24 Sep 2014 Barbican, London

BBC SO 2014-15 Season Celebrating the BBC Singers at 90 Celebrating the BBC Singers at 90

Celebrating the BBC Singers at 90


19:30 Wednesday 24 Sep 2014 Barbican HallBarbican, London Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

  • John Adams b.1947
  • My Father Knew Charles Ives
  • Judith Weir b.1954
  • Vertue
  • John Tavener 1944–2013
  • Song for Athene
  • Benjamin Britten 1913–1976
  • Hymn to St Cecilia, Op 27
  • Charles Ives 1874–1954
  • Symphony No. 4

Event information

The BBC Symphony Orchestra opens its 2014-15 Barbican season with a celebration of the BBC Singers at 90.

The BBC Singers, under their Chief Conductor David Hill, perform Judith Weir's Vertue, Tavener's Song for Athene and Britten's Hymn to St Cecilia in a concert including two American classics. 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. Ives’s radical masterpiece, his Fourth Symphony, is 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. Distinguished American conductor Andrew Litton conducts both works.

Following the withdrawal of soprano Pumeza Matshikiza from this concert, the world premiere of Kevin Volans’s The Mountain That Left will be postponed to a future date.

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