Music Played7 items
Brass Quintet, organ, conductor Gordon Stewart Choir (conductor Ian Runnells) & congregation of St Paul’s Church, Bedford All My Hope On God Is Founded
Tune: Michael Words: Robert Bridges (1844-1930) altd based on Joachim Neander (1650-80) Arranger: Darius Battiwalla Source: SOP #281 pg528/9 Oxford University Press, BBC Books 1997 ISBN 0 19147325-1 this compilation © Oxford University Press 1997 Composer: Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
The Daily Service Singers x 9, organist Neil Taylor, conductor Chris Stokes He That Shall Endure To The End
Words: Elijah Composer: Mendelssohn (from his oratorio Elijah)
Brass Quintet, organ, conductor Gordon Stewart, Choir (conductor Ian Runnells) & congregation of St Paul’s Church, Bedford Who Would True Valour See
Tune: Monk’s Gate Words: John Bunyan (1628-88) Arranger: Robert Ramskill Source: SOP #350 pg654/5 Oxford University Press, BBC Books 1997 ISBN 0 19147325-1 this compilation © Oxford University Press 1997 Composer: English Traditional Melody coll & adpt R Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Organ, conductor Gordon Stewart, Choir (conductor Ian Runnells) & congregation of St Paul’s Church, Bedford There's a wideness in God's Mercy
Tune: Corvedale Words: F W Faber (1814-63) altd Composer: Maurice Bevan (b1921)
Brass Quintet, organ, conductor Gordon Stewart, Choir (conductor Ian Runnells) & congregation of St Paul’s Church, Bedford Angel Voices ever singing
Tune: Angel Voices Words: Francis Pott (1832-1909) Arranger: Darius Battiwalla Source: SOP #205 pg396/7 Oxford University Press, BBC Books 1997 ISBN 0 19147325-1 this compilation © Oxford University Press 1997 Composer: E G Monk (1819-1900)
Rebecca Bottone, organist Andrew Earis Ave Maria
Words: Traditional Composer: Gounod keys part taken from JSBach prelude no1 in C (Wohltemp Klav)
Brass Quintet, organ, conductor Gordon Stewart, Choir (conductor Ian Runnells) & congregation of St Paul’s Church, Bedford Christ Triumphant Ever Reigning
Tune: Guiting Power Words: Michael Saward (b1932) Arranger: Craig McLeish Source: SOP #119 pg228/9 Oxford University Press, BBC Books 1997 ISBN 0 19147325-1 this compilation © Oxford University Press 1997 Composer: John Barnard (b1948)
Factsheet for Sunday 20 February 2011
Presented by Aled Jones from Bedford.
Mrs Loretta Williams – Widow of Rev John Williams of the BBC Religious Broadcasting Department
The Rev. Christopher Damp – Bunyan Meeting, Bedford
Martin Rooney – The King’s Arms Project, Bedford
Phil Jones – The King’s Arms Project, Bedford
Sister Hazel – formerly of St Etheldreda’s Home, Bedford.
Carmela Semeraro - Historian
The Daily Service Singers x 9
Sasha Johnson Manning
The Daily Service Conductor
The Daily Service Organist
sang Gounod’s Ave Maria
Trumpet 1: James Watson
Trumpet 2: Tom Watson
French Horn: Richard Bissill
Trombone: David Whitson
Tuba: James Anderson
Organist for congregational hymn singing
Conductor for congregational hymn singing
Conductor of St Paul’s Church Choir
Location for the congregational hymn singing & performance items from Rebecca Bottone and The Daily Service Singers
St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square, BEDFORD. MK40 1SQ
Tel: 01234 340163
Vicar: The Rev. Canon John Pedlar
Daily Service is broadcast on Radio 4 Long Wave every Monday to Thursday at 0945-1000. Friday's Act of Worship, broadcast at the same time is studio based.
The Daily Service Singers are drawn from a group of 30 professional singers. On occasion Cathedral choristers, amateur choirs, school choirs and worship bands are used. The service is broadcast live from Emmanuel Church in Didsbury.
HISTORY OF THE DAILY SERVICE
In 1926, Miss Kathleen Cordeux began her campaign for a short religious service on BBC radio by writing to Lord Reith with the words "How many are there who 'listen-in' who long to hear something daily of God and His love?". She continued her frequent correspondence with Lord Reith until...
THE FIRST BROADCAST
The first service was broadcast on Monday 2nd January 1928 from a BBC studio in Savoy Hill. This, the first of an experimental series of "short religious services", was to last for 15 minutes a day, transmitted daily throughout January 1928 at 10:15 on Daventry 5XX only.
Those who appreciated the service were invited to write in so that the response could be gauged. Within a couple of weeks, 7,000 letters had been received and so the Short Religious Service - or Daily Service as it soon became - gained a regular slot with a format which is very little changed.
By December 1929 the service was being broadcast on all transmitters, presented anonymously - from a studio with a roaring log fire! - by The Revd H.L. Johnston. In 1932 the Daily Service moved with the BBC to the new Broadcasting House and to its own studio - 3E - which was specially consecrated.
A small group of BBC Singers sang for the service each morning and it was not long before the first service book - This Day - was produced to accompany the worship.
The well known version with the title New Every Morning first appeared in 1936. A year later, the 100,000th copy was presented to Miss Cordeux, personally inscribed by Lord Reith. 15 years later The BBC Hymn Book appeared in print.
POST-WAR TO PRESENT DAY
Having been moved from London during the war, first to Bristol and then to Bedford, the Daily Service returned to London in 1945 and to a studio in Broadcasting House (though not to studio 3E which had been badly damaged during the Blitz).
However, the experience of broadcasting from a church during the war had persuaded the production team to continue this tradition back in London.
The wartime broadcasts came from the Trinity Chapel of St Paul's Church, Bedford with, amongst others, Dr George Thalben-Ball and Sir Cyril Taylor.
By the mid 1950s the service was regularly coming from All Souls, Langham Place - despite some concerns from listeners about the traffic noise - a tradition which remained until the BBC Religion department moved to Manchester in 1993 and the Daily Service took up residence at Emmanuel Church, Didsbury.
Since then, the service has continued to be broadcast each morning from 9:45 till 10:00 on Radio 4 Long Wave and digital radio from either Didsbury or, every few weeks, from a church in Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland.
It is led by one of the team of about 25 presenters drawn from the many Christian denominations in this country. In recent years, the ability to listen online has given the listening 'congregation' the added flexibility to hear the service in whichever country they happen to be and at whatever time.
After 80 years of continuous broadcasting, the Daily Service is the longest-running programme of its kind anywhere in the world.
- Series Editor
- David Taviner
- Aled Jones
- Sian Salt
- Executive Producer
- Tommy Nagra