The Gift of Music

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Duration: 35 minutes

David Grant explores how music transforms lives, with a group of young singers finding harmony together and a choir who are singing away the blues. Plus performances from singers Laura Wright and Ramin Karimloo, and hymns from St Mary's Church in Portsmouth.

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Sun 17 Feb 2013 16:30 BBC One except Scotland, West Midlands

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  • Image for LORD OF BEAUTY, THINE THE SPLENDOUR

    LORD OF BEAUTY, THINE THE SPLENDOUR Choir and Congregation of St Mary's, Portsea accompanied by organist Brian Moles and a bra

    Tune: Regent Square Music: Henry Smart Words: C.A. Alington Source: New English Hymnal Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright

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    Above All Ramin Karimloo

    Performed by: Ramin Karimloo Accompanied by: Guitarist Steve Young and pianist Simon Lole Composer: Lenny Leblanc, Paul Baloche Music Publisher: Integrity Music

  • Image for O FOR A THOUSAND TONGUES TO SING

    O FOR A THOUSAND TONGUES TO SING Choir and Congregation of St Mary's, Portsea accompanied by organist Brian Moles and a bra

    Tune: Lyngham Music: Thomas Jarman (1782-1862) Words: Charles Wesley (1707-88) Arranged by: Paul Leddington Wright Source: SOP #241 Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright

  • Image for I VOW TO THEE, MY COUNTRY

    I VOW TO THEE, MY COUNTRY Laura Wright

    Performed by: Laura Wright Accompanied by:Pianist Simon Lole Music: Gustav Holst Words: Sir Cecil Spring-Rice Arranged by:Steven Baker

  • Image for AMAZING GRACE (MY CHAINS ARE GONE)

    AMAZING GRACE (MY CHAINS ARE GONE) Gemma Lunt

    Performed by: Gemma Lunt Accompanied by:Pianist Andrew Baddaley Music: American Traditional, John Newton, Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio Copyright: worshiptogether.com songs

  • Image for HOW SHALL I SING THAT MAJESTY

    HOW SHALL I SING THAT MAJESTY Choir and Congregation of St Mary's, Portsea accompanied by organist Brian Moles and a bra

    Tune: Coe Fen Music: Ken Naylor (1931-91) Words: John Mason (1646-94) Source: SOP #9

  • Image for HOW GREAT THOU ART

    HOW GREAT THOU ART Choir and Congregation of St Mary's, Portsea accompanied by organist Brian Moles and a bra

    Tune: How Great Thou Art Music: Swedish Folk Melody Words: Russian hymn tr. Stuart K. Hine (1899-1989) Source: SOP #13

  • Factsheet for Sunday 17th February

    David Grant explores how music transforms lives, with a group of young singers finding harmony together and a choir who are singing away the blues. Plus performances from singers Laura Wright and Ramin Karimloo, and hymns from St Mary's Church in Portsmouth.

  • Interviewees

    This episode contains interviews with the following contributors;

    En-chord

    In 2012 Knowsley Arts & Heritage Centre consulted with 250 young people in Stockbridge Village. What came out of the conversation with the community was that it wanted more opportunity to come together creatively.

    The project was set up in March 2012. A number of 13-19 year olds were selected to be ‘performance pushers’ or ‘catalysts’. They are all from the estate. Within the context of the project they organise performances, perform themselves and attend band, jam sessions, vocal harmony group ‘Harmonize’, as well as a studying music theory.
    Since then the teenagers have recorded CDs, worked with various professional art practitioners and musicians and there was a demand from them to learn how to read music so the ‘Young (music) Readers’ scheme was set up. The teens that are catalysts also want to have careers in the music industry. Although most of them had no experience of music before they joined the project. Four young people did happen to have a musical background, through their experience of attending church in Kensington.
    En-Chord receives funding from Youth Music.
    Based at Christ the King Centre for Learning.

    The Mustard Seed Singers
    Elle set up the Mustard Seed Singers choir in 2007, in Canterbury, Kent. Elle is bipolar and has struggled for years with depression; she is a user of NHS mental health services. Elle feels strongly that people with mental health issues should have access to the arts. In 2008 the choir took part in a research study funded by Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust. A project grew out of the study which led to Elle & Professor Stephen Clift setting up a network of 8 similar choirs in East Kent.
    Elle is a Christian and goes to church in Canterbury.

    Laura Wright

    In the last 12 months Laura has completed a UK tour with Alfie Boe, become the first soprano to perform at the Olympic Stadium in March, recorded the official Diamond Jubilee song ‘Stronger As One’, released her second solo album ‘Glorious’ and become English Rugby’s official National Anthem Singer. Having given performances to such large crowds (80,000 at Twickenham), Laura knows the power of music and enjoys the responsibility of uniting people in song. She also plays rugby herself at Rosslyn Park!
    Laura is also an ambassador for Nordoff Robbins - a national music charity dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable children and adults across the UK using music therapy. Laura has visited their centre in London several times and is incredibly moved by her experiences there.

    Gemma Lunt

    Viola & soprano sax player who suffers visual impairment and is in a wheelchair. Gemma started a Performance degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire 9 years ago and has just graduated. Health problems set her back as well as access issues at the college. Gemma is a Christian and says her faith has helped her heal. She is determined to make a career in music.

Credits

Presenter
David Grant
Producer
Karen Hannah
Series Editor
David Taviner
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra

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