The Singing Will Never Be Done


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AO30120131216Katie Derham presents a week-long celebration of the human voice in performances by the BBC's Orchestras and choirs, including some music appropriate to the Christmas season. the featured ensembles are the BBC Singers, BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Stanford: The Bluebird

Emma Tring (soprano),

Brighton Festival Chorus,

James Morgan (conductor).

Max Reger: Mariä Wiegenlied

Christine Brewer (soprano),

BBC Symphony Orchestra,

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor).


Stanford: Magnificat in B flat major, Op 164

Josef Strauss: Geheime Anziehungskräfte (Dynamiden) - Waltz Op 173

BBC Concert Orchestra,

Johannes Wildner (conductor).


Bantock: Vanity of Vanities - Symphony for chorus


Mahler: Symphony No 4 (chamber version)

Sarah-Jane Brandon (soprano),

Lawrence Renes (conductor).


Bax: Mater ora filium

AO30220131217Katie Derham continues her week-long celebration of the human voice in performances by the BBC's orchestras and choirs. Today, Louise Fryer and composer Edward Cowie present a special concert marking his 70th birthday. The BBC Concert Orchestra contribute a suite from Richard Strauss's waltz-filled opera Der Rosenkavalier, the BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra perform highlights from Prokofiev's score for the film Alexander Nevsky, and there's Christmas music from Poland and another anniversary composer, Witold Lutoslawski (born in 1913)

Edward Cowie 70th Birthday Concert

Cowie: Bell bird motet

Josquin Desprez: Inviolata, integra et casta es, Maria

Purcell: Remember not, Lord, our offences, Z 50

Cowie: The Stillness Between Two Waves

Tippett: The Weeping babe

Stanford: Beati quorum via

Cowie: National Portraits: Fiona Shaw

Maxwell Davies: Lullabye for Lucy

Messiaen: O sacrum convivium!

Cowie: Lyre bird motet

BBC Singers,

Nicholas Kok (conductor).


Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier - suite, arr. Mackerras

BBC Concert Orchestra,

Johannes Wildner (conductor).


Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky (selections from the film music)

Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano),

BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra,

Martyn Brabbins (conductor).


Lutoslawski: Polish Christmas Carols (selection)

Julia Doyle (soprano),

Philharmonia Chorus (women's voices),

BBC Symphony Orchestra,

David Zinman (conductor).

AO30320131218This week's celebration of the human voice continues with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the first UK broadcast of a special Christmas piece by American composer Christopher Rouse. The BBC Singers perform one of the greatest of all Renaissance choral works, by the Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria, and it's introduced by a work he inspired from anniversary composer Benjamin Britten. Plus the BBC Concert Orchestra in the introduction to an opera by Franz Schmidt.

Presented by Katie Derham

Britten: Prelude and fugue on a theme of Vittoria

Iain Farrington (organ)

Victoria: Requiem

BBC Singers,

David Hill (conductor).


Christopher Rouse: Karolju

Philharmonia Chorus,


David Zinman (conductor).


Franz Schmidt: Notre Dame - Introduction

BBC Concert Orchestra,

Johannes Wildner (conductor).

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To round off this week's Afternoon on 3 celebration of the human voice, Katie Derham presents a BBC Concert Orchestra show featuring the hit songs of Stephen Sondheim, with star performers including Kim Criswell and Maria Friedman, and conducted by the orchestra's American Principal Conductor Keith Lockhart. Plus the BBC Singers and their Chief Conductor David Hill in favourite choral music by centenary composer Benjamin Britten.

'Sondheim: Inside Out'

Turlough Convery, Kim Criswell, Maria Friedman and Michael Xavier (soloists),

Maida Vale Singers,

BBC Concert Orchestra,

Keith Lockhart (conductor).


Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27

BBC Singers,

David Hill (conductor).