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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.

11.00
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.

12.00
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.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Philip Moore

    Requiem -Offertory

    Performer: Stephen Farr. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
  • Jamie W. Hall

    'Spring' from To Every Thing

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
  • Michael Tippett

    The Weeping Babe

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
  • Harrison Birtwistle

    Lullaby

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Nicholas Kok.
  • Bob Chilcott

    Gourds And Rattles

  • Philip Moore

    Requiem -In Paradisum

    Performer: Stephen Farr. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
  • Michael Tippett

    Early One Morning

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Ben Palmer.
  • Judith Weir

    Love Bade Me Welcome

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Ben Palmer.
  • Judith Bingham

    The Spirit of Truth

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Ben Palmer.
  • Bob Chilcott

    My Prayer

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Ben Palmer.
  • Ivor Gurney Arr. Ian Farrington

    5 Elizabethan Songs

    Ensemble: BBC Singers. Conductor: Ben Palmer.
  • Alastair Putt

    O magnum mysterium

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Ben Palmer.
  • Benjamin Britten

    A Boy was Born

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Ben Palmer.
  • Benjamin Britten

    A Hymn to the Virgin

    Ensemble: BBC Singers. Conductor: Ben Palmer.
  • John Rutter

    It Was a Lover and his Lass

    Ensemble: BBC Singers. Conductor: Ben Palmer.
  • Robert Schumann

    Kinderszenen

    Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
    • Sony.

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Meet the musicians

Get to know the BBC Orchestras and Choirs as they limber up for our day of music-making.