Scottish Voices

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Duration: 35 minutes

Sally Magnusson meets Paul Mealor, who composed music for the 2011 royal wedding and the Military Wives choir, and introduces hymns and songs from the boys of the National Youth Choirs of Scotland gathered in Dunblane Cathedral.

Music Played

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    Praise to the Lord NYCOS National Boys Choir, organist Matthew Beetchsen

    Conductor: Christopher Bell Title: Praise to the Lord Tune: Lobe Den Herren Music: Melody from Praxis Pietatis Melica 1668 Words: Joachim Neander (translated Catherine Winkworth) Source: Church Hymnary 4

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    Spirit of God NYCOS The National Boys Choir, organist Matthew Beetchsen

    Conductor: Christopher Bell Title: Spirit of God Tune: Skye Boat Song Music: Scottish Folk Melody Words: Margaret V. Old Source: Church Hymnary 4 Arranger: Ken Johnston for a NYCoS publication called ‘I Landed with Seven Men’

  • Image for Amazing Grace

    Amazing Grace NYCOS The National Boys Junior Choir with soloist

    Conductor: Christopher Bell Title: Amazing Grace Tune: Amazing Grace Music: American Traditional melody Words: John Newton Source: Church Hymnary 4 Arranger: John Bell

  • Image for Christ’s is the World in Which We Move

    Christ’s is the World in Which We Move NYCOS The National Boys Choir, organist Matthew Beetchsen

    Conductor: Christopher Bell Title: Christ’s is the world in which we move Tune: Dream Angus Music: Scottish Folk Melody harmonised by John L. Bell Words: John Bell and Graham Maule Source: Church Hymnary 4.

  • Image for I Am The Gentle Light

    I Am The Gentle Light NYCOS The National Boys Junior Choir with soloist

    Conductor: Christopher Bell Title: I am the Gentle Light Music: Paul Mealor Words: Paul Mealor Published by Novello

  • Image for I the Lord of Sea and Sky

    I the Lord of Sea and Sky NYCOS The National Boys Choir, organist Matthew Beetchsen

    Conductor: Christopher Bell Title: I the Lord of Sea and Sky Tune: Here I am Lord Music: Daniel L. Schutte Words: Daniel L. Schutte Source: Church Hymnary 4 Arranger: Stuart Hope

  • Image for Ye Servants of God

    Ye Servants of God NYCOS The National Boys Choir, organist Matthew Beetchsen

    Conductor: Christopher Bell Title: Ye Servants of God Tune: Laudate Dominum Music: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry Words: Charles Wesley

  • Factsheet for Sunday 25th November

    Sally Magnusson meets Paul Mealor, who composed music for the 2011 royal wedding and the Military Wives choir, and introduces hymns and songs from the boys of the National Youth Choirs of Scotland gathered in Dunblane Cathedral.

  • INTERVIEWEES

    Christopher Bell: Artistic Director of the National Youth Choirs of Scotland(NYCoS)

    The National Youth Choirs of Scotland were established in 1996 to provide a national infrastructure for young people, teachers and choir directors to support and develop choral singing in Scotland. There are the Boys’ Choir, the Girls’ Choir, the Area Choirs, and the flagship National Youth Choir, which provides high level opportunities for Scotland’s young singers and has achieved wide recognition, performing at the Proms, the Edinburgh Festival, and all over Europe and America.

    Christopher is its Artistic Director. He was awarded a Scotsman of the Year 2001 award for Creative Talent for his work with singers, and particularly his encouragement of young singers in Scotland. In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in recognition for his contribution to the performing arts in Scotland.
    The National Youth Boys’ Choir were joined in Dunblane by boys and young men from the National Youth Choir and by boys from the various regional choirs.


    Paul Mealor

    Paul Mealor was catapulted to international attention when 2.5 billion people (the largest audience in broadcasting history) heard his Motet, Ubi Caritas, performed by the choirs of Westminster Abbey and Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal at the wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey, on the 29th April 2011.

    Continuing his high profile Paul was also asked by conductor Gareth Malone to write ‘Wherever You Are’ for his BBC Choir series. It was based on letters to and from troops serving in Afghanistan and was written in the summer for the Military Wives choir to perform at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion.

    In the 2012 Classic FM’s Hall of Fame, he was voted the 'nation's favourite living composer' and succeeded in achieving the highest placing of any new entry in the history of the Hall of Fame with his ‘'Wherever You Are’’ charting at No 5.

    Since 2003 he has taught at the University of Aberdeen, where he is currently Professor of Composition, and has held visiting professorships in composition at institutions in Scandinavia and the United States.



    John Bell and Graham Maule

    John Bell is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland and a Member of the Iona Community. After a period in the Netherlands and two posts in church youth work, he became employed full time in the areas of music and worship with the Wild Goose Resource Group. He is a past convenor of the Church of Scotland’s Panel on Worship.

    In 1999 he was honoured by the Presbyterian Church of Canada and the Royal School of Church Music which bestowed a Fellowship on him, and in 2002 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Glasgow.

    John has produced (some in collaboration with Graham Maule), many collections of original hymns and songs and two collections of songs of the World Church. These are published by the Iona Community in Scotland and by G.I.A. Publications (Chicago) in North America. He is an occasional broadcaster appearing regularly on ‘Thought for the Day’ on Radio 4, lectures in theological colleges in Britain and U.S., but is primarily concerned with the renewal of congregational worship at grass roots level.

    Graham Maule studied architecture, followed by several years in youth work, before moving into the area of worship renewal and adult education with the Wild Goose Resource Group. Graham’s main areas of interest are in innovative lay training and education (theological and artistic) and lay involvement in worship.

  • LOCATIONS

    Hymns and Performance pieces recorded at Dunblane Cathedral

    Except for the O Sanctissima Maria, performed in St Machar Cathedral, Aberdeen.

Credits

Presenter
Sally Magnusson
Producer
David Strachan
Series Editor
David Taviner
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra

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