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Choir of the Year 2014, Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms

1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 09 February 2014

Sara Mohr-Pietsch explores the latest in world of choral music. Today, she looks ahead to Choir of the Year 2014, and the regional stages that will soon be taking place across the country.

Plus, we hear from another of the UK's amateur singing groups in "Meet My Choir", and at 5pm Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms is this week's Choral Classic. There's also more of your choral epiphanies - the moments that galvanised your love of choral music. To tell us yours, email thechoir@bbc.co.uk or tweet @bbcradio3.

Music Played

12 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    [traditional] Oh Soldier, Soldier, Won't You Marry Me?

    Choir: Les Sirenes. Music Arranger: Robert Latham. Director: Andrew Nunn.

    BBC Recording - Choir of the Year final 2012

  • Image for Edward Elgar

    Edward Elgar The Snow

    Choir: Les Sirenes. Director: Andrew Nunn. Performer: Ruth Tarr. Performer: Hazel Collins. Performer: Fionnula Ward.

    Nimbus : NI 249, Nimbus, 20

  • Image for Bob Chilcott

    Bob Chilcott The Isle Is Full Of Noises

    Choir: Wellensian Consort. Director: Christopher Finch.

    NAXOS : 857-3158, NAXOS, 1

  • Image for Traditional Spiritual

    Traditional Spiritual Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?

    Choir: Wellensian Consort. Conductor: Christopher Finch. Music Arranger: Richard Allain.

    BBC Recording - Choir of the Year Final 2012

  • Image for Joseph Horovitz

    Joseph Horovitz Then The Lord Looked Down On His Ark; Oh What A Wonderful Scene (Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo)

    Choir: The King's Singers.

    DUTTON : CDLF8120, DUTTON, 10

  • Image for Francis Poulenc

    Francis Poulenc Bois Meutri, Bois Perdu (Un Soir De Neige)

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.

    EMI : CMS-5668432, EMI, 39

  • Image for John Tavener

    John Tavener Three Shakespeare Sonnets

    Choir: South Iceland Chamber Choir. Conductor: Hilmar Orn Agnarsson. Singer: Tui Hirv. Singer: Elísabet Einarsdóttir. Singer: Henríetta Ósk Gunnarsdóttir.

    Recording courtesy of South Iceland Chamber Choir (Àrni Möller)

  • Image for John Zeretzke

    John Zeretzke Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind

    Singer: Moira Smiley.

  • Image for Robert Johnson

    Robert Johnson They're Red Hot

    Singer: Moira Smiley.

  • Image for Claudio Monteverdi

    Claudio Monteverdi Zefiro torna, e l'bel tempo rimena

    Ensemble: Arcangelo. Director: Jonathan Cohen.


  • Image for Igor Stravinsky

    Igor Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms

    Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent. Orchestra: deFilharmonie. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.

    PENTATONE : PTC-5186 349, PENTATONE, 015

  • Image for Anton Bruckner

    Anton Bruckner Os Justi

    Ensemble: Voces8.

    Decca : 478 5703, Decca, 12


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