Fife's Future

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Duration: 34 minutes

Sally Magnusson discovers remarkable signs of hope on her final journey around the Kingdom of Fife and introduces hymns and songs from Dunfermline Abbey, St Andrews University and singer Ian White.

Music Played

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  • Image for Dunfermline Abbey Congregation, organist Norman Mitchell

    Dunfermline Abbey Congregation, organist Norman Mitchell All Creatures of our God and King

    Conductor: Gordon Stewart Tune: Lasst uns erfreun. Arrangement: Robert Ramskill Words: William H Draper. Source: Church Hymnary 4. Brass quintet: Alba Brass

  • Image for Dunfermline Abbey Congregation, organist Norman Mitchell

    Dunfermline Abbey Congregation, organist Norman Mitchell I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

    Conductor Gordon Stewart Tune: The Rowan Tree Music: Scottish tradional melody arranged by compilers. Horatius Bonar Source: Church Hymnary 4

  • Image for Chapel of St Salvator Congregation, organist Tom Wilkinson

    Chapel of St Salvator Congregation, organist Tom Wilkinson Immortal Invisible

    Conductor: Gordon Stewart Tune: St Denio Music: Welsh hymn melody Words: Walter Smith Source: Church Hymnary 4

  • Image for Ian White in the nave of Dunfermline Abbey

    Ian White in the nave of Dunfermline Abbey Something New

    Tune:Chris Eaton Music: Chris Eaton Words Chris Eaton Arranged: Ian White Source: CD Move That Foot by Ian White. EMI Music Publishing

  • Image for St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, organist Andrew Macintosh

    St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, organist Andrew Macintosh The Lord Bless you and Keep you

    Conductor Tom Wilkinson Tune: John Rutter

  • Image for Chapel of St Salvator Congregation, organist Tom Wilkinson

    Chapel of St Salvator Congregation, organist Tom Wilkinson Eternal Father Strong to Save

    Conductor: Gordon Stewart Tune: Melita Music: John Bacchus Dykes Words: William Whiting Source: Church Hymnary 4

  • Image for Dunfermline Abbey Congregation, organist Norman Mitchell

    Dunfermline Abbey Congregation, organist Norman Mitchell How Great Thou Art

    Conductor Gordon Stewart Tune: How Great Thou Art Music: Swedish Folk melody Arrangement: Paul Leddington Wright Words: Russian hymn, translated by Stuart Hine Source: Church Hymnary 4. Brass Quintet: Alba Brass

  • Factsheet 21 August 2011

    Presented by Sally Magnusson.

  • Interviews

    Faith is not always easy.

    As a Christian and a teacher Alan Torrance has always had to articulate and
    interpret faith and the justification for belief in God. Asking hard questions about
    suffering and evil has been part of his life and work. The St Andrews
    University professor talks frankly about how as a theology student he
    questioned his faith and became an agnostic for a period. Much later his
    restored faith had to cope with watching his wife dying of cancer.
    He describes a strong sense of the presence of God at her bedside. He also
    describes dealing with subsequent depression, and the mistake many
    Christians make in assuming that depression is essentially a spiritual problem.


    The mathematician who loves the sun

    Eric Priest is a professor of mathematics at St Andrews University. For many years he has studied the sun and loves the complicated equations that model what is going on in our nearest star. For Eric, exploring the beauty of the sun is exploring part of God’s handiwork. He is a distinguished scientist who has been honoured for his work and he explains how his faith complements his understanding of the universe. He believes that science and logic only answer some questions. There are other questions that are deeply important to us as human beings and those include the existence of God.


    Training is the way of the future


    Janet McCauslin believes passionately that education and training are essential to help young people get jobs. As the Vice Principal of Carnegie College she is determined to give people who did not flourish at school the chance to become skilled workers. A key part of her work is training young people to work in the renewables industry which is booming in Fife. In the training workshops at Carnegie College she explains how her upbringing in a devastated former mining community, and her faith, drive her to help the community.

    Lifeboat accident survivor

    Pamela McLean feared the worst when her teenage son Alistair was badly injured by the propeller of the Kinghorn Lifeboat in 2007. His severe head injury meant the family was warned that he would be paralysed down his right side, his sight would be affected and he would have no speech and no comprehension. At the time she felt unable even to say the Lord’s prayer. But despite everything he has been through Alistair’s recovery has exceeded his family’s wildest hopes.

  • Locations

    Hymns recorded at Dunfermline Abbey and The Chapel of St Salvator, St Andrews.

    St Salvator’s Chapel Choir recorded at The Chapel of St Salvator.
    Susan Hamilton and Aaron Akugbo recorded in the nave of Dunfermline Abbey

Credits

Presenter
Sally Magnusson
Producer
David Strachan
Series Editor
David Taviner
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra
Performer
Ian White

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