Glory for teacher in radio contest

She has been getting the toddlers of Thetford into song for the last 10 years. Now singer-songwriter, worship leader, and nursery school teacher Susan Greydanus hopes that her lyrics will be sung in churches across the country after winning a national hymn writing contest.

She has been getting the toddlers of Thetford into song for the last 10 years.

Now singer-songwriter, worship leader, and nursery school teacher Susan Greydanus hopes that her lyrics will be sung in churches across the country after winning a national hymn writing contest.

The 45-year-old, who teaches at Drake Infant and Nursery School, in Thetford, spoke of her delight yesterday after she was one of four winners of the BBC Radio 2 and local BBC radio competition.

Mrs Greydanus, who emigrated to Ely, Cambridgeshire, from Canada 10 years ago with her counter-tenor husband Ronald, has had her winning hymn recorded and is set to travel to the Houses of Parliament next week to meet well-known Christian composers Barry Rose and Dave Bilbrough and the government's faith adviser MP John Battle for a celebratory lunch.

The mother-of-one, who is a worship leader at the Olive Tree Fellowship in Ely and is part of the Jubilee Gospel Trio along with her husband, who sings professionally in the Ely Cathedral choir, beat thousands of entries in the BBC contest with the lyrics to her upbeat worship song Let Me See The Glory.

"I was really thrilled. In the last couple of years I have entered other songs and have been a finalist in a UK and North American competition, so it was a nice confirmation to win this and it is really exciting.

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"It is a hobby, but I think my real hope is that the songs I have written get used by churches and I hope this competition will help that," she said.

To hear Mrs Greydanus' worship song, visit www.bbc.co.uk/religion/

religions/christianity/music/hymnwriting_4.shtml.

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