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David Grant is in Rome as the Archbishop of Canterbury's cricket team take on the Pope's XI in the spirit of closer relations, and we have news of this year's Children in Need.

35 minutes

Last on

Sun 1 Nov 2015 16:15

Music Played

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

  • J.B.Dykes

    Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty

    Choir: The Choir and congregation of Leicester Cathedral. Conductor: Simon Lole. Featured Artist: Daniel Moult. Lyricist: Reginald Heber.

    Tune:Nicaea Composer:J.B.Dykes

  • Caradog Roberts

    Who Is On The Lord’s Side?

    Choir: The congregation of St German’s Church. Music Arranger: Geoff Ellerby. Lyricist: Francis Ridley Havegal.

    Tune:Rachie Composer:Caradog Roberts

  • Trad.

    I Gotta Home In Gloryland

    Choir: Queen’s Young Voices. Conductor: Queen’s Young Voices School Conductor. Featured Artist: Queen’s Young Voices School Pianist. Lyricist: Trad..


  • Edward Mote


    Choir: The Choir and Congregation of Birmingham Christian Centre. Composer: Eric Liljero. Composer: Jonas Myrin. Composer: Reuben Morgan. Music Arranger: Steve Thompson. Lyricist: Edward Mote. Lyricist: Eric Liljero. Lyricist: Jonas Myrin. Lyricist: Reuben Morgan.

    Composer:Edward Mote Composer:Eric Lijero Composer:Jonas Myrin Composer:Reuban Morgan

  • Sir James MacMillan

    O Radiant Dawn

    Choir: Cappella Caeciliana. Conductor: Donal McCrisken. Music Arranger: Sir James MacMillan. Lyricist: William Blake.

    Tune:James MacMillan Composer: James MacMillan

  • Francis Stanfield

    Sweet Sacrament Divine

    Choir: The Congregation of Holy Trinity Church. Conductor: Gordon Stewart. Music Arranger: Craig McLeish. Lyricist: Francis Stanfield.

    Tune:Divine Mysteries Composer:Francis Stanfield

  • J.B.Dykes

    Praise To The Holiest In The Height

    Choir: The Congregation and choir of Canterbury Cathedral and Songs of Praise Band. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Featured Artist: Owen Eamonn Slade. Featured Artist: Richard Bissill. Featured Artist: Edward Hobart. Featured Artist: Simon Munday. Featured Artist: Andrew Crowley. Featured Artist: Tristan Fry. Featured Artist: Colin Sheen. Music Arranger: Paul Leddington Wright. Lyricist: John Henry Newsholme.

    Tune:Gerontius Music Composer:J.B. Dykes



David Grant joined the Archbishop of Canterbury's Anglican Cricket Team as they arrive in Rome to play the St Peter's Vatican XI. They visited the Venerable English College to meet pray and eat together prior to the match. In Sept 2014 the Vatican team visited Canterbury to play. On that occasion the Anglican team won. This time it was the turn of the hosts, The Vatican team, to win. The aim of the match was to build bridges between the two churches.


Children In Need Appeal Film

Songs of Praise travelled to Gloucester to visit the James Hopkins Trust and meet a local family who use their services. The James Hopkins trust is a Gloucestershire charity supporting severely disabled, life limited and life threatened children  throughout Gloucestershire.

A recent grant from Children in Need has helped the James Hopkins Trust increase the amount of overnight respite care they can offer families. Of all the services they offer the Respite care is the most important and in demand, providing a lifeline to families in desperate need of support.

As well as allowing Simon to spend quality time with his wife Lucy and their eldest daughter Sophie, the support from James Hopkins trust is important in allowing him to continue his study towards becoming a priest. Simon hopes to be ordained in spring 2016 and take up his first curate position soon afterwards.

To find out more information about Children in Need, including how you can donate please visit


Sistine Chapel Choir

David Grant is in Vatican City meeting Mark Spyropoulos the first full time English singer to be accepted into the Sistine Chapel Choir since the Reformation.

Mark was born in London and read Music at Trinity College Dublin before training as a singer at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

The Sistine Chapel Choir has recently recorded an album. It’s called ‘The Cantate Domino album’.  It was recorded in the Sistine Chapel, to capture the extraordinary acoustic, with music performed by the Pope’s own choir. The album includes music written for the choir by Palestrina, Lassus and Victoria during the Renaissance. 


  • Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty was performed by the choir and congregation of Leicester Cathedral.
  • Who Is On The Lord’s Side? was performed by the congregation of St German's Church, Cardiff.
  • I Gotta Home In Gloryland was performed by the Queen's Young Voices at Nottingham Albert Hall.
  • Cornerstone was performed by the choir and congregation of Birmingham Christian Centre.
  • O Radiant Dawn was performed by Cappella Caeciliana at the Chapel of Rathmore Grammar School.
  • Sweet Sacrament Divine was performed by the congregation of Holy Trinity Church, Sutton.
  • Praise To The Holiest In The Height was performed by the Congregation and choir of Canterbury Cathedral and Songs of Praise Band.


Role Contributor
Presenter David Grant
Series Producer Matthew Napier
Executive Producer Dave Stanford


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