Singers at Six: Les Six at Six
with the BBC Singers, the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Saturday 26 October 2013, 6pm
In four short early-evening concerts, each devised as an upbeat to the programme given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the Barbican Hall the same evening, the BBC Singers explore choral repertoire related to the orchestral concert which follows. Each concert starts at 6.00pm and lasts approximately 50 minutes. All Singers at Six concerts take place in St Giles Cripplegate, just across the lake from the Barbican Hall.
Auric 5 Chansons françaises
Milhaud Naissance de Venus
Poulenc Sonata for four hands
Poulenc Selection from Chansons françaises
Paul Brough conductor
Guillaume Vincent, David Kadouch pianos
Wit, humour, and an unerring ability to cock a snook in all manner of directions were the hallmark of that group of friends and contemporaries christened Les Six in 1920s Paris. This concert presents choral selections from members of the group - including Darius Milhaud's depiction of the Birth of Venus, and some light-hearted Chansons françaises by Francis Poulenc and Georges Auric. Plus - a bonus - Poulenc's Sonata for Four Hands played by the soloists in tonight's BBC SO performance of the Concerto for Two Pianos.
This early-evening concert complements and precedes the Poulenc, Roussel and Ravel BBC Symphony Orchestra concert in the Barbican Hall on the same evening. Ticket-holders can purchase £8 tickets to Singers at Six.
How to get there
- Barbican (Circle, Hammersmith & city, Metroplitan line) Moorgate (Circle, Hammersmith & city, Metroplitan, Northern line)