and are delighted to have this opportunity to share it with people across the country, and to sing God’s praises together for what has been achieved.
Hopefully some viewers will come to Wakefield to see it for themselves.”