The four friends from Emperor and Galilean - Agathon, Peter, Julian a nd Gregory (left to right).
Photo credit: http://www.andrew-scott-online.com/
Today (Saturday 21 April) Prom Praise took place at the Royal Albert Hall. It was a celebration of 40 years of the All Souls Orchestra.
The concert included a very powerful rendition of "You Raise Me Up" by Jonathan Veira. With profuse apologies to All Souls and Jonathan Veira it was not, however, as powerful or as moving as the John Barrowman rendition I heard at the London Palladium in November 2011! John Barrowman has a much stronger and more powerful voice, he sings it with family photos playing onto a screen as a backdrop, and he sings it for particular people and clearly has them in his mind when he sings so you can see it comes straight from the heart; John's version reduced me to tears. If you want to see what all the fuss is about there are numerous versions of John singing "You raise me up" on youtube - take your pick of them!
"You Raise Me Up" is a song that means a lot to me and I am dedicating the song below and the photo above (which means the world to me) to the myriad of people who have helped me in a multiplicity of ways over the last year (they know who they are because I have told them!).
You Raise Me Up
Lyrics by Brendan Graham, Music by Rolf Lovland
When I am down and oh my soul, so weary.
When troubles come and my heart burdened be.
Then I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit a while with me.
There is no life - no life without its hunger.
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly.
But when you come and I am filled with wonder,
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.
You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains.
You raise me up, so to walk on stormy seas.
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders.
You raise me up to more than I can be.
© 2001 Universal Music Norway / Acorn Music, Ireland
Prom Praise overall was excellent and I really enjoyed it. Last year Prom Praise was one of the first All Souls events that I attended way back in April 2011 only a month after I had started going to All Souls. My honest feedback was that Prom Praise was "better than Frankenstein"; those who know me will know that I could not have paid All Souls a greater compliment! I have CDs of several previous Prom Praise concerts and they are all excellent. So you know what to do - try it out next year!
I would like to give a special shout out to Keith and Kristyn Getty who were one of the many special guests at Prom Praise today.
Keith & Kristyn Getty
Photo credit: http://www.todayschristianmusic.com/artists/keith-kristyn-getty/photos/keith-kristyn-getty-promo-pic/
I had never heard any of Keith Getty's hymns before I started attending All Souls, but once I heard them I fell in love with them. Lyrics are very important to me, and the lyrics in a Getty hymn are all powerful, capable of carrying all before them. Particular favourites of mine are "In Christ Alone", "The Power of the Cross", "See, What a Morning", and "O Church, Arise". You can hear what I am talking about by buying their CD on Amazon (I bought it today and am listening to it now!):