BBC Songs of Praise from Cornwall

March 22, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm


The BBC have recorded a programme in Cornwall as part of the long running Songs of Praise series.  The series started in October 1961 and will be well known by all of the Bards who live or have lived in the UK.

The programme was recorded at St Piran’s Oratory on the 7th of February 2015 and will be broadcast on Sunday 22nd of March, it is usually broadcast at about 16:55 and will be available for later viewing on BBC iPlayer. – not sure if this actually works outside the UK, but worth seeing if it does.

Below is an extract from the West Briton about the event.

The scene at St Piran’s Oratory for the filming of Songs of Praise.

ALMOST 200 people, some carrying Cornish flags, made their way to St Piran’s Oratory, deep in the sand dunes above Perranporth beach, for a service this afternoon which the Grand Bard of Cornwall, Maureen Fuller described as “magical.”

People had gathered at the 5th century religious building for a recording of BBC’s Songs of Praise which is likely to be included in the programme being broadcast on March 22.. Presenter Diane Louise Jordan interviewed some of those involved in the excavations.

A clear blue sky shone down on the service which started over 10 minutes late because the BBC sound crew had been lost in the huge dunes. “I found them wandering around in the dunes and led them to the Oratory,” said Mrs Fuller.

“It was an absolutely spiritual service, magical. It is a pity we couldn’t go into the Oratory itself as the holy spring has flooded it, but it was wonderful weather for it, balmy, not at all cold. This place is so special, how many other places have the church of their patron saint in their own land.”

The Bishop of St Germans, the Right Reverend Chris Goldsmith, praised the work of the St Piran’s Trust, who, led by Eileen Carter, had worked hard to get the site of the early Christian Church excavated.” They have made this a place to be seen and to be appreciated,” said the Bishop.

“St Piran lived and breathed in this place. An Oratory is a place dedicated and set aside for prayer, a place where we can rediscover what it means to pray.”

The service was introduced by the Rev Caspar Bush, Curate of Perranzabuloe, and included music and a song in Cornish by the group Keur heb Hanow. One verse of Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer was also sung in Cornish.

A collection was made for the St Piran’s Trust towards their ongoing work to conserve the Oratory.

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