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29/03/2015

For the start of Holy Week Pam Rhodes visits Liverpool Cathedral for the final rehearsals of their Passion Plays and climbs the tower to ring the highest and heaviest peal of church bells in the world. Plus congregational hymns especially for Palm Sunday.

35 minutes

Last on

Sun 29 Mar 2015 17:00

Music Played

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

  • Paul Leddington Wright

    All Glory, Laud and Honour

    Lyricist: Theodulph of Orleans. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Supporting Artist: Daniel Moult. Supporting Artist: Colin Sheen. Supporting Artist: Crispian Steele‐Perkins. Supporting Artist: Edward Hobart. Supporting Artist: Martin Owen. Supporting Artist: Owen Slade. Supporting Artist: Stephen Henderson.

    Tune: St Theodulph. Composer: Music: Melchior Teschner (melody), W.H.Monk (harm).

  • Angel Blu

    Ride On King Jesus

    Music Arranger: Hall Johnson. Supporting Artist: Ken Burton.
  • Samuel J. Stone

    The Church’s One Foundation

    Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Supporting Artist: David Newsholme. Supporting Artist: Colin Sheen. Supporting Artist: Tristan Fry. Supporting Artist: Andrew Crowley. Supporting Artist: Simon Munday. Supporting Artist: Edward Hobart. Supporting Artist: Richard Bissill. Supporting Artist: Owen Slade.

    Tune: Aurelia. Composer: S.S Wesley.

  • John L. Bell and Graham Maule

    We Cannot Measure How You Heal

    Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Supporting Artist: Matthew Beetchsen.

    Tune: Ye Banks and Braes. Composer: Scottish Folk Melody Harmonised by John L. Bell.

  • Huddersfield Choral Society

    Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Supporting Artist: Darius Battiwalla. Conductor: David Lawrence.

    Tune: Handel (Messiah). Composer: G. F. Handel

  • Simon Emery

    Crown Him With Many Crowns

    Conductor: Ian Tracey. Choir: Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir. Supporting Artist: Ian Wells.

    Tune: Diademata.

  • H H Milman

    Ride On! Ride On In Majesty!

    Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Supporting Artist: Tim Campaign. Choir: St. Michael’s Singers. Supporting Artist: Jaguar Landrover Brass Band.

    Tune: Ride On! Ride On In Majesty! Composer: Musikalisches Hand-Buch Hamburg (Melody)

Music

  • All Glory, Laud and Honour performed by choir and congregation at Holy Trinity Church, Folkestone.
  • Ride On King Jesus performed by Angel Blue.
  • The Church’s One Foundation performed by choir and congregation at Canterbury Cathedral.
  • We Cannot Measure How You Heal performed by choir and congregation at Dunblane Cathedral.
  • Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs performed by BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Huddersfield Choral Society.
  • Crown Him With Many Crowns performed by Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir.
  • Ride On! Ride On In Majesty! performed by Warwick Road United Reformed Church, Coventry.

Stories

Liverpool Cathedral Passion Plays
Songs of Praise visits a dress rehearsal for the Liverpool Passion Plays, produced and performed by volunteers from the Cathedral and the Cathedral’s youth group. The plays, portraying the last days of Jesus' life are to be performed during Holy Week.

Liverpool Cathedral Bell Ringing
Pam Rhodes visits Liverpool Cathedral to see the impressive peal of bells, the highest and heaviest peal in the world. The star of the show is Great George, which at 14.5 tonnes is the 2nd heaviest bell in the world.

Handbell Family
The Dunblane Cathedral Handbell ringers are known across Scotland for their uplifting form of praise. At the centre of the larger group are three generations of the Wilson family who’ve fostered a musical tradition with its roots in the ancient church.

Royal Sculpture
Songs of Praise meets sculptor Nina Bilbey as she sets her skills to the commission of a lifetime – creating two new statues of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip to adorn the west front of Canterbury cathedral in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

We first visited Nina’s London workshop last August when her Majesty was still just a block of limestone and then catch up with her two days before the Royal unveiling. In Canterbury, Nina takes Diane Louise Jordan behind the covered scaffolding for an exclusive look at the finished statues and chats to her about how she feels about the Queen seeing her work. Diane also meets The Very Rev. Dr Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury, to hear how these new statues are keeping alive the creative community that has existed in Canterbury for over 1400 years. 

We then see the moment when, on Thursday this week, Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip visited Canterbury cathedral to unveil the two new statues – the first time in history the royal couple have unveiled statues of themselves.

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Pam Rhodes
Presenter Diane Louise Jordan
Series Producer Matthew Napier
Executive Producer Dave Stanford

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