Celtic Woman perform the beautiful hymn “You Raise Me Up” popularized by Josh Groban in 2003.
The song was originally composed by the Irish-Norwegian duo Secret Garden.
Here is Josh Groban’s version:
And here is the Secret Garden 2002 version :
The music was written by Rolf Løvland and the lyrics by Brendan Graham. After the song was performed early in 2002 by the Secret Garden and their invited lead singer, Brian Kennedy, the song only became a minor UK hit. The song has been recorded by more than a hundred other artists including Josh Groban, who popularized the song in 2003; his rendition became a hit in the United States. The Irish band Westlife then popularized the song in the United Kingdom two years later. “You Raise Me Up” is sung as a contemporary hymn in church services.
For the Assumption, which was yesterday, here is a Latin version of the Magnificat by the Daughters of Mary:
They sound like a choir of angels.
The Acapella choir LAUDES CHRISTI sings Ecce Panis Angelorum (Bread of Angels) from the TIMORGELFEST concert in 2013.
The Moscow Boys Choir sings ‘Let my prayer rise up’ by P. Tchesnokov(1877 – 1944)
‘Let my prayer rise up to thee as the incense, and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice.’
Psalm 140, 1-4
The soloist will knock your socks off.
For the 15th Sunday in Ordinary time, a perennial fave, I heard the Voice of Jesus Say:
Gorgeous instrumental rendition of “Amazing Grace” by former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice (on piano) and Jenny Oaks Baker (on violin.)
If you download this on iTunes, all proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project.
For the 13th Sunday in Ordinary time, I’ve chosen “A Touching Place,” words/text by John Bell & Graham Maule & music (Dream Angus) traditional Scottish folk tune.
Performed here by Joanne Hogg & David Fitzgerald with the Choir Of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, abd directed by Mervyn Cousins.
This video was filmed at Selby Abbey for a BBC Songs Of Praise special entitled ‘Northumberland’. Sound recording was at ICC Studios, engineer & co-producer was Neil Costello. Also featured on the recording of this BBC Songs Of Praise special: IKOS/Band, who include: Dave Clifton (Vocals/Guitars), David Fitzgerald (Woodwinds & Reeds), Tim Oliver (Keyboards), Nick Beggs (Chapman Stick & Bass) & Terl Bryant (Drums/Percussion).