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Olympic Opera

Aled Jones finds out about Cycle Song, a new choral opera taking place as part of the London 2012 Festival. He hears from some of the 1500 Scunthorpe musicians taking part and learns about the opera's hero: local cycling champion, Albert 'Lal' White.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Leonard Bernstein

    Olympic Hymn

    Performers: Boston Pops Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, conducted by John Williams

    • Sony Classical.
    • SK62622.
    • 6.
  • Harald Genzmer

    Irische Harfe

    Performers: N.C.R.V. Vocaal Ensemble, directed by Marinus Voorberg

    • Colosseum.
    • STM102.
  • Tim Sutton & Ian Macmillan

    Cycle Song - His shelf was full

    Performers: Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir, St. Cecilia Singers, directed by Susan Hollingworth

    • BBC recording.
  • Tim Sutton

    Cycle Song - Turn Round

    Performers: Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir, St. Cecilia Singers, directed by Susan Hollingworth

    • BBC recording.
  • Tim Sutton

    Cycle Song - Mangle Magic

    Performers: Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir, St. Cecilia Singers, directed by Susan Hollingworth

    • BBC recording.
  • Philip Wilby

    A Brontë Mass - Sanctus & A Prayer

    Performers: The Bach Choir, dir David Hill, Black Dyke Band, directed by Nicholas Childs

    • Doyen.
    • DOYCD250.
    • 9.
  • Kenneth Leighton

    Morning Canticles

    Performers: Wells Cathedral Choir, David Bednall (organ), conducted by Matthew Owens

    • Hyperion.
    • CDA67641.
    • 8.
  • Sir George Dyson

    In Honour of the City

    Performers: Royal College of Music Chamber Choir, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir David Willcocks

    • Unicorn.
    • UKCD2012.
    • 2.

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