Bible Sunday

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Duration: 35 minutes

Aled Jones introduces hymns inspired by The Bible, and discovers how the 400-year-old King James version continues to inspire our culture, language and music.

Music Played

8 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Robert Prizeman

    Robert Prizeman SONGS OF PRAISE SIGNATURE TUNE

    Performed by: Robert Prizeman, Maurice Murphy, Steven Geraghty Not commercially available

  • Image for Choirs and congregation of Winchester Cathedral

    Choirs and congregation of Winchester Cathedral O Praise Ye The Lord!

    Tune: Laudate Dominum Music: C. Hubert H. Parry Words: H. W. Baker

  • Image for The choir of Beverley Minster

    The choir of Beverley Minster The Lord's My Shepherd

    Tune: Crimond Music: Melody ascribed to Jessie S. Irvine (1836-1887) or David Grant (1833-1893) Words: Scottish Psalter 1650, based on Psalm 23 Beverly Minster Choir accompanied by Robert Poyser (organ), Tom Osborne (trumpet), Michael Woodhead (trumpet), Andrew Littlemore (horn), Robert Burtonshaw (trombone), Brian Kingsley (tuba), Mark Wagstaff (timps) and conducted by Gordon Stewart.

  • Image for Choirs and congregation of St Mary the Virgin Church.

    Choirs and congregation of St Mary the Virgin Church. Forth In Thy Name I Go

    Tune: Angel’s Song Music: Orlando Gibbons (1583 -1625) Words: Charles Wesley (1707-88) St Mary the Virgin Church accompanied by organist Andrew Earis and conducted by Noel Tredinnick.

  • Image for Choirs and congregation of St Michael’s Church

    Choirs and congregation of St Michael’s Church God Whose Almighty Word

    Tune: Moscow Music: Felice de Giardini (1716-1796) Words: John Marriott (1780-1825) Organist Andrew Sutherland and conducted by Gordon Stewart.

  • Image for The Fron Male Voice Choir

    The Fron Male Voice Choir Abide With Me

    Tune: Eventide Music: W. H. Monk, (1823-89) Words: H. F. Lyte. (1793-1847) Arranger: Jon Cohen

  • Image for The King's Singers

    The King's Singers This Is The Truth Sent From Above

    Tune: The Truth From Above Music & Words: English Traditional

  • Image for Arundel Cathedral Choir

    Arundel Cathedral Choir Thy Hand, O God Has Guided

    Tune: Thornbury Music: Basil Harwood (1859-1949) Words: Edward Plumptre (1821-91) altd Organist Daniel Moult and conducted by Paul Leddington Wright

  • Factsheet 23rd October 2011

    Presented by Aled Jones.

  • Interviews

    Frank Cottrell Boyce
    Frank Cottrell Boyce is a novelist and film and television screenwriter. He talks about how the written word of the King James Bible ‘walks off the page’ and speaks, as a living person, to us in the modern world.

    The Rev. Lucy Winkett
    Formerly Canon Precentor at St Paul’s Cathedral, Lucy Winkett is now Rector of St James’s, Piccadilly. She talks of the parallels between the turbulent historical context in which the King James Bible was written and the Easter Story contained within its text.

    Katie Derham
    BBC presenter and journalist, Katie Derham, is one of many well known public figures who has lent her support to the King James Bible Trust. She talks of the lexicology of the King James Bible the freshness of the language and how composers have used its texts to set to music.

    Chris Totney
    Chris Totney is Assistant Director of Music at Dauntseys School in Wiltshire and organist and choirmaster at St John’s Church in Devizes. His anthem, The Mystery of Christ (a composition for non-professional choirs setting texts from the books of Isaiah, Revelation and Colossians) won the King James Bible Composition Awards. The awards were organized by the King James Bible Trust in collaboration with The Royal College of Music, the Royal School of Church Music and Westminster Abbey. The anthem will be published by the Royal School of Church Music.

    Donald Jackson
    Donald Jackson is Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office at the House of Lords. He and his team at the Scriptorium in Monmouthshire have recently completed the first hand-written and illuminated bible in 500 years, the Saint John’s Bible, which was commissioned by the Benedictine Monastery of Saint John's in Collegeville, Minnesota, USA.
    Donald talks of how this was a life-long ambition for him and by immersing himself in the project made him realise how ‘pin-sharp’ and relevant the stories are.
    The bible is homed at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library on the campus of Saint John's University.

  • Locations

    Our Interviewees were filmed at the following locations:-

    Chris Totney
    Dauntseys School, Wiltshire

    Lucy Winkett
    St James’s, Piccadilly 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL
    Tel: 020 7734 45111 020 7734 4511 | Registered 1133048 | (c) St James's Church PCC 2008-2011197

    Aled’s links were filmed at:-
    New College, Oxford
    Holywell Street, Oxford, OX1 3BN

    Other locations include:-
    St John’s College, Oxford
    St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3JP

  • Other Information

    Genealogy of Christ, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002 The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Minnesota USA. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, Copyright 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

    Vision of the Son of Man, Donald Jackson with contributions from Aidan Hart, Copyright 2005, The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Minnesota USA.

    The Crucifixion, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002 The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Minnesota USA.

    Luke Anthology, Donald Jackson with contributions from Sally Mae Joseph and Aidan Hart, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Minnesota, USA.

    The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2011, The Saint John’s Bible,
    Order of Saint Benedict, Minnesota USA. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, Copyright 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Credits

Presenter
Aled Jones
Producer
Rowan Morton Gledhill
Series Editor
David Taviner
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra

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