Annie Fraser works as a criminal lawyer and has just begun training for the lay ministry in the Church of England. As a young child she had attended Sunday School. Later at school she became friendly with a family from China who had been though very difficult times. This including her friend’s mother and grandmother hiding in the jungle for fear of their lives following an invasion. Through the mother pf the family having a British passport, they had all been able to come to the UK. Their Christian faith and the way it had sustained them had been a powerful influence on Annie. She had always wanted to be a criminal lawyer. She said how she had met all kinds of people in this role and found helping them very rewarding. Her faith had continued to be very important to her and she decided to undertake the Diocese of Chelmsford two year Course in Christian Studies on-line.
Whilst coming towards the end of the course, the question was asked, “What next?” Annie felt guided to the St. Mellitus college course for lay ministry. With weekly evening meetings, some residential time, readings and essays, Annie stated that this needs two days a week. She is now working part-time as a criminal lawyer. Once her three year course is completed, there will be all kinds of chaplaincy possibilities. Annie is excited as to what the future will hold.
Phil Collins – Two hearts – UK no 6, USA no 1 and charted in 17 more countries in 1989. Winner of the Golden Globe and the Grammy for best original song for a film. Featured in Buster.
Ben Drake – Christmas time – charity single released in aid of Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust. Check out Stewart Pink’s interview with Ben on Drive earlier this week.
Johnny Cash – Sunday come down (live). This recording of the song by Kris Kristopherson was made at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. It was the Country Music Association Song of the Year in 1970. Annie chose it
Chris Tomlin – How great is your God. A track from his 2004 album – Arriving. This track has sold over one million in the USA. The album reached no 39 on the mainstream Billboard Hot 100. Annie
Judy Collins – Amazing Grace. This version of John Newton’s 1779 song was a UK no 5 and USA no 15 in 1970.
Rick Buckler is the drummer in The Jam. He recently celebrated his 67th birthday. We heard their 1980 UK no 1 – Going underground. It was originally intended to be the B side to Dreams of children. DJs started playing the B side, so the record company changed their minds.
Kim Seok-jin, known as Jin, is a singer, songwriter and member of the South Korean boy band BTS. The band have sold over 30 million albums. He is 30 years old. We heard the 2021 collaboration with Coldplay – My universe – US no 1 and no 1 in 4 more countries. Top 20 in 31 more countries. UK no 3.
Above, Bobby Elliott, second from the right next to Graham Nash in the Hollies in 1964.
Below, Bobby Elliot in 2022. At the age of 81 years he is still regularly playing drums with the band.
Thanks to Chris, Sian and Bob in Harlow, Helen in the studio, Chris in Guildford, Patrick in Ingatestone for taking part. Sian and Patrick were join winners with three points today. Bob also had one point.
Patrick requested Pentatonix – Mary did you know? – from their 2014 album – That’s Christmas to me. A USA no 2, and the single charted at no 29.
Crowder – Thanksgiver. Recent release for the season.
Shea Rafferty – Don’t be hard on yourself – from my Presenter’s Pick album of 2022 – Making history.
Roy Orbison & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – A love so beautiful – title track from his 2017 UK no 2 album. David in Bridlington recalled that Roy passed on December 6th 1988 at the age of just 52 years. He asked for any track.
Chart this week in
No 1 Hugo Montenegr0 – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. A version of the 1966 film. UK no 1 and USA no 2.
No 7. A blend of two songs from the musical Hair. UK no 2, Netherlands & Belgium no 1.
No 11. Jimi Hendrix Experience – All along the watchtower. This version of a Bob Dylan song is no 48 in the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All time, rising to no 40 in the 2021 list.
The Vamps – Seat at the table.
Jon Legend – What Christmas means to me – from the 2020 album – A legendary Christmas. Join me Boxing Day live between 1-4pm for a Boxing Day special.
Maurice Jarre – Overture to Lawrence of Arabia. Academy award winner of Best musical score from a film.
Join me next week when my guest is Emma Hughes giving an update on the work of Sanctus and why they have had to downgrade their service to homeless and vulnerable people in Chelmsford at this crucial time.
I will also be with you for a live show on Boxing Day 1-4 pm.
Christmas themed music, but an alternative to all the tunes every other station is playing.
Also input from the Brentwood Schools Christian Worker Trust talking about their work in schools about the meaning of Christmas.
Tim Lee from St. Giles Mountnessing will be in the studio talking about what Christmas means to him.
They will also be contributions from Andy Griffiths, Ian Moore and others.
All this and so much more.