Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
- Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus was performed by the congregation at St Alban's Church, Bristol.
- The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy was performed by the Adventist Vocal Ensemble and the congregation at Hackney Empire, London.
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen was performed by the Rochester Cathedral Choir.
- Here I Am To Worship was performed by the congregation at St Nic's Church, Nottingham.
- Gabriel's Message was performed by The Swingles at St Mary Le-Tower Church, Ipswich.
- O Little Town Of Bethlehem was performed by the Bristol Youth Choir and the Westbury on Trym Parish Choir.
- O Come All Ye Faithful was performed by the Choir and congregation at St David's Cathedral.
Neville John "Noddy" Holder MBE is an English musician and actor. He was the lead vocalist and guitarist with English rock band Slade, who had several hits in the 1970s and 80s. Holder co-wrote most of Slade's material with bassist Jim Lea.
Rock legend Noddy Holder is no stranger to Christmas songs. As a member of Slade, he released one of the biggest Christmas pop hits of recent times. But Noddy is also a fan of the oldies too and his favourite carol is God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.
Songs of Praise sent Noddy to York to uncover the origins behind this Christmas Classic. He meets conductor and Carol expert Jeremy Summerly to find out more about its medieval origins and pays a visit to The York Waits who carry on playing in the medieval tradition to hear how it might have sounded.
Mouth painting artists (MFPA) member Jon Clayton, is a mouth painter who lost the use of all four limbs following a motorcycle accident in 1978. A Christmas gift of a painting set started Jon’s mouth painting career and after developing his craft he was accepted as a member of the MFPA – a group of artists who from birth, or through accident or illness, are unable to use their hands so instead hold a paintbrush in their mouth or with their foot. The MFPA turns its members’ artwork into Christmas cards and gifts, and the funds raised give the artists a vital financial lifeline. Jon’s painting of ‘The Nativity’ has become one of the MFPA’s best selling Christmas cards world-wide.
|Series Producer||Matthew Napier|
|Executive Producer||Dave Stanford|