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The Great Fire of London in 1666 was described as an act of God. Pam Rhodes explores why and discovers the new city churches that rose from the ashes.

The Great Fire of London in 1666 was described as an act of God. Pam Rhodes is joined by historian Kate Williams to explore why, and she discovers the new city churches that formed the heart of the city that rose from the ashes.


Ye Servants of God from St Aidan's Church, Leeds
I Will Lift Up My Eyes from the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms from Brunswick Methodist Church
We Plough the Fields and Scatter from Pershore Abbey
Angel-Voices Ever Singing from Holy Trinity Church, Stratford upon Avon
There's a Sweet, Sweet Spirit from St John at Hackney
And Can It Be from New Community Church, Southampton.

34 minutes

Last on

Sun 25 Sep 2016 17:00

Music Played

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

  • German Traditional

    Ye Servants Of God

    Choir: Congregation of St Aidan's Church, Leeds. Conductor: Geoff Ellerby. Featured Artist: Alex Woodrow. Music Arranger: Geoff Ellerby. Lyricist: Charles Wesley.

    Tune: Paderborn Composer: German Traditional

  • Barry Rose

    I Will Lift Up My Eyes

    Choir: The Old Royal Naval College Chapel Choir, Greenwich. Conductor: Richard Tanner. Featured Artist: James Grainger. Music Arranger: Barry Rose. Lyricist: Psalm 121.

    Composer: Barry Rose

  • Anthony J. Showalter

    Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

    Choir: Congregation of Brunswick Methodist Church. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Featured Artist: Reg Vardy Band. Music Arranger: Robert Ramskill. Lyricist: E. A. Hoffman.

    Tune: What A Fellowship Composer: Anthony J. Showalter

  • Matthias Claudius

    We Plough The Fields And Scatter

    Choir: Congregation of Pershore Abbey. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Featured Artist: Michael Pegg. Featured Artist: Claire-Louise Appleby. Featured Artist: Natasha Wilson. Featured Artist: Neil Aston. Featured Artist: Jo Mayne. Featured Artist: Cath Cordey. Music Arranger: Paul Leddington Wright. Lyricist: Johann Abraham Peter Schulz.

    Tune: Wir Plugen Composer: Matthias Claudius

  • E G Monk

    Angel-Voices Ever Singing

    Choir: Choir and Congregation of Holy Trinity Church. Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright. Featured Artist: Andrew Jones. Lyricist: Francis Pott.

    Composer: E G Monk

  • Doris Akers

    There's A Sweet, Sweet Spirit

    Choir: The Adventist Vocal Ensemble and Congregation of St John, Hackney. Conductor: Ken Burton. Featured Artist: Michael Mansbridge. Featured Artist: Andy Kydd. Featured Artist: Marc Baptiste. Featured Artist: George Acquah. Featured Artist: Kenton Reid. Music Arranger: Ken Burton. Lyricist: Doris Akers.

    Tune: Manna Composer: Doris Akers

  • Charles Wesley

    And Can It Be

    Choir: Congregation of New Community Church, Southampton. Conductor: David Lawrence. Featured Artist: Michael Powell. Featured Artist: Grachael Joseph. Featured Artist: Ruth-Ellen Jones. Featured Artist: Russell Boniface. Featured Artist: Chelange Joseph. Featured Artist: Joseph Connell. Featured Artist: Ben Reid. Music Arranger: Michael Powell.

    Tune: Sagina Composer: Charles Wesley


The Great Fire of London - Part One

350 years ago this month, the most devastating fire in the capital's history destroyed most of the City of London - and 80% of its churches at the time, including St. Paul's Cathedral. Pam Rhodes joins historian Kate Williams who takes us back to the site where it all began, Pudding Lane, and explores the religious reactions to the inferno of 1666.

Cancer Choir

Pam Rhodes visits Bridgend in South Wales to meet one of the Tenovus Cancer Care Choirs who were part of a scientific experiment to prove that singing really can improve your mood.

Bells Ring Out

With the number of bell ringers reportedly in decline in the UK, Pam Rhodes goes to meet the bell ringing team at the magnificent church of St. Peter Mancroft in Norwich, to find out how they are encouraging more young people to get involved with the ancient art of bell-ringing.

The Great Fire of London - Part Two

In the aftermath of the Great Fire, a new London arose from the ashes and London's skyline was transformed. It was Sir Christopher Wren, mathematician and Anglican, who landed the job of re-designing over fifty new London churches, as well as his masterpiece, the new St. Paul's Cathedral. Pam Rhodes and historian Kate Williams explores the magnificent domed church of St. Stephen's Wallbrook for the insights it give us into Wren's vision and motivation.  





Role Contributor
Presenter Pam Rhodes
Executive Producer Tommy Nagra
Series Producer Matthew Napier