• 2014

    Sep 24
    Barbican, London
    Celebrating the BBC Singers at 90
    • 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
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • BBC Singers
    • Andrew Litton Conductor
    • David Hill Conductor
    • William Wolfram Piano

    American classics by Charles Ives and John Adams.

    Sep 24
    St Giles' Cripplegate, London
    BBC Singers at 90
    • Gabriel Jackson b.1962
    • Winter Heavens
    • Sir Lennox Berkeley 1903–1989
    • There Was Neither Grass Nor Corn
    • Benjamin Britten 1913–1976
    • A Shepherd's Carol
    • Michael Tippett 1905–1998
    • The Weeping Babe
    • Edward Cowie b.1943
    • Lyre Bird Motet
    • Judith Bingham b.1952
    • Unpredictable but unprovidential
    • Paul Crabtree b.1960
    • Flite
      BBC Commission and World Premier
    • Bob Chilcott b.1955
    • Weather Report
    • BBC Singers
    • Paul Brough Conductor
    • Stephen Cleobury Conductor
    • Bob Chilcott conductor

    On their 90th birthday, the BBC Singers perform some of the works written for them

    19:30
    Sep 30
    Cadogan Hall, London
    BBC Singers and Fretwork
    • Orlando Gibbons 1583–1625
    • O clap your hands together
    • William Byrd 1540–1623
    • Christ rising again
    • Christopher Tye 1505–1572
    • Christ Rising from the Dead
    • Thea Musgrave b.1928
    • Wild Winter
    • Orlando Gibbons 1583–1625
    • The Cryes of London
    • What is our life!
    • In nomine (unspecified)
    • Behold, thou hast made my days
    • Nico Muhly b.1981
    • My Days
    • BBC Singers
    • Fretwork
    • Andrew Carwood Conductor

    BBC Singers and Fretwork

    Oct 5
    St Giles' Cripplegate, London
    Tavener's choral music
    • John Tavener 1944–2013
    • The Lamb
    • Song for Athene
    • Coplas
    • Missa wellensis
    • Thunder Entered Her
    • BBC Singers
    • James Morgan conductor
    • Stephen Farr organ
    17:30
    Oct 5
    Barbican, London
    Get Involved: John Tavener

    Create a new piece of music inspired by John Tavener's choral music

    19:30
    Oct 9
    St George's Bristol
    Brahms Experience: BBC Singers
    • Johannes Brahms 1833–1897
    • Geistliches Lied Op 30
    • Variations on the St Anthony Chorale, Op 56b
    • A German Requiem A German Requiem Also known as: Ein Deutsches Requiem
    • David Hill conductor
    • BBC Singers
    • Charles Owen piano
    • Katya Apekisheva piano

    Brahms Experience: BBC Singers

    Oct 21
    Milton Court
    Music for Forty Voices
    • Alessandro Striggio 1536–1592
    • Motet 'Ecce beatam lucem'
    • Knut Nystedt 1915–2014
    • Stabat mater
    • Thomas Tallis 1505–1585
    • Spem in alium
    • Robin Walker b.1953
    • I have thee by the hand, O Man
    • Carl Vine b.1954
    • Inner World
    • Henri Dutilleux 1916–2013
    • Trois strophes sur le nom de SACHER
    • Ivan Moody b.1964
    • The Land that is Not
    • Gabriel Jackson b.1962
    • Sanctum est verum lumen
    • BBC Singers
    • Nicolas Altstaedt cello
    • Stephen Cleobury Conductor

    BBC Singers join forces with cellist Nicholas Altstaedt

    Oct 23
    City Halls
    ‘Wozzeck’ In Concert at City Halls
    • Alban Berg 1885–1935
    • Wozzeck
      Semi-staged performance. Sung in German with English supertitles.
    • Thomas J Mayer Wozzeck (please note change to originally advertised artist)
    • Tom Randle Captain
    • Michael Pflumm Andres
    • Elena Zhidkova Marie
    • Jennifer Johnston Margret
    • Nathan Berg Doctor
    • Thomas Blondelle Drum Major
    • Andrew Greenan First Apprentice
    • James Cleverton Second Apprentice
    • Peter Van Hulle Idiot
    • BBC Singers choir
    • The Choristers of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh choir
    • Donald Runnicles conductor
    • Kenneth Richardson director
    • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    Donald Runnicles conducts Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck.

    Also part of
    19:30
    Nov 7
    BBC Maida Vale Studios, London
    A Christmas Carol
    • Neil Brand b.1958
    • A Christmas Carol
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • BBC Singers
    • Martin Andre conductor

    A Christmas Carol

    13:00
    Nov 8
    BBC Maida Vale Studios, London
    Come and Sing: Broadway

    An evening singing Broadway classics with the BBC Concert Orchestra & BBC Singers

    Nov 19
    Barbican, London
    Brett Dean: The Annunciation
    • Ottorino Respighi 1879–1936
    • Trittico Botticelliano
    • Brett Dean b.1961
    • The Annunciation
    • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
    • Le bourgeois gentilhomme, Op 60 (suite)
    • Josep Pons Conductor
    • BBC Singers
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra

    UK premiere of our Artist in Association's Christmas cantata.

    Nov 19
    St Giles' Cripplegate, London
    Music from Renaissance Spain and England
    • Robert Parsons 1535–1572
    • Ave Maria
    • Tomás Luis de Victoria 1548–1611
    • Salve Regina (a 6)
    • Thomas Tallis 1505–1585
    • Gaude gloriosa Dei mater
    • Francisco Guerrero 1528–1599
    • Ave Virgo Sanctissima
    • Alonso Lobo 1555–1617
    • Ave Regina caelorum
    • BBC Singers
    • Peter Phillips Conductor

    Peter Phillips conducts a programme of English and Spanish Renaissance polyphony.

    19:00
    Dec 1
    BBC Maida Vale Studios, London
    Come and Sing: Christmas Carols

    Come and Sing: Christmas Carols

    19:00
    Dec 9
    City of London School for Girls, London
    Come and Sing: French Songs

    Come and Sing: French Songs

    Dec 11
    Milton Court
    French Songs
    • Francis Poulenc 1899–1963
    • Un soir du neige
    • Olivier Messiaen 1908–1992
    • O sacrum convivium
    • Maurice Duruflé 1901–1986
    • Quatre motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, Op 10
    • Francis Poulenc 1899–1963
    • 4 Motets pour le temps de Noel 4 Motets pour le temps de Noel Also known as: Four Christmas Motets
    • Mass in G major
    • Claude Debussy 1862–1918
    • Trois chansons de Charles d'Orléans
    • André Jolivet 1905–1974
    • Épithalame
    • Jean Françaix 1912–1997
    • Trois poèmes de Paul Valéry
    • Maurice Ravel 1875–1937
    • Trois chansons
    • BBC Singers
    • David Hill Conductor

    French music perfect for the winter season

    14:00
    Dec 17
    St Paul's Knightsbridge, London
    BBC Radio 3 Breakfast Carol Competition Concert

    BBC Radio 3 Breakfast Carol Competition Concert

    19:00
    Dec 19
    Temple Church, London
    Handel's Messiah
    • George Frideric Handel 1685–1759
    • Messiah, HWV 56
    • BBC Singers
    • Fflur Wyn soprano
    • Robin Blaze counter tenor
    • Samuel Boden tenor
    • The Norwegian Wind Ensemble
    • David Hill conductor
    • Mark Stone bass

    Handel's Messiah

    19:00
    Dec 20
    Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
    Handel's Messiah
    • George Frideric Handel 1685–1759
    • Messiah, HWV 56
    • BBC Singers
    • Fflur Wyn soprano
    • Robin Blaze counter tenor
    • Samuel Boden tenor
    • The Norwegian Wind Ensemble
    • David Hill conductor
    • Mark Stone bass

    Handel's Messiah

  • 2015

    19:30
    Jan 15
    St Paul's Knightsbridge, London
    BBC Singers and Sean Shibe
    • Heitor Villa‐Lobos 1887–1959
    • Bachianas Brasileiras No 5
    • BBC Singers
    • Sean Shibe guitar
    • Paul Brough conductor

    BBC Singers and Sean Shibe

    Also part of
    19:30
    Jan 21
    Southbank Centre, London
    BBC Singers and London Sinfonietta

    BBC Singers and London Sinfonietta

    19:00
    Feb 10
    City of London School for Girls, London
    Come and Sing: James MacMillan

    Come and Sing: James MacMillan

    Feb 12
    Milton Court
    James MacMillan
    • James MacMillan b.1959
    • After Virtue
    • Henryk Mikolaj Górecki 1933–2010
    • Church Songs
    • James MacMillan b.1959
    • Sun-Dogs
    • Cum vidisset Jesus
    • They saw the stone had been rolled away
    • Alleluia
    • Catherine's Lullabies
    • James MacMillan Conductor
    • BBC Singers
    • London Sinfonietta

    An evening of music composed and conducted by James MacMillan

    18:45
    Feb 20
    St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge
    Creation Songs
    • Aaron Copland 1900–1990
    • In the Beginning
    • William Byrd 1540–1623
    • Laudibus in sanctis
    • Unknown
    • Benedicite
    • Bernhard Lewkovitch b.1927
    • Il Cantico delle Creature
    • William Walton 1902–1983
    • Cantico del sole
    • Howard Helvey
    • Song of Creation
    • Augusta Read Thomas b.1964
    • Juggler of Day
    • Orlande de Lassus 1532–1594
    • Benedicite
    • Unknown
    • Gratitude Sutra
    • BBC Singers
    • Stephen Cleobury Conductor

    Choral music celebrating the glories of the natural world

    Also part of
    18:00
    Feb 28
    St Giles' Cripplegate, London
    Bach and Leipzig
    • Sethus Calvisius 1556–1615
    • Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied
    • Johann Schelle 1648–1701
    • Allelulia! Christus ist des Gesetzes Ende
    • Johann Hermann Schein 1586–1630
    • Allelulia! Wohl dem, der den Herren fürchtet
    • Johann Sebastian Bach 1685–1750
    • Chorale Prelude 'Von Gott will ich'. BWV 658
    • Johann Kuhnau 1660–1722
    • Tristis est amina mea
    • Johann Sebastian Bach 1685–1750
    • Chorale Prelude 'Jesu Christus, unser Heiland', BWV 666
    • Unknown
    • Mein Herz ist bereit
    • Johann Sebastian Bach 1685–1750
    • Motet 'Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden', BWV 230
    • BBC Singers
    • James O'Donnell Conductor
    • Stephen Farr organ

    Explore the musical world of the city of Leipzig where Bach spent over 25 years

    Mar 8
    Barbican, London
    Unsuk Chin: Alice in Wonderland
    • Unsuk Chin b.1961
    • Alice in Wonderland
    • Baldur Brönnimann conductor
    • Netia Jones director/designer & live video artist
    • BBC Singers
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Rachele Gilmore Alice
    • Marie Arnet Cat
    • Jane Henschel Queen of Hearts
    • Stephen Richardson King of Hearts, Old Man 2, Crab
    • Jenni Bank Duchess
    • Andrew Watts White Rabbit/Badger/March Hare
    • Dietrich Henschel Mad Hatter
    • Rafael Moras Pat/Cook/Invisible Man
    • Lacey Jo Benter Two/Owl
    • Nicholas Brownlee Old Man 1/Eaglet/Fish-Footman
    • Kihun Yoon Five/Executioner/Duck
    • Christopher Lemmings Mouse

    The UK premiere of Unsuk Chin's opera, directed by Netia Jones.

    Apr 4
    Milton Court
    BBC Singers / O Duo
    • Veljo Tormis 1930–2017
    • Curse upon Iron
    • Eriks Esenvalds b.1977
    • Northern Lights
    • Unknown
    • Searching
    • Judith Weir b.1954
    • The Song sung True
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams 1872–1958
    • 3 Shakespeare Songs
    • Jan Sandström b.1954
    • Biegga luothe
    • Unknown
    • 42nd Street Rondo
    • Cecilia McDowall b.1951
    • When time is broke
      First Movement
    • Eriks Esenvalds b.1977
    • The Long Road
    • Bob Chilcott b.1955
    • The Miracle of Spring
    • BBC Singers
    • Bob Chilcott Conductor
    • O Duo

    BBC Singers join forces with percussion ensemble O Duo at Milton Court.

    Apr 24
    St Giles' Cripplegate, London
    Music from Poland

    The BBC Singers conducted by Paul Brough perform works by Polish composers.

    19:00
    May 2
    Barbican, London
    Smetana Dalibor
    • Bedrich Smetana 1824–1884
    • Dalibor
    • Jiří Bělohlávek Conductor
    • Ivan Kusnjer Vladislav, a Czech king
    • Richard Samek Dalibor, a knight
    • Aleš Voráček Vitek, a mercenary
    • Dana Burešová Milada, Sister of the Burgrave of Ploškovice
    • Alžběta Poláčková Jitka, a village maiden
    • Jan Stava Beneš, the jailor
    • Svatopluk Sem Budivoj, Commander of the castle guard
    • BBC Singers
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Kenneth Richardson Director

    A rare opportunity to hear Smetana’s masterly tragic opera Dalibor sung by a Czech cast.

    15:00
    Jun 21
    Kings Place
    BBC Singers & The Continuum Ensemble
    • Ernst Krenek 1900–1991
    • Die Jahreszeiten, Op. 35 (The Four Seasons)
    • Three Pieces for Mixed Chorus, Op. 22
    • Stefan Wolpe 1902–1972
    • Zwei Chinesische Grabschriften (Two Chinese Epitaphs), Op. 25
    • Ernst Toch 1887–1964
    • Gesprochene Musik (Spoken Music)
    • Kurt Weill 1900–1950
    • Das Berliner Requiem (alternative version by David Drew)
    • Ernst Toch 1887–1964
    • Valse
    • BBC Singers
    • The Continuum Ensemble .
    • Philip Headlam conductor

    The BBC Singers join forces with The Continuum Ensemble and conductor Philip Headlam for the UK premiere of David Drew’s version of Weill’s Berliner Requiem. The explosive political content of the work caused it to be censored at the first (and only) performance on German radio in 1929.