The team

Arthur Martin - producer

Martin is considered to be one of the few white experts on black gospel music in the UK. At the age of 16 he formed two gospel church bands then went on to join the London concert promoter Raymond Gubbay. During the late 80's he set up a black gospel artist management and concert promotion company and worked with all the main UK based gospel choirs of the day. He worked with the London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC), promoted the first ever "cross over concert" with LCGC and the flamenco artists Ramon Villar at London's Queen Elizabeth hall in a performance to fuse the rhythm of black gospel and flamenco. He obtained the BBC rights to give concert performances of the black gospel show based on Martin Luther King "The Dream", featuring the LCGC and written by the BBC's Michael Wakelin. He promoted tours with American artists such as Edwin Hawkins, the late Walter Hawkins, Richard Smallwood Singers and New Jersey Mass Choir. He currently works as a TV and film producer out of London, UK.

Michael Wakelin - executive producer

Michael worked as head of Religion and Ethics at the BBC from 2006-2009. He joined the corporation in 1986 as a researcher for the BBC Radio 4 series The Good Book with Brian Redhead. He went on to work on a variety of programmes across all radio networks. His award winning radio credits include Talk Of The Devil, Sanctified Dance and the Sony Award-winning The Dream for BBC Radio 1. He pioneered gospel music on BBC Radio 2, launching series with Gloria Gaynor, Deniece Williams and Beverley Knight. He has also worked on a range of multi-faith programmes and established Radio 2's acclaimed Faith In The World Week – now in its 18th year on the BBC. Michael worked as a producer and director on Songs Of Praise for ten years before becoming series producer in 2001. He also series produced and directed BBC Two’s Cathedral Calls and was co-series producer of the ground-breaking BBC One series Son Of God which won a Radio Times front cover. As Head of Religion he sold oversaw the production of Around the World in 80 Faiths, Ghandi, The History of Christianity, Extreme Pilgrim, The Children of Helen House, Martin Luther King – American Prophet, In Search of Wilberforce and he commissioned Florence Nightlingale (among other documentaries) which won a Radio Times front cover.

Michael is now working as a freelance religion and media expert for various organisations. He is part-time Development Director for the Cambridge Abraham Project and part-time Director of Programmes for the Council of Christians and Jews. He has also made a return to broadcasting taking on Executive oversight of the early morning Pause for Thought on Radio Two. Alongside this work he is also finishing a report for the BBC’s Director General on the history of Religious Broadcasting.

David Choudhry - European line producer

David Choudhry, is one of the UK's leading international producers, from UK Film Productions. He is responsible for overall production and European filming.

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