Pageant Preparations
News Articles Running Up To The 2023 British Pageant

British Pageant Attracts and Inspires Talented Young Performers Throughout the UK

13 March 2023

Preparations for the August 2023 British Pageant in Chorley, UK are in full swing, and four young adults from the core cast are excited to participate. Felicity Wilgose, Ben Hancock, Naomi Cook, and Isaac Turner, all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the UK, share their experiences and hopes for this year’s pageant performances.

Felicity is a member of the Dumfries Ward (congregation) of the Scotland Edinburgh Stake (diocese) of the Church…

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Recreating Special Experiences Together While Serving in The British Pageant

12 July 2023

Ever since experiencing a tender moment while watching the 2017 British Pageant, Denise O’Farrell and her daughter, Anna, have wanted to be a part of the Pageant in some way. They are members of the Clonsilla Ward (congregation) Dublin, Ireland of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Denise and Anna both love to sing so when the notice came seeking volunteers for the choir, they signed up immediately…

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Service Missionary Volunteers in the Community and at the British Pageant

12 July 2023

When it comes to working hard and serving others, Elder Ben Powell, volunteer service missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints knows just what is needed to help someone. He will be one of several hundred volunteers assisting with the British Pageant this August in Chorley, Lancashire.

Currently, Elder Powell works two days a week giving service to his community and to individuals…

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Early Church Roots Bring Descendants from Different Continents Together at British Pageant Auditions

12 July 2023

Derek Black, British Pageant core cast member from Ireland and Gloria Lloyd, Pageant Communication team member from the US discovered ancestral links through their participation in the British Pageant. Their forebears connected 184 years ago when Gloria’s ancestor, William Clayton taught and baptised Derek’s ancestor, William Black as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Manchester, UK on 14 January 1839.

Both Derek and Gloria were happy to learn more about their early family connections…

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A Decade of Dedication for British Pageant Choreographer

12 July 2023

The first ever applicant to serve in any capacity for the very first British Pageant was Jonathan Mace, now a husband and father, a Chartered Accountant and Choreography Lead for this year’s 2023 British Pageant in Chorley, Lancashire.

He said he was willing to work in any capacity and do whatever was needed from being a production runner to making photocopies. Fortunately for audiences then and now, Jonathan was asked to be a member of the choreography team in 2013 and created some of the steps which are still part of the Pageant choreography in 2023…

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British Pageant scheduled for this summer postponed to 2023

29 March 2022

Europe Area Presidency issues letter of postponement to Church leadership throughout the UK and Ireland

Considering current events in Europe, Elder Massimo De Feo, President of the Europe Area of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Erich W. Kopischke, First Counsellor in the Europe Area Presidency and Elder Rubén V. Alliaud, Second Counsellor in the Europe Area Presidency have announced the re-scheduling of The British Pageant to summer 2023.

A letter sent to senior Church leadership throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland explained that this decision reflects the responsibility to be wise stewards over time, energy, and resources while caring for those who require needed assistance at this time…

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Europe North Area Presidency Announces British Pageant for Summer 2023

27 November 2022

British Pageant Presidency, leadership and creative teams at work preparing for Pageant

The Europe North Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that the British Pageant will be held over two consecutive weeks: Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th and Tuesday 8th to Saturday 12th August 2023 in Chorley, Lancashire.

The Pageant, which is one of only three globally sponsored pageants of the Church, features a cast and crew of several hundred volunteers who will celebrate through song, dance, and the spoken word, the remarkable contributions of early British and Irish converts to the Church and to the mid-19th century religious revival.

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Over 300 Volunteers Help Prepare for British Pageant in England

1 May 2023

More than 300 people have donated their time and talents to making costumes for the British Pageant, to be held this August in Chorley, Lancashire in England.

The pageant reenacts the story of Heber C. Kimball, the first missionaries to England and early converts to the Church in England through words, song and dance.

The volunteers throughout Ireland and the U.K. have combined their efforts over the last two years to create costumes for pageant cast, choir members, and dancers, the Church’s United Kingdom Newsroom recently reported.

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British Pageant 2022 Presidency Announced

4 August 2021

Following the announcement from the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles that the British Pageant is one of only three authorised globally – a new Pageant Presidency has been called.

Craig Wright (President), Paul Elvidge (1st Counsellor) and John Deacon (2nd Counsellor) have been called and set apart to serve under the direction of the Europe Area Presidency, for the pageant in 2022.

Following Covid restrictions, the presidency was able to meet for the first time in person despite many hours on Zoom as part of the large-scale preparations. Elder Roy Tunnicliffe set apart the presidency at the Preston Temple after a devotional with their spouses…

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2023 Nauvoo and British Pageants

11 July 2023

The Nauvoo and British Pageants — two of only four remaining pageants produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — will be performed in Nauvoo, Illinois, from July 11 to August 5, 2023.

The two pageants, performed live on an outdoor stage by the same cast of volunteer Latter-day Saint individuals and families, highlight stories of the Saints’ joys and struggles in the early days of the Church in America and the British Isles…

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