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The Choir at Proms Extra

Sara Mohr-Pietch marks the centenary of Hubert Parry's Jerusalem, with guest choir Blossom Street singing songs by Judith Weir, Elgar, Parry and the Beatles.

Sara Mohr-Pietch introduces a special edition of The Choir, recorded in front of a live audience at Imperial College Union. 2016 marks the centenary of a song that has become closely associated with the Proms - Hubert Parry's "Jerusalem". An instant success from the occasion when it was first heard in 1916, Sara and guests will be talking about what lies behind the broad and enduring appeal of this unofficial anthem. Led by its innovative director Hilary Campbell, critically acclaimed choir Blossom Street puts Parry into context with a round-up of songs by British composers including Elgar and a George Herbert setting from Master of the Queen's Music, Judith Weir; and we celebrate the power of voices singing together in Lennon and McCartney's "Hey Jude" as well as "Jerusalem" itself. Between the songs, Sara will be catching up with some of the members of this vibrant professional choir in Meet My Choir and this week's Choral Classic is drawn from Parry's late masterpiece, his moving "Songs of Farewell".

1 hour

Music Played

  • Aretha Franklin & Southern California Community Choir

    Climbing Higher Mountains

    • RHINO.
    • R275627.
  • John Byrt

    Among the leaves so green, oh! - trad., arr. for chorus

    Conductor: Hilary Campbell. Performer: Blossom Street.
  • James MacMillan

    Lassie, Wad Ye Loe Me?

    Performer: The Blossom Street Singers.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata no. 19 BWV.19 (Es erhub sich ein Streit)

    Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Performer: English Baroque Soloists. Performer: Monteverdi Choir.
    • SDG 124.
  • Hubert Parry

    Jerusalem for voice and keyboard

    Performer: David Owen Norris.
  • Hubert Parry

    Jerusalem for voice and keyboard

    Performer: David Owen Norris.
  • Hubert Parry

    Jerusalem for voice and keyboard

    Performer: David Owen Norris.
  • Hubert Parry

    Jerusalem for voice and keyboard

    Performer: David Owen Norris.
  • Hubert Parry

    Jerusalem for voice and keyboard

    Performer: David Owen Norris.
  • Hubert Parry

    Jerusalem for voice and keyboard

    Performer: David Owen Norris.
  • Hubert Parry

    Jerusalem for voice and keyboard

    Performer: David Owen Norris.
  • Hubert Parry

    Jerusalem for voice and keyboard

    Performer: David Owen Norris.
  • Hubert Parry

    Jerusalem for voice and keyboard

    Performer: David Owen Norris.
  • Hubert Parry

    Jerusalem for voice and keyboard

    Performer: David Owen Norris.
  • Hubert Parry

    Jerusalem for voice and keyboard

    Performer: David Owen Norris.
  • Hubert Parry

    Jerusalem for voice and keyboard

    Performer: David Owen Norris.
  • Hubert Parry

    Jerusalem for voice and keyboard

    Performer: David Owen Norris.
  • Hubert Parry

    Jerusalem for voice and keyboard

    Conductor: Hilary Campbell. Performer: Blossom Street.
  • Edward Elgar

    They are at rest - anthem for chorus a 4 [1909]

    Conductor: Hilary Campbell. Performer: Blossom Street.
  • Henry Walford Davies

    Tune Thy Music To thy Heart

    Performer: The Blossom Street Singers.
  • Judith Weir

    Love Bade Me Welcome for mixed choir

    Conductor: Hilary Campbell. Performer: Blossom Street.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Gloria in D major RV.589 for soloists, chorus and orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Hickox. Performer: Collegium Musicum 90.
    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN-0518.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Gurrelieder for soloists, chorus and orchestra

    Performer: Netherlands Female Youth Choir. Performer: Domkantorei Köln;. Performer: Männerstimmen des Kölner Domchores;. Performer: Vokalensemble Kölner Dom;. Performer: Chor des Bach-Vereins Köln;. Performer: Kartäuserkantorei Köln; . Performer: Gürzenich-Orchester Köln. Performer: Marcus Stenz, conductor.
  • Hubert Parry

    Songs of farewell for mixed voices

    Conductor: Nigel Short. Performer: Tenebrae.
    • SIGNUM.
    • SIGCD267.
  • LENNON/McCARTNEY

    Hey Jude

    Conductor: Hilary Campbell. Performer: Blossom Street.
  • Percy Grainger

    The Brisk Young Sailor (A Lincolnshire Posy)

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.

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