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.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
|Presenter||Diane Louise Jordan|
|Series Producer||Matthew Napier|
|Executive Producer||Dave Stanford|