The Sound of Silence

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Duration: 35 minutes

Aled Jones discovers the value of silence, meets a modern-day hermit and introduces some reflective hymns.

Music Played

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  • Image for Dear Lord And Father

    Dear Lord And Father Winchester Cathedral Congregation

    9/1/11 Winchester Cathedral Congregation Organist: Andrew Lumsden Tune: Repton Music: C. Hubert H. Parry (1848-1918) from a song in his oratorio Judith Words: J.G. Whittier (1807-92) Source: SOP 324 Verses: 1, 2, 5, 6

  • Image for Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord

    Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord Beverley Minster Choir and Congregation

    Beverley Minster 2/1/2011 Congregation, Beverley Minster Choir Robert Poyser (Organist) Tom Osborne (trumpet 1) Michael Woodhead (trumpet 2) Andrew Littlemore (horn) Robert Burtenshaw (trombone) Brian Kingsley (tuba) Mark Wagstaff (timps) Conductor: Gordon Stewart Tune: Be Still Words: David Evans Music: David Evans Arranger: Paul Leddington Wright Source: SOP hymnbook #207

  • Image for The Heart Worships

    The Heart Worships Hayley Westenra

    11/1/09 Solo sung by Hayley Westenra.

  • Image for Lord You Sometimes Speak In Wonders

    Lord You Sometimes Speak In Wonders Dunfermline Abbey Congregation

    7/8/2011 Dunfermline Abbey Congregation, Conductor Gordon Stewart Tune: Stuttgart Music: Adapted from a melody in Christian Friedrich C Witt’s Psalmodia Sacra, Gotha 1715. Words: Christopher Martin Idle Source: Church Hymnary 4 Organist: Norman Mitchell.

  • Image for Be Still My Soul

    Be Still My Soul The Exultate singers


  • Image for Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

    Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence Knaresborough

    Knaresborough Bed Race 11/07/2010 Christian Forshaw, Grace Davidson, Ian Cape Composer: Christian Forshaw Words: From the Bible

  • Image for Immortal Invisibles

    Immortal Invisibles Congregation at Halifax Minster

    Calderdale 15/1/12 Congregation at Halifax Minster Tune: St Denio (Welsh hymn melody) Words: W. Chalmers Smith (1824-1908) Source: Songs of Praise Hymnbook #10 Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright Organist: David Houlder

  • Factsheet for Sunday 12th August

    Aled Jones discovers the value of silence, meets a modern day hermit and introduces some reflective hymns.


    Boothams Quaker School
    Boothams School is an independent, co-educational school near York for students aged 3 – 18. It’s founded on Quaker principles but welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds. School assemblies are run as Quaker meetings for worship i.e. they are held in silence but anyone is free to speak if they feel moved to do so.

    Sara Maitland
    Sara grew up in London and South-West Scotland as the second of
    six children. She studied English at Oxford University and went on to become a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. She was a vicar’s wife for over twenty years and has two grown-up children but for the last ten years she has been living on her own and pursuing “a deep and joyful fascination with silence.”

    Trish Adudu
    Broadcaster Trish Adudu started her career as a Sports Producer on Grandstand and Match of the Day before becoming a presenter. She currently presents the Saturday breakfast show on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire. In 2009, she went on a weekend retreat at Worth Abbey in Sussex followed by a 8 day silent retreat at St Beuno’s Ignatian Spirituality Centre in North Wales as part of a BBC2 documentary series, The Big Silence (broadcast in 2010 and produced by Tiger Aspect). She talks to Aled about how participating in the series changed her life and her faith.


    Aled’s pieces to camera recorded at Redhill Christian Centre.


Aled Jones
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra


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