Wednesday 20 November 2019

Final opportunity for singing fans

Leona Lewis sang Abide With Me before last year's FA Cup Final
Leona Lewis sang Abide With Me before last year's FA Cup Final

Football fans are being given the chance to join a choir singing the traditional Abide With Me before this year's FA Cup Final at Wembley.

The BBC's Songs Of Praise is planning to put together a choir with one fan representing each of the 64 teams which made it to the third round of the competition.

Fans are being urged to give their personal memories, such as witnessing a giant killing or watching a non-league team compete against higher opposition, with a panel of judges choosing the best stories.

Singing lessons will be given, and a rehearsal will be held before the final in May.

Abide With Me was first sung at the FA Cup Final in 1927 and has been a constant feature ever since at soccer's showpiece game.

The Songs Of Praise FA Cup Fans Choir will be accompanied by a military band, and will belt out the song in front of 90,000 fans.

A number of non-league teams made it to this year's third round of the FA Cup, including Wrexham, from the "land of song" - Wales.

:: Entries open today at bbc.co.uk/songsofpraise.

David Taviner, Songs Of Praise executive producer said: "The chance to sing at Wembley is a dream come true for any football fan and I'm delighted that Songs Of Praise are teaming up with The FA to offer this opportunity.

"The performance of Abide With Me is such an iconic moment in FA Cup final day and to be a part of that, at Wembley, in front of 90,000 people, live on BBC One would be something very special indeed."

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