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Rap artists teach a Methodist congregation to modernise a traditional hymn to celebrate BBC Music Day. David Grant meets the singing pilgrims progressing around Britain.

35 minutes

Last on

Sun 7 Jun 2015 15:55

Music Played

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

  • St Mary’s, Portsea Congregation

    O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing

    Supporting Artist: Brian Moles. Music Arranger: Paul Leddington Wright. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Lyricist: Charles Wesley. Supporting Artist: Brian Moles.

    Tune: Lyngham. Composer: Thomas Jarman.

  • Beechcroft Choir & New Testament Assembly, Tooting Congregation

    Lord, I Lift Your Name On High

    Conductor: Ken Burton. Lyricist: Rick Founds. Supporting Artist: Neil Watson. Supporting Artist: Neil Watson - Bass Player. Supporting Artist: Joshua Adgomar. Supporting Artist: Floyd Millen. Supporting Artist: Stefan Brown. Supporting Artist: Adam Kerr. Supporting Artist: Paul Johnson. Supporting Artist: Melicia Walker. Supporting Artist: Jacqueline Ewers. Supporting Artist: Paulette Brown - Backing Vocals. Supporting Artist: Veronica Brown.

    Composer: Rick Founds.

  • ORNC Chapel Choir & ORNC Congregation

    Lord, For Tomorrow And It’s Needs

    Conductor: Richard Tanner. Music Arranger: Geoff Ellerby. Lyricist: Sr M. Xavier. Supporting Artist: James Grainger.

    Tune: Providence. Composer: R.R. Terry.

  • Gregory Porter

    His Eye Is On The Sparrow

    Supporting Artist: Albert Crawford.

    Composer: Charles H. Gabriel.

  • Manchester Cathedral Congregation

    Who Would True Valour See

    Conductor: Gordon Stewart. Lyricist: John Bunyan. Supporting Artist: Christopher Stokes.

    Tune: Monks Gate. Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams.

  • Second Mile Worship Band & William Booth College, London Congregation

    King Of Kings, Majesty

    Conductor: Geoff Ellerby. Conductor: Geoff Ellerby. Lyricist: Jarrod Cooper.

    Composer: Jarod Cooper.

  • Adam & Kid and Hinde Street Methodist Church Congregation

    Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer

    Lyricist: William Williams. Lyricist: Peter Williams. Lyricist: Adam Shadden. Lyricist: Kidus Yared.

    Composer: John Hughes (Trad), Adam Shadden & Kidus Yared (Modern).


  • O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing was performed by choir and congregation at St Mary’s, Portsea.
  • Lord, I Lift Your Name On High was performed by Beechcroft Choir and congregation at New Testament Assembly, Tooting.
  • Lord, For Tomorrow And It’s Needs was performed by ORNC Chapel Choir and congregation at The Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich.
  • His Eye Is On The Sparrow was performed by Gregory Porter at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
  • Who Would True Valour See was performed by congregation at Manchester Cathedral.
  • King Of Kings, Majesty was performed by Second Mile Worship Band and congregation of William Booth College, London.
  • Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer was performed by Adam & Kid and congregation at Hinde Street Methodist Church, London.


BBC Music Day

Rap duo Adam and Kid are used to transforming young lives through hip-hop, RnB and soul. But now they’re doing a different kind of transforming. They’re teaming up with Hinde Street Methodist Church in London and giving a 100-year-old hymn their own musical makeover. The Methodist congregation and their organist are ready to give this musical experiment a go, as different cultures and generations come together in music. Watch a unique performance of Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer for the first time on BBC Songs of Praise.

Compton Hospice Choir

A hospice is not a place you¹d normally associate with singing. But Compton Hospice in Staffordshire likes to do things a little differently. The choir there is made up of people who either work with the patients or who have grown to admire the work of Compton through their own personal encounters. Jayne Cole suffered the double tragedy four years ago of losing her mother and her husband within weeks of each other. Jayne has now found happiness again and is getting married - and providing the music on her big day, of course, will be Compton Hospice choir.

Singing Pilgrims

The Singing Pilgrims are Guy Hayward and Will Parsons and their mission is to revive British Pilgrimage – with song. On this pilgrimage they walked 200 miles from St Mary’s Church in Willesden, London to Walsingham Abbey in Norfolk, visiting churches and Holy sites on the way. They also recorded themselves performing songs in many of the sites they visited. We filmed them in Thetford Forest on the Norfolk/Suffolk Border close to Santon Downham.


Role Contributor
Presenter Josie D'Arby
Presenter Sally Magnusson
Presenter David Grant
Series Producer Matthew Napier
Executive Producer Dave Stanford


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