The Diamond Jubilee

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Duration: 35 minutes

As the Thames Pageant prepares to head for Greenwich, Aled Jones introduces hymns from the beautiful Old Royal Naval College Chapel, operatic quartet Amore and Laura Wright, who sings the new Commonwealth song, Stronger As One.

Music Played

8 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Songs of Praise Signature Tune Robert Prizeman

    Arranged: especially for the competition and not commercially available

  • Praise My Soul Congregational item

    Tune: Praise My Soul Music: John Goss Words: H.F.Lyte, Conductor: Richard Tanner Arranged by Robert Ramskill Organist: James Grainger Performed by ORNC Chapel Choir and congregation at the Chapel, ORNC

  • I Vow To The My Country Congregational item

    Tune: Thaxted Music: Gustav Holst Words: Cecil Spring-Rice Conductor: Richard Tanner Arranged by Robert Ramskill Organist: James Grainger Performed by ORNC Chapel Choir and congregation at the Chapel, ORNC

  • Psalm 121 (I Will Lift Up My Eyes) Performance item

    Tune: Levavi Oculos Music and Arranger: Barry Rose Conductor: Richard Tanner Organist: James Grainger Performed by ORNC Chapel Choir

  • We Will Stand Together (Nimrod) Performance item

    Tune: Performed by Amore from their new Album “Stand Together” released on the 28th May

  • All People That On Earth Do Dwell Congregational item

    Tune: Old Hundredth Music: Psalm 100 I Anglo-Genevan Psalter 1560 Arranged by Paul Ledding Wright Conductor: Richard Tanner Organist: James Grainger Performed by ORNC Chapel Choir and congregation at the Chapel, ORNC

  • Stronger As One Performance item

    Performed by Laura Wright taken from her album “Glorious”

  • The National Anthem /God Save The Queen Congregational item

    Arranged by Robert Ramskill Conductor: Richard Tanner Organist: James Grainger Performed by ORNC Chapel Choir and congregation at the Chapel, ORNC

  • Factsheet 3rd June 2012

    The Diamond Jubilee: As the Thames Pageant prepares to head for Greenwich, Aled Jones introduces hymns from the beautiful Old Royal Naval College Chapel, operatic quartet Amore and Laura Wright who sings a new Commonwealth song, Stronger As One which is endorsed by the Secretary General of the Commonwealth and cited by Her Majesty the Queen.

  • Interviewees

    Dr Lucy Worsley is a British historian, curator, author and TV presenter.

    She is Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity looking after The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace State Apartments, the Banqueting House in Whitehall, and Kew Palace in Kew Gardens.

    In 2011 she presented a four-part BBC TV series ‘If Walls Could Talk’ exploring the history of British homes, from peasant's cottages to palaces; She has written a book to accompany the series If Walls Could Talk, an Intimate History of the Home. She also presented the three-part series Elegance and Decadence: The Age of the Regency.

    In 2012 she co-presented the three-part television series Antiques Uncovered, with antiques and collectibles expert Mark Hill. Also this year, she presented a series on BBC 4 Harlots, Housewives and Heroines, a three part series on the lives of women after the Civil War and the Restoration of Charles II.

    The Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch, Bishop of Manchester and Lord High Almoner

    The Rt Rev’d Nigel McCulloch, is the Anglican Bishop of Manchester. In 1997 he was appointed Lord High Almoner to the Queen and took his seat in the House of Lords. Over the last 900 years, the office of Royal Almonry has been given the task of enabling the Sovereign to distribute Alms to the poor, at the annual Royal Maundy service.

    Rev McCulloch is the National Chairman of the Council for Christians and Jews. He was elected as Chair of the Greater Manchester Faith & Community Leaders Group and is involved with the Faith Communities on the Greater Manchester Forum. Author of several books, a former columnist for The Times and a frequent broadcaster, he is the Church of England’s senior spokesman on communication issues. Since 2002 he has been the National Chaplain to the Royal British Legion.

    Laura Wright

    Laura Wright is currently studying opera at the acclaimed Royal College of Music, and to date has sold over one million albums. Laura was one of 2011’s biggest selling classical artists. She was the first soprano to perform at the Olympic Stadium in March, and was mentioned by the Queen in the Commonwealth Day Message at Westminster Abbey where she sang a new Commonwealth song ‘Stronger As One’.

    The song is now to feature on Laura’s new album, ‘Glorious’, released through Decca Records - a unique collection of great British songs, old and new, which will celebrate and commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.

    The footage of Laura Wright performing at the Westminster Abbey was supplied courtesy of Nexus TV.

    Amore

    A chance meeting at a coffee shop between bosses at Warner Brothers and a tutor from the Royal College of Music has made a group of singer’s dreams come true. After a band member overheard a conversation about the need for a fresh classical group, Amore formed a four piece and they have released their debut album “Stand Together” on the 28th May. The group is made up of four friends, soprano Monica McGhee, baritone Peter Brathwaite, mezzo soprano Victoria Gray and tenor David Webb.

  • Locations

    The location for the music recording was at The Chapel, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

    One of London’s most popular heritage sites, Wren’s twin domed riverside masterpiece sits at the heart of Maritime Greenwich. Although best known for the 18th century buildings on the Thames embankment, the history of the site dates back to Tudor times when Greenwich Palace (reputedly Henry VIII’s favourite residence) was situated here. The venue for two of the King’s marriages (to Catherine of Aragon and Anne of Cleves), the Greenwich Palace was also the birthplace of both Mary Tudor and Queen Elizabeth I. The current buildings - built as the Royal Hospital for Seamen - were designed by two of England’s most celebrated architects, Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor. They include the beautiful Chapel of St Peter and St Paul and the glorious Painted Hall, one of the UK’s most spectacular painted architectural interiors. Commissioned in the late 17th century with a gift from Queen Anne, (using booty confiscated from the notorious pirate, Captain Kidd!) the Painted Hall took artist Sir James Thornhill almost 20 years to complete. It features both the Stuart and the Hanoverian dynasties and is an homage to Britain’s maritime prowess.

    For most of the 20th century the site was occupied by the Royal Naval College. In 1998 it was given over to the Greenwich Foundation and opened to the public, since which time it has become one of the UK’s top visitor attractions. The Royal connections remain strong to this day with Royal visits and events taking place on the site. In 2010 the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre opened at ORNC which explores over 500 years of royal and maritime history. Using state of the art interpretation techniques and featuring historic objects (many on view for the first time) alongside, rare artefacts, film footage and models it is the ideal starting point for a visit to the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.

    The Old Royal Naval College is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Access to the Chapel, Painted Hall and Discover Greenwich is free (daily guided tours available priced £7.50 adults, children under 16 free). Special Group tours with exclusive access to the King William Undercroft also available.

Credits

Presenter
Aled Jones
Producer
Matthew Napier
Series Editor
David Taviner
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra
Performer
Amore
Performer
Laura Wright

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