Saturday 27 August 2011
3.00pm – c4.30pm
Cadogan Hall

Piano music

  • Hildegard of Bingen

    Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum - selection (10 mins)
    • Sinfonye
  • Benjamin Britten

    Sacred and Profane (14 mins)
    • BBC Singers
    • Robert Hollingworth conductor
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    Narration: A Description of the Passing of a Year (10 mins)
  • Stevie Wishart

    Out of This World (c25 mins) BBC commission: world premiere
    • BBC Singers
    • Stevie Wishart conductor

About this event

A concert performed jointly by the BBC Singers and Stevie Wishart's Sinfonye, a group which applies new learning on period performance to the improvisatory freedom associated with traditional music.

The exploration of material sung, inspired or composed by women is another aim and this concert not only pays tribute to the music of Hildegard of Bingen but ends with four new songs based on her texts.

'For Hildegard, it seems music was a way for mortals to experience something of heavenly or spiritual ecstasy,' says Stevie Wishart, 'and it is perhaps this desire which we can most clearly empathise with today.

Hers is a creative spirit which soars high, as much in our time as in her own.' As a centrepiece, two British settings of medieval texts express visionary fervour through the sound-worlds of the second half of the 20th century.

There will be no interval

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