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The Big Sing Gala

Katherine Jenkins joins Aled Jones and Sally Magnusson in the Royal Albert Hall for a spectacular gala evening of glorious hymns and songs, including How Great Thou Art and Amazing Grace.

Features Gregory Porter, Lucy Kay, Nell Bryden and the newly-crowned Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year.

40 minutes

Last on

Sun 12 Jul 2015 16:20

Music Played

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

  • George Frideric Handel

    Hallelujah Chorus

    Choir: Choirs and Congregation of the Big Sing. Orchestra: Big Sing Orchestra. Supporting Artist: Daniel Moult. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Music Arranger: Paul Leddington Wright.
  • Irish Traditional

    The King of Love

    Performer: Lucy Kay. Choir: Choirs and Congregation of the Big Sing. Orchestra: Big Sing Orchestra. Supporting Artist: Daniel Moult.

    Tune: St. Columba

  • Charles Hutchinson Gabriel

    His Eye Is on the Sparrow

    Performer: Gregory Porter. Performer: Chip Crawford.
  • Bernadette Farrell

    Christ Be Our Light

    Choir: Choirs and Congregation of the Big Sing. Orchestra: Big Sing Orchestra. Supporting Artist: Daniel Moult. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Music Arranger: Ray Monk.
  • Aled Jones & Nell Bryden

    Morning Has Broken

    Supporting Artist: Simon Johnson. Supporting Artist: Emma Sweeney. Orchestra: Bass and Violins from the Big Sing Orchestra. Supporting Artist: Daniel Moult. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Music Arranger: Simon Johnson. Lyricist: Eleanor Farjeon.

    Tune: Traditional

  • George Frideric Handel

    Zadok The Priest

    Choir: Choirs and Congregation of the Big Sing. Choir: Choirs and Congregation of the Big Sing. Orchestra: Big Sing Orchestra. Supporting Artist: Daniel Moult. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Music Arranger: Paul Leddington Wright.
  • Israel Houghton

    Lord You Are Good

    Choir: Lewes Sings Gospel. Supporting Artist: Daniel Moult. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Music Arranger: Ken Burton.
  • Carl Gustav Boberg

    How Great Thou Art

    Choir: Choirs and Congregation of the Big Sing. Performer: Katherine Jenkins. Orchestra: Big Sing Orchestra. Supporting Artist: Daniel Moult. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Music Arranger: Hamilton. Music Arranger: Hamilton.
  • John Newton

    Amazing Grace

    Choir: Choirs and Congregation of the Big Sing. Performer: Katherine Jenkins. Performer: Lucy Kay. Performer: Nell Bryden. Performer: Gregory Porter. Performer: Aled Jones. Performer: Sally Magnusson. Orchestra: Big Sing Orchestra. Supporting Artist: Daniel Moult. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Music Arranger: Ken Burton.

Factsheet for Sunday 26th October 2014

Katherine Jenkins joins Aled Jones and Sally Magnusson in the Royal Albert Hall for a spectacular gala evening of glorious hymns and songs including ‘How Great Thou Art’ and ‘Amazing Grace’ and featuring Gregory Porter, Lucy Kay, Nell Bryden and the newly crowned Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year.

Contributors

LUCY KAY

Lucy Kay first appeared on our screens in spring this year on Britain’s Got Talent. Her magnificent voice won the public’s hearts and she reached second place in the final with her performance of ‘Nessun Dorma’. Originally from Leicester, Lucy discovered her love of classical music from an early age. She first performed in The Big Sing in 2006 with girls choir ‘Cantamus.’ This year she will lead the congregation to perform The King of ‘Love My Shepherd Is.’

 

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 10 years. She has performed at The Royal Albert Hall before when she supported Jools Holland in 2013. Nell supported Gary Barlow on tour in 2013 and has toured throughout the UK. Nell performs ‘Morning Has Broken’ with Aled Jones on the Albert Hall Stage accompanied by flautist Emma Sweeney and Guitarist Simon Johnson.

 

KATHERINE JENKINS

Mezzo-Soprano Katherine Jenkins has performed all over the world including The Royal Albert Hall many times. Katherine has dueted with international stars including Andrea Bocelli and Placido Domingo. Katherine is originally from Neath in Wales where she sang regularly with the church choir in her parish church, St David’s. Katherine performs the UK’s favourite Hymn, as voted for by Songs of Praise audience ‘How Great Thou Art.’

 

GREGORY PORTER

Gregory is a Grammy Award winning American Jazz vocalist, songwriter and actor. He was born is Los Angeles and raised in California in the gospel tradition by his minister mother. Gregory has become a favourite on BBC Radio 2 and recently performed at the summer “Proms in the Park”. Gregory performs ‘His Eye Is on The Sparrow’ with accompanist Chip Crawford.


LEWES SINGS GOSPEL

Lewes Sings Gospel were delighted to be crowned Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year in early October 2014 at The Hackney Empire. They wowed the judges with their performances conducted by the highly respected choir director Karen Gibson and were subsequently overjoyed at the invitation to perform “Lord You Are Good” at The Royal Albert Hall for The Big Sing.  The choir are a community choir run by Southover Church in Lewes. Southover is a medium-sized Anglican church, with a passion to be outward-focussed and the gospel choir is one way in which it makes connections between those inside and outside the church.

Location

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

Choirs and Congregation of the Royal Albert Hall

With special thanks to the following groups who made up the choir and congregation in this programme:

Stage Choirs

Lewes Sings Gospel Choir

Big Sing SATB Choir

Audience and congregation for the Big Sing

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Aled Jones
Presenter Sally Magnusson
Producer Pamela Hossick
Series Producer Matthew Napier
Executive Producer David Taviner
Performer Katherine Jenkins
Performer Gregory Porter
Performer Lucy Kay
Performer Nell Bryden

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