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Gerard Manley Hopkins - The Grandeur of God

Gerard Manley Hopkins - The Grandeur of God

A special live recording of Lance performing an entire one-man show at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity on Monday 24th September, 2007. The show includes the whole of "The Wreck of the Deutschland" and many other poems with Lance's comments on each.

This is a 2 disc set, lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes and comes with a programme with the words of the poems, footnotes and illustrations.
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Disc 1
God's Grandeur
Felix Randal
Morning Midday and Evening Sacrifice
The Windhover: To Christ Our Lord
Pied Beauty
Hurrahing in Harvest
The Lantern Out of Doors
Disk 2
The Wreck of the Deutschland
Several of Hopkins untitled poems
That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire…

Gerard Manley Hopkins - What I do is me

Gerard Manley Hopkins - What I do is me

A second recording of Hopkins' poems featuring hidden gems like 'Binsey Poplars', 'As kingfishers catch fire', 'St Winefred's Well' and many more.

The recording features 18 poems and includes a booklet with all the words of the poems and explanations of difficult words. It’s a follow up to Lance’s first recording ‘The Grandeur of God’ which featured Hopkins’ most famous poems.

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Disc 1
General Introduction
Penmaen Pool
In the Valley of the Elwy
The Loss of the Eurydice (extract)
The May Magnificat
Binsey Poplars
Henry Purcell
Spring and Fall
‘As kingfishers catch fire’
Disk 2
The Leaden Echo and The Golden Echo
St Winefred’s Well - Fragment C
Spelt from Sibyl’s Leaves
St Winefred’s Well - Fragment B
‘Carrion Comfort’
‘My own heart let me more have pity on’
To R.B.

The John Betjeman You Never Knew

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A selection of some of John Betjeman's great poems that are not so famous.

Lance links each of the poems with background information. This is a celebration of the life of the best-selling English poet of the twentieth century.

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N.W.5 + N.6
Sunday Afternoon Service in St. Enodoc Church, Cornwall
Cricket Master
Town Clerk's Views
Inexpensive Progress
The Empty Pew
Pershore Station, or A Liverish Journey First Class
A Ballad of the Investiture 1969
14 November, 1973
A Lincolnshire Tale
Bristol and Clifton
Blame the Vicar
Sunday Morning, King's Cambridge
The Conversion of St Paul
Before the Anaesthetic, or A Real Fright
St. Saviour's, Aberdean Park, Highbury, London, N
Advent 1955

John Milton - Pre-eminence Lost?

Pre-eminence Lost

A special live recording of Lance performing an entire one-man show at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity on Monday 22nd September, 2008. Lance traces Milton's life story and performs extracts from Paradise Lost, Samson Agonistes, L'Allegro and Il Penseroso, Comus, Lycidas and the Sonnets.

The show is an hour and a half in length (on 2 discs). The CDs come with a special programme including the words of the poems and annotations to help explain the meaning of difficult ones.

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Disc 1 - Early Life
At a Vacation Exercise 23-37
On the Morning of Christ's Nativity 117-24, 113-40, 149-56, 165-80, 213-28
L'Allegro 33-40, 125-44
Il Penseroso 31-44, 151-74
Sonnet: How soon hath Time
Ad Patrem
Comus 105-24, 143-4
Comus 709-54
Comus 143-51, 779-86, 799-803, 1017-22
Lycidas 37-49, 139-51, 165-81
Lycidas 70-84
Lycidas 108-9, 112-31
Lycidas 186-93
Disc 2 - Later Life
Sonnet: When I consider how my light is spent
Sonnet: Methought I saw my late espoused saint
Sonnet: Cromwell, our Chief of Men
Sonnet: To Mr Cyriack Skinner Upon his Blindness
Paradise Lost 1: 1-26
Paradise Lost 3: 21-4, 33-6, 40-55
Paradise Lost 7: 1-3, 5-8, 12-6, 21-31
Paradise Lost 9: 1-17, 20-4, 25-33, 41-7
Conclusion to Paradise Lost
Samson Agonistes 41, 67-82
Samson Agonistes 1708-12, 1714-24, 1745-58
Paradise Regained 1: 126-36, 140-6, 150-9

Bringing Bible Reading to Life

Bringing Bible Reading to Life

How to give church Bible readings real impact in communicating God's message.

A practical guide by Lance Pierson. Featuring ten top tips on how to vary and improve your readings.

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Tip 1 - Pray
Tip 2 - Prepare
Tip 3 - Practise
Introduction to tips for more experienced readers
Tip 4 - Make eye contact
Tip 5 - Learn by heart
Tip 6 - Use more than one reader
Tip 7 - Involve the congregation
Tip 8 - Make the reading choral
Tip 9 - Use drama and other arts
Tip 10 - Retell the reading in other words
Lance reads his own modern-day version of Luke 24: 13-35

Shakespeare's Greatest Hits

Shakespeare's Greatest Hits

2016 was the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's passing. Trio 'In Voice and Verse' decided that it was time he had a greatest hits collection! So here is the best of the Bards work brought to life in words and music.

Lance presents the most famous speeches and sonnets from Hamlet to Henry and Richard to Romeo. Belinda and Heather perform music inspired by Shakespeare's work, from Purcell to Cole Porter and Walton's Henry V to Bernstein's West Side Story.

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Elizabeth to Elizabeth

Elizabeth to Elizabeth

A celebration of 450 years of English history and music. Trio 'In Voice and Verse' celebrate the humorous highs and serious lows of English history from the first Elizabeth to the second.

Concert trio "In Voice and Verse" present a pageant of readings and music from across the centuries celebrating the Nation's Monarchs and the highlights of our history. The music includes pieces by Handel, Beethoven, Purcell, Holst and Britten, as well as 'Rule Britannia' and the National Anthem. The words include poetry by Queen Elizabeth I, Shakespeare, Milton, Tennyson and John Betjeman.

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The Queene's Alman William Byrd
This Royal Throne of Kings William Shakespeare
A Prayer for the Queene's Most Excellent Majesty John Dowland/Anon
Eliza is the Fairest Queen Anon
O Peaceful England from 'Merrie England' Edward German/Basil Hood
A Ballade to Queen Elizabeth: Of the Spanish Armada Austin Dobson
Long Live Elizabeth from 'Merrie England' Edward German/Basil Hood
When I was Fair and Young Elizabeth I
Prayer from 'Gloriana' Benjamin Britten/William Plomer
The Stuart Kings Eleanor and Herbert Farjeon
Speech from the Scaffold Charles I
Sonnet to Cromwell John Milton
The Vicar of Bray (Verses 1-3) Anon
Fairest Isle from 'King Arthur' Henry Purcell/John Dryden
The Vicar of Bray (Verse 4) Anon
Poem on George I Eleanor and Herbert Farjeon
The Vicar of Bray (Verse 5) Anon
God Save the King / My Heart is Inditing G.F. Handel
Elegy written in a Country Churchyard (Excerpts) Thomas Gray
Ye Mariners of England (Verses 1 & 3) Thomas Campbell
Rule Britannia (Verses 1, 2 & 6) Thomas Arne/James Thomson
Poem on William IV (Music "Heart of Oak" - William Boyce) Eleanor and Herbert Farjeon
I Dreamt that I Dwelt in Marble Halls Michael W Balfe
The Charge of the Light Brigade Alfred Tennyson
When Thou Tookest upon Thee from 'Festival Te Deum' Arthur Sullivan
Poem on George V Eleanor and Herbert Farjeon
In Loyal Bonds United Gustav Holst/Shapcott Wensley
The Soldier Rupert Brooke
Futility Wilfred Owen
Nimrod from the Enigma Variations Edward Elgar
The Other Little Boats Edward Shanks
The Life that I Have Leo Marks
O Taste and See R. Vaughan Williams
In a Golden Coach Ronald Jamieson
Excelsior Flanders & Swann
Counting the Years from Five Briar Roses Betty Roe/Marian Lines
Jubilee Hymn John Betjeman
Airs and Variations on 'God Save the Queen' Ludwig van Beethoven

The Bible in Voice and Verse

The Bible in Voice and Verse

2011 was the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. In addition to shaping the way we speak and providing a handbook for Christian worship it has also inspired vast amounts of music, in hymns, anthems, spirituals and oratorios.

Lance's concert trio "In Voice and Verse" tell the story of Genesis to Revelation using the words of the King James Bible interspersed with the famous pieces of music which those words inspired. The music includes excerpts from Haydn's 'Creation', Handel's 'Messiah', Mendelssohn's 'Oh for the Wings of a Dove' and several modern compositions. Joining Lance are soprano Belinda Yates and pianist Heather Chamberlain.

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PROLOGUE: Vaughan Williams: 'The Truth from Above'
Part 1 - The Old Testament
THE CREATION [Genesis 1: 1-11]
Joseph Haydn 'With Verdure Clad' from The Creation
THE FALL [Genesis 3: 1-14, 16-19]
THE FLOOD [Genesis 6: 5-6, 8, 13-4; 7:15-7, 23-4; 8:1]
MOSES [Exodus 1:8-14; 3:1-8, 10]
Gwyn Arch 'Oh my children of Israel' from The Promised Land
JOSHUA [Joshua 1: 1-9]
Traditional spiritual 'Joshua fit the battle of Jericho'
DAVID [1 Samuel 16: 1, 4-7, 10-12]
Psalm 23 with musical accompaniment: Brother James' Air
Felix Mendelssohn 'Hear My Prayer' leading into 'O for the Wings of a dove'
PROPHECY [Isaiah 9: 2, 6-7]
George Frideric Handel 'Rejoice greatly' from Messiah
Part 2 - The New Testament
NATIVITY [John 1:1-12, 14]
Matthew 1:18-21, 24-5
Andrew Carter 'Mary's Magnificat'
MINISTRY [Matt 5: 1-10; 6: 9]
Arranged by Campbell Hughes The Lord's Prayer
PASSION [John 13: 1;] [Luke 22: 15, 19-20;] [John 18:1]
The Taizé Community 'Stay with me'
Mark 15:22, 25-26, 33-34, 37-39
John Stainer 'God so loved the world' from Crucifixion
[John 3: 16-17]
RESURRECTION [John 20: 11-18]
George Frideric Handel 'I know that my Redeemer liveth' from Messiah
PENTECOST [Acts 2:1-4]
Traditional 'Come Holy Ghost'
EPISTLES [1 Corinthians 13]
SS Wesley 'Love one another' from 'Blessed be the God and Father'
THE END [Revelation 21: 1-4]
EPILOGUE: John Rutter 'The Lord Bless You and Keep You'

William Cowper - "A Mysterious Way"

William Cowper

Cowper is a forgotten treasure of English literature and an important Christian Poet. He is best remembered today for the hymn 'God moves in a mysterious way' and the comic poem 'John Gilpin'. He spent most of his adult life living and writing in Olney.

In fact he was a key figure in the development of 18th century English poetry; as a close associate of John ('Amazing Grace') Newton, he co-authored the Olney Hymns and wrote poems against the slave trade; his best work was written in the face of recurrent bouts of depression.

The CD features 22 of Cowper's poems and hymns, introduced and read by Lance.

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The Poems We Grew Up With

The Poems We Grew Up With

This is a collection of favourite traditional poems many of which the 50+ generation grew up hearing. Lance introduces each one and reads along with music and sound effects. For many this will be a real nostalgic laugh and cry but it's perhaps also a chance to introduce some of these classics to a new generation.

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Edward Lear The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
Marriott Edgar The Lion and Albert
AA Milne The King's Breakfast
Rudyard Kipling The Camel's Hump
Lewis Carroll Jabberwocky
John Masefield Sea Fever
John Masefield Cargoes
Sir Walter Scott Lochinvar
Anon The Christmas Spirit
Walter de la Mare The Listeners
William Wordsworth 'Daffodils'
Roger McGough Daffodils
Robert Browning Home Thoughts From Abroad
Robert Browning How They Brought The Good News from Ghent to Aix
William Cowper The Diverting History of John Gilpin
WS Gilbert The Yarn of the Nancy Bell
Robert Burns A Red, Red Rose
William Wordsworth Composed Upon Westminster Bridge
Percy Shelley Ozymandias
Lord Byron The Destruction of Sennacherib
John Milton Sonnet on his Blindness
Mrs Malone Eleanor Farjeon

Cricket's a Glorious Game

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A chance to hear some of the wonderful literature which Cricket has spawned. A real celebration of the great game with favourite stories and poems performed by Lance.

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Richard Tydeman Perspicacity
Lucinda Partington-Grey St Yorick's Gently Down versus Gently Down Pentecostal Church
Arthur Marshall Cricket was a manly game
W.G. Grace Public Speaker?
John Geater The Scent of Roses
Bob Wyatt The Ballad of Tom the Smith
Tim-Brooke Taylor The Diary of a Village Cricketer
Herbert Farjeon Herecombe v Therecombe
A.G. Macdonell The Village Cricket Match
William Douglas-Home A Glorious Game, Say We

Mark's Gospel

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Lance brings the Gospel Story to life in the Bible's own words. Lance uses a modern, accessible translation as well as music and sound effects to really bring the story to life.

The translation is Alan T Dale's New World: the heart of the New Testament in plain English. The different parts of the story are broken up into the CD tracks.

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Side 1
Side 2
Holy Week: Palm Sunday
Tuesday - Part 1
Tuesday - Part 2
Thursday, day and evening
Thursday night
Easter Sunday

Music Hall Memories

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Lance's show "Music Hall Memories" has been so successful that a recording of it had to be produced! It contains 16 comic and dramatic monologues, mostly famous from Music Hall or radio, all recreated by Lance. To help this recording appeal to a younger audience who've never heard of Stanley Holloway or Music Hall (as well as to those who have), the MC Ali Burnett provides a 21st century linking patter.

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Albert Ramsbottom
Marriott Edgar The Lion and Albert
Marriott Edgar The Return of Albert
Stanley Holloway Albert's Reunion
Milton Hayes The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God
Al Read
  The Doctor's Waiting Room
  The Constable's Notebook
  The Nurse's Phone Call
Sam Small
Stanley Holloway Old Sam
Marriott Edgar Old Sam's Christmas Pudding
W.S. Gilbert The Yarn of the Nancy Bell
Robb Wilton Back Answers
Myra Brooks Welch The Touch of the Master's Hand
Stanley Holloway Miscellaneous Monologues
Marriott Edgar The Ole in the Ark
Marriott Edgar The Magna Charter
R.P. Weston & Bert Lee Yorkshire Pudden!
Fran Hill The Diary of Janice Ramsbottom

Sing In My Mind

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"Sing in My Mind" is a collection of favourite poems, both old and new performed by Lance. The recording contain 21 poems which are divided into three different groups. Power Poems are serious poems with the power to move, excite or make you think. Lighter Lyrics places the emphasis on humour and Open-Air Odes are poems recorded on Lance's central London poetry guided walk.

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Power Poems
Gerard Benson After the Book is Closed
John Donne Death be not proud
Walter Scott Lochinvar
W.H. Auden Night Mail
Robert Southey How the Water Comes Down at Lodore
Gerard Manley Hopkins Epithalamion
Walter de la Mare The Listeners
Lighter Lyrics
Joy Gammon Through the Eyes of a Child
Ian Serraillier After Ever Happily
Steve Turner Burglars
Alastair Reid The O-Filler
Robert Browning Home Thoughts From Abroad
Edward Blishen Abroad Thoughts
P.G. Wodehouse Missed!
Douglas Moffat As They Stood A-blocking
Edward Thomas Adlestrop
Martin Newell Adlestrop Revisited
Marriott Edgar Old Sam's Christmas Pudding
Open-Air Odes
Robert Burns A Red, Red Rose
William Wordsworth Composed upon Westminster Bridge
Stanley J Sharpless Upon Westminster Bridge

Picture of a Divine Soul

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"Picture of a Divine Soul" is a celebration of the poetry of George Herbert. Lance reads some of Herbert's famous poems and brings them to life in his own style. He also explains the background and talks about some of the interesting facts about the poems.

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The Elixir
The Pulley
Easter Wings
The Collar
The Quip
The Flower

The 70 Minute Bible

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The 70 Minute Bible gives the chief highlights of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation using sketches, stories and monologues all performed by Lance. With pieces that will make you laugh and others which are very moving this is a great way to hear the Bible story for the first time or the hundredth.

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Part 1 - The Old
James Weldon Johnson The Creation
Godfrey Rust Adam
Keith Waterhouse How long, O Lord?
Frank Topping Abraham and Sarah
Lance Pierson Moses Knowses
David Hatch BBC BC
Psalm 23 The New Millenium Version
Alan T. Dale Carmel Mountain (1 Kings 18)
Simon Baynes The Argument
Part 2 - The New
Lance Pierson Montmorency
Charles Causley Ballad of the Bread Man
Philip Turner And it was the third hour…
Dave Hopwood Rolling Stones
Alan T. Dale The Great Day (Acts 2)
Letter to the Thessalonians Paul, Silas and Timothy
Alison Head A Reflection on Revelation
David Lawrence Gabriella's Tale

As Good As A Feast

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This recording is a celebration of two of God's best inventions, food and drink. This is the recording of Lance's popular "As Good As A Feast" show and there is a strong emphasis on humour.

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Lionel Bart Food, Glorious Food
A.P. Herbert Bacon and Eggs
Thomas Arne Rule Britannia
R.P. Weston and Bert Lee Yorkshire Pudden!
Radio Commercial Brooke Bond Choicest
Gerald Durrell A Good Hot Curry
Lance Pierson Ode to an Apple
Steve Turner White with Two Sugars (Please)
Kenneth Grahame Bubble-and-Squeak and
- Hot Buttered Toast
Various Grace
Traditional Stone Soup
Veronica Zundel The 23rd Channel
Nick Page The Baker
John Oliver Bread of Life
Lance Pierson Wine
George Herbert Love (III)

Lance Pierson Collection

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A compilation of Lance's favourite pieces from all the different areas of his work. The recording includes poetry, Bible reading and pieces from Lance's one-man shows.

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Favourites From The Shows
Lance Pierson The Cricketer's Psalm
Christina Rossetti In the Bleak Midwinter
Derek Wood Seed
Anon The Centurion
Lance Pierson The Beginning
Mervyn Watling Sixteen Giants
Lance Pierson John
Acts 3-4 Clash with the Jewish Leaders
Gerard Manley Hopkins God's Grandeur
Ralph Hodgson Eve
George Herbert Redemption
Adrian Plass When I Became a Christian
Marriott Edgar The Lion and Albert
Godfrey Rust Come On In, The Sofa's Lovely
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