BBC Singers/Spicer

Singers at Six

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From the urgent to the idyllic, the BBC Singers present visionary choral music from one of the masters of the twentieth century.

Emily Howard’s penetrating trio for two voices Threnos sits in the midst of this exploration of the choral world of Ralph Vaughan Williams in which the BBC Singers and guest conductor Paul Spicer anticipate the evening performance of the composer’s Fifth Symphony. Vaughan Williams responded to some of the most striking imagery of the Old Testament with choral works of thrusting power and pictorial energy, not least in his Ezekiel-inspired A Vision of Aeroplanes in which the accompanying organ becomes a swooping, roaring flying machine.

With the composer’s distinctively idyllic voice shining through his Five English Folk Songs, this concert presents the breadth of Vaughan Williams’s expressive world in microcosm.  

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Barbican Sessions: Bartosz Glowacki

 

Accordionist Bartosz Glowacki performs the animated third movement ‘Thieves’ from Five views on the Archipelago Gulag by Ukrainian composer Victor Vlasov in the entrance to the Exhibition Halls.

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