From Glasgow by Boat

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Duration: 35 minutes

Sally Magnusson begins the first of three journeys in the beautiful West Highlands of Scotland, and heads for the islands of Cumbrae and Bute. With music from guest singer Emily Smith, and congregational hymns from St Mary's Cathedral in Glasgow.

Music Played

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  • Image for Robert Prizeman, Maurice Murphy, Steven Geraghty

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

    Composer: Robert Prizeman

  • Image for St Mary’s Congregation with Connaught Brass

    St Mary’s Congregation with Connaught Brass All Creatures of Our God and King

    Conductor: Gordon Stewart Tune: Lasst Uns Erfruen Words: St Francis of Assisi Taken From - CH4 147, Canterbury Press

  • Image for Choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral

    Choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral Just As I Am

    Conductor: Frikki Walker Tune: Saffron Walden Arranged: by Frikki Walker Taken From - CH4 553, Canterbury Press

  • Image for Emily Smith and band

    Emily Smith and band Butterfly Song

    Written by Emily Smith Recorded for Songs of Praise

  • Image for St Mary’s Congregation

    St Mary’s Congregation Sing to the Lord

    Conductor: John Bell Music: Gonfalon Royal Words: John Samuel Bewley Monsell Taken From - Oxford University Press

  • Image for Glasgow University Chapel Choir

    Glasgow University Chapel Choir Come Holy Ghost

    Conductor: Christopher Hann Tune: Veni Creator Music: Plainsong Melody Words: John Cosin Taken From - CH 4 586, Canterbury Press

  • Image for St Mary’s Congregation, with Rhona Pollard (Oboe) and Andrea Kuypers (Flute)

    St Mary’s Congregation, with Rhona Pollard (Oboe) and Andrea Kuypers (Flute) We Cannot Measure How You Heal

    Conductor: Rev. John Bell Tune: Ye Banks and Braes Music: John Bell Words: John Bell and Graham Maule Arranger: John Bell Taken From - CH4 718, Canterbury Press

  • Image for St Mary’s Congregation

    St Mary’s Congregation Courage Brother

    Conductor: Gordon Stewart Words: Norman Macleod Music: Arthur Seymour Sullivan Taken From - CH4 513, Canterbury Press

  • Image for Rothesay Primary School Choir

    Rothesay Primary School Choir When the Saints Go Marching In

    Words: Luther G. Presley Music: Virgil Oliver Stamps Recorded for Songs of Praise

  • Image for Rothesay Academy Swing Band

    Rothesay Academy Swing Band I Don't Know How to Love Him

    Words: Tim Rice Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Recorded for Songs of Praise

  • Factsheet for Sunday 8th August

    Presented by Sally Magnusson from Glasgow


    Alastair Chisholm

    Alastair used to visit Cumbrae as a child on holiday. As an undergraduate he sang in Glasgow University Chapel Choir, and when he came to Cumbrae to teach music he offered to play the organ in the Cathedral of the Isles in return for accommodation in the adjacent college residence. The college was originally built for trainee Episcopal clergy but today is used as a guest house, accommodating conferences and retreats as well as providing dinner, bed and breakfast. Alistair’s friendship and respect for Dean Douglas over time led him to reconsider his atheism and to find that he had begun to have a faith.
    The Cathedral today accommodates Cumbrae’s Episcopal congregation, and hosts musical concerts.

    Cathedral of the Isles
  • Mary and Tony Spencer

    Mary Spencer and her husband Tony moved from Kent to Bute after many years of taking family holidays on the island. Tony is an instrumental music teacher and now church organist, and Mary is a primary teacher. Music heard during the interview was recorded in Rothesay Joint Campus, and featured the primary school choir singing When the Saints Go Marching In and the secondary school swing band performing I Don’t Know How to Love Him. Mary was interviewed in the school’s community garden which was built in collaboration with the BBC Scotland programme The Beechgrove Garden.

  • Emily Smith

    Voted BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year when she was just 20, and more recently Scots Singer of the Year, Emily Smith is a leading light in the Scottish folk music scene, and now tours internationally. Butterfly Song, which she performed in this programme, is her own composition and was recorded specially for this programme, and is currently being re-recorded for her new 2011 album. She will tour the UK in February 2011 to launch it. For more information visit

    Emily Smith website
  • Caroline and Jenna Spiers

    Calum Spiers died of brain cancer two years ago, aged 12 years old. Caroline and Jenna, Calum’s mother and twin sister talk about Calum’s decision to set them a task of creating a space where families of children with terminal cancer can go to relax, be peaceful and have time to create memories. Together they built Calum’s Cabin, a holiday home in Calum’s memory. Its annual running costs are supported by donations and by a busy charity shop in the island’s capital, Rothesay.

    Calum's Cabin website

    Bute’s pre-eminent tourist attraction, Mount Stuart, is the island home of the Marquess of Bute. Originally built during the reign of Queen Anne, the house was rebuilt in 1877 after a fire and today stands as a prime example of Britain’s 19th Century Gothic Revival. The building and gardens are open to the public from May to September. Filming in the house was by kind permission of John Bute and the Mount Stuart Trust, Isle of Bute.

    Built in the 13th century, Rothesay Castle began its life as a seafront castle, situated only 75 yards from the sea. However, between 1839 and 1840, the shoreline was extended and an esplanade and two streets were added to the town. The castle now sits behind a wall of buildings and can barely be seen from the sea.

    Rothesay Castle and St Blane’s are both in the care of Historic Scotland, who kindly granted permission to film.

    Travel between the West Coast mainland and Great Cumbrae and Bute is on Caldeonian MacBrayne ferries.

  • Ascog Hall Gardens

    Emily was filmed walking in Ascog Hall Gardens and Victorian Fernery on Bute

    Ascog Hall website


Sally Magnusson
David Strachan
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra


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