Sacred Harmony

Sacred Harmony

4 Seasons

Former choirmaster and organist at Salisbury Cathedral, Simon Lole tells the stories behind famous hymns, and introduces us to some of his favourite church music and musicians.

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Sacred Harmony
  • The Chapels Royal with Carl Jackson

    Episode 1

    Dig into the historic influence of Christian music inside the British monarchy, its households, and the UK. Explore The Chapels Royal, home to Royal weddings and funerals, such as Westminster Abbey and St James’ Palace. Simon Lole also interviews Carl Jackson, Director of Her Majesty’s Chapel Roy...

  • Gospel Music with Ken Burton

    Episode 2

    Simon looks at the rise of gospel music in Pentecostal and Baptist churches, influenced by popular blues and jazz. We also explore the richness of African-American spirituals – songs filled with hope and testimonies often born out of slavery. Enjoy a performance by Gospel singer Paul Lee, who san...

  • Church Music Today with Hugh Morris

    Episode 3

    How is the UK influencing Church music across the world? Simon Lole discusses the state of contemporary choral worship and UK church attendance. The new director of Royal School of Church Music, Hugh Morris, shares his thoughts on how we can progress and support Christian music for the next gener...

  • Women In Church Music with Sarah MacDonald

    Episode 4

    Historically, female composers have been largely ignored. Simon Lole sits down with choir director, Sarah MacDonald, to discuss the ever-increasing role of women and girls in Church music. We also take a look at the rich example of women leading songs in the Bible and influential women over the d...

  • Choirs with Andrew Nethsingha

    Episode 5

    Traditional choirs are a staple of British Church music. Director of music at St John's College Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha, talks to Simon Lole about how they look for potential in young children to become choristers and why it is so important to keep up the traditions. We also look at the life...

  • The Organ with Claudia Grinnell

    Episode 6

    Ever wondered how a church organ works? Simon Lole speaks to organist Claudia Grinnell about training the next generation of organ players. We are also treated to a special performance from musician David Paulter.