What a day it was!
The winners of the BBC Songs of Praise FA Cup Fans Choir competition took their places on the hallowed turf at Wembley, fulfilling their dreams by singing ‘Abide With Me’ before the Cup Final. The all have FA Cup Finals unique stories. Sixty-four lucky football fans, a mix of male and female fans with ages ranging from the early 20s right up to 100 years, each represented their football club as they joined with The Band of The Brigade of Gurkhas in front of 90,000 people and viewed by over 250 million people on Saturday 30 May 2015
Songs of Praise – 2015 FA Cup Choir
Over 1,300 people applied to take part in the unique experience to sing ‘Abide with Me’, which has become a constant fixture since first sung at the final in 1927. No singing experience was necessary to apply for the competition; those selected to perform the hymn at the FA Cup Final. However, they were ‘shaped up’ and ‘grilled’ by BBC Songs of Praise & FA Cup commissioned International record producer Steve Thompson. Several media outlets broadcasted the performance including BT Sports, Sky Sports, etc.
Here’s what some of the fans choir had to say afterwards:
“I’ll never forget yesterday – it meant so much to me. There’s no explaining how wonderful it felt.”
“I think we can all feel proud of what we achieved; a historic expression of football unity from its roots up.”
“I do hope that the BBC do this again, as it has given 64 supporters from around the country an opportunity that really does only happen once-in-a-lifetime.”
“I have run out of adjectives to describe the whole weekend but I am sure you know what I am trying to say. Have just watched Songs of Praise on T.V. and I started blabbing yet again, when will the tears dry up???????”
“I was a bit apprehensive about taking part in such a momentous occasion, and I was so glad that you and the folk from the BBC and Songs of Praise did everything you could to put me (and the others) at ease so that we could enjoy the experience, which I certainly did.”
“The memories will “Abide with me” forever and although we will never know how many people we have reached out to through this event I am sure many lives will be changed.”
Steve has recently organized a reuinion for the choir on 6th December 2015 in Totton, Southampton. Steve was asked to switch on the Christmas lights in Totton, Southampton – in turn; he asked the choir to join him, then afterwards to enjoy catching up with each other. So, the choir is very excited to be taking part at this event titled ‘Totton Christmas Lights and Lantern Parade‘.