The BBC's Big Concert


Bbc Singers - Live From London20100613BBC Singers at St Paul's Knightsbridge.

Presented by Christopher Cook

The BBC Singers have the largest and broadest repertoire of any professional choral group, and their programme at St Paul's shows their versatility, spanning four hundred years of the choral repertoire, beginning with William Byrd's Mass - one of the sacred masterpieces of the Tudor period, conducted by Chief Conductor David Hill.

Then Principal Guest Conductor Bob Chilcott conducts three works composed by the Singers' Associate Composers over the last six years, plus a piece of his own - which requires audience participation! And to conclude the concert, David Hill directs three choral classics which were commissioned for and premiered by the BBC Singers in the 1940s.

Tippett's The Weeping Babe and Britten's Shepherd's Carol are amongst the group's earliest commissions - composed for a programme called A Poet's Christmas which was broadcast in 1944.

And Poulenc's monumental wartime cantata for unaccompanied voices, composed as a hymn to freedom in occupied France during the summer of 1943 was given its first performance a few months later by the BBC Singers in the Concert Hall of Broadcasting House.

It is one of the most thrilling and powerful works in the entire choral repertoire.

Byrd: Mass for five voices

Gabriel Jackson: To Music*

Judith Bingham: Water Lilies*

Edward Cowie: Lyre-Bird Motet*

Bob Chilcott - I am the song (with audience participation)*

Britten: A Shepherd's Carol

Tippett: The Weeping Babe

Poulenc: Figure Humaine

David Hill, conductor;

Bob Chilcott, conductor*

In the two intervals in the concert, there is a montage of reminiscences from the Singers' activities over nearly 90 years of their history, and a bird's-eye-view of the group's present-day outreach and learning initiatives - which include projects with children, young professional conductors and composers, and the amateur choral community at large.

BBC Singers in music by Byrd, Jackson, Bingham, Cowie, Chilcott, Britten and Tippett.

Live From Belfast20100613"Ulster Orchestra at Ulster Hall, Belfast.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

The Ulster Orchestra, founded in 1966, is Northern Ireland's only full time orchestra.

It promotes its own international season and twenty BBC concerts each year in the Ulster Hall.

These range from exploring lesser known classical works, to premiering new works by local composers, from educational concerts to community concerts, and from providing debut opportunities for young musicians to staging the biggest classical music party of the year: Proms in the Park.

Tonight's concert features a new work - a Radio 3 commission for guitar and orchestra entitled Roots.

Written by the young Irish composer Ciaran Farrell, it combines classical, folk and pop elements in an orchestral concerto context, and highlights the versatility of the orchestra.

This contrasts with the fine lines of Prokofiev's Classical Symphony and the sense of place inherent in Copland's Appalachian Spring, and the concert ends in true Ulster fashion with one of the loveliest of Irish airs.

Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 (Op.25) in D major Classical""

Ciaran Farrell: Roots for Guitar and Orchestra (Radio 3 Commission and World Premiere)

Copland: Appalachian Spring

Joan Trimble: The Boyne Water

Craig Ogden, guitar;

David Porcelijn, conductor.

During breaks in the concert several features illustrate the range of work which the Orchestra has undertaken this year, including the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, the Brian Irvine Education project The Pied Piper, Come and Play - a scheme with the Ulster Orchestra and Ulster Youth Orchestra performing together - and Rain Falling Up, an education project for four hundred school children and seventy senior citizens.

And finally, a team from the orchestra go head to head with the audience in a light hearted music quiz.

Ulster Orchestra in Prokofiev: Symphony No 1.

Plus Ciaran Farrell, Copland, Joan Trimble."""

Live From Cardiff20100613"BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales at BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff.

Presented by Sarah Walker

A concert from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales' new home at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.

French music has featured strongly in Principal Conductor Thierry Fischer's programming with the Orchestra over the past four years, and it's at the heart of this programme too.

Unbridled imagination and a passion for Shakespeare fired Berlioz to write his dramatic overture, written in a burst of energy in just three weeks.

Shakespeare is also the subject of Massenet's suite - three short symphonic poems on the subjects of Ariel, Desdemona and Macbeth.

And Ravel's La Valse, written for Diaghilev, conjures up a vivid and violent picture of pre-First World War Viennese ballrooms.

Naturally, Welsh music is central to the activities of the Orchestra and Chorus, and Adrian Partington conducts a jubilant Psalm of praise by William Mathias.

Contemporary music is also important in the Orchestra's life, and for the opening of this new hall, Composer in Association Simon Holt has created a short work in honour of St.

Vitus, patron saint of actors, comedians and dancers - among others.

Berlioz: King Lear Overture (Op.4)

Simon Holt: St.

Vitus in the kettle

Massenet: Suite No.3 Scenes dramatiques""*

Mathias: Psalm 150 ""Laudate Dominum"" for chorus and orchestra (Op.44/1)*

Ravel: La Valse

BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales;

Thierry Fischer, conductor

Adrian Partington, conductor*

During the concert Sarah Walker talks to Thierry Fischer as he looks forward to the BBC Proms and his artistic vision for the Orchestra's new season.

Simon Holt explains what it's like to work closely with the Orchestra and how it influences his music.

Adrian Partington discusses the important role the Chorus plays on the platform alongside the Orchestra - and deeper into the community in Wales.

And animateur Andy Pidcock, who is a workshop leader with the Education and Community Department of the Orchestra, describes an upcoming project taking the Orchestra to work with special needs children throughout Wales.

The BBC NOW perform music by Berlioz, Holt, Massenet, Mathias and Ravel."""

Live From Glasgow20100613"BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra plays a 75th Birthday programme close to its heart.

The music of Sibelius has been important to the Orchestra ever since the composer sent a telegram to its founding conductor, Ian Whyte, saying that the broadcast of his Second Symphony was the first time he had heard it properly.

Korngold's romantic Violin Concerto is played by one of the Orchestra's favourite visiting soloists, Ilya Gringolts, and there is a UK premiere from local composer Sally Beamish.

Her piece is dedicated to Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in his 75th year - a composer who has had a long association with the Orchestra, particularly at the festival he founded in Orkney.

It also represents the Orchestra's ongoing commitment to championing new music.

The programme finishes with music by Bartok, who loved Glasgow and the Scottish folk music traditions which mirror his use of Hungarian Folk Music.

His music has been championed by the Orchestra, particularly during the last ten years under the tenure of its previous chief conductor.

This celebratory concert is conducted by Scottish-born Garry Walker.

Sibelius: Finlandia (Op.26)

Korngold: Violin Concerto (Op.35) in D major

Sally Beamish: A Cage of Doves (UK Premiere)

Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin Suite (Sz.73)

Ilya Gringolts (violin)

Garry Walker (conductor)

During the concert, there is a chance to hear about some of the Orchestra's wide-ranging outreach work in the communities of Scotland, including Sistema Scotland based in Stirling, which is using music to build a strong society.

Plus a report from the come and sing"" Mozart Requiem for the people of Glasgow and the wider area which took place yesterday as part of the Orchestra's ""Listen Here"" Weekend of open doors.

And a number of key individuals explain what the orchestra has meant, and still means to them as it reaches its 75th Birthday year.

Composers Sir Peter Maxwell Davis and Sally Beamish will also join the Orchestra live in City Halls Glasgow to talk about the UK premiere of Sally's piece.

The BBC SSO in Sibelius: Finlandia.

Korngold: Violin Concerto in D.

Plus Beamish, Bartok."""

Live From Plymouth20100613BBC Concert Orchestra at Plymouth Pavilions.

Presented by Ian Skelly.

As the UK's most versatile orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra has long been at the heart of British music, promoting the quality and craftsmanship of composers who form an indispensible part of British culture and character.

Conducted by MGM Prom star John Wilson, the programme's theme is Best of British and takes its inspiration from the West Country, with Malcolm Arnold's Four Cornish Dances and music from Dorset composer Peter Hope.

Not forgetting Plymouth's long history as a naval city, there's also Lady Barbara from Robert Farnon's Captain Horatio Hornblower Suite, and the concert ends with Vaughan Williams' Sea Songs.

The Orchestra is joined by star of stage and screen, the larger-than-life Brian Blessed, to narrate Paul Patterson's musical retelling of Roald Dahl's magnificent Three Little Pigs, during which audiences will have a unique opportunity to join in live on BBC Radio 3, as together they'll huff, and puff, and blow the house down!

And finally, soprano Charlotte Page recalls the heady days of light music with a selection from Ivor Novello and Noel Coward.

Coates: Merrymakers Overture

Peter Hope: Kaleidoscope

Robert Farnon: Lady Barbara from the Hornblower Suite

Paul Patterson: Three Little Pigs

Arnold: Four Cornish Dances (Op.91)

Delius: A Song of Summer

Noel Coward: If Love Were All

Vaughan Williams: Sea Songs

Brian Blessed, narrator,

Sophie-Louise Dann, soprano,

John Wilson, conductor

During a break in the concert, there is news of the MusicMix project.

In March this year the Orchestra went on a tour of the East of England playing to over seven thousand young people, and a further three hundred had the opportunity to be on stage with the Orchestra and have coaching from BBC musicians.

The project is running again tomorrow in the Plymouth Pavilions, with around four thousand students from Devon and Cornwall.

BBC CO/John Wilson in music by Coates, Hope, Farnon, Patterson, Arnold and Delius.

Live From Salford20100613"A day of live music making from all over the UK, featuring the five BBC Orchestras, the BBC Singers and the Ulster Orchestra.

With performances from Bach to Bartok and beyond, plus behind-the-scenes features on the orchestras' community work and their exciting plans for the future.

Beginning with:

BBC Philharmonic at St Philip's Church, Salford.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

As the BBC Philharmonic prepares to move to its neighbouring base in Salford Quays over the next year, the Orchestra is in Sir Robert Smirke's Greek-style designed church in Salford.

Nicholas Kraemer conducts the Orchestra and the Manchester Chamber Choir in two of Bach's finest Cantatas: the intimate No 159 which showcases the inspiring bass aria Es ist vollbracht"", and the ambitious No 21, ""Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis"", which moves from darkness to a blazing final chorus.

Between them, a profound symphony by Haydn which is perhaps more appropriate to this sacred setting than to the concert hall.

Bach: Cantata no.

159 (BWV.159) ""Sehet, wir geh'n hinauf gen Jerusalem""

Haydn: Symphony no.

26 (H.1.26) in D minor ""Lamentatione""

21 (BWV.21) ""Ich hatte viel Bekummernis""

Julia Doyle, soprano

Tove Dahlberg, mezzo soprano

Nicholas Mulroy, tenor

Halvor Festervoll Melein, bass

Manchester Chamber Choir;

Nicholas Kraemer, conductor

During the concert there is an opportunity to take a closer look at the Orchestra's learning and outreach work as it gathers momentum ahead of the move to Salford, and to meet members of the recently-created Salford Family Orchestra.

Plus interviews with Salford-based composer Alan Williams who worked extensively to create a new choral work that reflects a twenty-first century take on the true creation of the universe.

Nicholas Kraemer conducts the BBC Philharmonic in Bach cantatas and Haydn: Symphony No 26."""