Jerusalem revealed as the UK’s favourite hymn on BBC Songs of Praise special

Date: 29.09.2019     Last updated: 30.09.2019 at 07.24
Category: BBC One
Voted for by tens of thousands of members of the public, Jerusalem has been revealed as the UK’s favourite hymn in a special episode of Songs Of Praise.

Host Aled Jones, counted down the country’s ten favourite hymns from Leicester’s De Montford Hall and was joined by a line-up of special guests including: Britain’s Got Talent winner, Colin Thackery, Black Panther actress, Sope Aluko and classical singer, Russell Watson.

The winning hymn Jerusalem did not feature in the top ten last time the survey was conducted in 2013.

The top ten hymns as voted for by the public are:
1. Jerusalem (And Did Those Feet)
2. How Great Thou Art
3. In Christ Alone
4. Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind
5. Abide With Me
6. I Vow To Thee My Country
7. Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah/Redeemer
8. Amazing Grace
9. Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord
10. I‚ The Lord Of Sea And Sky (Here I Am Lord)

Song of Praise - The UK's Favourite Hymn featured performances from across the United Kingdom.

Welsh mezzo soprano and Songs of Praise presenter; Katherine Jenkins performed her favourite hymn Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind in St Davids Cathedral in Wales.

In Scotland, Fairground Attraction singer-songwriter, Eddi Reader sang Amazing Grace, and from the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland, singer and presenter Daniel O’Donnell performed the modern classic hymn, In Christ Alone.

The programme also featured celebrities revealing their favourite hymns or worship songs. Poet John Cooper-Clarke revealed his favourite hymn is How Great Thou Art, saying: “True poetry is found in the words of classic hymns.”

Musician Lesley Garrett shared stories about performing her favourite hymn, Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord, and comedian and former choirboy, Lloyd Griffith explained why he is a fan of the Welsh classic, Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer.

The episode showcased a special performance by The Kingdom Choir, famously known for their appearance at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding, sang Abide With Me - a favourite of choir leader Karen Gibson.

Watch Song of Praise - The UK's Favourite Hymn on BBC iPlayer now.

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