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Aled Jones

1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 02 November 2008

As we approach the final rounds of BBC Radio 3’s Choir of the Year 2008, Aled Jones catches up with the current champions, Chantage and their conductor, James Davey.

After just seven years in existence, Chantage astounded everyone by sweeping the board at the last BBC Radio 3’s Choir of the Year competition. They walked away with, not only the first prize, but the audience prize as well. That was back in 2006. As we approach the climax of BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year 2008, Aled Jones catches up with Chantage conductor, James Davey, to find out what winning the competition has done for their fortunes. As James points out, the way Chantage was propelled to the front ranks of the choral world has been both a blessing and the burden. He also reveals what he thought of that ‘other’ competition, BBC ONE’s Last Choir Standing.
Featuring music from their latest CD, and highlights from a live concert Chantage recorded at the South Bank Centre with guest beat-boxers MC Zani and Jestar*


Arvo Part
Bogoroditse Dyevo
Chantage conducted by James Davey
BBC recording from the Choir of the Year final 2006

Rihards Dubra
Quam Benignus Es
Cambridge Chorale, Michale Kibblewhite
CDE 84408, track 1

David Fanshawe
Pacific Song: Chants from the Kingdom of Tonga
Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Susan Milan (flute), BackBeat Percussion, Tongan recordings by the composer, conducted by Greg Beardsell
ARC EUCD2159, tracks 25 – 27

Trad. Bre, Ivane (arr. AnastasNaumov)
Trad. Zalibih Si Edno Libe (arr. Ivan Tonchev)
Trad. ei Muri Ruzhke (arr. Kiril Stafanov)
The London Bulgarian Choir, conducted by Dessislava Stefanova
Alyana Galyana, track 8, 11 & 7

Hieronymus Praetorius
Magnificat quinti tono – Joseph, lieber Joseph mein, In dulci iubilo
The Cardinall’s Musick, directed by Andrew Carwood
Hyperion, CDA67669

Jaakko Mantyjarvi
Chantage conducted by James Davey
BBC recording from Choir of the Year 2006

Harry Burleigh, arr. Richard Allain
When I’m Gone
Chantage conducted by James Davey
“The First” Chantage01, track 5

Bob Chilcott
The Shepherds’ Carol
Chantage conducted by James Davey
EMI 509992357960, track 9

BBC recordings from the South Bank Choral Festival "Chorus" performance on 13 May 2008:

Henry VIII, arr Ward Swingle
Pastime with Good Company
Chantage conducted by James Davey

J.S. Bach, arr. Ward Swingle
Fugue in G minor BWV.578
Chantage conducted by James Davey

George D Weiss & George Douglas arr. Rachael Lloyd
What a Wonderful World
Chantage conducted by James Davey, with tenor solo by Simon Fowler

Irving Berlin, arr. Hammond
Blue Skies
Chantage conducted by James Davey

Eric Clapton, arr. Jamie Burton
Tears in Heaven
Chantage conducted by James Davey

Bjorn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson, arr. Sanjay Manohar
Thank you for the Music
Chantage conducted by James Davey with soprano solo by Penny Dell

Anders Edenroth
Chilli Con Carne
Chantage conducted by James Davey

Arthur Hamilton arr. Jo Goldsmith
Cry me a River
Chantage conducted by James Davey with solo by Gareth Moss


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