Prayer

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Duration: 40 minutes

Aled Jones explores one of the most universal yet mysterious human activities: prayer. Among those he talks to are Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who describes praying near the twin towers in New York on 9/11.

The hymns, sung by the Exultate Singers, Tessera and Camilla Kerslake, include Make Me a Channel of Your Peace, Abide With Me and All My Hope on God Is Founded.

Music Played

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  • Image for Robert Prizeman

    Robert Prizeman Songs of Praise Signature Tune

    Performed By: Robert Prizeman, Maurice Murphy, Steven Geraghty commercially available

  • Image for Exultate Singers, The Lochrian Ensemble  - Kate Watt (Harp), Julia Holmes (Clarinet), Catherine Black and Alison Black (Violins), Nerissa Dando (Viola) and Matthew Greswell (Cello).

    Exultate Singers, The Lochrian Ensemble - Kate Watt (Harp), Julia Holmes (Clarinet), Catherine Black and Alison Black (Violins), Nerissa Dando (Viola) and Matthew Greswell (Cello). Father Hear The Prayer We Offer

    Conductor: David Ogden Tune: Sussex Music: English Traditional adapted by R.Vaughan Williams Words: Love Maria Willis (1824-1908) and others Arranger: David Ogden SOP hymnbook 325

  • Image for Camilla Kerslake, Strings – Leanne Sinha, Marsha Skinns, Bertie Anderson and Katie Holt. Cello – Charlotte Ashley

    Camilla Kerslake, Strings – Leanne Sinha, Marsha Skinns, Bertie Anderson and Katie Holt. Cello – Charlotte Ashley Abide With Me

    Tune: Eventide Music: W.H. Monk (1823-89) Words: H.F. Lyte (1793-1847)

    specially adapted for BBC Songs

  • Image for Exultate Singers, The Lochrian Ensemble  - Kate Watt (Harp), Julia Holmes (Clarinet), Catherine Black and Alison Black (Violins), Nerissa Dando (Viola) and Matthew Greswell (Cello).

    Exultate Singers, The Lochrian Ensemble - Kate Watt (Harp), Julia Holmes (Clarinet), Catherine Black and Alison Black (Violins), Nerissa Dando (Viola) and Matthew Greswell (Cello). May The Road Rise To Meet You

    Conductor: David Ogden Music: Ian Carpenter Words: Irish traditional White Light Publishing

  • Image for Tessera

    Tessera The Prayer

    Music: David Foster, Carole Bayer-Sager Words: David Foster, Carole Bayer-Sager Arranger: Ken Burton

    specially produced for BBC Songs

  • Image for Exultate Singers, The Lochrian Ensemble  - Kate Watt (Harp), Julia Holmes (Clarinet), Catherine Black and Alison Black (Violins), Nerissa Dando (Viola) and Matthew Greswell (Cello).

    Exultate Singers, The Lochrian Ensemble - Kate Watt (Harp), Julia Holmes (Clarinet), Catherine Black and Alison Black (Violins), Nerissa Dando (Viola) and Matthew Greswell (Cello). Spirit Of God, Descend Upon My Heart

    Conductor: David Ogden Tune: Spirit of God Music: David Ogden (b.1966) Words: George Croly (1780-1860) Hymns and Psalms 313 (Words only) White Light Publishing

  • Image for Exultate Singers, The Lochrian Ensemble  - Kate Watt (Harp), Julia Holmes (Clarinet), Catherine Black and Alison Black (Violins), Nerissa Dando (Viola) and Matthew Greswell (Cello).

    Exultate Singers, The Lochrian Ensemble - Kate Watt (Harp), Julia Holmes (Clarinet), Catherine Black and Alison Black (Violins), Nerissa Dando (Viola) and Matthew Greswell (Cello). Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace

    Conductor: David Ogden Tune: Channel of Peace (St. Francis) Music: Sebastian Temple (b.1928) Words: From Prayer attributed to St Francis (1182-1226) Arranger: David Ogden SOP hymnbook 337

  • Image for Exultate Singers, The Lochrian Ensemble  - Kate Watt (Harp), Julia Holmes (Clarinet), Catherine Black and Alison Black (Violins), Nerissa Dando (Viola) and Matthew Greswell (Cello).

    Exultate Singers, The Lochrian Ensemble - Kate Watt (Harp), Julia Holmes (Clarinet), Catherine Black and Alison Black (Violins), Nerissa Dando (Viola) and Matthew Greswell (Cello). All My Hope On God Is Founded

    Conductor: David Ogden Tune: Michael Music: Herbert Howells (1892-1983) Words: Robert Bridges (1844-1930) altd. Based on Joachim Neander Arranger: David Ogden (1650-80) SOP hymnbook 281

  • Factsheet for Sunday 7th March

    Presented by Aled Jones

  • INTERVIEWS

  • The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams

    Dr Williams talked about what prayer is, why we should pray, and how we should pray. He talked about the role of prayer in his own life. He talked specifically about the terrorist attacks on New York on September 11th, 2001, when Dr Williams was with a group of people close to the towers which were attacked. He described how he prayed with a group of people that they should not be afraid to tell God how frightened they were.

    The poem read by the Archbishop is the Morning Prayer of Metropolitan Philaret, as follows;

    Grant me, O Lord, to greet the coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely upon thy holy will. In every hour of the day, reveal thy will to me. Bless my dealings with all who surround me. In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all are sent by thee. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering or embarrassing others. In all my deeds and words, guide my thoughts and feelings. Direct my will; teach me to pray; pray thou thyself in me. Amen.

    The Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Veronica Williams

    Veronica Williams is a founder member of Mothers Prayers, an international prayer group for mothers, whose members join together in prayer around the world. She talks about how Mothers Prayers helps mothers not to feel on their own. There are now over 3000 Mothers Prayers groups in the UK and there are groups in 92 countries around the world. See link below for the Mothers Prayers website.

    Mothers Prayers
  • Carolyn Hart

    Carolyn Hart is a member of Mothers Prayers and talks about the inter-denominational nature of the organisation; and the strength gained from knowing that women all over the world are united in using the same simple yet profound prayers.

  • Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

    Archbishop Tutu talked about the role of prayer in his life and how he could not live without prayer. He compares prayer to a loving relationship which has its ups and downs. For more information on Desmond Tutu see link below.

    Archbishop Tutu
  • Jane Grayshon

    Jane is the author of a number of books. For over 30 years she has been in severe pain following complications after an operation. She talks about the role that prayer plays in her life, about her understanding of what prayer is, and how she copes with God not having answered her prayer to have her pain taken away

  • PERFORMERS

  • Tessera

    Tessera means ‘four’ in Greek. The four guys who comprise the soulful gospel quartet Tessera are Ken Burton -Musical Director/Baritone, Paul Boldeau – Tenor, Robert Carr- Tenor, Paul Lee – Tenor. For this recording Ray Stewart deputised for Paul Boldeau.

    The group made its very first appearance on UK television and was an instant hit with viewers both in the UK and Australia, particularly the song Mary Did You Know.

    Since then the group has recorded for record label AVE International Ltd on the album ‘AVE’, with one of the songs included on a new compilation release by Warner Music, ‘Aled Jones presents Good Morning Sunday’.
    For more info about Tessera see link below.

    Tessera
  • Camilla Kerslake

    21-year-old rising star Camilla Kerslake realised her lifelong dream with her eponymously titled debut album, released November 16th 2009 on Mercury Records.

    Recently signed to Gary Barlow’s new Future Records label, Camilla’s exciting future holds no limits.

    Early last year Camilla ‘camped’ outside a London studio determined to give Gary the demo tape she had saved up to record. Her persistence paid off and he eventually listened. “I was instantly captivated by it,” Gary admits. “Her voice is a unique and powerful instrument.”

    Camilla was the special guest for two Christmas shows with Il Divo at Hammersmith Apollo (December 7th, 8th 2009). Accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Camilla joined Il Divo onstage for two duets as well as having three solo performances. Recently she sang the national anthem before the Carling Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

    To find out more about Camilla, see link below.

    Camilla Kerslake
  • Exultate Singers

    Exultate Singers was founded in September 2002 and since then has performed in over 100 concerts, broadcasts and other appearances in churches, cathedrals and concert halls in the UK, Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany. This is the choir¹s fourth appearance on BBC One¹s Songs of Praise.
    The choir has given several broadcasts on BBC Radio including a broadcast of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert live on Radio 4 from St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. Exultate Singers’ debut CD, Visions of Peace, was released in 2005 and featured on BBC Radio 3’s The Choir. In 2008 John Rutter produced and recorded the choir¹s second CD, A Time For Singing. With a repertoire of over 300 separate pieces - ranging from two-minute anthems to whole works such as Bach¹s St Matthew Passion and Duke Ellington¹s Sacred Concert - the choir has sung music from plainsong and Renaissance masterpieces to contemporary music, jazz and spirituals in an array of different languages including Czech, Polish, Russian, Latin, Aztec, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Quechua, Tagalog, Welsh and Icelandic.
    The choir is active in commissioning new works, and in November 2009 premiered a new commission by Roxanna Panufnik, marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

    Exultate Singers
  • David Ogden (Conductor with Exultate Singers)

    David Ogden is a professional conductor and composer. He conducts Exultate Singers, City of Bristol Choir, the Royal School of Church Music¹s Millennium Youth Choir, South Bristol Voices (a youth choir which is part of the Bristol Voices outreach project run by Bristol Cathedral), and in his post of Head of the Bristol Choral Centre, he conducts the Bristol Schools Chamber Choirs. For over 20 years he has worked with numerous professional and amateur groups of all shapes and sizes in many fields of music making, including concerts, musical theatre and opera, community projects, primary and secondary level educational workshops, from small children’s groups to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In the UK, he works extensively with the Royal School of Church Music, and with the BBC. He has worked as conductor, arranger and music adviser for BBC TV’s Songs of Praise and has conducted choirs on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and the World Service.

    David Ogden
  • LOCATIONS

    Interview location for Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury;
    LAMBETH PALACE
    London
    SE1 7JU


    Interview location for Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu;
    SOFITEL ST. JAMES
    6 Waterloo Place
    Pall Mall
    London
    SW1Y 4AN


    Interview location for Carolyn Hart and Mothers Prayers overlay was filmed at;
    LYME PARK
    Disley
    Stockport
    Cheshire
    SK12 2NR

  • And all of the pictures for our music were filmed at:-

    ST SWITHIN’S CHURCH, BATH
    Paragon
    Bath
    BA1 5LY

    St Swithin's Church

Credits

Presenter
Aled Jones
Producer
Garry Boon
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra

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