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International Women's Day: BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers

Live from the BBC's Maida Vale Studios, music by contemporary women composers. Jessica Cottis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Grace Rossiter conducts the BBC Singers.

Live from the BBC's Maida Vale Studios. Music by contemporary women composers: Jessica Cottis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Grace Rossiter conducts the BBC Singers.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

Helen Grime: Virga
Libby Larsen: Deep Summer Music
Thea Musgrave: Helios - Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra

2015 INTERVAL: Amy Beach's From Grandmother's Garden played by the pianist Kirsten Johnson. And Sara Mohr-Pietsch talks to conductor Jessica Cottis.

Sally Beamish: Gaudent in Coelis +#
Alissa Firsova: Paradisi Gloria, Op. 28 +#
Sally Beamish: Bird Year +#
Joanna Marsh: Fading +#
Roxanna Panufnik: Two Poems by Wendy +#

Victoria Borisova-Ollas: Open Ground
Judith Weir: Moon and Star #

Jessica Cottis (conductor)
Grace Rossiter (conductor) +
Emily Pailthorpe (oboe)
BBC Singers #

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers celebrate International Women's Day 2016 with several works inspired by natural phenomena. Oboist Emily Pailthorpe is the soloist in Thea Musgrave's virtuosic Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra, Helios, depicting the circular movements around the world of the ancient Greek sun god. And the BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Orchestra join forces in Judith Weir's delicate piece for orchestra and chorus Moon and Star - a portrayal of the vastness of space, with words by nineteenth century poet Emily Dickinson. Plus works by another Scot, Helen Grime, American Libby Larsen and Russian-born Swedish resident Victoria Borisova-Ollas. Jessica Cottis conducts.

Grace Rossiter conducts the BBC Singers in a cappella works both religious and nature-inspired.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Amy Beach

    From Grandmother's Garden, Op 97

    Performer: Kirsten Johnson.
    • Amy Beach: Piano Music Volume 3.
    • Guild.
    • 15.

Credits

Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra
Performer BBC Singers

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