50 Years Ago

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Duration: 40 minutes

Sir Cliff Richard and Geoffrey Wheeler feature in the first of three special programmes celebrating five decades of Songs of Praise. Pam Rhodes turns the clock back to join the congregation in Tabernacle Baptist Chapel in Cardiff, which hosted the first edition in 1961, to sing the same rousing hymns. With guest soprano Elin Manahan Thomas.

Music Played

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  • 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 Not commercially available

  • Choirs and Congregation of Tabernacle Welsh Baptist Church conducted by Tim Rhys-Evans and accompanied by organist Huw Tregelles Williams GUIDE ME, O THOU GREAT JEHOVAH

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

  • Choirs and Congregation of Tabernacle Welsh Baptist Church conducted by Tim Rhys-Evans and accompanied by organist Huw Tregelles Williams PRAISE, MY SOUL, THE KING OF HEAVEN

    Tune: Praise, my soul Music: John Goss (1800-80) Words: H. F. Lyte (1793-1847), based on Psalm 103

  • Choirs and Congregation of Tabernacle Welsh Baptist Church conducted by Tim Rhys-Evans and accompanied by organist Huw Tregelles Williams O WORSHIP THE KING

    Tune: Hanover Music: From A Supplement to the NW Version, 1708 probably by William Croft (1678- 1727) Words: Robert Grant (1779-1838) based on Psalm 104

  • Choirs and Congregation of Tabernacle Welsh Baptist Church conducted by Tim Rhys-Evans and accompanied by organist Huw Tregelles Williams LOVE DIVINE, ALL LOVES EXCELLING

    Tune: Blaenwern Music: W. P. Rowlands (1860-1937) Words: Charles Wesley (1707-88)

  • Elin Manahan Thomas accompanied by oboe player Victoria Walpole and organist Stephen Farr LET US WITH A GLADSOME MIND

    Tune: Monkland Music: John Antes (1740-1811) Words: John Milton (1608-74) altd based on Psalm 136 Arranger: Geoff Ellerby for this programme only. Not available commercially

  • Côr Ysgol Gymraeg Pwll Coch conducted by Gwawr Griffiths and accompanied by pianist Meinir Howells ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

    Tune: All Things Bright And Beautiful Music: W. H. Monk (1823-89) Words: Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-95)

  • Factsheet 18th September 2011

    Presented by Pam Rhodes.

  • Interviews

    Geoffrey Wheeler
    Geoffrey presented Songs of Praise between 1964 and 1985. He shares his early broadcasting memories, including the day Sir Winston Churchill died, and how Songs of Praise affected his own personal faith

    Sir Cliff Richard, OBE
    Sir Cliff reminisces about his early memories in show business, describes how he took the decision to make his own faith public in 1966 and goes on to talk about the relevance of Songs of Praise today

    The Rev. Dr Colin Morris
    A former President of the Methodist Conference, The Rev. Morris became head of BBC Religious Broadcasting in 1979 where he continued to be a regular contributor on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day. He talks of the early days of broadcasting and how Lord Reith’s belief that programme making relied upon the Producer’s conscience, a tradition which remains the ‘spine’ of Songs of Praise today.

  • Locations

    The congregational music was recorded at:-
    TABERNACLE WELSH BAPTIST CHAPEL
    The Hayes, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF10 1AJ
    Main Tel: 029 2034 4391
    Minister: The Rev. Denzil John

    Music performed by Elin Manahan Thomas and Côr Ysgol Gymraeg Pwll Coch
    was recorded at:-
    THE GATE ARTS & COMMUNITY CENTRE
    Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 3JW
    Contact: Adam Mathias
    http://www.thegate.org.uk/

  • Other Information

    Songs of Praise 50th Anniversary
    Songs of Praise was first broadcast on BBC Television on Sunday, 1st October, 1961. Fifty years on, the programme, the longest running religious TV programme in the world, continues to showcase the very best in congregational hymn singing and inspirational music, featuring choirs and soloists from across the UK and beyond.

Credits

Presenter
Pam Rhodes
Producer
Garry Boon
Series Editor
David Taviner
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra
Participant
Cliff Richard
Participant
Elin Manahan Thomas

Broadcasts

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