Songs of Praise factsheet for Sunday 20 January 2008

SONGS OF PRAISE - THE ORGAN

Presented by HUW EDWARDS

General:
 In cathedrals, churches and chapels everywhere, one instrument remains at the very heart of congregational hymn singing. Mozart called it 'The King Of Instruments' and it entertains us from the Royal Albert Hall to Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Huw Edwards introduces a special 'Songs of Praise' in celebration of The Organ. Hymns include 'Jerusalem', 'O Praise Ye The Lord', 'Angel Voices, Ever Singing' and 'How shall I Sing That Majesty'.

With
DAVID WOOD
GORDON STEWART
RICHARD INGRAMS
MALCOLM ARCHER

Conductors
PAUL LEDDINGTON-WRIGHT
ANDREW EARIS
JONATHAN BIELBY
NIGEL SWINFORD
NOËL TREDINNICK

Organists
DANIEL MOULT
EMMA GIBBINS
THOMAS MOORE
ANDREW EARIS

Trumpeter
MAURICE MURPHY


Produced and directed by ROWAN MORTON-GLEDHILL
Editor HUGH FAUPEL


Interviews:
 INTERVIEW SECTION 1: TEASE
Huw Edwards introduces the programme from the St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate, the National Musicians' Church.


INTERVEW SECTION 2: LINK TO FIRST HYMN
Huw Edwards tell us about his own love of playing the organ before linking into the first hymn.


INTERVIEW SECTION 3: HISTORY OF THE ORGAN
Organist Gordon Stewart talks about the history of the organ; Huw Edwards adds some further historical facts before linking into the next hymn.


INTERVIEW SECTION 4: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN HALL
Organ builder, David Wood talks about the intricacies of the organ and some of those he has built and maintained including the organ in Huddersfield Town Hall.
Gordon Stewart, a concert organist who contributes regularly to "Songs of Praise", talks about the 19th century, great, romantic town hall and cathedral organs.
Item filmed at Huddersfield Town Hall.

For further information contact:

David Wood:
Wood of Huddersfield (Organ Builders)
Unit 4
Silver Court
Silver Street
Aspley
Huddersfield, HD5 9AG

Tel. No: 01484 533374
E-mail: david@woodorgans.co.uk


Gordon Stewart:
http://www.gordonstewart.org



INTERVIEW SECTION 5: ORGAN SOUND
Huw Edwards gives viewers a guide to some of the sounds the organ can produce.


INTERVIEW SECTION 6 : RICHARD INGRAMS
Former Editor of the satirical magazine, Private Eye, now Editor of 'The Oldie', Richard Ingrams talks about his love of music and his role as church organist at his local parish church.
Item filmed at St. Mary;s Church, Aldworth, Near Newbury.

Contact: c/o The Oldie, 65 Newman Street, London W1T 3EG.
Telephone: 020 7436 8801
Fax: 020 7436 8804
email: editorial@theoldie.co.uk
Website: http://www.theoldie.co.uk



INTERVIEW SECTION 7 : MALCOLM ARCHER
Malcolm Archer has been Organist of several Cathedrals including, most recently St Paul's. Malcolm grew up in Lytham St Annes, where his family attended the Methodist church. From an early age he was taken to see Reginald Dixon at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool and 40 years on, Malcolm finally realises his long-held ambition to play the famous Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer.
Item filmed in Ballroom at Blackpool Tower.

Further information:
Malcolm Archer is a prolific composer and is currently Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College
www.winchestercollege.co.uk



INTERVIEW SECTION 8: WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG ORGANISTS
We hear from James Parsons of 'Oundle for Organists' and Anne Marsden Thomas, Director of the St. Giles International Organ School about the 'Get Ahead Day' workshop they are giving for young organists. We also hear from some of the youngsters taking part about their views on playing the organ.
Item filmed at St. Giles' Church, Cripplegate.

For further information contact:

Oundle for Organists
The Creed Chapel
Ashton
Oundle
Northamptonshire, PE8 5LD

Tel / fax: 01832 272026
E-mail: information@oundlefestival.org.uk
Website: www.oundlefestival.org.uk



St. Giles International Organ School
St. Giles Cripplegate Church
Fore Street
Barbican
London, EC2Y 8DA

Tel/fax: 020 7638 8285
E-mail: AMT@organschool.com
Website: www.organschool.com



ITERVIEW SECTION 8: GOODBYE
Huw Edwards links into the closing hymn before saying goodbye.


Music:
 "SONGS OF PRAISE" SIG. TUNE (Toccata for Organ)
Composer: Robert Prizeman
Performers: Huw Edwards and Andrew Earis
Publishers: Chester Music


O PRAISE YE THE LORD!
Words: H.W. Baker (1821-77)
- broadly paraphrasing Psalm 150 (amongst other psalms)
Music: Laudate Dominum
From the anthem 'Hear my words, ye people' by
C. Hubert H. Parry (1848-1918)
Copyright: Out of copyright
Performers: Congregation/choirs at the Big Sing from the Royal Albert Hall
accompanied by organist Daniel Moult and conducted by
Paul Leddington-Wright
Source: "Songs of Praise" Hymnbook No. 244
Publishers: Oxford University Press/BBC Books
Note: Originally broadcast on Sunday, 28th October 2007 as part of
the "Songs of Praise" Big Sing from the Royal Albert Hall.


WHEN, IN OUR MUSIC, GOD IS GLORIFIED
Words: Fred Pratt Green (1903-2000)
Music: Engelberg
Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
Arranged by: John Wilson (1905-92)
Arrangement copyright: Royal School of Church Music,
19 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2EE
Performers: St Sepulchre Singers accompanied by organist Emma Gibbins
and conducted by Andrew Earis.
Source: New English Praise -
A supplement to the New English Hymnal [No. 646]
Published by: Canterbury Press, Norwich - St Mary's Works, St Mary's Plain,
Norwich, NR2 3BH - a publishing imprint of SCM -
Canterbury Press Ltd, a subsidiary of Hymns Ancient and Modern
Ltd, a registered charity. 1st Published May 2006.
Note: This item was originally broadcast on Sunday, 4th February 2007
as part of "Songs of Praise" - In Search of English Churches
from St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate



HOW SHALL I SING THAT MAJESTY
Words: John Mason (1646-94)
Music: Coe Fen
Ken Naylor (1931-1991)
Copyright: Oxford University Press
Arranger: Descant - Jonathan Bielby
Performer: Congregation and Wakefield Cathedral Choir accompanied by
Assistant Organist, Thomas Moore and conducted by Jonathan
Bielby.
Note: This item was originally broadcast on Sunday, 4th May 2003
as part of "Songs of Praise" from Wakefield Cathedral. Jonathan Bielby has been Organist at Wakefield since 1970, making him the longest-serving Organist at an English Cathedral.


ANGEL VOICES EVER SINGING
Tune: Angel Voices
Words: E. G. Monk (1819-1900)
Music: Francis Pott (1832-1909)
Arranged by: Jeffrey Howard for 'Songs of Praise'.
Not published and not available commercially. The trumpet descant is based on the famous 'Trumpet Voluntary', thought for many years to be by Henry Purcell, but now known to have been composed by Jeremiah Clarke.
Performers: Members of various London-based choirs and congregations assembled for the recording conducted by Nigel Swinford and accompanied by organist Andrew Earis and trumpet player Maurice Murphy
Source: The Songs of Praise Hymn Book no 205
Publishers: Oxford University Press/BBC Books
Note: This item was originally broadcast on Sunday, 8th January 2006
in an edition of "Songs of Praise" - Wren Churches. The location is the Wren church of St Stephen Walbrook in the City of London.


O SACRED HEAD, SORE WOUNDED
Words: attrib. Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153)
Tr. Paul Gerhardt (1607-76)
Tr. J.W. Alexander (1804-59) altd.
Music: Passion Chorale
Melody by H.W. Hassler (1564-1612)
Harm. J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Copyright: Out of copyright
Performers: Congregation from The London and South-East group of German Lutheran Churches and choir members from South West London Choral Society, Esterhazy Singers and Cantabile Singers and Andrew Earis (organist)
Conductor: Noël Tredinnick
Source: "Songs of Praise" Hymnbook No. 87
Publishers: Oxford University Press/BBC Books
Note: This item was originally broadcast on Sunday, 2nd July 2006
in "Songs of Praise" - Christian Heroes : Bonhoeffer. The location is the former St George's Lutheran Church, Alie Street, London E1 - now the London offices of the Historic Chapels Trust - chapels@hct.org.uk


BACH GOES TO BLACKPOOL
Composers: J.S.Bach (1685-1750); J. Glover Kind (1909)
Arranger: Malcolm Archer
(Arrangement commissioned specially for this edition of
"Songs of Praise" - recording not available commercially, but sheet music will be published in due course.)
Performer: Malcolm Archer
Note: This item was filmed on the Wurlitzer organ in Blackpool Tower
Ballroom.


JERUSALEM
Words: William Blake (1757 - 1827)
Music: Jerusalem
C. Hubert H. Parry (1848 - 1918)
Copyright: Out of copyright
Performers: St Sepulchre Singers accompanied by organist Emma Gibbins
and conducted by Andrew Earis.
Source: "Songs of Praise" Hymnbook No. 375
Publishers: Oxford University Press/BBC Books
Note: This item was originally broadcast on Sunday, 4th February 2007
as part of "Songs of Praise" - In Search of English Churches
from St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate



INCIDENTAL MUSIC

Interview Section 3 : History of the Organ

Music: Prelude and Fuge in G Major
Composer: J.S. Bach
Performer: Gordon Stewart


Interview Section 4 : Huddersfield Town Hall

a) David Wood interview incidental music
Music: 'Romanza'
Composer: William Wolstenholme
Publisher: Novello
Performer: Gordon Stewart

b) Gordon Stewart performance piece
Music: Prelude and Fuge in G Major
Composer: J.S. Bach
Performer: Gordon Stewart


Interview Section 6 : Richard Ingrams

Music: Brahms' Eleven Choral Preludes
'Es Ist Ein' Ros' Entsprungen' (Behold A Rose Is Blooming)
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Publisher: Novello
Performer: Richard Ingrams


Interview Section 7 : Malcolm Archer

CD: Ragtime Piano/Cinema Organ
Track: 13 - Dancing On Ice
Composer: Andrew Fenner
Publishers: KPM Music
Label: KPM
No: KPM 1149


Locations:
 1) ST. SEPULCHRE-WITHOUT-NEWGATE (Huw Edwards links):
St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate is the largest church in the City of London. The tower and outer walls were built around 1450. Badly damaged in the Great Fire of 1666, the church was rebuilt by Wren's masons in 1670-71. The ashes of Sir Henry Wood, founder of the Promenade Concerts - the longest running continuous series of orchestral concerts in the world - are interred in the Musicians' Chapel where now can be found the Musicians' Book of Remembrance containing the names of over two thousand professional musicians.

To contact the Director of Music, Dr Andrew Earis
(for all music-related matters)
E-mail: a.earis@btinternet.com
To contact the Church Administrator, Mrs Lynne Mullen
(Church bookings, external concert and rehearsal bookings, other general enquiries)
Tel./Fax: 020 7248 3826
E-mail: l.mullen@st-sepulchre.org.uk

http://www.st-sepulchre.org.uk
http://www.london-city-churches.org.uk
http://www.stsepulchresingers.org.uk
http://www.musicianschapel.org.uk


2) HUDDERSFIELD TOWN HALL (David Wood and Gordon Stewart):
The building was designed by John H Abbey and was built in two stages between 1875 and 1881. This imposing building is 'classic Italianate' in style, defined by the rounded heads to the windows, the symmetrical design and the 'rustication' of the stonework of the base of the building. The interior boasts a lavishly decorated concert hall which seats 1000 people. It is home to the internationally renowned Huddersfield Choral Society and houses an impressive Father Willis organ. The town hall has been used for numerous recordings of classical and choral music due to its excellent acoustics.

For further information contact:
Town Hall Bookings
Town Hall,
Ramsden Street,
Huddersfield, HD1 2TA

Tel: 01484 221798 Fax: 01484 223876
Email: townhalls.admin@kirklees.gov.uk


3) ST. MARY'S CHURCH, ALDWORTH:
Location for interview with Richard Ingrams
The oldest part of Aldworth Church in the lower half of the tower can be dated to approximately 1200, but probably the site is much older. In the 13th century the Manor was held by the Norman family of de la Beche. The nine stone effigies of this family all date from 1300-1350 - known as the 'Aldworth Giants', they are unique in the country.

Further information can be found on the following website:
http://www.berkshirehistory.com/churches/aldworth.html



4) BLACKPOOL TOWER:
Location for interview with Malcolm Archer
The Ballroom at Blackpool Tower houses the famous Wurlitzer Organ which rises up through the stage.

For further information contact:
http://www.theblackpooltower.co.uk



5) ST. GILES CHURCH CRIPPLEGATE:
Venue for filming of Organ Workshop.
St. Giles' is one of the few remaining medieval churches in the City of London and is at the heart of the Barbican development. It is said that there has been a church on this spot for a thousand years. Nothing is known about the early Saxon church, which was probably a little chantry or chapel made of wattle and daub. In 1090 a Norman church stood on this site, built by Alfune who afterwards assisted Rahere in building the neighbouring church of St Bartholomew the Great. Sometime during the Middle Ages, the Church was dedicated to St. Giles, the patron saint of beggars and cripples.

For further information contact:
http://www.stgilescripplegate.org.uk

Parish Office:
St Giles Cripplegate, Fore Street, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DA, Telephone: (020) 7638 1997


6) ROYAL ALBERT HALL:
Location for 'O Praise Ye The Lord'

For further information contact:
http://www.royalalberthall.com


7) WAKEFIELD CATHEDRAL:
Location for "How Shall I Sing That Majesty"

For further information contact:
Wakefield Cathedral Office
Northgate
Wakefield
WF1 1HG

Tel: 01924 373923
Fax: 01924 215054
E-mail: admin@wakefield-cathedral.org.uk
Website: http://www.wakefieldcathedral.org.uk


8) ST. STEPHEN WALBROOK:
Location for "Angel Voices Ever Singing"


For further information contact:
http://www.ststephenwalbrook.net/home.htm
http://www.londoninternetchurch.org.uk/
http://www.london-city-churches.org.uk



9) ST. GEORGE'S GERMAN LUTHERAN CHURCH
Location for 'O Sacred Head, Sore Wounded'
St George's dates from 1762-3 and is the oldest German church in Britain. The congregation was founded by Dederich Beckmann, a wealthy sugar boiler and cousin of the first pastor. It served as a religious centre for generations of German immigrants who worked in the East End sugar refineries and in the meat and baking trades until the First World War.

This building now belongs to The Historic Chapels Trust (HCT), more information about the Historic Chapels Trust can be found on their website www.hct.org.uk


Other Information: