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Aled Jones goes backstage at the Cup final at Wembley as the Songs of Praise FA Cup Fans Choir sings the traditional curtain-raiser, Abide with Me, joined by a crowd of 90,000. It could be the biggest singalong on the programme - ever!

35 minutes

Last on

Sun 31 May 2015 17:10


Music Played

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

  • All Saints’ Church, Peckham Congregation

    The Greatest Day (O Happy Day)

    Supporting Artist: Bill Donoghue & Worship Band. Conductor: Noel Tredinnick. Lyricist: Tim Hughes. Lyricist: Ben Cantelon.

    Composers: Tim Hughes and Ben Cantelon.

  • Trinity Church, Gosforth Congregation

    Angel Voices Ever Singing

    Ensemble: Reg Vardy Brass Quintet. Lyricist: Francis Pott. Conductor: Geoff Ellerby.

    Composer: E G Monk.

  • Angel Blue, Ken Burton, Julia Ward Howe & Adventist Vocal Ensemble

    Glory Glory Hallelujah

    Tune: Battle Hymn. Composer: William Steffe.

  • Llandaff Cathedral Congregation

    Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven

    Lyricist: H. F. Lyte. Conductor: Tim Rhys-Evans. Supporting Artist: Sachin Gunga.

    Tune: Praise, My Soul. Composer: John Goss.

  • New Community Church, Southampton Congregation

    Soon And Very Soon (feat. Michael Powell, Rachael Joseph, Ruth-Ellen Jones, David Lawrence, Russell Boniface, Chelange Joseph, Joseph Connell & Ben Reid)

    Music Arranger: Michael Powell.
  • FA Cup Fans Choir

    Abide With Me

    Supporting Artist: Alfie Boe. Lyricist: Henry Francis Lyte.

    Composer: WH Monk.

  • Manchester Cathedral Congregation

    Let All the World In Every Corner Sing

    Supporting Artist: Brass Quintet & Organ.

    Tune: Luckington.


  • The Greatest Day (O Happy Day) was performed by congregation at All Saints’ Church, Peckham.
  • Angel Voices Ever Singing was performed by congregation at Trinity Church, Gosforth with the Reg Vardy Brass Quintet.
  • Glory Glory Hallelujah was performed by Angel Blue at St. Jude-on-the-Hill.
  • Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven was performed by congregation at Llandaff Cathedral.
  • Soon And Very Soon was performed by congregation at New Community Church, Southampton.
  • Abide With Me was performed by the Songs of Praise FA Cup Fan Choir live at Wembley Stadium.
  • Let All the World In Every Corner Sing was performed by congregation at Manchester Cathedral.


FA Cup Fans Choir - Abide With Me
Aled Jones is back stage at Wembley Stadium for the FA Cup Final to find out how our unique choir got on when they took to the pitch to sing Abide With Me. This year Songs of Praise ran a competition in conjunction with BBC Sport and the FA to create the Songs of Praise Cup Final Choir to sing this famous hymn, in front of 90,000 people in the stadium and a TV audience of millions. Sixty-four fans, one from each of the clubs who made it to the Third Round of this season’s football competition were selected to be part of the choir and to represent their team on the pitch. Full details of the choir members can be found on the Songs of Praise website.


Abide With Me History
“Abide With Me” has been sung at the FA Cup final since 1927 when it was included in the song sheet because it was a favourite of King George V who was attending the final that year. In this feature for the Songs of Praise FA Cup special, Aled Jones reveals more of the history of the hymn. The words were written in 1847 by Henry Francis Lyte who at the time was vicar of Lower Brixham in Devon. But Lyte died soon after and never heard his words sung to the tune that is now so famous. That melody was written by London organist William Henry Monk 14 years later.

For over 150 years the hymn’s gentle tune and words of comfort and hope have made it a favourite at all sorts of occasions – from the peace of personal devotions and remembrance day services to the noise and colour of cup finals.


Role Contributor
Presenter Aled Jones
Series Producer Matthew Napier
Executive Producer Dave Stanford