On the 150th anniversary of the first nation-wide hymn book, 'Hymns Ancient and Modern', Mark Tully explores the history and enduring power of hymns.
He talks to pianist and church organist David Owen Norris about why some of those hymns- like 'Abide with Me'- have proved so popular. With readings by Jeanette Winterson, John Betjeman , Hilary Mantel and D.H.Lawrence, and music by Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, and the Huddersfield Choral Society.
Producer: Elizabeth Burke
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.