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.