BBC Singers (professional chamber choir of the BBC)

~ Choir

Annotation

Be careful to disambiguate from the BBC Symphony Chorus, both have used the name BBC Chorus at different periods of their histories.
"Wireless Singers" was the name of an octet subset formed in 1927 from members of the Wireless Chorus, so it existed contemporaneously with the larger chorus group until 1934. when the group was renamed the BBC Singers in 1934, it was reorganized into two octets known as Singers A and Singers B, differentiated by their repertoire.
In 1961, Peter Gellhorn took over the choir. He re-organised the professional contingent, scrapping the A-B division in favour of a single force of 28 voices, which was renamed the "BBC Chorus". Following the appointment of John Poole as chorus master in 1972, the choir reverted to its previous name, the "BBC Singers".

Annotation last modified on 2022-08-07 12:49 UTC.

Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1975Tippett: A Child of Our TimeMichael Tippett, Jessye Norman, Janet Baker, Richard Cassilly, John Shirley‐Quirk, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Sir Colin Davis1
1987The Mask Of TimeSir Michael Tippett - Faye Robinson · Sarah Walker · Robert Tear · John Cheek · BBC Singers · BBC Symphony Chorus · BBC Symphony Orchestra · Andrew Davis1
1990Le Visage nuptial / Le Soleil des eaux / Figures, Doubles, PrismesBoulez; Phyllis Bryn‐Julson, Elizabeth Laurence, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez1
1990Missa cum jubiloGilbert Amy; Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine, BBC Singers, Orchestre de Paris, Péter Eötvös1
1992Scarlatti: Stabat Mater / Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, Dixit DominusScarlatti, Vivaldi; BBC Singers, English Bach Festival Orchestra, English Bach Festival Choir, John Poole, Jean‐Claude Malgoire3
1993Glückliche Hand / Variations / Verklärte Nacht (Pierre Boulez)Arnold Schönberg; Siegmund Nimsgern, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic1
1994CRYGiles Swayne; BBC Singers, John Poole1
1995Poulenc: Gloria & Stabat MaterFrancis Poulenc, Yan Pascal Tortelier, BBC Philharmonic, Janice Watson & BBC Singers1
1995Faure: Pavanne / Martin: Mass for Double Choir / Britten: A Boy Was Born / Duparc: MotetFaure, Martin, Britten, Duparc; BBC Singers, The Choristers of Westminster Cathedral, John Poole, BBC Concert Orchestra, Simon Joly1
1995Gloria / Stabat MaterFrancis Poulenc; BBC Singers, BBC Philharmonic, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Janice Watson1
1995Symphony no. 5 / Sancta CivitasVaughan Williams; Gareth Roberts, Brian Rayner Cook, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky1
1995Symphony no. 7 / Overture Leonore no. 1 / Choral FantasiaBeethoven; Edith Vogel, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Pritchard1
1995Symphony no. 1 “A Sea Symphony”Vaughan Williams; Elaine Blighton, John Cameron, BBC Chorus, BBC Choral Society, Christ Church Harmonic Choir, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent1
1995The Knot Garden / A Child of Our TimeSir Michael Tippett; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, BBC Singers, BBC Choral Society, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis1
1996BBC Music, Volume 4, Number 8: Motets BWV 225 – 230Johann Sebastian Bach; BBC Singers, Stephen Cleobury1
1996The Desert Music / Shaker LoopsReich, Adams; BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, Péter Eötvös, Richard Buckley2
1996Belshazzar's Feast / The Wise Virgins / SiestaWalton; Stephen Roberts, BBC Singers, London Philharmonic Choir, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Pritchard, English Chamber Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras1
1996Sea Drift / Hassan / ArabeskDelius; The BBC Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham1
1997Symphony no. 2 "St. Florian" / Pas de QuatreSchnittke, Rozhdestvensky, Desinov, Pärt; Jean Temperley, Paul Esswood, Neil Jenkins, Jonathan Robarts, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky1
1997The CrucifixionStainer; Martyn Hill, Michael George, Margaret Phillips, BBC Singers, Leith Hill Festival Singers & Brian Kay1
1997The Last Night of the PromsPeter Donohoe, Benjamin Luxon, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, James Loughran1
1998BBC Music, Volume 6, Number 10: Masses and MotetsWilliam Byrd, Thomas Tallis; BBC Singers, Bo Holten1
1998BBC Music, Volume 7, Number 4: Music for ChristmasBBC Singers1
1998Mass in B minorJ. S. Bach; Danco, Ferrier, Pears, Boyce, BBC Chorus, Boyd Neel Orchestra, George Enescu1
1999BBC Music, Volume 8, Number 1: Love Sacred, Love ProfaneFauré, Poulenc, Messiaen; BBC Singers1
1999Christmas Carols Ancient and ModernBBC Singers, Brian Kay, Richard Pearce1
2001BBC Music, Volume 10, Number 4: The Creation: Part I / Part II, Scene IHaydn; BBC Philharmonic, BBC Singers, Harry Christophers1
2002BBC Music, Volume 10, Number 5: The Creation: Part II, Scene II / Part IIIHaydn; BBC Philharmonic, BBC Singers, Harry Christophers1
2002The Birds of RhiannonJames MacMillan; BBC Philharmonic, BBC Singers1
2004Kaddish / Chichester Psalms / Missa BrevisLeonard Bernstein; BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, The London Oratory School Schola, Leonard Slatkin, Jamie Bernstein1
2004BBC Music, Volume 12, Number 8: Sacred Music for EasterGesualdo; BBC Singers, Bo Holten1
2004VanessaBarber; Susan Graham, Christine Brewer, William Burden, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin1
2005Death in Venice (2004 studio cast)Benjamin Britten; Philip Langridge, Alan Opie, Michael Chance, BBC Singers, City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox1
2005Piano Concerto No. 2 / String Quartet Op. 55 / Shabbat Ba'aretzJacob Weinberg, Jorge Federico Osorio, Patrick Mason, Bingham Quartet, BBC Singers, Kenneth Kiesler, Barcelona Symphony & Karl Anton Rickenbacher1
2005The English Song Series, Volume 13: Folk Song Arrangements, Volume 2Britten; Philip Langridge, Thomas Allen, BBC Singers, Northern Sinfonia, Steuart Bedford, Simon Joly1
2005One Star, At LastBBC Singers & Stephen Cleobury1
2006BBC Music, Volume 14, Number 8: Pergolesi: Stabat Mater / Scarlatti: Stabat MaterPergolesi, Scarlatti; The Choristers of New College Oxford, Academy of Ancient Music, Edward Higginbottom, BBC Singers, Harry Christophers1
2007Man I Sing: Choral Music by Bob ChilcottBob Chilcott; BBC Singers, Simone Rebello, Paul Silverthorne, Bob Chilcott1
2007Francesca da RiminiRachmaninov; BBC Singers, BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda1
2007Music for VoicesElizabeth Maconchy; BBC Singers, Odaline de la Martinez, Richard Pearce1
2008The Excursions of Mr. BroučekLeoš Janáček; Vacík, Straka, Haan, Janál, Plech, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek1
2008BBC Music, Volume 16, Number 11: Symphony no. 5 / Mass in G minorRalph Vaughan Williams; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis, BBC Singers, Andrew Carwood1
2008The Welcome Arrival of RainJudith Weir; Ailish Tynan, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, Martyn Brabbins1
2012McCabe: VisionsJohn McCabe, BBC Singers & David Hill1
2013Choral MusicBrian Ferneyhough, Odaline de la Martinez, Lontano & BBC Singers1
2013Choirbook for the QueenBBC Singers, Stephen Disley & Stephen Cleobury1
2013BBC Music, Volume 22, Number 3: A Babe Is BornVaughan Williams, Britten, Mathias; BBC Singers, David Hill, Paul Brough, Richard Pearce, Stephen Farr2
2014Harrison Birtwistle: The Moth RequiemBBC Singers, Nash Ensemble & Nicholas Kok1
2014Strauss: Choral WorksRichard Strauss, Stephen Cleobury, BBC Singers & Choir of King’s College, Cambridge1
2015StormJudith Weir, BBC Singers, Endymion & David Hill1
2015Bob Chilcott: The Angry PlanetBob Chilcott, BBC Singers, The Bach Choir & David Hill1
2018Doctor AtomicJohn Adams; Gerald Finley, Julia Bullock, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, John Adams1
2020BBC Music, Volume 28, Number 6: Poulenc: Mass in G and other Choral WorksPoulenc; BBC Singers, Sofi Jeannin1
2020BBC Music, Volume 28, Number 7: Uirapurú and Other Orchestral and Choral WorksVilla‐Lobos; BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Singers, Martin Roscoe, Kathryn Stott, Sakari Oramo, Celso Antunes1
2020BBC Music, Volume 28, Number 11: Prokofiev: Symphony no. 5Prokofiev, Sargent, Maconchy, Grainger; BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Singers, Sakari Oramo1
2021BBC Music, Volume 29, Number 9: Poulenc: Stabat Mater / Seven Ages of WomanPoulenc; Julie Fuchs, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Marc Minkowski, Grace Rossiter1
2021BBC Music, Volume 30, Number 3: L'enfance du Christ Parts I & IIBerlioz; BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, Karen Cargill, Robert Murray, Étienne Dupuis, Matthew Rose, Edward Gardner1
2021BBC Music, Volume 30, Number 4: L'enfance du Christ Part IIIBerlioz; BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, Karen Cargill, Robert Murray, Étienne Dupuis, Matthew Rose, Edward Gardner1
2022BBC Music, Volume 30, Number 11: Lamentations Choral worksTallis, Muhly, Brumel, Phinot; BBC Singers, Peter Phillips1
2023BBC Music, Volume 31, Number 8: A Coronation CelebrationElgar, Byrd, Handel, Parry, Henry VIII; BBC Singers, BBC Concert Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth1
2023BBC Music, Volume 31, Number 10: Best of the BBC PromsRalph Vaughan Williams, Manuel de Falla, John Foulds, Malcolm Arnold, Laura Mvula; BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, Sakari Oramo1
2023Maltworms & MilkmaidsPeter Warlock, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Singers, David Hill & Ben McAteer1
2023Mass in Troubled TimesJohn Pickard; BBC Singers, Martyn Brabbins1
2023BBC Music, Volume 32, Number 3: A Christmas Carol Festive MusicBBC Singers, Owain Park1

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1990Das ChorwerkSchönberg; Pierre Boulez, John Shirley‐Quirk, Günter Reich, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra2
1995Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 6 "Pathetique" / Glinka: Overture - Ruslan & Ludmilla / Mussorgsky: A Night on the Bare MountainTchaikovsky, Glinka, Mussorgsky; Moscow Radio Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Singers, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky1
2005Olivier Greif: RequiemOlivier Greif, BBC Singers & John Poole1
2007Choral ImagesMichael Tippett, BBC Singers & Stephen Cleobury1
2008Harvey: Passion and ResurrectionJonathan Harvey, BBC Singers, Sinfonia 21 & Martin Neary1
2010Purer Than Purest Pure - Choral Works of Daniel AsiaDaniel Asia, BBC Singers & Odaline de la Martinez1
2012My Dancing Day: Choral Music by Richard Rodney BennettRichard Rodney Bennett, BBC Singers & Paul Brough1
2013Pierre Boulez Conducts SchoenbergArnold Schönberg; Pierre Boulez, Ensemble InterContemporain, BBC Singers & BBC Symphony Orchestra51
2016I Am the Song: Choral Music by Bernard HughesBernard Hughes, BBC Singers & Paul Brough1
2016The Complete Omar KhayyámGranville Bantock; Norman Del Mar, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Walker, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Brian Rayner Cook1

Album + Compilation + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1972At the Last Night of the Proms (Royal Albert Hall, mostly Sep 1972)Jessye Norman, Elizabeth Bainbridge, BBC Chorus, BBC Choral Society, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis1
2004Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Schubert: Symphony no. 8 / Wagner: A Faust OvertureBeethoven, Schubert, Wagner; Teresa Stich‐Randall, Norma Procter, Richard Lewis, Kim Borg, BBC Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, Jascha Horenstein1
2019The Last Night of the Proms 1969, 1971, 1972 (Highlights)Jessye Norman, Elizabeth Bainbridge, BBC Chorus, BBC Choral Society, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis1
The Last Night of the Proms (Royal Albert Hall, mostly Sep 1969)Jessye Norman, BBC Chorus, BBC Choral Society, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis1

Album + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1994Last Night of the Proms (The 100th Season)Bryn Terfel, Evelyn Glennie, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis1
1995Grainger: Brigg Fair / Delius: Brigg Fair / Irmelin Prelude / Norwegian Suite / In a Summer Garden / A Dance Rhapsody no. 2Grainger, Delius; Gareth Roberts, BBC Singers, BBC Concert Orchestra, Ashley Lawrence2
2003The Last Night of the Proms 2003Angela Gheorghiu, Leila Josefowicz, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin1
2004Symphony no. 2 “Resurrection”Mahler; Rae Woodland, Janet Baker, BBC Chorus, BBC Choral Society, Goldsmith's Choral Union, Harrow Choral Society, London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski1
2005The Last Night of the Proms 2004Sir Thomas Allen, Simon Preston, David Pyatt, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin1
2023Smyth: Der WaldBBC Symphony Orchestra, John Andrews & BBC Singers1

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