Songs of Praise factsheet for Sunday 21 June 2009


Presented by Aled Jones


A programme from Llanberis at the foot of Mt Snowdon in North Wales, presented by Aled Jones.

Thy hymns are sung by members of local congregations in St Padarn's Church, accompanied by the Gwynedd and Môn Youth Brass Ensemble (Musical Director Gwyn M. Evans), Martin Brown (organ), and conducted by Annette Bryn Parri.

The Prayer and Blessing are given by the Revd Robert Townsend, Rector of Llanberis.


We meet a local minister who has returned to his native land after serving for 20 years as a senior chaplain in the Royal Navy - through the Falklands Conflict and the Gulf Wars.


The musical items are as follows

1. God is Love, let heaven adore him

Words: Timothy Rees (1874 - 1939)
From BBC Songs of Praise 5.

Music: William Rowlands
Tune: Blaenwern
Arranger Jeffrey Howard

From: BBC Songs of Praise 305i

Publisher: Oxford University Press 1997
Performers: All as above

2. Be still for the presence of the Lord.

Words: David J Evans (b 1957)

Music: David J Evans (b 1957)
Tune: Be still

Hymn available in BBC Songs of Praise no 207 (published by OUP).

Performers: Aled Jones.

3. Love divine all loves excelling

Words: Charles Wesley (1707-88)
From New English Hymnal 408

Music: Melody by Richard Huw Pritchard (1811-87)
Tune: Hyfrydol
Arranger: Gwyn M Evans
From: New English Hymnal 271

Publisher: The Canterbury Press
Performers: Congregation and organ only

4 Ye who know the Lord is gracious

Words: C A Alington (1872 - 1955)
From New English Hymnal 477
Publisher The Canterbury Press

Music: William Owen (1813-93)
Arranger: Gwyn M Evans
Tune: Prysgol
From: Caneuon Ffydd 590

Performers: All as above

5. Glan gerwbiaid a seraffiaid.

Words: Richard Mant (1776 - 1848)
Translated into Welsh by Alafon (1847-1916)
From Caneuon Ffydd 30

Music: John Richards (Isalaw) 1843 - 1901
Tune: Sanctus
Arranger: Gwyn M Evans
From: Caneuon Ffydd 21
Performers: All .

6. The day thou gavest, Lord is ended

Words: John Ellerton (1826-93)
Music: Clement Scholefield (1839 - 1904)
Tune: St Denio
Arranger: Jeffrey Howard

From New English Hymnal 252
Publisher: The Canterbury Press
Performers: All


Apart from the scenic beauty of Mount Snowdon, the landscape at Llanberis is dominated by the scars of many years of slate mining. During the programme we visit the Slate Museum to hear about the faith of thousands of men who worked in dangerous conditions. Being an area popular for mountaineering and hill-walking, we fly with the RAF Search and Rescue Team based at RAF Valley on Anglesey. We're joined by an airman whose work and faith are inextricably bound together.
And we take a train ride to the top of Mt Snowdon which is well known for displaying the four seasons in one day (it didn't disappoint!), where we meet Professor Gwyn Thomas - a national poet of Wales. He was commissioned to write Welsh and English words for the newly-opened Hafod Eryri at the summit.

Other Information:

The programme was produced and directed by R. Medwyn Hughes and the Editor was Tommy Nagra

This was an independent production on behalf of BBC Manchester by Meditel Limited.