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3 hours
First broadcast:
Tuesday 22 November 2011

After a huge response to the latest series of The Choir, Chris played the Military Wives performance from the Royal Albert Hall, throwing the nation into a frenzy, and floods of tears.

We spoke to lead soloist Sam Stephenson about her experience with Gareth Malone and the rest of the choir, and what the song means to her.

Giorgio Locatelli was our Mystery Guest today who gave Chris some ravioli tips ahead of his Saturday Kitchen appearance, and Vassos and Moira drew in today's Head 2 Headlines.

Music Played

24 items
  • Image for The Divine Comedy

    The Divine Comedy National Express

    New Hits 99 (Various Artists), Sony Music TV

  • Image for Beyoncé

    Beyoncé Love On Top

    4, RCA, 1

  • Image for Joe Cocker

    Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes Up Where We Belong

    The All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Columbia/Sony Tv

  • Image for The Doobie Brothers

    The Doobie Brothers What A Fool Believes

    The All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Columbia/Sony Tv

  • Image for The Rembrandts

    The Rembrandts I'll Be There For You

    The Love Songs Album (Various), Universal

  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA Knowing Me Knowing You

    Abba Gold (40th Anniversary Edition), Polar, 002

  • Image for Matt Cardle

    Matt Cardle Starlight

    Letters, Syco, 1

  • Image for Alice Cooper

    Alice Cooper Poison

    Free Spirit (Various Artists), Columbia, 7

  • Image for The Lightning Seeds

    The Lightning Seeds Lucky You

    Lightning Seeds - Jollification, Epic

  • Image for Freddie & The Dreamers

    Freddie & The Dreamers Over You

    The Hits Of 1964 (Various Artists), MFP

  • Image for Seal

    Seal Wishing On A Star

    Soul 2, Warner Bros, 1

  • Image for Manic Street Preachers

    Manic Street Preachers and Ian McCulloch Some Kind Of Nothingness

    Postcards From A Young Man, Columbia, 17

  • Image for Gwen Stefani

    Gwen Stefani and Akon The Sweet Escape

    (CD Single), Interscope

  • Image for Kid Rock

    Kid Rock All Summer Long

    (CD Single), Atlantic, 1

  • Image for Take That

    Take That Eight Letters

    Progress, Polydor, 7

  • Image for The Police

    The Police Spirits In The Material World

    The Police - Message In A Box (Cd 3), A&M

  • Image for Kings of Leon

    Kings of Leon Use Somebody

    (CD Single), RCA, 2

  • Image for James Taylor

    James Taylor Your Smiling Face

    James Taylor - Classic Songs, CBS

  • Image for Caro Emerald

    Caro Emerald Stuck

    (CD Single), Dramatico, 1

  • Image for Cat Stevens

    Cat Stevens Moonshadow

    The Very Best Of Cat Stevens, Island

  • Image for Van Morrison

    Van Morrison Moondance

    The Very Best Of Van Morrison, Polydor

  • Image for Snow Patrol

    Snow Patrol Chasing Cars

    (CD Single), Fiction

  • Image for The Bees

    The Bees Chicken Payback

    (CD Single), Virgin

  • Image for Huey Lewis

    Huey Lewis and The News If This Is It

    Huey Lewis & The News - Sports, Chrysalis

  • Pause For Thought

    Canon Ann Easter, Chief Executive of a Charity and Chaplain to the Queen:

    Last week, I went to a really interesting and thought-provoking conference run by an organisation called ‘Together for short lives’.

    The conference brought together the families of life-limited and life-threatened young people - children for whom death will come sooner than it should - and a range of the professionals who work with them at home and in hospices, and some faith and voluntary sector representatives too. We heard some excellent examples of good practise in the many services which are provided and then we talked about how we can build on that and improve the services and support, so that those children and their families live as full lives as they possibly can, for as long as they can.

    We talked about how neighbours and churches and community groups might help to support the families and I asked a lovely lady whose son died, aged just 16, earlier this year, what she would like from those of us who would love to help but don’t know how.

    Of course, the elephant in the room, the thing we can’t talk about, is death, especially the death of a young person. We are not usually confronted by death these days, we aren’t used to it in our midst, reminding us that all the clever computers in the world can’t change the inalienable fact that physically we are mortal and temporary. We are at once fascinated and horrified but at a loss for words.

    The lady told me that she would so love us to overcome our unease and behave as normal; she said ‘I’m a mum. I was so proud of my son and now I miss him like mad and I like to talk about him’. So we could offer a smile, a hug, a cup of tea and a chat and perhaps then an invitation to do something completely different.

    In fact, of course, that’s what we all want; to feel that our experiences are listened to and valued; to feel that we’re not alone and that others have been on this journey too, and survived; and to face those age-old elephants and know that they’re not all there is.


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