I was invited to be a judge for the BBC Songs of Praise Fans Choir this month. Sixty-four football fans were chosen to represent their football club and sing on the pitch at Wembley before the FA Cup Final.  Over 1,300 people applied to take part in the unique experience to sing ‘Abide with Me’, which has become a constant fixture since it was first sung at the FA Cup Final in 1927. The Fans Choir were accompanied by the Band of The Brigade of Gurkhas alongside Alfie Boe in front of almost 90,000 people on Saturday 30 May 2015.

Judges 

David GrantPresenter and Vocal coach (Head Judge)

Aaqil AhmedHead of Religion and Ethics, BBC

Shelley AlexanderEditorial Lead, BBC Women’s Sport

Mark ChapmanMatch Of The Day and BBC Radio Five Live Presenter

Sheri CheemaChair, Association of Muslim Footballers

Carl DoranCommissioning and Development Editor, BBC Sport

Amanda JacksFootball Supporters Federation

Aled JonesSinger and Presenter

Danny LynchInclusion Officer, Football Association

Garry RichardsonBBC Radio 4 Sports Presenter

Kathryn RudgeOpera Singer

Peter SalmonDirector, BBC England

Sue SmithFootballer, Doncaster Belles and England Ladies

Dave StanfordExecutive Producer, BBC Songs of Praise

Roisin WoodDirector, Kick It Out