Los Angeles Choral Scene

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01The Choir20121202

In the first of a two-part special, Aled Jones looks at the choral scene in Los Angeles, featuring interviews and performances by some of the US West Coast's finest singing groups.

Today's programme features the LA Master Chorale, with a feature interview with its Music Director, Grant Gershon, and two of its singers. We also look at one of the most acclaimed youth choirs in America, the Los Angeles Children's Chorus, and drop in at a rehearsal of the Philippine Chamber Singers - just one of the city's diverse array of amateur and semi-professional choirs - originally formed by Filipino emigres to the West Coast.

With works by Reich, Gorecki and Muhly, as well as Filipino traditional folk songs.

02 LASTThe Choir20121209

Aled Jones concludes his overview of the thriving and eclectic choral scene in Los Angeles, featuring interviews and performances by some of the US West Coast's finest ensembles.

Today, The Choir examines the diverse array of choral activities around Hollywood's famous cinema and television industry, with performances by the Hollywood Film Chorale of choral moments from movie blockbusters, including John Williams' score to "Amistad"...and one of the funniest (and most famous) choral moments in recent film history, The Simpsons Movie's "Spider Pig"...

We also visit the Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady Of Los Angeles - replete with choirs in both English and Spanish - and examine the remarkable history of one of LA's most famous choral and social activist organisations, the Gay Men's Choir of Los Angeles.