50th Birthday Celebration

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Duration: 1 hour

Andrea Bocelli, Katherine Jenkins, Beverley Knight and LeAnn Rimes star in a spectacular anniversary programme from London's Alexandra Palace, hosted by Aled Jones and featuring glorious hymn singing with a congregation of more than six thousand voices.

Music Played

13 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Songs of Praise orchestra fixed by Colin Sheen SONGS OF PRAISE SIGNATURE TUNE

    Composer: Robert Prizeman Music arrangement by: Ray Monk


    Tune: Cwm Rhondda Music: John Hughes (1873 -1932) Words: William Williams (1717-1791) Peter Williams (1727-1796) and others Music Arrangement by Geoff Ellerby

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    Katherine Jenkins LOVE DIVINE

    Tune: Blaenwern Words: Charles Wesley (1707 – 88) Music: John Stainer (1840 – 1901) Source: BBC SoP Music Edition #305 Publisher: OUP © 1997 Music arrangement by Robert Ramskill

  • Congregation O WHEN THE SAINTS

    Words: Traditional Music: Traditional Tune: O When The Saints Music arrangement by Robert Ramskill From: SoP Hymnbook #203 Publisher OUP © 1997

  • LeAnn Rimes and acoustic guitarist Gregory Hagan GIVE

    Written by Connie Harrington, Sonya Isaacs, Jimmy Yeary, LeAnn Rimes.


    Words: Francis Pott (1832-1909) Music: E.G. Monk (1819-1900) Source: BBC SoP Music Edition #205 Publisher: OUP © 1997.

  • Image for Andrea Bocelli

    Andrea Bocelli AVE MARIA

    Music: Franz Schubert Words: Sehr Langasm Orchestral arrangement: Arthur Luck


    Music: Charles H. Gabriel (1865 -1932) MY SAVIOUR’S LOVE Words: © Rodheaver Co./Word Music/Adm. By Copycare Music arrangement by Ray Monk Source: Worship Today hymnbook © 2000

  • Performed by Beverley Knight with the London Community Gospel Choir I AM NOT FORGOTTEN

    Written by Israel Houghton Orchestration by Ken Burton

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    Katherine Jenkins JERUSALEM

    Music: C. Hubert H. Parry (1848-1918) Words: William Blake (1757-1827) Music arrangement by Geoff Ellerby Source: SoP Music Edition # 375 Publisher: Publisher: OUP © 1997

  • Image for Andrea Bocelli

    Andrea Bocelli AMAZING GRACE

    Trad. Music arrangement: William Ross

  • Congregation TO GOD BE THE GLORY

    Words: Frances Van Alstyne (1820-1915) Tune: To God be the glory Music: W.H. Doane (1832-1915) Music arrangement: Robert Ramskill From: SOP Hymnbook

  • Congregation HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    Composed by Patty Hill/Mildred J. Hill Copyright: Warner Chappell

  • Factsheet for Sunday 2nd October

    Preseted by Aled Jones, Diane Louise Jordan, Sally Magnusson, Pam Rhodes.

  • Stage Choirs

    Maria Fidelis Convent School Gospel Choir
    RSCM Millennium Youth Choir
    The Rodolfus Choir
    Twyford CE High School Gospel Choir
    + individuals fixed by Sam Coates

    Songs Of Praise Orchestra
    Fixed by Colin Sheen

  • Conductor

    Paul Leddington Wright.

  • Organist

    Daniel Moult.

  • Other Information

    Historical still images of conventions at the Alexandra Palace kindly provided by The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre.


Aled Jones
Pamela Hossick
Series Editor
David Taviner
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra
Andrea Bocelli
Beverley Knight


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