The Big Sing 2016 Songs of Praise


The Big Sing 2016

Fabulous favourite hymns, old and new, from the spectacular Royal Albert Hall, with guest stars Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, Laura Mvula and the Priests.


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ORCHESTRA TUNES UP

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Welcome to the Royal Albert Hall in London

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for our annual musical extravaganza, the Big Sing.

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We've got some wonderful hymns, old and new, plus some

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fantastically inspirational performances from our guest stars,

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Michael Ball and Alfie Boe,

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the classical music trio, The Priests,

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leading hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty

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and MOBO award-winner Laura Mvula.

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There's plenty to be getting on with there, so let the Big Sing begin.

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We're all in fine voice here at the Royal Albert Hall

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and I hope you were singing along at home as well.

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Our first guests are two gifted modern songwriters,

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passionate about bringing people together to worship in song.

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Their impressive back catalogue includes

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King Of The Ages, Creation Sings, Come People Of The Risen King,

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The Power Of The Cross and so many more besides.

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Please give a warm welcome to Keith and Kristyn Getty.

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You guys obviously write a lot of songs together,

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but you're also known for your collaborations as well.

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How do these collaborations come about?

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I think one of the most important things the 21st century

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can have is new hymns for us to sing.

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And I heard this song called How Deep The Father's Love

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which Stuart Townend had written, and so we got together and decided

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we should write a song and the first one was In Christ Alone.

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Wow, that's not a bad start, is it?

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It's been downhill ever since.

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And can you tell us a bit about the impact that that song's had?

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Oh, gosh.

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It's become, I guess, one of the most sung hymns around the world.

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I think that's been one of the most exciting things - it's even become

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an anthem in many parts of the world for the persecuted church

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and for people who struggle.

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So that's been a privilege to write folk melodies that come from Ireland

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but that actually translate in other cultures.

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Well, there's nothing quite like leading 5,000 voices

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in a song that you've written,

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so Keith and Kristyn, I'm going to let you get ready for that.

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Thank you very much.

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# In Christ alone my hope is found,

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# He is my light, my strength, my song

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# This cornerstone, this solid ground

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# Firm through the fiercest drought and storm

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# What heights of love, what depths of peace

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# When fears are stilled, when strivings cease

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# My comforter, my all in all

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# Here in the love of Christ I stand... #

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For centuries, composers have been inspired by Psalm 23.

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More recently, Howard Goodall wrote his version of it

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as the theme for the BBC sitcom, The Vicar Of Dibley.

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It's a beautiful piece of music, and here to perform it

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for us this evening, our fabulous 200-voice stage choir.

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APPLAUSE

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# The Lord is my shepherd

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# I shall not want

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# He maketh me to lie down in green pastures

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# He leadeth me beside the still waters

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# The Lord is my shepherd

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# I shall not want

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# He maketh me to lie down in green pastures

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# He leadeth me beside the still waters

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# Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death

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# I will fear no evil

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# Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death

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# I will fear no evil

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# For you are with me, you will comfort me

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# You are with me, you will comfort me

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# Comfort me

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# Surely goodness and mercy

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# Shall follow me all the days of my life

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# And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever

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# For ever

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# For ever

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# For ever. #

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Our stage choirs, ladies and gentlemen,

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and our Big Sing Orchestra conducted by maestro Paul Leddington Wright.

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The orchestra will now take a brief rest as we give centre stage

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to the famous Royal Albert Hall organ,

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played by our very own Daniel Moult.

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And we'll be singing another hugely popular hymn,

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set to one of the most beautiful melodies ever written.

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It's time now for two international solo stars

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who've come together to sing duets.

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Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Michael Ball and Alfie Boe.

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Now, just be honest with me,

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is there ever any rivalry between the two of you?

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Oh...

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-Yes.

-No!

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I think that answers that one, don't you?

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I don't think there is, do you?

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Just tell us what you're singing tonight for us

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and why you've chosen that song.

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We've chosing to sing Somewhere...

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-Choosing.

-Choosing to sing...

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We're choosing to sing Somewhere from West Side Story.

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It's one of Sondheim's... Stephen Sondheim's earliest lyrics,

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it's one of his greatest.

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It's a song about hope and about looking to the future and about

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guiding someone and having them with you to take you

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to that better future.

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Gentlemen, we look forward to hearing it. Thank you very much.

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Thank you.

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# Someday

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# Somewhere

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# We'll find a new way of living

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# We'll find a way of forgiving

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# Somewhere

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# There's a place for us

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# Somewhere a place for us

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# Peace and quiet and open air

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# Wait for us somewhere

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# There's a time for us

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# Someday a time for us

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# Time together with time to spare

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# Time to learn

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# Time to care

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# Someday, somewhere

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# We'll find a new way of living

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# We'll find a way of forgiving

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# Somewhere

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# There's a place for us

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# A time and place for us

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# Hold my hand and we're halfway there

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# Hold my hand and I'll take you there

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# Somehow

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# Somehow

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# Someday

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# Someday

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# Somewhere. #

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APPLAUSE

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Michael Ball and Alfie Boe.

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Our next hymn also travelled across the Atlantic. It became widely known

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through the Billy Graham rallies which began in the late 1940s,

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and is still a firm favourite with congregations and choirs today.

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Great Is Thy Faithfulness - what a wonderful song,

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beautifully sung, by the way.

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Our next guest is a legend in the making.

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In the past three years, she's released two albums,

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both critically acclaimed.

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She's been nominated for a Brit Award, two Mercury Awards,

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and she's won a MOBO.

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It's the fabulous Laura Mvula.

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Your music is just blowing up all over the place,

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it's been so successful.

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Where did you begin performing publicly?

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Well, I was always so terrified to be on the stage,

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so the first place to do it was in church.

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And it wasn't performance as such,

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it was the responsibility of leading worship in church services.

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And it kind of grew from there.

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Does your faith still play a part in your music?

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Absolutely.

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I will always be grateful for the roots of my Christian faith.

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APPLAUSE

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Now, you wrote the song you're going to sing for us tonight...

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Yes, this song, Show Me Love, is my psalm.

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It's a prayer from the very core of my heart and I hope

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that people connect with it.

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-Laura, it's a joy to have you and we can't wait to hear you.

-Thank you.

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# Oh, God, I need to belong to someone

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# I miss the breath of a kiss

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# I miss the wonder of a future with somebody

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# Oh, God, show me love

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# I miss belonging to someone

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# I miss the kiss of another

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# I miss the morning

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# I miss the waking up

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# I need someone to hold my hand, bigger than mine

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# Oh, God, where are you?

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# Show me love

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# If it wasn't real, then why does it hurt so bad?

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# Cos the thing that we had seemed like everything

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# Never thought we would be torn apart

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# By a change in the wind or a cloud in the sky

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# We were always

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# And you showed me love of the deepest kind

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# And I will never find another love like you showed me love

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# And now I see you

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# Now I see you

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# You showed me love

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# You showed me love

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# You showed me love

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# You showed me love

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# You showed me love of the deepest kind

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# And I will never find love like you

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# You showed me love

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# You showed me love of the deepest kind

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# And I will never find love like you

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# You showed me love

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# You showed me love

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# You showed me love

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# And I'm so sorry

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# I'm so...

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# You showed me love. #

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You could have heard a pin drop.

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Laura Mvula, that was stunning.

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Moving on now to a hugely popular worship song by Graham Kendrick

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which has what is surely one of the catchiest choruses of all time.

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Our final guests manage to combine a full-time role

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in the Roman Catholic Church with a very successful career

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in the music business.

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They're Fathers Eugene and Martin O'Hagan and David Delargy,

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better known as The Priests.

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APPLAUSE

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Gentlemen, you're international bestsellers

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and you're also full-time parish priests.

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How do you manage to combine the two?

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With a little bit of help from God above, I think.

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That's the only way it works.

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The beauty about the music is that we have the best of both worlds.

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We're able to bring the music to such a wide audience in

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so many contexts, and also fulfil our vocation as priests as well.

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Why is music so important to you?

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Well, music has always been an enormous part of our lives,

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from our childhood days, and it has brought us great joy.

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Certainly, it's a great vehicle for praising God.

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Thank you, gentlemen, we can't wait to hear you.

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# Dance, dance, wherever you may be

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# I am the lord of the dance said he

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# And I lead you all wherever you may be

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# And I lead you all in the dance said he

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# I danced in the morning when the world was young

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# I danced in the moon, and the stars, and the sun

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# I came down from heaven and I danced on the Earth

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# In Bethlehem I had my birth

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# Dance, dance, wherever you may be

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# I am the lord of the dance said he

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# And I lead you all wherever you may be

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# And I lead you all in the dance said he

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# I danced for the scribes and the Pharisees

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# They wouldn't dance, they wouldn't follow me

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# I danced for the fishermen, James and John

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# They came with me so the dance went on

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# Dance, dance, wherever you may be

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# I am the lord of the dance said he

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# And I lead you all wherever you may be

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# And I lead you all in the dance said he

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# I danced on a Friday when the world turned black

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# It's hard to dance with the devil on your back

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# They buried my body, they thought I was gone

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# But I am the dance, and the dance goes on

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# Dance, dance, wherever you may be

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# I am the lord of the dance said he

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# And I lead you all wherever you may be

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# And I lead you all in the dance said he

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# They cut me down, I leapt up high

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# I am the life that will never, never die

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# I live in you if you'll live in me

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# I am the lord of the dance said he

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# Dance, dance, wherever you may be

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# I am the lord of the dance said he

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# And I lead you all wherever you may be

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# And I lead you all in the dance said he

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# Dance, dance, wherever you may be

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# I am the lord of the dance said he

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# And I lead you all wherever you may be

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# And I lead you all in the dance said he

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# Dance, dance, wherever you may be

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# I am the lord of the dance said he

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# And I lead you all wherever you may be

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# And I lead you all in the dance said he. #

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We're almost out of time.

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Thank you to all our special guests, our choirs, our orchestra,

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our wonderful conductor and our fantastic audience here

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for making it such a spectacular Big Sing.

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It's time for our final piece of music.

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It's a wonderful hymn of praise and I'm delighted to say

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that we have the hymn writer himself, Timothy Dudley-Smith,

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with us, looking ahead to his 90th birthday on Boxing Day.

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Let's all join together for one last time to sing Lord, For The Years.

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Until the next time, goodbye.

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Fabulous favourite hymns, old and new, from the spectacular Royal Albert Hall, with guest stars Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, Laura Mvula and the Priests.

Music:

When the Saints Go Marching In In Christ Alone, performed by Keith and Kristyn Getty The Lord Is My Shepherd Dear Lord and Father of Mankind Somewhere, performed by Michael Ball and Alfie Boe Great Is Thy Faithfulness Lord of the Dance, performed by the Priests Lord for the Years Show Me Love, performed by Laura Mvula Shine, Jesus, Shine.


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