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Behind the Big Sing

David Grant visits the Royal Albert Hall as preparations are underway for the Big Sing. He meets seasoned Big Sing stars as well as those making their debut, goes behind the scenes with the presenters and we revisit some of the very best performances from Big Sings past.

35 minutes

Last on

Sun 19 Oct 2014 16:25

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Basil Harwood

    Let All The World

    Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Orchestra: The Songs of Praise Orchestra. Supporting Artist: Daniel Moult (Organist). Singer: Katherine Jenkins. Choir: Stage Choirs & Congregation. Music Arranger: Robert Ramskill. Composer: George Herbert.

    Tune: Luckington

  • Buddy Greene

    Mary, Did You Know?

    Singer: Hayley Westenra. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Orchestra: The Songs of Praise Orchestra. Composer: Mark Lowry. Music Arranger: James Brett. Music Arranger: James Brett.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Cujus Animam

    Singer: Andrea Bocelli. Orchestra: Orchestra e coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia + 40 musicians assembled by Colin Sheen. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright.
  • Leonard Cohen

    Hallelujah

    Performer: Alexandra Burke. Performer: St. Michael’s Singers. Performer: The London Chorus. Performer: Brighton Festival Chorus. Performer: Adventist Vocal Ensemble. Performer: The Big Sing Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Music Arranger: Ray Monk.
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe

    This Train

    Singer: Ruby Turner. Choir: Adventist Vocal Ensemble. Orchestra: The Big Sing Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Music Arranger: Ken Burton.
  • C C Schofield

    Abide with Me

    Singer: Michael Ball. Supporting Artist: Daniel Moult (Organist). Orchestrator: The Big Sing Orchestra. Choir: St. Michael’s Singers. Choir: Adventist Vocal Ensemble. Choir: Brighton Festival Chorus. Choir: Guildford Choral Society. Music Arranger: Paul Leddington Wright.
  • Katherine Jenkins

    Be Thou My Vision

    Choir: Adventist Vocal Ensemble. Choir: Haileybury Chamber Choir. Choir: St. Michael’s Singers. Choir: Royal Choral Society. Choir: Stoneygate School. Orchestra: The Big Sing Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Music Arranger: Ray Monk.

    Tune: Slane

  • Meredith Willson

    May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You

    Singer: Katherine Jenkins. Choir: Stage Choirs. Orchestra: The Songs of Praise Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Music Arranger: Nicholas Dodd. Music Arranger: Steven Baker.
  • Edinburgh Academy Choir

    Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer

    Conductor: Angus Tully. Supporting Artist: Dr Philip Coad (Pianist).
  • Howard Blake

    Walking in the Air

    Choir: Ysgol Pen Barras. Singer: Aled Jones. Orchestra: The Big Sing Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright.
  • Robert Prizeman

    Big Sing Signature Tune

    Orchestra: The Big Sing Orchestra. Music Arranger: Ray Monk. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright.
  • Pietro Mascagni

    Intermezzo

    Singer: Russell Watson. Choir: Stage Choirs. Orchestra: The Big Sing Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Music Arranger: Steven Baker.
  • Thomas A. Dorsey

    Precious Lord

    Singer: Mica Paris. Choir: Adventist Vocal Ensemble. Music Arranger: Ken Burton. Orchestra: The Big Sing Orchestra.
  • Stuart K. Hine

    How Great Thou Art

    Singer: Aled Jones. Choir: Adventist Vocal Ensemble. Choir: Haileybury Chamber Choir. Choir: St. Michael’s Singers. Choir: Royal Choral Society. Choir: Stoneygate School. Choir: Audience at the Royal Albert Hall. Supporting Artist: Daniel Moult (Organist). Orchestra: The Big Sing Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright.
  • Charles Wesley

    Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

    Choir: Adventist Vocal Ensemble. Choir: Haileybury Chamber Choir. Choir: St. Michael’s Singers. Choir: Royal Choral Society. Choir: Stoneygate School. Choir: Audience at the Royal Albert Hall. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Supporting Artist: Daniel Moult (Organist). Composer: W P Rowlands.

    Tune: Blaenwern

Contributors & Interviewees

Katherine Jenkins

Mezzo-Soprano Katherine Jenkins has performed all over the world and is no stranger to The Royal Albert Hall stage. Katherine is originally from Neath in Wales where she sang regularly with the church choir in her parish church, St David’s. Katherine remembers memorable Big Sings and talks about the place of God amongst show business.

Nell Bryden

Nell Bryden is an American singer-songwriter born and raised in Brooklyn. She is a classically trained musician and studied the cello for ten years. She has performed at The Royal Albert Hall before, and supported Jools Holland there in 2013. This will be her first performance for The Big Sing.

Aled Jones

Born in Llandegfan, Anglesey, Aled has been singing since he was a small boy. At the age of 9, he joined Bangor Cathedral Choir where he came to the attention of a local record company and the BBC. Aled went on to achieve international stardom. As well as hosting radio and TV shows, including Songs of Praise, Aled has performed at the Royal Albert Hall over one hundred times.


Sally Magnusson

Sally Magnusson is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and writer who also anchors the Scottish BBC News programme Reporting Scotland. She first presented Songs of Praise in 1984, and will be presenting the Big Sing for the first time in 2014.

Bill Turnbull

Bill Turnbull is a distinguished journalist for television and radio. He’s been presenting BBC Breakfast for over ten years. Bill is a former school chorister and has on occasion led Evensong at his local church. He began presenting for Songs of Praise in 2012, and first presented the Big Sing in 2013.

Lewes Sings Gospel


This non-auditioned choir from Southover church in Lewes, East Sussex, was the recent winner of the Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year Competition 2014. Members of the choir prepare for their debut performance at the Royal Albert Hall, led by conductor Karen Gibson.

Paul Leddington Wright

Paul is a talented conductor, organist, composer and arranger with a passion for sacred music, musical theatre and opera. He has worked for BBC radio and television for over 25 years and knows the Big Sing very well.

Daniel Moult

Daniel is a professional organist based in London, who has gained a reputation as a leading player and tutor. As a concert organist and organ accompanist, he is very familiar with the organ at the Royal Albert Hall, the second largest pipe organ in the UK.

Location

The Royal Albert Hall is located in South Kensington, facing Hyde Park. The address is Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP.

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter David Grant
Producer Karen Selway
Series Producer Matthew Napier
Executive Producer David Taviner

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