BBC Singers (professional chamber choir of the BBC)

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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.

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The BBC Singers are the professional chamber choir of the BBC. As one of six BBC Performing Groups, the 24-voiced choir has been in existence for more than 80 years. The BBC Singers has commissioned and premiered works by the leading composers of the past century, including Benjamin Britten, Sir Michael Tippett, Judith Weir and Sir John Tavener. It regularly performs alongside leading international orchestras and conductors, and makes invitational appearances at national events such as the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in Westminster Abbey.

The BBC Singers are based at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios. They perform across the country, tour internationally, and undertake nationwide outreach programmes. They have released several commercial CDs.

Notable former members of the group include the tenor Sir Peter Pears, the mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, the composer Judith Bingham and the conductor Harry Christophers (director of The Sixteen).

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 BBC Music, Volume 1, Number 4: Music for Christmas Johannes Brahms, Nicolas Gombert, William Mathias; BBC Singers 1
1994 BBC Music, Volume 2, Number 8: Liebeslieder / Psalms Brahms, Spohr, Meyerbeer; BBC Singers, Jane Glover, Simon Joly 1
1994 BBC Music, Volume 3, Number 1: BBC Singers - 70 Years BBC Singers 1
1994 CRY Giles Swayne; BBC Singers, John Poole 1
1995 Gloria / Stabat Mater Francis Poulenc; BBC Singers, BBC Philharmonic, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Janice Watson 1
1995 The Knot Garden / A Child of Our Time Sir Michael Tippett; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, BBC Singers, BBC Choral Society, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
1996 BBC Music, Volume 4, Number 8: Motets BWV 225 – 230 Johann Sebastian Bach; BBC Singers, Stephen Cleobury 1
1998 BBC Music, Volume 6, Number 10: Masses and Motets William Byrd, Thomas Tallis; BBC Singers, Bo Holten 1
1998 Mass in B minor J. S. Bach; Danco, Ferrier, Pears, Boyce, BBC Chorus, Boyd Neel Orchestra, George Enescu 1
1999 BBC Music, Volume 8, Number 1: Love Sacred, Love Profane Fauré, Poulenc, Messiaen; BBC Singers 1
2001 BBC Music, Volume 10, Number 4: The Creation: Part I / Part II, Scene I Haydn; BBC Philharmonic, BBC Singers, Harry Christophers 1
2002 BBC Music, Volume 10, Number 5: The Creation: Part II, Scene II / Part III Haydn; BBC Philharmonic, BBC Singers, Harry Christophers 1
2004 Kaddish / Chichester Psalms / Missa Brevis Leonard Bernstein; BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, The London Oratory School Schola, Leonard Slatkin, Jamie Bernstein 1
2005 The English Song Series, Volume 13: Folk Song Arrangements, Volume 2 Britten; Philip Langridge, Thomas Allen, BBC Singers, Northern Sinfonia, Steuart Bedford, Simon Joly 1
2007 Man I Sing: Choral Music by Bob Chilcott Bob Chilcott; BBC Singers, Simone Rebello, Paul Silverthorne, Bob Chilcott 1
2007 Francesca da Rimini Rachmaninov; BBC Singers, BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda 1
2007 Music for Voices Elizabeth Maconchy; BBC Singers, Odaline de la Martinez, Richard Pearce 1
2008 The Excursions of Mr. Brouček Leoš Janáček; Vacík, Straka, Haan, Janál, Plech, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek 1
2008 BBC Music, Volume 16, Number 11: Symphony no. 5 / Mass in G minor Ralph Vaughan Williams; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis, BBC Singers, Andrew Carwood 1
2009 BBC Music, Volume 17, Number 5: Concerti Grossi, Op. 3 Nos. 1, 2 / Chandos Anthems Nos. 6, 10 Georg Friedrich Händel; BBC Singers, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Sixteen, Harry Christophers, Richard Egarr 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 Pierre Boulez Conducts Schoenberg Arnold Schönberg; Pierre Boulez, Ensemble InterContemporain, BBC Singers & BBC Symphony Orchestra 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Schubert: Symphony no. 8 / Wagner: A Faust Overture Beethoven, Schubert, Wagner; Teresa Stich-Randall, Norma Procter, Richard Lewis, Kim Borg, BBC Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, Jascha Horenstein 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 BBC Music, Volume 9, Number 1: Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Rachmaninoff; BBC Singers, David Hill 1
2003 The Last Night of the Proms 2003 Angela Gheorghiu, Leila Josefowicz, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin 1
2005 The Last Night of the Proms 2004 Sir Thomas Allen, Simon Preston, David Pyatt, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin 1
2009 BBC Music, Volume 17, Number 8: Il tabarro Giacomo Puccini; Barbara Frittoli, Miro Dvorsky, Lado Ataneli, Jane Henschel, Barry Banks, Alastair Miles, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Singers , Gianandrea Noseda 1

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