At Stockbridge Church on Friday 4 August they will be recording BBC One’s Songs of Praise from 7pm to 10pm.

Admission is free and the music is to be part of a special programme to mark the 70th year of Edinburgh Festivals. Each year since 1947 the festival has opened with a service at St Giles Cathedral.

The Blind Boys of Alabama and comedy writer Paul Kerensa will also be featured in the programme.

Series Producer  Matthew Napier says: “This recording is a wonderful opportunity for local singers to come together for an evening of music-making for broadcast on BBC One. Songs of Praise has been championing Christian music for over 55 years and continues to be enormously popular due to recordings like these and we really hope you can come along.”

To apply, please send your name and the number of people taking part to SOPcongregations@avantimedia.tv or call 07704 202409. Please include ‘Edinburgh Recording’ in your subject header.

Stockbridge Church is at 7b Saxe Coburg Street, Edinburgh EH3 5BN

The 36 bus passes the end of the Saxe Coburg Street.  Buses 29, 42 and 24 stop nearby in Kerr Street and the 23 and 27 buses also stop nearby, at the bottom of Dundas Street which is about a 5 minute walk away.