A day of music celebrating the BBC's orchestras and choirs continues, focusing on the BBC Singers. With a live performance, plus recordings, features and discussion.
BBC Radio 3's Pass the Baton! day celebrates the unique contributions which the BBC's Orchestras and Choirs make to British musical life. With live performances from Cardiff, Glasgow, London and Salford, plus discussions, features and recordings which demonstrate the ensembles' distinctive work in their own communities and further afield. Part of Radio 3's 70th season, celebrating seven decades of pioneering music and culture since the founding of the Third Programme.
The baton is passed to the BBC Singers, for a special programme exploring the group's history and role in the UK's cultural life. Presented by Fiona Talkington with guests including Judith Weir and Judith Bingham, along with interviews from Chief Conductor David Hill and his predecessors Stephen Cleobury and Simon Jolly and members of BBC Singers. There will also be a chance to hear movements from Philip Moore's Requiem, the world premiere of which BBC Singers gave earlier in November.
Sean Rafferty hosts a live BBC Singers concert from the group's home at Maida Vale Studios. Conducted by Ben Palmer, the concert will include works by composers closely associated with the group.