BBC Singers 2017–18
The BBC Singers hold a unique position in British musical life. Performing everything from Byrd to Birtwistle, Tallis to Takemitsu, their versatility is second to none.
They call both Milton Court and St Giles' Cripplegate – the Barbican's own parish church – home during the season, and often join the BBC Symphony Orchestra too.
This is Rattle: Birtwistle
Ancient and modern meet in an intriguing programme that folds time back across the centuries, juxtaposing Varèse, Machaut, Byrd and Birtwistle.
Singers at Six: Franck and Ravel
César Franck and his ‘grand-pupil’ Maurice Ravel offer a programme of choral music: a perfect apéritif for the largely Francophone concert to follow.
Simon Callow's Dickensian Christmas
A festive treat featuring Dickensian Christmas readings from Simon Callow, and Victorian carols from the BBC Singers.
BBC SO Total Immersion: Leonard Bernstein - choral music
Bernstein the choral composer drawing on his Jewish heritage as well as writing for the Christian church – both fused in his popular Chichester Psalms.
Singers at Six: Finzi and Bairstow
Choral music by Finzi, setting some great British poetry, sits alongside Bairstow’s masterly Let all mortal flesh and Farrar’s touching To Daffodils.
BBC Singers: St Matthew Passion
J S Bach’s St Matthew Passion in the edition Mendelssohn prepared for the 1829 performance he mounted in Berlin, and which heralded Bach’s renaissance.
BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert: BBC Singers
A series exploring the links between two composers: Claude Debussy, who died a hundred years ago, and Ildebrando Pizzetti, who died 50 years ago and was a great admirer of the elder composer.
Singers at Six: Elgar
Smaller scale choral Elgar that finds the composer lifting some beautiful British poetry as well as sacred texts into song.
BBC Singers: Handel Coronation Anthems
Three of Handel’s Coronation Anthems and his Dixit Dominus give the BBC Singers and St James’ Baroque the chance to shine in much-loved music.
Silk Street, London
Nearby public transport
We are within walking distance from a number of London Underground stations, the closest being Barbican, St Paul’s and Moorgate. The nearest train stations are Liverpool Street and Farringdon. Bus Route 153 runs directly past the Barbican along Chiswell Street
We have free bicycle spaces and paid car parking spaces available