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Choir of the Year 2014, John Surman

Sara Mohr-Pietsch focuses on the Open category from the Finals of Choir of the Year 2014. Plus saxophonist and composer John Surman's favourite choral music and a Choral Classic.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents her second selection of highlights from the category finals of Choir of the Year 2014. Today she introduces the choirs who took part in the Open category at London's Royal Festival Hall. Sara also talks to saxophonist and jazz composer, John Surman, about his favourite choral music, and introduces another of her Choral Classics.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


    Performer: Collegium Novum. Choir: Choir of New College Oxford. Conductor: Edward Higginbottom.
    • Novum : NCR1388.
    • Novum.
    • 12.
  • Jacob Swindells

    Magnifiscat and Funk Dimittis

    Choir: The Oxford Gargoyles.
  • Various Artists


    Choir: The Holles Singers. Conductor: Miranda Ashe. Performer: Molly Goldstone. Performer: Brendan Ashe. Music Arranger: Brendan Ashe.
  • Peter Gabriel

    Don’t Give Up

    Conductor: Paul Mellors. Choir: Rainbow Connection Singers.
  • Geraint Cynan


    Conductor: Cefin Roberts. Composer: Cefin Roberts. Choir: Ysgol Glanaethwy Senior Choir.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    The Silver Swan

    Choir: The King’s Singers.
    • SIGNUM : SIG CD-307.
    • SIGNUM.
    • 8.
  • William Walton

    Thus in Babylon from Belshazzar's Feast

    Choir: Bach Choir.. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-8760.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 5.
  • Traditional Bulgarian

    Retche Mama De Me Jeni (Mother has Decided to Marry Me Off)

    Performer: Ensemble of the Bulgarian Republic conducted by Philip Koutev. Conductor: Philip Koutev. Choir: Ensemble of the Bulgarian Republic.
    • Chant du Monde : LDM 8131.
    • Chant du Monde.
    • 4.
  • Marlui Miranda

    Kewere: Rezar: Prayer: Canto Final

    Performer: Marlui Miranda. Orchestra: Sao Paulo State Jazz Orchestra and Chorus. Performer: Symphonic Choir of the State of São Paulo. Choir: IHU Chorale. Conductor: Aylton Escobar.
    • 2 IHU Kewere, Rezar.
    • ACT.
    • 11.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice

    Choir: Finzi Singers. Performer: Paul Charrier. Performer: Susan Gritton. Performer: John Bowen. Performer: Harry Bicket. Conductor: Paul Spicer.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-8936.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 13.
  • Johann Michael Bach

    Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe from Magnificat

    Conductor: Peter Seymour. Choir: Yorkshire Bach Choir. Performer: Christian Curnyn.
    • CLOISTER : CLOCD0106.
    • 1.
  • John Miles


    Conductor: Paul Mellors. Choir: Rainbow Connection Singers.


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