Piddingworth Greg Benton
|'Piddingworth...where St. George's Cross is not yet banned.'
|Honour all men.
Honour the King.
|THE MAPLE LEAF FOREVER - 2007-
The original 19th c. song written by schoolmaster,
Alexander Muir, at the height of the British Empire
in Queen Victoria's Reign. Popularly sung in Canada
until the 1960's.
Includes orriginal music and images from the late 19th & early 20th c.
|THE MAPLE LEAF FOREVER (REVISED) - 2007-
A contemporary version, faithful to the spirit of the original,
but in the context of the Canada of today.
It is meant to replace the appalling CBC contest winner
whose lyrics bear no relation to Muir's spirit.
This was tested with favour from groups of young Canadian
students and has been sung in Remembrance services.
|BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC - 2001- Flash Animation-
The great American hymn sung by the choir of Liverpool Cathedral.
Currently being edited.
|HE WHO WOULD VALIANT BE - 2001- 'Flash Animation' -
from Bunyan's poem, a hymn of Courage & Faith
(The Piddingworth Hymn)
|The animations & movies I've produced here and on YouTube over the past several years
are meant to add to the message of Piddingworth and our spiritual, cultural and military heritage.
Most are short 3-5 minute reflections and meditations variously composed of vintage
film footage from a number of sources, some original art, stained glass as well as
flash animation and music from my own library and that I have purchased.
These are to be viewed as 'fair use' for strictly charitable, non-profit, and non-commercial
purposes. Download information is available for you to purchase the music in mp3 from
the artists to whom they belong and I would ask and encourage everyone who enjoys
the music to support and promote those choristers, singers, bands and other musicians
by purchasing their music. I appreciate the wonderful SwiShMax programme that I have used,
as well as the ideas and expertise of "Willem" and others at the Designs Exchange.
Some of these require a little tweaking and I work on them as time permits.
|Resurrexit! - Christ is Risen!- 2008-
A celebration of the Paschal Mystery
with images of the resurrection and music
from the Organ Symphony by Saint-Saens.
|THE VALIANT MAN - approx. 28 minutes
The State Funeral for Sir Winston Churchill
from the original broadcast on ITV.
Brian Connell commentor.
Sir Laurence Olivier with the great man's words.
|ORDINATION - 2008 -
A reflection on the powerful liturgy for the sacrament of Holy Orders-
with images of ordinations from various dioceses and accompanied
by the chant,'Sacerdotes Tui'
by the monks of l'Abbaye Saint Pierre de Solesmes.
|VENI, SANCTE SPIRITUS - 2008 -
'The Golden Sequence' for Pentecost;
sung by the Benedictine Nuns of the Abbey of Regina Laudis.
|IN YOU, O LORD MY HEART SEEKS REFUGE - 2008-
a meditation of a penitent heart seeking God.
Hauntingly sung by the Irish group, 'Eden's Bridge'
from their album 'Celtic Psalms'.
See the last scene from the famous film
by Noel Coward - a tribute to fidelity
and passion both.
|JESUS, REMEMBER ME - 2008 -
a meditation on Christ with images of the Saviour through
the centuries; including the Shroud of Turin-
With the music of Taize beautifully sung by the St. Thomas
Music Group,St. Thomas of Canterbury Church,
Woodford Green, Essex.
|THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD - The 23rd Psalm- 2008-
beautifully sung by the choir of King's College Cambridge
with inspiring images of Jesus, the Good Shepherd in
stained glass from Churches around the world.
|ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL- 2008 -
the popular hymn in celebration of God's creation featuring
'all creatures great & small'.
Delightfully sung to the most familiar tune
by the choir of Queen's College, Cambridge.
|THE FLOWERS OF THE FOREST- Movie - 2008-
The traditional lament, with the voice of Scottish singer Isla St. Clair
along with the pipes in a tribute to the fallen
soldiers of Britain, Canada & Australia.
|JERUSALEM - 2008 -
The stirring, unofficial 'anthem' of England from
the poem by William Blake.
Dedicated to the memory of my grandparents:
Ernest Leonard, from Plymouth, Devon
and Rose (West) Leonard, of Piddingworth, Plumpton, Sussex
For England & St. George!'
|ETERNAL FATHER,STRONG TO SAVE - 2008-
The Naval Hymn- with original film footage from
Devonport, the battle of the Atlantic and HMCS Halifax
in stormy seas. Sung by the choir of ElyCathedral
along with music by the Band of the United States Marine Corps.
Dedicated to the memory of Emmanual Leonard, of the Royal Navy
and my great-uncle who served on HMS Laburnum.
He died in New Zealand, 1930.
|COME DOWN, O LOVE DIVINE - 2008 -
The beautiful hymn to the Holy Spirit with
R. Vaughan Williams tune, 'Down Ampney'
sung magnificently by the choir of King's College Cambridge.
|Pentecost & the Holy Spirit|
|ANTHEMS OF CANADA - 2008 -
God Save The Queen & O Canada,
with music from the Band of the Royal Regiment of Canada
from their successful album, 'Footsteps In Time'.
|THE FLOWERS OF THE FOREST - 'Flash Animation' - 2000-
The Lament played at Remembrance
with Pipe Major A. (Sandy) Dewar, CD
of the 48th Highlanders of Canada.
|COME HOLY GHOST OUR SOULS INSPIRE - 2008-
The Anglican adaptation in English of 'Veni Creator Spiritus',
the great hymn; sung by the choir of
St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh.
|VENI CREATOR SPIRITUS - 2008 -
The great hymn to the Holy Spirit
with images in art & glass; sung by the monks of l'Abbaye de Liguge.
|BE STILL MY SOUL-2008-
The deeply moving hymn by Katharina von Schlegel.
Music composed by Jean Sibelius and sung by the outstanding
voices of 'Libera'. A meditation on the hope and comfort of God's
promise in the midst of pain, suffering, loss and grief.
|IN FLANDERS FIELDS BY JOHN McCRAE
The famous poem by Col. McCrae using his own
handwriting as published in Punch Magazine.
It is underscored by 'The Last Rose of Summer'
Originally a 'flash' presentation created for a
|O GOD OUR HELP IN AGES PAST - 2009
This magnificent hymn, written by Isaac Watts and music
by William Croft with the great tune, 'St. Anne', was inspired
by Psalm 90 and is a prayer of confident hope, especially in
time of trouble, to the unchanging and eternal God who is our
loving provider, protector and promised destiny. Sung beautifully
by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge with reflections of
passing time in the midst of the foundations of faith..
|KONTAKION OF THE DEPARTED - 2009
A meditation on the mystery of death and life everlasting through
the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Images of the grave
in darkness are contrasted with the eternal light of Christ and
underscored with the ancient Kiev chant, the Kontakion of the Departed,
and the chimes and chant of the Orthodox monks in Ukraine. It is a
message of hope for a world of fear and confusion. Be not afraid.
In Christ, there is light, love and life beyond the grave.
|'THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK TO ME'
Not a PiddFlick but a reflection on 'Brief Encounter'
and the spirit of Fidelity. A truly wonderful film.
|THE VICAR IN THE FIELD - 2008
The Vicar of Piddingworth, an 11 year old black labrador retriever,
enjoying his life on the farm and looking for biscuits.
The music is 'On the street where you live' by Jonah Jones.
|HMS VICTORY SALUTE - Animation - 2008
A 21 Gun salute from the Victory as she passes by
to the music 'Rule Britannia!' by the band
of Her Majesty's Royal Marines.