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Prom 62: Eric Whitacre

Louise Fryer presents a Prom in which the BBC Singers join forces with composer Eric Whitacre's own choir for a concert showcasing his richly scored and popular choral music.

Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Presented by Louise Fryer

American composer Eric Whitacre has written some of the most widely sung, ravishingly scored, and greatly talked-about choral music of the last few years - especially through the pieces performed by his online Virtual Choir. Tonight his own choral group joins forces with the BBC Singers for a feast of music mainly by Whitacre himself.

The Prom includes several of the composer's best-known pieces plus two new works, and also includes music by Leonard Bernstein together with three classic spiritual arrangements by Moses Hogan - both of them fellow countrymen. With the rich acoustics of the Albert Hall, and the thrilling sound of the 48-voice combined choirs, this will be a choral feast of a concert.

Bernstein: Warm-Up
Eric Whitacre: Alleluia
Eric Whitacre: Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine
J S Bach arr. E London: Bach Again
Eric Whitacre: Higher, Faster, Stronger (BBC commission: world Premiere)
Imogen Heap arr. Eric Whitacre: The Listening Chair (world premiere)
Hogan: Three Spirituals
Eric Whitacre: Cloudburst
Eric Whitacre: Sleep

Imogen Heap (vocals)
Hila Plitmann (soprano)
ensemblebash (percussion)
Christopher Glynn (piano)
BBC Singers
Eric Whitacre Singers
Eric Whitacre (conductor).

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Leonard Bernstein


  • Eric Whitacre


  • Eric Whitacre

    Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Bach Again (arr. E. London)

  • Eric Whitacre

    Higher, Faster, Stronger

  • Eric Whitacre

    The Listening Chair (Imogen Heap arr. Whitacre)

  • Trad.

    Three Spirituals (arr. M. Hogan)

  • Eric Whitacre


  • Eric Whitacre



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