Diocesan press releases

St Asaph Cathedral to host Songs of Praise

Congregations, choirs and singers are being invited to join a massed choir for a TV programme being fillmed at St Asaph Cathedral.

BBC Songs of Praise will be recorded at the Cathedral on Tuesday 13 June and as many people as possible are being asked to come along and sing.

St Asaph Cathedral is among the first few locations chosen for filming the programme by the new independent production company, Cardiff based Avanti Media.

The Dean of St Asaph Cathedral, the Very Revd Nigel Williams said: “We are delighted to be chosen as a venue for recording Songs of Praise.  As we know from the North Wales International Music Festival which is held in the Cathedral each year and other concerts and events, the acoustics in the building are fabulous.  We’re looking forward to welcoming as many local people as possible to the Cathedral to sing in the choir and to working with the production team to produce a great television programme.”

The massed choir will be led by Trystan Lewis who has worked with choirs in the Vale of Clwyd as well as the Mold Choral Society.  Playing the organ is Graham Eccles who lives in St Asaph and is a former director of music at the Cathedral.  Both men are involved in the St Asaph Cathedral Voluntary Choir.

In a letter to local church congregations, the producer of Songs of Praise, Karen Hannah, said: “Songs of Praise has been championing Christian music for over 55 years and continues to be enormously popular. For this to continue into the future we need the participation of people like yourself and so we’d be grateful if you could encourage others to take part.”

The recording of Songs of Praise takes place between 6.30pm – 9.30pm on Tuesday 13 June at St Asaph Cathedral.  If you would like to take part, please send your name, the name of your church or choir and the number of people taking part to SOPcongregations@avantimedia.tv If you are a keen singer, please also include your voice part (SATB).  Please include ‘St Asaph Recording’ in your subject header.