BBC Singers - Modern Sacred Music
From St Paul's, Knightsbridge, BBC Singers in modern sacred choral music, by Britten, Bingham, Tallis, Guy Bovet, Daniel Saleeb, Nico Muhly, Elizabeth Poston and Richard Blackford.
Live from St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge
Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch
The BBC Singers perform modern sacred choral music - from Britten to the brand new.
Benjamin Britten: Jubilate in C
Judith Bingham: The Spirit of Truth
Thomas Tallis: If ye love me
Guy Bovet: Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt
Daniel Saleeb: Erhalt' uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort
Nico Muhly: Weltlich Ehr' und zeitlich Gut (world premiere)
Nico Muhly: Spiral Mass (joint BBC commission: UK premiere)
8.15 Interval music, and Sara Mohr-Pietsch talks to Nicholas Kok
Elizabeth Poston: Jesus Christ, the apple tree
Richard Blackford: Within the Seed (BBC commission: world premiere)
Benjamin Britten: Prelude and Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria
Benjamin Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb
James McVinnie (organ)
Nicholas Kok (conductor)
In their 90th anniversary season, demonstrating their long-standing commitment to new music , the BBC Singers tonight premiere Richard Blackford's settings of the spiritually-charged poems of Kathleen Raine, and Nico Muhly's 'Spiral Mass' - a piece reflecting its composer's own musical preoccupation with twisting symmetries and helix figures.
Alongside these, pieces which cast a glance back to the music of the past: Judith Bingham's 'The Spirit of Truth' is based on a much-loved anthem by Tallis while Britten's 'Rejoice in the Lamb' pays affectionate homage to the music of Purcell, and his Prelude and Fugue is based on a theme from a Renaissance motet.
Organist James McVinnie performs three new pieces from The Orgelbüchlein Project - in which contemporary composers have written short organ chorale-preludes to fill the pages left blank in J S Bach's famous collection from the early 18th century.