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BBC Singers, Ben Parry - In the Beginning

Live from Knightsbridge, the BBC Singers conducted by Ben Parry perform music associated with the Biblical story of Creation, and with one of the first things God created: light.

Live from St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge
Presented by Catherine Bott

The BBC Singers, conducted by Ben Parry, explore music associated with the Biblical story of Creation - and with one of the first things God created: light.

Ben Parry: The First Day (first performance)

John Rutter: Hymn to the Creator of Light

Ligeti: Lux aeterna

Lassus: Verbum caro factus est

Copland: In the beginning

8.15 Interval Music

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Sheppard: Verbum caro factus est

Jonathan Dove: Vast ocean of Light

Jonathan Rathbone: O nata lux

Antony Pitts: I AM Alpha and Omega

Gabriel Jackson: In the beginning

BBC Singers
Stephen Farr (organ)
Ben Parry (conductor)

Making his debut with the BBC Singers, Ben Parry - recently-appointed Director of the National Youth Choir - appears as both composer and conductor in this concert which explores music derived from the Biblical words 'In the beginning'. This is the phrase which begins both the Creation story in the Book of Genesis at the very start of the Bible, and also reveals - in language both poetic and mystical - the nature of Christ's incarnation at the opening of the Gospel of St John. Music by two Renaissance masters is paired with works by composers from our own day (including the first performance of a piece by Ben Parry himself), setting words from Genesis and St John's Gospel about Creation and Incarnation, and about the biblical image which links both those things: light.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Ben Parry

    First Day for chorus and organ

    Conductor: Ben Parry Performer: Stephen Farr Performer: BBC Singers

  • John Rutter

    Hymn to the creator of light

    Conductor: Ben Parry Performer: BBC Singers

  • Gy├Ârgy Ligeti

    Lux aeterna for chorus

    Conductor: Ben Parry Performer: BBC Singers

  • Orlande de Lassus

    Verbum caro factum est for chorus

    Conductor: Ben Parry Performer: BBC Singers

  • Aaron Copland

    In the beginning for mezzo-soprano and chorus

    Conductor: Ben Parry Performer: Margaret Cameron Performer: BBC Singers

  • Aaron Copland

    Quiet city for cor anglais, trumpet and strings

    Conductor: Aaron Copland Performer: London Symphony Orchestra

    • Sony Classical.
    • CM3K-46559.
    • -10.
  • Aaron Copland

    Sunday afternoon music (The young pioneers) for piano [1935]

    Performer: Leo Smit

    • Sony Classical.
    • SM2K 66345.
    • -10.
  • Aaron Copland

    Down a country lane for piano

    Performer: Leo Smit

    • Sony Classical.
    • SM2K 66345.
    • -11.
  • Aaron Copland

    Music for movies: Grovers Corner - concert suite from film scores for orchestra

    Conductor: Aaron Copland (1900 - 1990) Performer: London Symphony Orchestra

    • Sony Classical.
    • CM3K-46559.
    • -8.
  • Aaron Copland

    Music for movies: Sunday Traffic - concert suite from film scores for orchestra

    Conductor: Aaron Copland (1900 - 1990) Performer: London Symphony Orchestra

    • Sony Classical.
    • CM3K-46559.
    • -7.
  • John Sheppard

    Verbum caro factum est for 6 voices [9th responsory for Matins-Nativity]

    Conductor: Ben Parry Performer: BBC Singers

  • Jonathan Dove

    Vast Ocean of Light for chorus and organ

    Conductor: Ben Parry Performer: Stephen Farr Performer: BBC Singers

  • Jonathan Rathbone

    O nata lux for chorus

    Conductor: Ben Parry Performer: BBC Singers

  • Antony Pitts

    I AM Alpha and Omega for chorus

    Conductor: Ben Parry Performer: BBC Singers

  • Gabriel Jackson

    In the beginning for chorus and organ

    Conductor: Ben Parry Performer: Stephen Farr Performer: BBC Singers

Broadcast

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