Olympics Hopefuls

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Duration: 35 minutes

Dan Walker meets gold medal hopefuls Marilyn Okoro and Anyika Onuora, the daughter of Chariots of Fire Olympian Eric Liddell and introduces hymns from the Old Royal Naval College Chapel in Greenwich and Amore, who sing Here's to the Heroes.

Music Played

7 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Songs of Praise Signature Tune

    Songs of Praise Signature Tune Robert Prizeman

    Arranged: especially for the programme and not commercially available

  • Image for Love Divine

    Love Divine ORNC Chapel Choir and Congregation

    Tune: Blaenwern Music: W.P. Rowlands (1860-1937) Words: Charles Wesley (1707-1788) Conductor: Richard Tanner Arranged by: Paul Leddington-Wright Organist: James Grainger Performed by ORNC Chapel Choir and congregation at the Chapel, ORNC

  • Image for O Jesus I Have Promised

    O Jesus I Have Promised ORNC Chapel Choir and Congregation

    Tune: Thornbury Music: W.H. Ferguson Words: J.E. Bode (1816-1874) Conductor: Richard Tanner Arranged by: Robert Ramskill Organist: James Grainger Performed by ORNC Chapel Choir and congregation at the Chapel, ORNC

  • Image for Take My Life and Let It Be

    Take My Life and Let It Be ORNC Chapel Choir and Congregation

    Tune: Nottingham Music: Attrib. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Conductor: Richard Tanner Arrangement from: Songs of Praise Hymn book No.346 Organist: James Grainger Performed by ORNC Chapel Choir and congregation at the Chapel, ORNC

  • Image for Be Thou My Vision

    Be Thou My Vision ORNC Chapel Choir and Congregation

    Tune: Slane Music: Irish Trad. Conductor: Richard Tanner Arranged by: Robert Ramskill Organist: James Grainger Performed by ORNC Chapel Choir and congregation at the Chapel, ORNC

  • Image for Here's to the Heroes

    Here's to the Heroes Amore

    Performed by Amore and taken from their album “Stand Together”

  • Image for Great Is Thy Faithfulness

    Great Is Thy Faithfulness ORNC Chapel Choir and Congregation

    Tune: Faithfulness Music: W.M. Runyan (1870-1957) Conductor: Richard Tanner Arranged by: Robert Ramskill Organist: James Grainger Performed by ORNC Chapel Choir and congregation at the Chapel, ORNC

  • Factsheet for Sunday 15th July

    Dan Walker gets set for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and meets gold medal hopefuls Marilyn Okoro, Anyika Onuora and Anne Wafula Strike. The daughter of Chariots of Fire Olympian Eric Liddell speaks of her father’s legacy and there are hymns from the Old Royal Naval College Chapel in Greenwich and Opera quartet ‘Amore’, who sing Here’s to the Heroes.

  • INTERVIEWEES

    Anyika Onoura is a Liverpool-born athlete who competes in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. She talks about her work towards gaining a place representing Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics. She is the sister of former footballer Iffy Onuora.

    Marilyn Okoro is a British 800m runner who represented Team GB at the Beijing Olympics. She talks about her aim to secure a place in the 2012 squad. She is also the singer in jazz band The Felonius Monks.

    Mrs Patricia Liddell Russell (born 1935) is the eldest daughter of famous Scottish Olympian and Missionary Eric Liddell who was immortalised in the 1981 Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire.
    In 1934 Eric had completed his studies to be a minister of Religion and on returning to China he married Florence Mackenzie of Canadian missionary parentage in Tianjin. The couple had three daughters, Patricia, Heather and Maureen, the last of whom he would not live to see as in 1941 life in China became so dangerous that Eric sent his wife and children to the safety of Canada.
    She and her husband, Mervyn, a minister in the United Church of Canada, have served in the Caribbean island of St. Vincent and now reside in Canada. She recently made a trip to the UK to launch scholarships in her father’s name at Edinburgh University and to open the Sports Day at Eltham College – her father was educated at both institutions.

    Nigel Havers is an actor best known for his role as Lord Andrew Lindsay in the 1981 Oscar winning film Chariots of Fire. He has appeared in a number of other television and film projects including Downton Abbey, Don’t Wait Up and The Charmer. He took part in the 2010 series of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. He is currently portraying the role of Lewis Archer in Coronation Street.

    Anne Wafula Strike is a British T54 track athlete who previously competed for Kenya at the Paralympic Games in 2004 and is hoping to represent Team GB at London 2012. She is also a motivational speaker, sporting ambassador and author. Her book In My Dreams I Dance tells the story of her journey from Kenya to London.

    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 released their debut album “Stand Together” in May 2012. The group is made up of four friends, soprano Monica McGhee, baritone Peter Brathwaite, mezzo soprano Victoria Gray and tenor David Webb.

  • LOCATION

    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.

Credits

Presenter
Dan Walker
Producer
Pamela Hossick
Series Editor
David Taviner
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra

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