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01/05/2016

Four hundred years after William Shakespeare's death, Simon Callow investigates the great bard's spirituality, and Josie d'Arby joins in the celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Four hundred years after the death of William Shakespeare, Simon Callow investigates the great bard's spirituality, and Josie d'Arby joins in the celebrations as the great and the good come together in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Music:

All People That on Earth Do Dwell from Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Who Would True Valour See (To Be a Pilgrim) from Manchester Cathedral, Manchester
Immortal Invisible, God Only Wise from Royal Garrison Church, Aldershot
Rejoice the Lord Is King from St Albans Cathedral, St Albans
Sonnet 146 from Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon
Angel-Voices Ever Singing from Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon
Blessed Assurance from St Germain's Church, Birmingham.

35 minutes

Last on

Sun 1 May 2016 16:25

Music Played

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

  • The Choirs and Congregation at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

    All People That On Earth Do Dwell (feat. James Grainger)

    Conductor: Richard Tanner . Music Arranger: Paul Leddington Wright. Lyricist: Kethe, William .

    Melody adapted from the Genevan Psalter 1551  

  • English Traditional

    Who Would True Valour See (To Be A Pilgrim)

    Choir: The Choirs and Congregation of St Oswald and St Edmund Arrowsmith RC Church. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright . Featured Artist: Manchester Camerata. Featured Artist: Christopher Stokes. Lyricist: John Bunyan. Lyricist: Percy Dearmer.

    Tune: Monks Gate Composer: English Traditional

  • Welsh Traditional

    Immortal Invisible, God Only Wise

    Choir: The Choirs and Congregation of Royal Garrison Church, Aldershot. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright . Featured Artist: Daniel Moult. Lyricist: W Chalmers Smith.

    Welsh Traditional

  • George Frideric Handel

    Rejoice The Lord Is King

    Choir: The Choirs and Congregation of St Albans Cathedral. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright . Featured Artist: Nicholas Freestone. Featured Artist: Tom Winpenny. Lyricist: Charles Wesley.

    G F Handel

  • William Shakespeare

    Sonnet 146

    Choir: The Choir and Congregation of Holy Trinity Church, Stratford upon Avon.

    Congleton

  • E G Monk

    Angel-Voices Ever Singing

    Choir: The Choir and Congregation of Holy Trinity Church, Stratford upon Avon. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright . Featured Artist: Andrew Jones - Organist. Lyricist: Francis Pott.

    E G Monk

  • Phoebe Knapp

    Blessed Assurance

    Choir: Birmingham Community Gospel Choir and Congregation of St Germain's Church, Birmingham. Conductor: Ken Burton. Conductor: Maxine Brooks. Featured Artist: Ainsley Johns. Featured Artist: George Acquah. Featured Artist: Colin Peters. Featured Artist: Graham Campbell. Lyricist: Fanny Crosby. Lyricist: Frances Van Alstyne.

    Phoebe Knapp

Stories

Shakespeare

In the week that the country has been celebrating 400 years of William Shakespeare’s legacy, Josie d’Arby joins the commemorations in the bard’s home-town of Stratford upon Avon. She goes in search of his religious faith, deciphering medieval wall paintings with Dr Paul Edmondson. Josie also glimpses a prayer book believed to be Shakespeare’s personal copy, and Dr Daniel Swift reveals how this book is a hidden ingredient in the bard’s plays. Josie also discusses the significance of Sonnet 146, often described as his only Christian sonnet, before ending her search at Shakespeare’s resting place in Holy Trinity church.

Simon Callow

Simon Callow reveals what it’s like to perform the great bard’s work and tries to understand more about Shakespeare’s spirituality. He meets Professor Alison Shell at St Leonard’s church, close to the first-purpose built London playhouse.

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Josie D'Arby
Presenter Simon Callow
Series Producer Matthew Napier
Executive Producer Tommy Nagra

Broadcasts

  • Sun 1 May 2016 16:00
  • Sun 1 May 2016 16:25

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