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Cheltenham Festival: BBC Singers - Tavener, Part

2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 09 July 2014

Live in Concert The BBC Singers and the Hilliard Ensemble conducted by David Hill perform music by John Tavener and Arvo Pärt at the 2014 Cheltenham Music Festival.

The BBC Singers and the four voices of the Hilliard Ensemble join forces for a concert of meditative, holy music in the glorious 12th century setting of Tewkesbury Abbey.

The Hilliard Ensemble, celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, gave the first performance of Pärt's reflective setting of the Stabat Mater. For this evening they are joined by members of the Carducci String Quartet.

The BBC Singers are also joined by the string trio for Tavener's mystical "Ikon of Light" which was premiered thirty years ago at the 1984 Cheltenham Music Festival in Tewkesbury Abbey.

Finally The Hilliard Ensemble and the BBC Singers perform together with an 11 piece instrumental ensemble, including an electric guitar, and the German soprano Claudia Reinhard for Pärt's setting of Psalm 51 - Miserere.

Introduced by Martin Handley

John Tavener: Ikon of Light
Arvo Pärt: Stabat Mater


Arvo Pärt: Miserere

Claudia Reinhard Soprano
Hilliard Ensemble
Members of the Carducci String Quartet
BBC Singers
David Hill conductor.

Music Played

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes


BBC Singers


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