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BBC Singers Concert for BASCA

The BBC Singers in a concert given at St Giles Cripplegate, London. With recent works by Thoresen, Dove, Makor, Heinio, Beminow, Skjelbred, McDowall, Voglar and Haapanen.

The BBC Singers conducted by James Morgan perform nine short pieces written recently by nine very different European composers. The texts range from the passionate and wordy, to one that sets just three very simple words. There's deep poignancy in a piece inspired by the final words of Edith Cavell, the nurse who was murdered by the Germans in the First World War, and then there are lighter moments with the iconic Alice in Wonderland being reworked for cyber-space.
The pieces were chosen following a Europe-wide call for scores organised by ECSA - the European Composer and Songwriter Association who hosted the event organised by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors.
Verity Sharp talks to each of the composers, all of whom were present at the performance.

Introduced by Verity Sharp

Lasse Thoresen: Mon Dieu
Jonathan Dove: It sounded as if the streets were running
Andrej Makor: Paisaje
Mikko Heiniö: Mater fons amoris
Mi?osz Bembinow: Shakespired
Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred: Still in silence
Cecilia McDowall: Standing as I do before God
Crt Sojar Voglar: Salve Regina
Perttu Haapanen: Readymade Alice

Recorded in St Giles, Cripplegate, London on September 30th 2015

BBC Singers
James Morgan conductor

Producer Helen Garrison.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Music Played

  • Lasse Thoresen

    Mon Dieu

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: James Morgan.
  • Jonathan Dove

    It sounded as if the Streets were running

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: James Morgan.
  • Andrej Makor

    Paisaje

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: James Morgan.
  • Mikko Heiniö

    Maria Suite: ‘Mater, fons amoris’; ‘Bogoroditse Devo’

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: James Morgan.
  • Milosz Bembinow

    ShakeSpired

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: James Morgan.
  • Bjørn Bolstad Skjelbred

    The Bee Madrigals: ‘Still in Silence’

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: James Morgan.
  • Cecilia McDowall

    Standing as I do before God

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: James Morgan. Singer: Olivia Robinson.
  • Crt Sojar Voglar

    Salve regina

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: James Morgan.
  • Perttu Haapanen

    Readymade Alice

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: James Morgan.

Credit

Role Contributor
Performer BBC Singers

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