There are few more elemental thrills, for singers and listeners alike, than the voice – be it the grandeur of massed voices in great music, or the virtuosity of an extraordinarily gifted solo singer. The Barbican’s spring programme celebrates the
human voice in an exhilarating array of concerts ranging from the glories of the Baroque, via Elgar, to the music of Soviet composers who survived Stalin’s brutal regime. The solo voice is celebrated in performances by the velvettoned Dmitri Hvorostovsky and the charismatic mezzo Angelika Kirchschlager, while fast-rising Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva unfurls her dazzling coloratura technique in Handel.
Over four centuries ago, William Byrd wrote that 'The exercise of singing is delightful to nature and good to preserve the health of men.’
Come along and listen to, or perhaps event take part in, one of the choral workshops on offer this season, and you’ll see what he meant.