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BBC Singers

BBC Singers - Live Broadcast Radio 3

NOTE 7pm Start

Wednesday 26th May 2010

Perth Concert Hall, 19:00

This event was part of the 2010 Festival Programme.

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THIS IS A LIVE BROADCAST FOR BBC RADIO 3 SO THE AUDIENCE MUST ALL BE SEATED BY 6.50pm. LATE ARRIVALS WILL BE ADMITTED AT AN APPROPIATE MOMENT.

The BBC Singers bring choral music with a Scottish flavour to the Perth Festival, drawing both on the riches of Scotland’s musical past and on its present featuring the 16th century, music by the great Robert Carver (monk at Scone Abbey) and by his contemporaries Robert Johnson and David Peebles. Scotland’s more recent cultural history is represented in a strikingly virtuosic setting of William Dunbar’s words by Thea Musgrave (born in Edinburgh), a haunting Celtic lament by James Macmillan, music by Master of the Queen’s Music, and modern-day Orcadian settler, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and the world premiere of a new piece by the BBC Singers’ Associate Composer Gabriel Jackson. Completing the programme, a choral classic by Ralph Vaughan Williams, works with a Celtic slant by Rutland Boughton and Granville Bantock, and – a real curiosity – settings, in German, of Robert Burns’ words by the great German Romantic composer Robert Schumann, who died 200 years ago this year.

As a vital resource in the BBC’s music output, the BBC Singers hold a unique position in British musical life. Performing everything from Byrd to Birtwistle, Tallis to Takemitsu, the versatility of this 24-voice ensemble is second to none. The choir’s unrivalled expertise in performing the latest contemporary scores has brought about creative relationships with some of the most important composers and conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries – including Poulenc, Britten and Boulez. Based at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios, the BBC Singers perform all over the UK and abroad, working regularly with the BBC’s own orchestras, as well as a number of period-instrument and contemporary music ensembles. For more information visit www.bbc.co.uk/singers

Sponsored by the Jimmie Cairncross Charitable Trust

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