BBC Symphony Orchestra / Litton

24 September 2014 / 19:30

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Please note: Soprano Pumeza Matshikiza has withdrawn from this concert, the world premiere of Kevin Volans’ The Mountain That Left will be postponed to a future date. We are immensely grateful to the BBC Singers and their Chief Conductor David Hill who will perform works by Judith Weir, Tavener and Britten in its place.

The revised programme is as follows:

John Adams My Father Knew Charles Ives
Judith Weir Vertue*
John Tavener Song for Athene*
Britten Hymn to St Cecilia*
Ives Symphony No. 4

Andrew Litton conductor
David Hill conductor*
William Wolfram piano
BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC Singers

The programme for the Singers at Six concert is as follows:

St Giles’ Cripplegate 6.00pm
Gabriel Jackson Winter Heavens
Lennox Berkeley There was neither grass nor corn
Britten Shepherd’s Carol
Tippett The Weeping Babe
Edward Cowie Lyre-Bird Motet
Judith Bingham Unpredictable but providential
Paul Crabtree Flite (BBC commission: world premiere)
Bob Chilcott Weather Report

Paul Brough , Bob Chilcott & Stephen Cleobury conductors
BBC Singers

Star South African soprano Pumeza Matshikiza is the soloist in her compatriot Kevin Volans’s new choral piece to mark the BBC Singers’ 90th birthday. This precedes two exuberant American classics, inspired by life in New England. In My Father knew Charles Ives John Adams re-imagines Ives’s multi-layered musical soundscape through his own memories of playing in marching bands. It’s a fitting prelude to Ives’s radical masterpiece, an intricately woven mesh of hymn tunes, popular songs and his own music, performed by multiple ensembles playing at different speeds and in different keys. The result, which Ives never heard, is a vast, dynamic theatre of sound whose influence continues to resonate through American music today.

6pm, St Giles' Cripplegate
Singers at Six: BBC Singers at 90

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