Enduring Hymns

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Duration: 35 minutes

Wynne Evans, Melanie Marshall, Wallingford Parish Church Choir and the congregation of Wesley Memorial Church in Oxford illustrate why hymns continue to inspire.

Music Played

9 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Robert Prizeman, Maurice Murphy, Steven Geraghty

    Robert Prizeman, Maurice Murphy, Steven Geraghty Robert Prizeman, Maurice Murphy, Steven Geraghty - SONGS OF PRAISE SIGNATURE TUNE

    Composer: Robert Prizeman

  • Congregation and combined choirs at Wesley Methodist Memorial Church with Organ: Daniel Moult, Flute: Jonathan Snowden, Oboe: John Anderson, Clarinet: Anthony Pike, Bassoon: John Orford, Horn: Richard Bissill, Harp: Lucy Wakeford, conducted by Pa O FOR A THOUSAND TONGUES TO SING

    Tune: Lyngham Music: Thomas Jarman (1782-1862) Words: Charles Wesley (1707-88) Arranged by:Paul Leddington Wright for this programme and not available commercially

  • Congregation and combined choirs at Wesley Methodist Memorial Church with Organ: Daniel Moult, Flute: Jonathan Snowden, Oboe: John Anderson, Clarinet: Anthony Pike, Bassoon: John Orford, Horn: Richard Bissill, Harp: Lucy Wakeford, conducted by Pa TODAY I AWAKE

    Tune: Slithers of Gold Music:John Bell (b 1949) Words: John Bell (b 1949) & Graham Maule (b 1958) Arranged by: Robert Ramskill for this programme and not available commercially

  • Congregation and combined choirs at Wesley Methodist Memorial Church with Organ: Daniel Moult, Flute: Jonathan Snowden, Oboe: John Anderson, Clarinet: Anthony Pike, Bassoon: John Orford, Horn: Richard Bissill, Harp: Lucy Wakeford, conducted by Pa SANTO, SANTO, SANTO

    Music: William Loperena Words: Traditional Arranged by: Geoff Ellerby for this programme and not available commercially

  • Congregation and combined choirs at Wesley Methodist Memorial Church with Organ: Daniel Moult, Flute: Jonathan Snowden, Oboe: John Anderson, Clarinet: Anthony Pike, Bassoon: John Orford, Horn: Richard Bissill, Harp: Lucy Wakeford, conducted by Pa WHEN, IN OUR MUSIC GOD IS GLORIFIED

    Tune: Engelberg Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) Words: F. Pratt Green (1903-2001) Arranged by:Paul Leddington Wright for this programme and not available commercially

  • The Wallingford Parish Church Choir, conducted by Sue Ledger BE THOU MY VISION

    Tune: Slane Music:Irish Traditional Words: Irish 18th century, tr. Mary Byrne (1880-1931) & Eleanor Hull (1860-1935) Arranged by: Geoff Ellerby for this programme and not available commercially

  • The Wallingford Parish Church Choir, conducted by Sue Ledger WE TURN TO GOD WHEN WE ARE SORELY PRESSED

    Words: Based on a prayer by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Music: Paul Leddington Wright

  • Wynne Evans accompanied by Tanwen Evans (violin), Simon Howes (violin), Bernard Kane (viola), Claudine Liddington (‘cello) GUIDE ME, O THOU GREAT REDEEMER

    Tune: Cwm Rhondda Music: John Hughes (1873-1932) Words: William Williams (1717-91) Peter Williams (1727-96) and others Arranged by:Tanwen Evans

  • Melanie Marshall accompanied by Ken Burton (Piano), Martin Harman (Oboe) and Joanna Quail (Cello) MY SONG IS LOVE UNKNOWN

    Tune: Love Unknown Music: John Ireland (1879-1962) Words:Samuel Crossman (1624-83 or 84) Arranged by: Ken Burton for this programme and not available commercially

  • Factsheet 26 June 2011

    Presented by Pam Rhodes.

  • Interviews

    The Rev Alison Tomlin, President of the Methodist Conference, 2010-11
    From a young age, Alison was taught by her mother to ‘sing her faith’ in all aspects of her life. She talks of how music touches both the heart and soul and so allows her to express though song, her personal prayer and worship.

    The Rev. John Bell
    44 of John Bell’s hymns and songs appear in Singing the Faith; the largest number from any living hymn writer. John talks of how it is the duty – and joy - of both choirs and congregations to sing hymns and how people’s understanding of God and discipleship is based on what they sing. For his reason an enduring hymn should speak with eternal truth and resonance.

    The Rev. Barbara Bircumshaw Chair, Music Resources Group, Methodist Church
    With literally thousand of hymns to choose from, Barbara was one of those faced with the task of deciding what should be included in the new Methodist Hymn book. The only way was to actually sing each hymn to ensure it was ‘sing-able’ by congregations in church.

    Professor Peter Brophy Editor-in-chief, ‘Singing the Faith’
    Peter talks of how ‘Singing the Faith’ has endeavoured to preserve the best of the old yet bring in the new and how singing a good hymn creates an emotional experience which comes from both the head, and the heart.

    Paul Leddington Wright Contributor, ‘Singing the Faith’
    Paul is one of the contributors to the new Methodist hymn collection, and composed the music to accompany Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s prayer, ‘We Turn To God’, sung by Wallingford Choir in this programme. He describes a hymn as a ‘true marriage’ of melody and words although for him, when composing, the words are always the springboard for his melodic and harmonic ideas.

  • Locations

    Our music was recorded at The Wesley Methodist Memorial Church
    New Inn Hall Street, Oxford, OX1 2DH. Tel: 01865 243216
    Email: churchoffice@wesleymem.org.uk

    Pam’s pieces to camera were filmed at various locations in Oxford city centre including Merton Street, Oriel Square, St Michael’s Street, New Inn Hall Street, Logic lane
    and the Wesley Methodist Memorial Church

    The interviews with Barbara Bircumshaw, Paul Leddington Wright and John Bell were filmed at the retreat centre, Launde Abbey, East Norton, Leicester, LE7 9XB.Tel: 01572 717254

    The interview with Alison Tomlin was filmed at the Methodist Diaconal Order Convocation held at The Hayes Christian Conference Centre, Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 1AU. Tel: 01773 526000

  • Other Information

    Wynne Evans
    Wynne’s first CD ‘A Song in my Heart’ on the Decca label reached number one in the classical charts in March this year.

    Melanie Marshall
    More details about Melanie can be found on the Spotlight website

    Wallingford Parish Church Choir
    The Choir’s first CD was ‘The Hymns Album’ on the Decca label

    Singing the Faith
    Seven years in the making, the new Methodist Hymn book ‘Singing the Faith’ will be launched at the Methodist Conference in July this year. More information can be found on the website.

    The Rev. John Bell
    John is a member of the Iona Community, a dispersed Christian ecumenical community working for peace and social justice, the rebuilding of community and the renewal of worship.

    Paul Leddington Wright
    Paul regularly conducts for Songs of Praise and arranges many of the hymns sung by our congregations every week. He is also a composer and organist, and is internationally known for leading choral workshops and writing commissions.

    Bainton Bikes
    Pam’s bicycle was hired from Bainton Bikes, operating from Walton Street Cycles, 78 Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6EA. Tel: 01865 311610/01865 514025

    Wesley Images
    Used with permission of the University of Manchester John Rylands Library. Tel: 0161 275 3751

    Bonhoeffer Image
    Taken from the book ‘Dietrich Bonhoeffer – A Life in Pictures’ and used with permission of
    SCM Press, theology publishers

Credits

Presenter
Pam Rhodes
Producer
Garry Boon
Series Editor
David Taviner
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra
Participant
Wynne Evans

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