Poetry

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Duration: 35 minutes

Pop star-turned-priest, the Rev Richard Coles meets people passionate about poetry including Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Andrew Motion, Wendy Cope and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

Praise to the Holiest in the Height, Let All the World in Every Corner Sing and Lead and Kindly Light are amongst the hymns sung by Cherie Gears, Lexie Stobie and the Coventry Singers.

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Robert Prizeman, Maurice Murphy, Steven Geraghty

    Robert Prizeman, Maurice Murphy, Steven Geraghty Songs of Praise Signature Tune

    Composer: Robert Prizeman commercially available

  • Image for The Coventry Choir, Flute (Clare-Louise Appleby), Clarinet (Neil Aston), Horn (Cath Cordey), Oboe (Natasha Wilson), Bassoon (Jo Mayne) & Harp (Skaila Kanga), Organist (Tim Campain)

    The Coventry Choir, Flute (Clare-Louise Appleby), Clarinet (Neil Aston), Horn (Cath Cordey), Oboe (Natasha Wilson), Bassoon (Jo Mayne) & Harp (Skaila Kanga), Organist (Tim Campain) Praise To The Holiest In The Height

    Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright Tune: Gerontius Music: J.B. Dykes (1823-76) Words: John Henry Newman (1801-90) Arranger: Geoff Ellerby SoP Hymn Book (#90)

  • Image for The Coventry Singers, Flute (Clare-Louise Appleby), Clarinet (Neil Aston), Horn (Cath Cordey), Oboe (Natasha Wilson), Bassoon (Jo Mayne) & Harp (Skaila Kanga), Organist (Tim Campain)

    The Coventry Singers, Flute (Clare-Louise Appleby), Clarinet (Neil Aston), Horn (Cath Cordey), Oboe (Natasha Wilson), Bassoon (Jo Mayne) & Harp (Skaila Kanga), Organist (Tim Campain) The Lord's My Shepherd

    Music: Stuart Townend Words: Scottish Psalter 1650, based on Psalm 23 Paul Leddington Wright

  • Image for Lexie Stobie, Guitar (Charlie Groves), Keyboards (Geoff Ellerby), Cello (Harry Napier)

    Lexie Stobie, Guitar (Charlie Groves), Keyboards (Geoff Ellerby), Cello (Harry Napier) Lead Kindly Light

    Music: Geoff Ellerby Arranger: Geoff Ellerby John Henry Newman in MS

  • Image for The Coventry Singers, Flute (Clare-Louise Appleby), Clarinet (Neil Aston), Horn (Cath Cordey), Oboe (Natasha Wilson), Bassoon (Jo Mayne) & Harp (Skaila Kanga), Organist (Tim Campain)

    The Coventry Singers, Flute (Clare-Louise Appleby), Clarinet (Neil Aston), Horn (Cath Cordey), Oboe (Natasha Wilson), Bassoon (Jo Mayne) & Harp (Skaila Kanga), Organist (Tim Campain) Let All The World In Every Corner Sing

    Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright Tune: Luckington Music: Basil Harwood (1859-1949) Words: George Herbert (1593-1633) Arranger: Paul Leddington Wright SoP Hymn Book (#236)

  • Image for Cherie Gears, Guitar (Charlie Groves)

    Cherie Gears, Guitar (Charlie Groves) The Bright Field

    Music: Maddy Prior, Geoff Ellerby Arranger: Geoff Ellerby Ronald Stuart Thomas in MS

  • Image for The Coventry Choir, Flute (Clare-Louise Appleby), Clarinet (Neil Aston), Horn (Cath Cordey), Oboe (Natasha Wilson), Bassoon (Jo Mayne) & Harp (Skaila Kanga), Organist (Tim Campain)

    The Coventry Choir, Flute (Clare-Louise Appleby), Clarinet (Neil Aston), Horn (Cath Cordey), Oboe (Natasha Wilson), Bassoon (Jo Mayne) & Harp (Skaila Kanga), Organist (Tim Campain) Mirabile Dictu

    Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright Music: Carol Ann Duffy and Sasha Johnson Manning Words: Carol Ann Duffy and Sasha Johnson Manning This item was specially recorded for BBC Songs of Praise but a version is available on the CD ‘The Manchester Carols’, on the Naxos label.

  • Image for The Coventry Choir, Flute (Clare-Louise Appleby), Clarinet (Neil Aston), Horn (Cath Cordey), Oboe (Natasha Wilson), Bassoon (Jo Mayne) & Harp (Skaila Kanga), Organist (Tim Campain)

    The Coventry Choir, Flute (Clare-Louise Appleby), Clarinet (Neil Aston), Horn (Cath Cordey), Oboe (Natasha Wilson), Bassoon (Jo Mayne) & Harp (Skaila Kanga), Organist (Tim Campain) And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time

    Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright Tune: Jerusalem Music: C. Hubert H Parry Words: William Blake Arranger: Geoff Ellerby SoP Hymn Book (#375)

  • Factsheet for Sunday 10th January

    Presented by Rev. Richard Coles

  • INTERVIEWS

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams


    The Archbishop of Canterbury was interviewed about how poetry, though challenging, can enrich our lives. He also talked specifically about the enduring appeal of the 150 Psalms of the Old Testament. He read an extract from the Coverdale translation of the 23rd Psalm. Dr Williams is a published poet: three volumes of his work have been published: After Silent Centuries (Oxford, 1994), Remembering Jerusalem (Oxford, 2001), also collected together as The Poems of Rowan Williams (Oxford and Grand Rapids MI, 2002), and Headwaters: Poems by Rowan Williams (Perpetua Press 2008)

    The Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Wendy Cope

    Poet Wendy Cope was interviewed about her love of the poet George Herbert and read an extract from his poem Prayer. Wendy spent 15 years as a primary school teacher before becoming a professional writer. Her bestselling debut Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis was published in 1986, and since then she has been delivered some of the best-known lines in contemporary poetry. Her poetry collections include Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (1986), Serious Concerns (1992) and If I Don't Know (2001), which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award. She has edited a number of poetry anthologies including The Orchard Book of Funny Poems (1993), Is That The New Moon? (1989), The Funny Side: 101 Humorous Poems (1998) and The Faber Book of Bedtime Stories (1999) and Heaven on Earth: 101 Happy Poems (2001). She is also the author of two books for children, Twiddling Your Thumbs (1988) and The River Girl (1991).

  • Sir Andrew Motion

    Sir Andrew Motion was interviewed about his admiration for the poetry of John Betjeman. Andrew Motion became Poet Laureate in 1999, succeeding Ted Hughes. His poetry collections include The Pleasure Steamers, (1977), Independence (1981); Secret Narratives (1983); Dangerous Play: Poems 1974-1984 (1984), Natural Causes (1987), The Price of Everything (1994); Salt Water (1997) and Selected Poems 1976-1997 (1998). His collection of poems Public Property was published in 2002 and his latest collection of poems is The Cinder Path (2009).

  • Carol Ann Duffy

    The current Poet Laureate talked about her delight in being appointed Poet Laureate in 2009 and read an extract from her own poem Prayer. Her poetry collections include Standing Female Nude (1985), Selling Manhattan (1987), The Other Country (1990); Mean Time (1993) and The World's Wife (1999). Feminine Gospels (2002) is a celebration of the female condition. The Good Child's Guide to Rock N Roll (2003) is her latest collection for children. In Out of Fashion (2004) she creates a vital dialogue between classic and contemporary poets over the two arts of poetry and fashion. Carol Ann Duffy is also an acclaimed playwright, and has had plays performed at the Liverpool Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre in London. Her plays include Take My Husband (1982), Cavern of Dreams (1984), Little Women, Big Boys (1986) and Loss (1986), a radio play. Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester. Her latest collection of poetry is Rapture (2005).

  • PERFORMERS

    The Coventry Singers

    The Coventry Singers are a chamber choir, many of whose members are drawn from choral groups based at Coventry Cathedral. The choir has recorded several CDs of Taize music for Kingsway, broadcast every year for BBC Radio 4's Daily Service and are often heard singing on Radio 2's Sunday Half-Hour. A small ensemble from the group was in Rome in June 2009 for the 25th Anniversary of the International Church Music, performing in the Basilicas of San Giovanni Lateran and Santa Maria Maggiore, and the Pantheon. The Coventry Singers were formed and are directed by Paul Leddington Wright.

  • Lexie Stobie

    is a 19-year old singing sensation from Worcester. At 16, Lexie entered the BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year competition. She made it to the final, which was held at Westminster Abbey.

    The programme was broadcast on Radio 2, and this led to Lexie's song being chosen by BBC Radio 4 as their Pick of the Week. This then resulted in an appearance on BBC Songs of Praise in 2007. Lexie appeared on Songs of Praise again in 2008.

    Lexie Stobie
  • Cherie Gears

    Studied Jazz as a degree at Leeds College of Music and now performs regularly with a variety of Jazz, Soul and Pop bands. She is currently the lead singer of Lazybaby, a Leeds-based band. They are an unsigned act looking for a deal/management and are busy finishing their new album.

    Cherie Gears
  • LOCATIONS

    Lambeth Palace (Interview location)

    London
    SE1 7JU

  • St Andrews Church (Presenter Links)

    Lower Road
    Bemerton
    Salisbury
    SP2 9NL

    St Andrews Church
  • St Mary's , Uffington Church (Presenter Links)

    Broad Street
    Uffington
    Faringdon
    Oxon, SN7 7RA

    St Mary's Church
  • Oriel College (Presenter Links)

    Oxford
    OX1 4EW

    Oriel College
  • St Paul's Cathedral Library (Presenter Links)

    The Chapter House
    St Paul's Churchyard
    London
    EC4M 8AD

    St Paul's Cathedral
  • St Paul's, Knightsbridge (Presenter Links)

    Knightsbridge
    32a Wilton Place
    London, SW1X 8SH

    St Paul's Church
  • Retort House

    Lead Kindly Light (Lexie Stobie) and The Bright Field (Cherie Gears) were filmed at:-

    RETORT HOUSE
    Berkeley Street
    Birmingham
    B1 2JT

    Location managed by Ashtenne Industrial Fund Limited Partnership

    Retort House
  • High Street Methodist Church

    And all our music performed by The Coventry Singers was recorded and filmed at:-

    HIGH STREET METHODIST CHURCH, WITNEY
    Minister: The Rev. Richard Donoghue
    Tel: 01993 709874

    High Street Methodist Church, Witney

Credits

Presenter
Rev. Richard Coles
Producer
Garry Boon
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra

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