French Collection

Marcel Dupré: Four Motets Op 9; O salutaris hostia; Ave Maria; Tantum ergo; Laudate Dominum

BBC Singers

Stephen Disley (organ)

John Poole (conductor).


The BBC Singers conducted by John Poole, with Stephen Disley (organ), perform Messe breve by Edith Canat de Chizy.


The BBC Singers, conducted by Gregory Rose, perform Partsongs by the Father of Finnish music, Jean Sibelius, and one of the compatriots who followed in his footsteps, Toivo Kuula.


A Commonwealth Celebration: Bob Chilcott conducts the BBC Singers in a selection of choral music from across the Commonwealth.


A Commonwealth Celebration: A second selection of choral works by composers from Commonwealth countries, including India, Canada and Australia.

Conducted by Bob Chilcott.


The BBC Singers, conducted by Stephen Cleobury, play a programme of works - including music by Jonathan Harvey and the composers he admired.

Recorded in Blythburgh Church as part of the 2002 Aldeburgh Festival.

Sheppard: Dum transisset Sabbatum

Harvey: Dum Transisset Sabbatum

Taverner: Dum transisset Sabbatum I

Harvey: Marahi

Messiaen: 5 Rechants

Harvey: Forms of emptiness

Palestrina: Alma Redemptoris mater

Holst: Ave Maria

Palestrina: Ave Maria.


French Organ Composers

Stephen Disley (organ)

BBC Singers

Nicholas Kok (conductor)

An extraordinarily un-solemn Messe Solennelle by Naji Hakim, together with music for chorus and organ by fellow Parisian organist Jean Langlais.


Recorded at the 2002 Huddersfield Festival, the BBC Singers conducted by James Morgan perform Per Norgard's Reves en pleine lumiere and other contemporary choral works.


Wie Ein Kind: James Morgan conducts the BBC Singers in Per Norgard's Wie ein Kind for chorus, a setting of the fantastical poetry of Adolf Wolfli.


Judith Weir: Telling the Tale

Legends and Sagas

Presented by Tom Service live from St Giles Cripplegate in London's Barbican Centre.

Imaginary encounters with the Middle Ages unite the three works in this concert.

Elin Manahan Thomas tackles King Harald's Saga, a miniature grand opera in three acts for solo soprano.

Weir turned to the music of 13th century France when she wrote All the Ends of the Earth for the BBC Singers in 1999, while Missa del Cid combines the Latin Mass with the bloodthirsty legend of El Cid.

Weir: King Harald's Saga; All the Ends of the Earth; Missa del Cid

Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano)


BBC Singers

David Hill (conductor).


Cellist Raphael Wallfisch and the BBC Singers under Bob Chilcott perform Richard Rodney Bennett's A Farwell to Arms.


With choral music by two of France's greatest 20th-century organists, Marcel Dupre and Jean Langlais.

Stephen Disley (organ)

BBC Singers

Nicholas Kok (conductor)

Dupre: Ave Maria, Op 9, No 3; O salutaris hostia, Op 9, No 1

Jean Langlais: Festival alleluia.


A concert given by the BBC Singers at Canterbury Cathedral in April featuring new British works for organ, choir and brass.

Joanna Marsh: The Tower

Elizabeth Winters: The Everlasting Voices

Gabriel Jackson: The Spacious Firmament

Olivier Messiaen: Dieu parmi nous

John McLeod: Chinese Whispers

Hannah Kendall: Nativity

Adam Gorb: Thoughts Scribbled on a Blank Wall

Giles Underwood (bass)

Stephen Disley (organ)

Onyx Brass

BBC Singers

Nicholas Cleobury (conductor).


Maurice Durufle's hauntingly beautiful Requiem performed at St Alban's Abbey by Judith Harris (mezzo), Stephen Charlesworth (baritone), BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra directed by Nicholas Cleobury.

The performance, recorded at the 2001 St Alban's international Organ Festival, uses the seldom-heard version for chorus, soloists and large orchestra of the work, which was composed in 1947 and became a much-loved choral classic of the 20th century.

As a model, Durufle took Faure's Requiem and his piece closely shadows the outline of Faure's piece, born of the enormous admiration and respect Durufle felt towards his elder colleague.


The BBC Singers conducted by Peter Phillips perform works by Gombert and Josquin.

Peter Phillips conducts the BBC Singers in a concert giving a bird's-eye view of Flemish Renaissance composer Nicolas Gombert's choral music - including an elaborate mass setting, a motet describing the grief of King David for his dead son and another which is a lament for the most famous composer of the age, Josquin des Pres, who may have been Gombert's teacher.

'The Profound Musician' was one contemporary's description of Gombert, while another theorist wrote that 'he shows all musicians the path, nay more, the exact way to refinement'.

From provincial and humble beginnings, he came to be choirmaster to the Hapsburg Emperor Charles V and travelled across Europe as a member of his court.

Bbc Singers In Tallis20081213

In a performance given at Llandaff Cathedral, the BBC Singers under David Hill perform Thomas Tallis's mass Puer natus est nobis for seven voices.

The work is considered one of the masterworks of Tudor sacred music.

Composed, in likelihood, for Christmas Day 1554, it is based on a Latin plainchant melody which begins 'A boy is born to us, and a son is given to us whose government shall be on his shoulders'.

But the piece marks not just the birth of Christ but also the longed-for birth of a royal heir - the Queen, Mary Tudor, who was mistakenly thought to be pregnant at the time.