Celebrating over 20 years working with Songs of Praise

Steve & Velveta have had the privilege of working with BBC Songs of Praise for over 25 years now. Having worked with multiple artists, churches and worship leaders from very diverse genres and Christian backgrounds. Steve served as a Music Director and Arranger and both Steve & Velveta have been worship leaders on a few series. They were part of the transition of Songs of Praise from an Anglian traditional format to the inclusion of a broader ethnic representation.

Recently, Beracah Music was commissioned by BBC Songs of Praise to rehearse and direct the 2015 FA & BBC Choir as well as the 2016 Rugby League Challenge for a special Songs of Praise broadcast.

On this page, Beracah Music will highlight a few recording snippets over the years as well as a few stories.

Thanks to the multiple producers and the two main former series producers Steve & Vel worked with, David Taviner and Matthew Nappier. 

Velisha Lynch’s home video – 2011

Some of the footage will go back as far as 1996 with Graham Kendrick and band at Glastonbury. Remission Singers (Vel’s choir from her father’s church were also featured on this broadcast). Steve and Vel have now been working with Graham for over 30 years now!! Some of these musicians and singers still continue to work Beracah Music.

Songs of Praise is the longest running religious television programme in the world, was first seen and heard on 1st October 1961. The first edition came from the Tabernacle Baptist Chapel in Cardiff, with guest soloist Heather Harper. The programme showcases the best of congregational hymn singing up and down the land. Although church attendance has declined over the life of the programme Songs of Praise continues to pack out churches and venues with enthusiastic congregations.

Their most recent filming was at the Birmingham Christian Centre as well as their own local church City Gates Church.


Graham Kendrick at Glastonbury 1996