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Justin Welby

Michael Berkeley's guest is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. He talks about the meaning of Christmas and introduces his favourite music, including Bach and Britten.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, talks to Michael Berkeley about his favourite music and the meaning of Christmas. His choices include Christmas music from Bach and Britten, and music Justin Welby loves from the late medieval period.

He talks to Michael about his career in the oil industry, his relatively late ordination, and his meteoric rise to the top of the Anglican Church, and the music that has accompanied him on that journey.

Michael asks him how he finds time for prayer and contemplation amid the pressure of heading the Anglican community, and what role music plays in his relationship with God. And he asks how he plans to spend his first Christmas as Archbishop.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 22 Dec 2013 12:00

Music Played

  • Wendell P. Whalum

    Betelehemu

    Choir: African Children's Choir. Composer: Babatunde Olatunji.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Christmas Oratorio BWV 248, Part 2 - excerpt

    Choir: The Choir Of Trinity College, Cambridge. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
  • Michael Berkeley

    Listen, Listen Oh My Child

    Director: David Flood. Choir: The Choir of Canterbury Cathedral.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Miserere Nostri Domine

    Choir: Chapelle du Roi. Conductor: Alistair Dixon.
  • Thomas Tallis

    God Grant With Grace

    Choir: Chapelle du Roi. Conductor: Alistair Dixon.
  • Lewis Henry Redner

    O Little Town of Bethlehem

    Choir: Ely Cathedral Choir. Lyricist: Brooks, Bishop Phillips. Performer: Scott Farrell. Director: Paul Trepte.
  • Simon & Garfunkel

    The Boxer

  • Simon Preston

    "Dies Irae" and "Bugles Sang" from War Requiem

    Choir: Bach Choir. Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Choir: Highgate School Choir. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Benjamin Britten. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‚ÄźDieskau.
    • Decca.

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