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Singing the Messiah, Stephen Cleobury, NI Opera Studio, Winter

Neil Martin, Claire Buchanan and Diane Holt talk through Handel's Messiah in Ulster Scots. John explores the legacy of conductor Stephen Cleobury. Live music from NI Opera Studio.

Neil Martin, Claire Buchanan and Diane Holt discuss their efforts preparing a community choir for a performance of Handel's Messiah in Ulster Scots for a special recorded performance for BBC NI on Sunday 15th December. Current King's College, Cambridge choral scholar Joe Zubier talks to John about the legacy of the late Stephen Cleobury. NI Opera Studio singers Zoe Jackson (Soprano) and David Lee (Countertenor) perform in the studio and discuss their upcoming performance of Victor Herbert's 'The Enchantress.' John's Classical Connection this week are pieces on the theme of Winter.

1 hour, 57 minutes

Music Played

  • Georges Bizet

    Carmen Suite IV: Prelude, Acte 1 (Les Toreadors)

    Performer: Herbert von Karajan. Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Hallelujah Chorus (from The Messiah)

    Conductor: Neville Marriner. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Choir: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Che Gelida Manina (from La bohème)

    Performer: Luciano Pavarotti.
  • William Henry Monk

    Abide With Me

    Performer: Sir Stephen Cleobury. Performer: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    The Four Seasons: Winter: 1st Movement

    Performer: Lola Bobesco. Orchestra: Heidelberg Chamber Orchestra.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Suite for Variety Orchestra: Waltz 2

    Performer: Jess Gillam. Performer: Ben Dawson. Performer: Charles Mutter.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Silent Noon

    Performer: Adèle Charvet. Performer: Susan Manoff.
  • Gabriel Pierné

    Canzonetta for Clarinet

    Performer: William Curran. Performer: Ruth McGinley.
  • Gareth Malone


    Performer: Gareth Malone. Performer: Elizabeth Ball. Performer: Shlomy Dobrinsky.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Ma Vlast: Vltava (Moldau)

    Performer: Antoni Wit. Performer: Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    The Flight fo the Bumblebee

    Performer: James Galway. Performer: National Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Charles Gerhardt.
  • Michael Nyman

    If (from The Diary of Anne Frank)

    Performer: Jess Gillam. Performer: BBC Concert Orchestra. Performer: Jessica Cottis.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Ceremony of Carols: This Little Babe

    Performer: NYCoS National Girls Choir. Performer: Claire Jones. Performer: Christopher Bell.
  • Fleet Foxes

    White Winter Hymnal

    Performer: SONOS.
  • Morten Lauridsen

    Mid-Winter Songs: I. Lament For Pasiphaë

    Performer: The Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists.
  • Träd

    The Snow It Melts The Soonest

    Performer: VOCES8. Performer: Eleanor Turner.
  • Richard Strauss


    Performer: Zoe Jackson. Performer: Keith McAlister.
  • Felix Mendelssohn


    Performer: David Lee. Performer: Keith McAlister.
  • Victor Herbert

    Land of My Own Romance

    Performer: Zoe Jackson. Performer: Keith McAlister.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita No.4 in D Major BWV828: Ouverture - [Allegro]

    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Sonata for Flute and Piano: 1st Movement

    Performer: Andrew Douglas. Performer: Ruth McGinley.
  • Richard Harvey


    Composer: Richard Harvey. Performer: Heli Jürgenson. Performer: Heli Jürgenson. Performer: Eesti Filharmoonia Kammerkoor. Performer: Eesti Filharmoonia Kammerkoor.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Concerto in B Minor for Cello and Orchestra Op 104: III Finale Allegro Moderato

    Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma.