Yes, I know I started late, but as you can see I’m caching up with these #25For25 tasks!

Challenge number 2 took place  a few weeks ago!
As the title states, I was involved in the filming of BBC’s Songs of Praise with my Church City Gates.

I know what you’re thinking…Songs of Praise, the typical robes, choir boy attire…

Well I can guarantee it was nothing like that!!!

Rehearsals started in February and we had to learn/perfect 12 songs…yep 12 songs. Working on the harmonies is always my favourite part, sopranos at the front πŸ™‹πŸΎ, altos in the middle and tenors at the back.

On the first day of filming we were all buzzing. By the end of that 8 hour day we were all slumped.

Seeing the cameras and the equipment the BBC were working with was out of this world. 
​Imagine taking a selfie on one of these bad boys πŸ˜‚

The producers had to film some shots of the choir and the backing vocalists before the congregation arrived. We would sing a song once…twice…thrice…fou…you get the picture 

But that’s TV for you! It’s tedious having to sing the same thing over and over but we literally had to put on our brace faces and give the same amount of energy during each recording.

The Songs Of Praise band included some extremely gifted and talent musicians. I read an interesting fact that the saxophone player is the legend who played the sax solo on George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’…yeah you know the one lol!

The whole experience was beyond exciting, from the constant touch ups #shinyforeheadproblems to the banter with the producers and band.

I have to give a special shout out to Uncle Steve and Auntie Vel Thompson for coordinating the whole thing and being so patient with everyone ❀
Another special shout out to the choir (esp the sopranos) we managed to secure the front row so we got a cheeky DAB in every now and then 

What’s in your bag Shiv? 

Well Auntie Vel is very used to being behind the camera so she gave the saints a list of things to keep with us whilst filming.

Auntie Vel’s Bag of Essentials:

  • Wet wipes
  • Deodorant/Body spray 
  • Perfume
  • Breath mints
  • Lip Gloss (girls)
  • Translucent powder
  • Comb
  • Water bottles
  • Talcum powder

But because I’m Shivy and I’m extra, this is what I had with me for the weekend…

Toothbrush, toothpaste (Oral B 3D White all day), mirror, Vaseline, lip balm AND lip gloss. Nail varnish (the finest specimen of Christian Louboutin), hairbrush, hair moose, hairspray, perfume and cream…

My little hamper really got me through the day (I had a couple snacks in their too lol)

My two favourite moments of the day were hearing the words “That’s a wrap”


…and when the entire choir were invited onstage and we showed the BBC City Gates is really about!!!


I’ve attached a little summary video of the whole weekend so you can see what we got up to!


Overall, the experience was one to remember. What better way to celebrate Challenge number two. 
City Gates Songs Of Praise Choir, lead vocalists and band.

2 thoughts on “Songs of Praise

  1. Wow!! Brilliant!! What a great idea to document everything! You all were the stars in making our jobs easier. What a great couple of days! ❀❀❀

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