BBC Singers (chamber choir from the BBC)

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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 have commissioned and premiered works by the leading composers of the past century, including Benjamin Britten, Sir Michael Tippett, Judith Weir and Sir John Tavener. They regularly perform alongside leading international orchestras and conductors, and make 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 Rating Releases
1992 BBC Music, Volume 1, Number 4: Music for Christmas Johannes Brahms, Nicolas Gombert, William Mathias; BBC Singers 1
1994 BBC Music, Volume 3, Number 1: BBC Singers - 70 Years BBC Singers 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 Francesca da Rimini Rachmaninov; BBC Singers, BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda 1
2007 Man I Sing: Choral Music by Bob Chilcott Bob Chilcott; BBC Singers, Simone Rebello, Paul Silverthorne, Bob Chilcott 1
2007 Music for Voices Elizabeth Maconchy; BBC Singers, Odaline de la Martinez, Richard Pearce 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 + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2000 BBC Music, Volume 9, Number 1: Vespers (All-Night Vigil) Live Rachmaninoff; BBC Singers, David Hill 2
2009 BBC Music, Volume 17, Number 8: Il tabarro Live 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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