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Let The Peoples Sing

Aled Jones presents coverage of the final of the biennial Let The Peoples Sing amateur choir contest, which in 2009 is held in Oslo.

Including performances from the nine finalists: choirs spanning thousands of miles - from Latvia to Canada, Germany to Finland - competing in three categories: adult, youth and children. This is the one of the highest accolades for any non-professional choir in the world, and the music in the final encompasses everything from traditional favourites to folk music and choral showpieces.

Aled is joined in the studio by Michael Emery, BBC Singers producer and a member of the jury panel. They showcase some of the highlights of the contest, discuss what went right and wrong for the competing choirs, before revealing the winner.

Playlist

Recorded at the Let the People Sing competition in Oslo on 19 October 2009:

Gyorgy Ligeti
Reggel
Vienna Chamber Choir, conducted by Michael Grohotolsky

Gustav Mahler
Die zwei blauen Augen
Vienna Chamber Choir, conducted by Michael Grohotolsky

Robert Sund
I wandered lonely as a cloud
Camerata Musica Limburg, conducted by Jan Schumacher

Jurijus Kalcas
Exultate Deo
Camerata Musica Limburg, conducted by Jan Schumacher

Knut Nystedt
O Crux
Sõla, conducted by Kaspars Adamsons

Traditional Latvian folk song
Kalējs kala debesīs (Blacksmith hammered in the sky)
Sõla, conducted by Kaspars Adamsons

Mia Makaroff
Kylyn kyselijä (The sauna seeker)
Philomela, conducted by Marjukka Riihimäki

Morten Lauridsen
Ov’é lass’, il bel viso?
Nova, conducted by Anne Karin Sundal-Ask

Odd Johan Overøye
Laudes
Nova, conducted by Anne Karin Sundal-Ask

Giles Swayne
Magnificat I
Nova, conducted by Anne Karin Sundal-Ask

Matthew King
On London Fields (excerpt)
private recording

Recorded at the Let the People Sing competition in Oslo on 19 October 2009:

Javier Busto
Zai ixtoiten
Hamilton Children’s Choir, conducted by Zimfira Poloz

Veljo Tormis
Bridge of song, Wind over the wilderness, Heather
Girls’ Choir of the Old Town Music House, conducted by Maarja Soone

Józef Swider
Cantus Gloriosus
Adam Mickeiwicz University Chamber Choir, Poznan, conducted by Krzysztof Szydzisz

Jacek Sykulski
Zbójnicki
Adam Mickeiwicz University Chamber Choir, Poznan, conducted by Krzysztof Szydzisz

Traditional arr. Ambroz Copi
Da lipa ma! Ke bëj na jë? (O love of mine, where has she gone?)
Girls Chamber Choir of the Classical Diocesan Gymnasium, conducted by Helena Fojkar Zupancic

Ambroz Copi
Ave Maria
Girls Chamber Choir of the Classical Diocesan Gymnasium, conducted by Helena Fojkar Zupancic

György Orbán
Lauda Sion
Girls Chamber Choir of the Classical Diocesan Gymnasium, conducted by Helena Fojkar Zupancic

Trad. Arr. Radovan Gobec
Ne óuri, ne sejaj (Do not plough, do not sow)
Girls Chamber Choir of the Classical Diocesan Gymnasium, conducted by Helena Fojkar Zupancic

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sun 15 Nov 2009 18:30
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