Passion Play Lanarkshire celebrate Easter

Passion Play Lanarkshire celebrate Easter

This Holy Week, as people across Scotland celebrate Easter with everything from children’s egg hunts to special church services.

In Hamilton, Lanarkshire, the church will be taking the Easter message into their community with ground-breaking productions of the Passion Play.

The play at Hamilton Old Kirk, which will be performed in public for the first time, began this week with a Palm Sunday procession that attracted hundreds of people.

A cast of more than 30 people from the Hamilton area have been brought together, alongside professional actors in the roles of Judas and Jesus, to create an ambitious performance portraying the events leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Each year the churches of Hamilton take turns to host events to mark Holy Week. This year it’s up to Hamilton Old Kirk at Leechlee Road, Hamilton, where a husband and wife team have led the project.

Host minister Rev. Ross Blackman is “incredibly excited” about the production, and emphasises what he hopes will be a sensory performance.

On Thursday night, 13 April in Hamilton, the scene of the Last Supper included members of the Hamilton area clergy as disciples, who distributed the communion elements at the end of the service. View the video below of Thursday night’s scene

On Good Friday, 14 April, the service will conclude with Jesus on the cross outside the front of the church before being “buried” in the church for the weekend.

The event will culminate on Easter Sunday, 16 April, with a dawn service of resurrection at 6.30am and followed by scenes from the Resurrection at 10:30am.

The meaning of Easter
Rev Joanne Hood, minister at St John’s Church in Hamilton, is also taking part in the production, which hundreds are expected to attend. She said: “We wanted to do something to help everyone understand the meaning of Easter; of Christ’s resurrection and the joy it gives us. That’s why we will be staging the Passion Play both in the streets of Hamilton and in our churches. It’s a huge thing for us with all the churches coming together across denominations to put on a really special event for the community.”

Easter Celebration at the New Auditorium

Easter Celebration at the New Auditorium

The Easter Celebration 2017 will be performed in the £14m New Auditorium within The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. 

The Celebration Choir with The Gospel Heirs are looking forward to this brand new experience where the acoustics have been said to be excellent.  Make sure of your and enjoy the superb Easter presentation: KINGDOM POWER GLORY – praising the Risen Christ.

The New Auditorium at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is a specially designed space with variable acoustics that provides world class rehearsal and recording facilities for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and offers Glasgow a magnificent new performance venue.




TTBA Album of the Month: Ed Sheeran with ‘Divide’

TTBA Album of the Month: Ed Sheeran with ‘Divide’

As we are now into April, there is a new Album of the Month on the Turn The Beat Around programme on Wednesday 5 April at 8.0pm on 100.8 Revival FM.

Ian Arbuckle presents the programme with its wide variety of music. A full playlist can be found on the TTBA playlist page on the website here. Look under the Presenters tab at

Ed Sheeran’s third album, ÷ “Divide” was released in March 2017. The album debuted at number one in the UK, the US and other major markets. The first two singles from the album, Shape of You and Castle on the Hill were released in January 2017 and broke records in a number of countries including the UK, Australia and Germany by debuting in the top two positions of the charts.divide-album-ed

Ed also became the first artist to have two songs debut in the US top 10 in the same week and interestingly, Ed Sheeran appeared on Debrett’s 2017 list of the most influential people in the UK.

His current song ‘Galway Girl’ is getting plenty of airplay.  Ian will be playing tracks from the album on Turn The Beat Around throughout April.

Turn The Beat Around with Ian Arbuckle, Wednesday 5 April at 8.00-10.00pm; repeated Saturday 8 April at 3.00-5.00pm and Catch Up anytime.

Rachel Hair Trio concert on Celtic Fusion

Rachel Hair Trio concert on Celtic Fusion

To celebrate the start of the Edinburgh International Harp Festival 2017 at Merchiston Castle School, 294 Colinton Road, Colinton, Edinburgh from Friday 31 March until Wednesday 5 April, this week’s Celtic Fusion programme on 100.8 Revival FM features in the second hour of the programme a concert from The Rachel Hair Trio recorded at Celtic Connections 2016.

As a member of the organising committee and responsible for media enquires and information, Rachel Hair is heavily involved in the Edinburgh International Harp Festival.eihf-logo-2017

“Renowned for its strong melodies, earthy songs and majestic instrumental flair and driven by the dynamic playing of Highland harpist and composer Rachel Hair, The Rachel Hair Trio is completed by elegant double bass from Cameron Maxwell and strong rhythm and vocals from singer-guitarist Jenn Butterworth.

They have released two well received albums the most recent being the aptly titled Trì (Gaelic for three). “Three stringed instruments expertly balanced with each other, finely contrasting in tone and bursting with melodic energy.” – Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman.

More information on the Edinburgh International Harp Festival here.

Celtic Fusion, Tuesdays at 8.00-10.00pm; repeated Saturday 5.00-7.00pm and Catch Up anytime for 7 days after broadcast.