The first of two episodes of Songs of Praise shot in St Alban’s was broadcast on Sunday 3rd May.  If you haven’t watched it yet, you can still catch it online on the BBC website. To warn those not expecting it, the accompaniment is jazzy, which suits some of the hymns better than others. You can enjoy the ever-fun game of spotting people you know and seeing St Alban’s in a different light.  To help you, here are some stills taken from BBC iPlayer. Unfortunately, the prayer that Emma so patiently recorded was cut from the final edit.

The next episode, featuring the Exaltate singers, will be shown on Sunday 5th July.

The assembled childrens choirs. Image courtesy of BBC Songs of Praise.
The assembled childrens choirs. Image courtesy of BBC Songs of Praise.
The assembled adult choirs. Image courtesy of BBC Songs of Praise.
The assembled adult choirs. Image courtesy of BBC Songs of Praise.

Update: More pictures of St. Alban’s in Songs of Praise

Post updated 11th May: new pictures, fixed dates.

1 Comment

  • Diana Wilson

    I left Bristol years ago and now live in Taunton, but I have always had very happy memories of St Albans. It was the first church I attended as a child – long ago,during the war – and I was a pupil at Westbury Park so I was looking forward to last evening’s Songs of Praise. What a disappointment! I’m not sure how much influence you have over what is broadcast but my husband and I agreed that this really was one of the worst we have seen.
    We have no objection to jazz and the group were quite good (although it was a pity they hadn’t bothered to polish their instruments) and we enjoy gospel choirs, but we felt the combination of jazz with a rather elderly congregation trying to emulate this type of music didn’t work and was quite frankly rather embarrassing. And it would have been nice if the Vicar could at least have put in an appearance if only for a blessing at the end. As it was, one might just as well have been in any hall anywhere attending a concert, not an act of worship. In fact, I felt that while seeing familiar parts of Bristol was quite interesting there was very little about St Albans and your place in the local community or about individual members of your congregation which would have helped to make the programme a little more personal. It was, I felt, a wasted opportunity.
    Having said all this, I would still like to send my best wishes to St Albans
    Diana Wilson

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