Marianne Lihannah is the mezzo soprano and Liz Leachman plays this famous theme from the BBC series 'The Vicar of Dibley'. The composer Howard Goodall has written many other memorable themes, incl. those from the 'Black Adder', and the 'Red Dwarf' series. The words are from one of the most famous psalms in the Bible: no. 23.
This wonderful aria is sung by the mezzo soprano Marianne Lihannah and accompanied by a great pianist from the unique company http://www.mp3accompanist.com
I am so grateful for this wonderful contribution.
'Bist Du bei Mir' is composed by Gottfried H. Stölzel, used by Johann Sebastian Bach in his piano book for his second wife Anna Magdalena Bach. Therefore it is often wrongly assumed to be composed by Bach. An aria with a hauntingly beautiful melody made grippingly memorable by the poem's directly spoken words. This piece has become very popular for special celebrations & ceremonies, both for weddings and funerals alike. It was featured in the French film 'Joyeux Noel'.
Franz Schubert's beautiful Ave Maria sung by mezzo soprano Marianne Asjiki Lihannah and accompanied by Liz Leachman on piano and flute. A special thank you to the artist Greg Tricker for letting us use his wonderful painting and sacred light icon for our music video.
A translation of the famous Latin text is as follows:
Hail Mary, full of grace! The Lord is with Thee.
Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Hail Mary, Mother of God! Pray for us sinners!
Now, and in the hour of our death.
Marianne Lihannah is singing 'Make me a Channel of Your Peace' and Liz Leachman is the pianist. The Prayer of Saint Francis is a Christian prayer. It is attributed to the 13th-century saint Francis of Assisi, although the prayer in its present form cannot be traced back further than 1912, when it was printed in France in French, in a small spiritual magazine called La Clochette (The Little Bell) as an anonymous prayer.
This very famous prayer was adapted and set to music by Sebastian Temple and sung at Princess Diana's funeral. It is an anthem of the Royal British Legion and is usually sung every year at the service of Remembrance in November at the Royal Albert Hall, London. This is one of those songs which is also sung at weddings.