As a vital resource in the BBC's music output, the BBC Singers hold a unique position in British musical life. Performing everything from Byrd to Birtwistle, Tallis to Takemitsu, the versatility of this 24-voice ensemble is second to none.
The choir's unrivalled expertise in performing the latest contemporary scores has brought about creative relationships with some of the most important composers and conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries - including Poulenc, Britten and Boulez.
Trace the history of the BBC Singers, Britain's only full-time chamber choir, founded in 1924. Use the tabs below to view each decade.
2001: The Singers take part in the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Schnittke weekend. They perform Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex, with Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and give performances of Pierre Boulez' Le visage nuptial at the Proms, the Edinburgh Festival and in Brussels and Strasbourg, conducted by the composer.
2002: Edward Cowie becomes the group's first Associate Composer. They perform Britten's War Requiem conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich.
2003: They give the premiere of Edward Cowie's Gaia.
2004: The BBC Singers' recording of Britten's Death in Venice, with Philip Langridge, the City of London Sinfonia and Richard Hickox wins a Gramophone award. They take part in the 70th Birthday celebrations for Sir Harrison Birtwistle, performing motets from his 1998 opera, The Last Supper in a concert at Westminster Abbey.
2005: Judith Bingham becomes the group's second Associate Composer. The group play a prominent role in the BBC Symphony Orchestra's James MacMillan Composer Weekend and go on tour to Japan, performing in Kyoto, Kamakura and Tokyo.
2006: David Hill takes over from Stephen Cleobury as the BBC Singers' Chief Conductor. Stephen Cleobury becomes the group's Conductor Laureate. They give the UK premiere of Francis Grier's The Passion of Jesus of Nazareth in King's Chapel, Cambridge, with Endymion and the choristers of King's College Choir and go on tour to Mexico with Odaline de la Martinez.
2007: They release two critically acclaimed CD's for Signum Classics Choral Images: choral music by Sir Michael Tippett and Man I Sing: choral music by Bob Chilcott.
2008: They release Remoter Worlds a CD of choral music by Judith Bingham, reviewed as "precise, passionate and powerful" by the Sunday Times. They join contemporary music ensemble Psappha to perform music by Claude Vivier which is filmed for the web. They perform at the 61st Aldeburgh Festival; their concert from Blythburgh Church is also webcast. They go on tour to Hungary.
2009: They take part in the BBC Symphony Orchestra's concert staging of Martinu's Juliette which is nominated for an RPS Music Awards.
2010: Gabriel Jackson becomes the group's Associate Composer.