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Duration: 35 minutes

Sally Magnusson is in Edinburgh, host to Britain's biggest New Year street party, to meet some of those involved with the Hogmanay celebrations and to hear the story behind Auld Lang Syne.

Hymns from St Mary's Cathedral include Brother, Sister, Let Me Serve You, Lord For the Years, and a performance of Morning Has Broken by the pupils of St Mary's Music School.

Music Played

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  • Image for Congregations from St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh.

    Congregations from St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh. As With Gladness Men Of Old

    Words: William Chatterton Dix ( 1837 – 1898) Tune: Dix Music: from a choral by Conrad Kocher (1786 – 1872) Organist: Duncan Ferguson Conductor: Gordon Stewart Church Hymnary 4th edition. # 326. Canterbury Press.

  • Image for Harpist Emily Hoile and Flautist Lily Caunt both from St Mary’s Music School.

    Harpist Emily Hoile and Flautist Lily Caunt both from St Mary’s Music School. Morning Has Broken

    Words: Eleanor Farjean Tune: Bunessan Music: Traditional Gaelic melody Arranged By: Paul Leddington Wright Performed By: The choristers of St Mary’s Music School. Conductor: Duncan Ferguson

  • Image for Congregations from St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, and the Mary Erskine and Stewart’s Melville Schools junior choir.

    Congregations from St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, and the Mary Erskine and Stewart’s Melville Schools junior choir. Brother, Sister, Let Me Serve You

    Words: Richard A M Gillard Tune: Servant Song Music: Richard A.M. Gillard (b1953) Organist: Duncan Ferguson Conductor: Gordon Stewart Church Hymnary 4th edition. #694 Canterbury Press

  • Image for St. Paul's Cathedral Choir

    St. Paul's Cathedral Choir Be Thou My Vision

    Words: From The Poem Book of the Gael, translated by M.E.Byrne edited by Eleanor Hull Music: Bob Chilcott Conductor: Duncan Ferguson Soloist: Alexander MacLaren ( St Mary’s Music School chorister) Oxford University Press 2001, Music Department Great Clarendon Street, Oxford. OX2 6DP

  • Image for Congregations from St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh.

    Congregations from St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh. Father Eternal, Ruler Of Creation

    Words: Laurence J Housman Tune: Old 124th Music: Genevan Psalter 1551. Organist: Duncan Ferguson Conductor: Gordon Stewart Church Hymnary 4th edition #261. Canterbury Press

  • Image for Congregations from St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh.

    Congregations from St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh. Thy Hand, O God, Has Guided

    Words: Edward Hayes Plumptre Tune;: Thornbury Music: Basil Harwood (1859 – 1949) Organist: Duncan Ferguson Conductor: Gordon Stewart New English Hymnal (words). New English Hymnal Company.

  • Image for Congregations from St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh,and the Mary Erskine and Stewart’s Melville Schools junior choir.

    Congregations from St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh,and the Mary Erskine and Stewart’s Melville Schools junior choir. Lord For The Years

    Words: Timothy Dudley Smith Tune: Lord of the Years Music: Michael Baugen Organist: Duncan Ferguson Conductor: Gordon Stewart Artist: Descant arranged by Robert Ramskill Church Hymnary 4th edition #159. Canterbury Press

  • Factsheet for Sunday 27th December

  • JONATHAN MILLS

    Jonathan Mills is the Director of Edinburgh International Festival, which for three weeks in summer draws the world’s best musicians, performers and artists to the capital. For the first 3 decades of his life, Hogmanay was spent on a beach in Australia (where he’s from) having a barbecue and looking at the Southern Cross. In his very first Hogmanay in Scotland Jonathan just wandered around the streets, a kind of invisible presence watching all kinds of people enjoying themselves, gaining a real sense of the uniqueness of the occasion and the character of a Scottish Hogmanay. Hogmanay, he found, is a festival where people say ’ok the worst is over and we’re in this together we’ll get through another year, we’ve sacrificed and here is a moment finally for us to come together and be generous to each other and generous about each other’.

  • CHIEF CONSTABLE DAVID STRANG

    In his role as Chief Constable of Lothian and Borders Police, David is responsible for the biggest street party in the world – Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. The police aim to enable people to celebrate safely. Protection is a key part of his vision of policing. He describes the Old Testament talking about obligations to the widow and orphan, alien and stranger and asks who are the 21st century equivalents? His answer - people in the margins, whether its drugs and alcohol problems, mental health problems, or asylum seekers and refugees. He describes his own motivation as his faith, that everyone is made in the image of God, but adds that for all his colleagues also, they do want to make a difference in people’s lives.

  • AULD LANG SYNE

    Donald Smith, Director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, explained the origin of the poem. The first record of the song in the version that we know it today is mentioned in Robert Burns’ letter to his friend Mrs Dunlop, on December 17, 1788. Burns enclosed a copy of the verse; saying, 'Here is an old song and tune’ which he claimed he had taken it down 'from an old man's singing.' although some experts argue he was modestly giving credit away for his own work. Whatever is the case, five years later he sent a copy of the song, with new verses composed by himself, to George Thomson, who was compiling a collection of Scottish songs with music. A few years after his death, in 1799, his version of Auld Lang Syne was published in Thomson's 'Songs of Scotland' – appearing for the first time with the melody to which it is sung today.
    The new verses contained very specific memories – “we twa hae rin about the braes and pu’d the gowans fine” – we 2 have run up and down the hills and pulled the flowers. At that time in his life, Donald said, Burns is very specifically recalling Jean Armour, his wife, and their shared early times together.
    ‘Its is all about looking forward; we’re together here for this moment, lets take everything we can from it build on the past, value everything important that we still have from the past in our memories but we’re still looking forward in hope’.

    Auld Land Syne is sung all over the world at New Year, and has featured in a number of Hollywood films, most recently in Sex and the City, after Sarah Jessica Parker heard a recording set to another older tune performed by Mairi Campbell and Dave Francis – “The Cast” . They sing their versionin a new recording made for the programme. The original recording is available on the album The Winnowing, on Culburnie Label. B000001UIG

  • NEW YEAR AT ST CUTHBERTS CHURCH

    Minister Reverend David Denniston admitted that at first he viewed the Hogmanay service with a sense of irritation and resentment. But he soon realised what a superb opportunity the Hogmanay service was to connect with the festivities, the sense of anticipation, the sense of hopefulness, the sense of resolution and intention and the sense of regret and sorrow and all these things together met in this worship service.
    He felt that for many people there’s a sense of regret, wistfulness about New Year, a sense of hope, a sense of wanting to put the past behind, a sense of wanting to look forward to a better future and, a feeling of wanting to connect that with the spiritual, wanting to make resolution in the presence of God. Two members of the congregation, Moira Brown and Grant Hutchison, talked of their experience of the service.

  • Locations

    We filmed in various centre of Edinburgh locations – including Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, and in the New Town.

  • Auld Land Syne

    Auld Land Syne was filmed at The Scottish Story telling Centre, 43 – 45 High Street Edinburgh EH1 1SR. tel 0131 536 9579
    Reverend David Denniston, Moira Brown and Grant Hutchison were filmed in St Cuthberts Church. 5 Lothian Road. Edinburgh EH 1 2EP .
    Dave Francis and Mairi Campbell sang their version of Auld Lang Syne at St Cuthbert’s Church, 5 Lothian Road, Edinburgh.

    Scottish Storytelling Centre
  • PERFORMERS

    “Be thou my vision” was sung by the choir of St Mary’s Cathedral. The soloist was chorister Alexander Maclaren from St Mary’s Music School. Pianist was accompanied Nicholas Wearne, oboe Joe Houghton and flute by Taylor Maclennan. It was conducted by Duncan Ferguson – Master of Music at St Mary’s cathedral.

    “Morning has Broken” was sung by the choristers of St Mary’s Music School and accompanied by Emily Hoile on harp, and Taylor Maclennan and Lily Caunt on flute, all pupils of St Mary’s Music School. It was conducted by Duncan Ferguson.

    “Auld Lang Syne” was performed by Mairi Campbell and Dave Francis. “The Cast”.

    The Cast

Credits

Presenter
Sally Magnusson
Producer
David Strachan
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra

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