Leyland Band will take a central role in the BBC1's centre piece television broadcast on Good Friday (6th April 2012). The "Preston Passion" is being broadcast live on BBC 1 on Good Friday from 12.00pm to 1.00pm and will re-tell the Passion story in a contemporary setting, featuring a combination of live performance and innovative drama. Hosted by Fern Britton and featuring around 3500 local people, the event is huge undertaking. Leyland will be playing a central role in providing the musical accompaniment to a 600 strong choir in 4 items from "Jerusalem" to "Morte Christie" all of which will be directed by "Songs of Praise" regular conductor, Paul Leddington-Wright. Preparations have been taking place across the city for a number of weeks now, with some pre-filming which will be merged into the live broadcast, featuring Tom Ellis (former "Eastenders" star) in the role of Samuel Horrocks, Samantha Bond, Christine Bottomley, Pooky Quesnel, Ronald Pickup and Paul Barber. Also singing live will be Heather Small, and the event combines traditional Holy Week choral music with modern day celebration of Easter, marking the start of the historic Preston Guild festivities. The band is delighted to have been asked to perform, and will also be active later in the year in more of the Guild celebrations.