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Documentary about the fifty-strong Parsonage Choir.

The fifty-strong Parsonage Choir have sung with Rod Stewart and the Flaming Lips, and have just brought out their first single.

Paul English gives his view from the pews.


Aled Jones explores the rich musical heritage of the English Oratories, which were established by Cardinal John Henry Newman in 1848 following a visit to the oratory of St Philip Neri in Rome, where Tomas Luis de Victoria once resided.

His music still resounds in the oratories at Birmingham and London, but just how did an oratory school choir find themselves on the Lord of the Rings film soundtrack?


Aled Jones visits Westminster Abbey to meet organist James O'Donnell and historian Sir Roy Strong, who help uncover the rich tradition of choral music written for royal ceremonies.

Aled also gets a chorister's perspective on the last coronation from two Abbey old-boys, and speaks to Master of the Queen's Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

Musical highlights include Purcell's Funeral music for Queen Mary, Walton's Coronation Te Deum and a Royal Wedding Anthem by William Mathias.

There are also works by Byrd, Tomkins, Handel, Boyce, Parry and Vaughan Williams.


Aled Jones introduces a complete recording of Handel's Messiah, in the version written for its performance in London's Foundling Hospital in 1754.

Handel: Messiah, HWV 56

Dorothea Roeschmann (soprano)

Susan Gritton (soprano)

Bernarda Fink (contralto)

Charles Daniels (tenor)

Neal Davies (bass)

Gabrieli Consort and Players

Paul McCreesh (conductor)





Stephen Layton joins Aled Jones to champion the music of Percy Grainger - a misunderstood composer, he says, who deserves special attention in the choral world.

Aled also features some of the latest choral CD releases and ends the programme with a complete performance of Grainger's most personal project, his Jungle Book Cycle, given by Stephen Layton and his choir, Polyphony.


Few choirs can boast a history as long and colourful as the Huddersfield Choral Society.

Aled Jones joins current chorus master Joseph Cullen to trace the society's development from its earliest meetings in the town's public houses, through the pioneering years under Sir Malcolm Sargent, to its latest recordings.

Walton: Belshazzar's Feast - (excerpt)

Huddersfield Choral Society

Leeds Philharmonic Chorus


English Northern Philharmonia

Paul Daniel (conductor)

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius - excerpt from Part 2

Angel....Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Vernon Handley (conductor)

Holst: The Hymn of Jesus, Op 37

Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Malcolm Sargent (conductor)

Borodin: Polovtsian Dances (from Prince Igor)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

Purcell, adapt.

Hawkins, arr.

Cullen: Christ is made the Sure Foundation

Opera North Brass

Joseph Cullen (conductor)

Poulenc: Gloria

Janice Watson (soprano)

BBC Philharmonic

Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor).


Aled Jones looks at the diverse world of Male Voice Choirs, from the valleys of South Wales to the yodelling table songs of Georgia.

He discovers the roots of the modern tradition in the gentlemen's clubs of 18th and 19th-century Europe, and asks if the genre has a future in the 21st Century.

Featuring music from Die Singphoniker, The Rustavi Choir and Sweden's legendary Orphei Dränger.


On the anniversary of the death of Pope Jean Paul II, Aled Jones is joined by Martin Baker, of Westminster Cathedral, to examine the state of choral singing in the Roman Catholic church.


Few pieces demand as much from a vocal ensemble as Messiaen's Cinq Rechants.

Aled Jones is joined by conductor Jeffrey Skidmore to introduce a concert performance of the work given in Birmingham Cathedral by Ex Cathedra.

There's also the chance to hear the 16th-century piece which inspired Messiaen's masterpiece - plus music from Gesualdo, Monteverdi and Guillaume Bouzignac.

Bouzignac: En flamma divini amoris

Gesualdo: Sparge la morte

Bouzignac: O mors, ero mors tua

Gesualdo: O vos omnes

Monteverdi, arr Coppini: O jesu mea vita

Bouzignac: In pace

Monteverdi, arr Coppini: Plagas tuas

Bouzignac: Ecce Aurora

LeJeune: Le Printans (excerpts)

Messiaen: Cinq Rechants

ExCathedra Consort

Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor).


Catherine Bott joins Aled Jones for a look at an extraordinary choral project.

Last autumn an all-female group of singers and instrumentalists travelled to the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice where Antonio Vivaldi served, on and off, for much of his career.

Their aim was to recapture the performance of an Easter Vespers exactly as the composer would have heard it, bringing with it the challenge of finding female singers to take the parts of tenors and basses.

The music includes the psalm settings Dixit Dominus, RV 595; Laetatus Sum, RV 607; In Exitu Israel, RV 604 and the Magnificat, RV 611.


The Choir

The Choir makes its own contribution to Radio 3's English Music Day, as Aled Jones joins forces with Jeremy Summerly to take a look at the English anthem, a musical form which emerged from the Reformation, and which subsequently has become one of the most distinctive and best loved features of Anglican worship.

Aled and Jeremy piece together the story of how the English anthem evolved; then Jeremy sets off for Hereford to talk to Geraint Bowen, Artistic Director of the Three Choirs Festival, an institution which for almost three centuries has cherished this particular realm of choral endeavour.

Then its your turn - Aled plays the English anthems chosen by you.

They could include: In the Bleak Midwinter, by Holst; Greater Love Hath No Man, by John Ireland; Take Him Earth for Cherishing, by Howells, Easter, from Vaughan Williams Mystical Songs; Rejoice in the Lamb, by Britten, And I Saw a New Heaven, by Bainton, or more recent ones by the likes of Rutter and Tavener.


Last Easter Saturday, Manchester's Bridgewater Hall resounded to the strains of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.

Music ranged from Schutz to Chilcott, and also included the winning entry from NYC's recent Young Composer Competition, plus new commissions from Tarik O'Regan and Richard Allain.

With ages ranging from 13 to 22, the National Youth Choir and National Youth Training Choir play a key role in developing Britain's young singers, and Aled Jones talks to Deborah Catterall, conductor of the National Youth Training Choir, about the work that the choir does, and its role in sustaining choral music in Britain.

Also today, a round-up of some of Aled's favourite recent choral releases on CD.


Aled Jones talks to American composer Morten Lauridsen about his life, influences, and beautiful choral music.

Plus a preview of Francis Pott's major new work, The Cloud of Unknowing.


After nearly 40 years, The King's Singers remain one of the world's most celebrated vocal ensembles.

Aled Jones talks to members of the group past and present about their extraordinary career, their trademark sound, and their unswerving dedication to popular as well as classical repertoire - embracing everything from Madrigals to Motown.


Aled Jones continues Radio 3's reflections on Welsh National Opera's 60th anniversary with a trip to the Wales Millennium Centre, now home to the singers.

The music includes a specially recorded studio session of a capella works by Britten, Macmillan, Poulenc and Barber.


'The Shout' is unlike any other choir.

The members are more at home in the theatre than the concert hall, and the choir draws singers from the disparate worlds of gospel, jazz, blues and opera.

Aled Jones talks to composer Orlando Gough and other members of the group about their unique style, and previews their latest project for The BBC Proms.

Plus, the BBC Singers provide specially recorded performances of music by Poulenc, Auric and Canteloube.


Aled Jones immerses himself in the vibrant world of South African choral music - from the indigenous tribal songs and Gospel, to Handel's Messiah in Zulu.

Aled gets to the heart of the matter with Joseph Shabalala, founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Plus, highlights from the Soweto Gospel Choir's recent UK tour concert in Malvern, recorded specially for the programme.


In a programme devoted to music for all-female choirs, Aled Jones discovers some of the many singers and composers who have been inspired by the collective sound of women's voices.

Including the fabled 'ladies of Ferrara' from 16th-Century Italy, Brahms' beloved Hamburg Frauenchor and the modern medieval sounds of American ensemble, Anonymous 4.


Aled Jones takes a musical road trip from the East to the West coast of America to find out why the Anglican choral tradition has had such an impact in the US.

He starts his journey in New York, where he talks to John Scott, organist and choir-master at St Thomas' Church, Fifth Avenue, about his very English influence on choral work there.

Aled also stops off in Minnesota and asks Philip Brunelle about his philosophy for getting the best out of his choir, VocalEssence.


Aled Jones turns the spotlight on the BBC Symphony Chorus and director Stephen Jackson, featuring music specially recorded by the chorus at St Alban the Martyr in London.

Including works by Jonathan Harvey, Julian Anderson, Imogen Holst, Vaughan Williams and Stanford.

Robert Hollingworth drops in to challenge Aled about The Choir's portrayal of Alessandro Striggio and his 40-part motet, Ecce beatam lucem.


Aled Jones visits the beautiful home of the Russian Orthodoxy in London to find out about the wealth of choral music associated with this faith.

His guide is Father Michael Fortounatto, formerly leader of the Choir at the Cathedral, who tells him about the traditions of this powerful and moving music.


Aled Jones presents the programme live from the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen.

Featuring highlights from the Choir of the World competition and live appearances and live appearances from groups visiting the festival.

Guests include choral enthusiast Deborah Catterall from the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and Terry Waite who has been promoting the Eisteddfod's vision for bringing cultures together.


Hosted by Aled Jones.

The Latvian Radio Choir, regarded as one of the finest choirs in the world today, perform works by Arvo Pärt, Anne Boyd and Peteris Vasks; from their recent concert at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival.

Aled also investigates what choral directors have been getting up to at a convention described as 'a whole year's motivation in one inspirational weekend'!.


I Fagiolini, one of the world's most adventurous vocal ensembles, celebrates its 20th birthday.

Plus, the Latvian Radio Choir recorded at this year's Vale of Glamorgan Festival.

With Aled Jones


It's 80 years since Choral Evensong was first broadcast on BBC Radio.

Aled Jones and former producer of the series Barry Rose mine the archives of vintage broadcasts.

Including performances by King's College, Cambridge under Boris Ord; Hampstead Parish Church from the early 1950s and a rare performance of the Magnificat by Sebastian Forbes, from Christ Church Oxford.


Aled Jones talks to BBC National Chorus of Wales director Adrian Partington about the joys and pitfalls of bringing choruses and orchestras together - especially in works like Holst's Neptune and Debussy's Nocturnes where the choir has to become a perfectly integrated part of the orchestral sound.

Featuring a complete performance by BBC NCW of Harmonium by John Adams


Listen Up

Aled Jones introduces an historic performance of Elgar's epic oratorio The Kingdom, given at Symphony Hall by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

It marks the centenary of the work's premiere in Birmingham's City Hall.

The Kingdom - picking up where The Apostles left off - is the third of Elgar's three great religious works written for Birmingham.

Lisa Milne (soprano)

Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano)

Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor)

James Rutherford (baritone)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

City of Birmingham Chorus

Sakari Oramo (conductor).


Aled Jones raises the thorny issue of girl choristers with Matthew Owens of Wells Cathedral, discusses choral commissions and organic farming with composer Cecilia McDowall and looks forward to the climax of BBC Radio 3's Choir of the Year competition by catching up with last year's winners, the Oriel Singers.


Aled Jones presents highlights from the Category Finals of BBC Radio 3's biennial choral competition.

Earlier this month, 24 choirs travelled from all over the UK to the Millennium Centre in Wales, where they competed in the finals of the Youth, Adult, Children's and Open categories.

In today's programme Aled has the results of the Youth and Adult Choir Category Finals, along with details of which Choirs will go through to the Grand Final held in December.


Mozart died leaving his Requiem unfinished but many musicians have tried their hand at completing it.

Aled Jones samples some of the many different attempts made over the last 200 years and talks to Philip Wilby about his involvement with the newest version, which combines historical reconstruction with contemporary music.


Aled Jones reviews the best choral CDs of 2006, joined by the editors of BBC Music Magazine and The Gramophone.

A world away from the commercial success of serene and spiritual choral music, Aled looks at more upbeat styles of singing.

Plus a chance to hear Mid-Winter Songs by American composer Morten Lauridsen on a new CD from Stephen Layton's Polyphony.


Composer Jonathan Harvey talks to Aled Jones about his lifelong passion for choral music, and Aled launches an exciting new campaign for 2007.


Former King's Singer and choral director Nigel Short joins Aled Jones to talk about how a chance encounter with a Formula 1 star led to the birth of his vocal group Tenebrae.

Plus a trip to Huddersfield to explore the unique choral world of The 17, singers who 'use no libretto, lyrics or words; no time signatures, rhythm or beats; and have no knowledge of melody, counterpoint or harmony.' Hearing them in action proves harder than envisaged.


Aled Jones talks to choir director Celso Antunes about the choral tradition in Brazil and introduces a specially recorded concert of Brazilian music by the BBC Singers.


Aled Jones visits the London Bulgarian Choir and talks to conductor Dessislava Stefanova about the music of her homeland.

Plus more amateur choirs who want to 'Sing to the Nation'.


Aled Jones looks at the history of the Glasgow Orpheus Choir under its inspirational founder Sir Hugh Roberton.

He explores a traditional form of congregational psalm singing and introduces two settings of the same text written by two of Scotland's finest composers, one from the 16th century and one from the 21st.


Aled Jones talks to composer, conductor and former King's Singer Bob Chilcott about his wide-ranging career, which combines work with top professional ensembles alongside a lifelong commitment to amateur and children's music-making.


Aled Jones is at York Minster for a programme celebrating a century of music-making in one of the country's great choral acoustics.

He is joined by organists Philip Moore and John Scott Whiteley, and cathedral legend Francis Jackson, who celebrates his ninetieth birthday this year.

Plus a rare recording of the choir under the direction of the celebrated composer and organist Edward Bairstow.


More from the world of choirs and choral music, with Aled Jones.

Including another selection of amateur groups from around the UK who want to 'Sing to the Nation'.


Aled Jones looks at the development of Gospel music in the UK with the help of Bazil Meade, the inspirational founder and director of the London Community Gospel Choir.

They are also joined in the studio by Karen Gibson, the founder and director of Kingdom Choir and a music workshop facilitator.

Plus, Nikki Tapper will be talking to Aled about gospel trends in her own neck of the woods, Birmingham, where she has her own gospel show on BBC local radio.


Aled Jones looks at how faith informs music, with sacred choral works by agnostic composers.

The programme also features a complete performance of Stabat Mater by Karol Szymanowski.


More music from the choral world with Aled Jones.

Including the Comedian Harmonists, whose sensational career in Germany in the early 20th Century inspired a wealth of vocal groups - from the King's Singers to Die Singphoniker.


Aled Jones investigates the government's recently announced singing in schools initiative and talks to newly appointed singing ambassador Howard Goodall.


More from the world of choirs and choral music, with Aled Jones.

Deborah Roberts discusses a unique group of virtuoso female singers from the Court of Ferrara whose formidable talents made them famous across Renaissance Italy and the rest of Europe.


Aled Jones is joined in Paris by the director of Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet, to celebrate the 350th anniversary of one of France's great choral composers, Michel-Richard de Lalande.

Featuring a complete performance of Lalande's Te Deum, and music from his contemporaries Lully, Charpentier and Desmarest.


Award-winning conductor Paul Hillier joins Aled Jones to talk about his prolific career on the international choral scene.

From Perotin to Part, his wide-ranging passion for music is explored through recordings by the Hilliard Ensemble, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Theatre of Voices and Ars Nova.


Aled Jones investigates shape-note music, a teaching method invented in 19th century New England designed to encourage the uneducated masses to worship through song.

Aled also begins a three-part exploration of the Chapel Royal, a unique institution at the heart of St James's Palace, London, which has played a key role in the heritage of English choral music for centuries.


Aled Jones talks to Dr Martin Ashley of the University of the West of England, Bristol, about his research into why fewer boys join choirs than girls.

Plus part two of Aled's visit to the Chapel Royal.


Aled Jones talks to composer Judith Bingham about her latest project and discovers riches of a choral variety in London's financial district.

Plus, the third and final part of Aled's visit to the Chapel Royal.


Aled Jones plunges into the world of Barbershop to find out what makes it one of the most popular and vibrant sectors in choral music.


Aled Jones presents an occasional series in which he takes a choral tour of the British Isles.

His first stop is Wales with composer and writer Geraint Lewis, who explores how a new generation of choirs are reinventing the choral heritage of the 'Land of Song'.


In the last programme before coverage of the Proms begins, Aled Jones looks forward to a summer of choral highlights, including a complete performance of Walton's Belshazzar's Feast with Bryn Terfel and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.


As founder Ward Swingle marks his 80th birthday, Aled Jones talks to the Swingle Singers about Bach, Berio and beatboxing, and more than four decades at the top of their profession.


Aled Jones introduces music for choir, solo piano, piano duet and orchestra, all from the 32 voices of French chamber choir Accentus.

The choir's founder and conductor Laurence Equilbey talks about how she has steered Accentus well beyond the limits of the standard repertoire for unaccompanied chamber choir.

With music by Debussy, Mahler, Poulenc, Ravel and Schoenberg, and new works written for Accentus by Philippe Manoury and Bruno Mantovani.


Aled Jones's guests are Deborah Roberts and Laurie Stras, the musical directors of Musica Secreta, an early music group that specialises in performing music for female vocal ensemble.

They talk about an emerging repertoire written in the 16th and 17th centuries by little-known but talented female composers, courtiers, courtesans and nuns.

Plus a chance to hear an excerpt from the Vasari Singers' new recording of The Cloud of Unknowing by Francis Pott.


In an all-Italian programme, Aled Jones takes a choral perspective on Rossini, Verdi and Puccini, and discovers the singing village of Premana, a tiny alpine community with a vibrant tradition of folk-song and feasting.


Aled Jones meets David Hill, one of the UK's leading choral conductors, at the beginning of his first season as Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers.

Ian Kennedy and Olivia Robinson share their experiences of singing with the group and there's music recorded for The Choir by the BBC Singers with David Hill, plus a chance to hear Herbert Howells's rediscovered cantata Sir Patrick Spens.


Aled Jones salutes Radio 3's 40th birthday by exploring the contribution the BBC's two amateur choruses have made to the network over the years.

He is joined by two long-serving members of the BBC Symphony Chorus and National Chorus of Wales.

Tenor Ian Partridge celebrates the choral career of multi-talented musician George Malcolm.

And as a prelude to Bantock as Radio 3 Composer of the Week, some exclusive performances of Bantock choral songs by the BBC Singers.


Aled Jones presents performances by an international selection of children's choirs, all performing in Let the Peoples Sing, an international competition for amateur choirs.

Plus, could that mesmerising choral performance you have just heard actually have been produced on a computer? Aled casts his eyes and ears over a new piece of software which brings words and music together.


Aled Jones presents highlights from the Tallis Festival hosted by the Exmoor Singers of London, where choral enthusiasts come together for an intensive weekend of singing and performing.

Including the world premiere of a work by Peter McGarr, Love You Big as the Sky, inspired by Tallis's example of writing in 40 parts.

Aled also brings us up to date with part two of the Let the People Sing international choir competition.


In the year of the 150th anniversary of Edward Elgar's birth, Aled Jones explores Elgar's choral legacy.

Plus the final instalment of performances from Let the Peoples Sing, a competition for amateur choirs from all over Europe.


Live from London's Royal Albert Hall, Aled Jones presents A World Requiem by John Foulds.

An epic and moving memorial to the 'war dead of all nations' that was once a regular feature of the British Legion Armistice Day celebrations, it has not been performed since 1926.

Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet (soprano)

Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano)

Stuart Skelton (tenor)

Gerald Finley (baritone)

BBC Symphony Chorus

Crouch End Festival Chorus

Philharmonia Chorus

Trinity Boys Choir

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Leon Botstein (conductor).


Could this be the end of the road for professional choristers? Music technologist Jono Buchanan reports back on his mission to write and record a piece using a computerised choir.

Aled Jones journeys through the vibrant world of German part songs with gypsy music, sacred motets and drinking tunes by Brahms, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Wolf recorded specially for the programme by the BBC Singers.


Aled Jones celebrates the anniversaries of two 20th Century composers.

Since his death in 1957, Sibelius' international reputation has rested largely on his symphonies and orchestral music.

However, his musical legacy also includes a substantial body of choral music and we hear a selection of some of these lesser known, but equally appealing, pieces.

Plus to mark the centenary of French composer and organist Jean Langlais' birth, there's a chance to hear his colourful Missa Salve Regina, written for the unusual forces of male voice chorus, unison voices, two organs and an octet of brass instruments.


As part of The Choir's choral tour of the British Isles, Aled Jones explores the scene in Ireland.

He is joined by conductors Donal Doherty, Head of Music Services for the Western Education and Library Board, and arts consultant Liz Powell, for a taste of the foremost choirs, composers and competitions in Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland.


Aled Jones is joined by Renaissance specialist Peter Phillips, who explains why polyphony upset the Church authorities and how, after the Council of Trent was convened, composers such as Palestrina and Jacopus de Kerle got round their subsequent demand for simplicity in music.

With specially recorded examples provided by the BBC Singers.

Plus there's news from Philip Ledger, fresh from the British premiere of his Requiem and with several other choral commissions in the pipeline.


Aled Jones has some seasonal music to celebrate the culmination of The Choir's year-long Sing to the Nation feature and is joined in the studio by John Rutter, whose choral music has become synonymous with Christmas.


Aled Jones presents another programme of music from the world of choirs.


Aled Jones enlists the help of two American authors who have written self-help guides on how to be an effective member of a choir.

Plus a look back and forward at the wide-ranging use of choral music in computer games, films, television and advertising.

Aled meets some of those soundtrack composers who have made effective use of choral music.


Aled Jones explores the choral world of French composer Lili Boulanger, who died tragically young at the age of only 24.

After her death, her music was promoted tirelessly by her elder sister Nadia.

An acclaimed conductor and teacher, Nadia was the founder of a vocal ensemble which reintroduced the works of Monteverdi and Schutz to the salons of Paris.

Plus there's a complete performance of Faure's Requiem, conducted by Thierry Fischer with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.


Mozart in Salzburg

Aled Jones visits the city where Mozart wrote most of his significant choral music, and seeks out the divide between the composer's faith and duty among the city's historic churches, chapels and cathedral.


Aled Jones talks to Robert Hollingworth about the short-lived, 16th century genre of madrigal comedy, and presents a complete performance of a modern madrigal fable - Menotti's The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore, marking the first anniversary of the composer's death.


Aled Jones finds out about Polyphony, one of the UK's most admired professional choirs, as he talks to Stephen Layton, who founded the group 22 years ago and still leads it today.


David Fanshawe has spent over 10 years recording singers across the Pacific Islands.

He talks to Aled Jones about his travels and Tahitian and French Polynesian choral traditions.


Aled Jones presents choral settings of words by the quintessential American poet, Walt Whitman, and discovers that Whitman's fame began when he was taken up by English composers.

With music by Vaughan Williams, Holst, Delius, Hindemith and Charles Ives.


Aled Jones presents a selection of psalms, with settings by Vaughan Williams, Tavener, Ives, Bernstein and Bobby McFerrin.

And choral directors Jeremy Summerly and Sarah Baldock test whether a cathedral choir can be judged by its psalm chanting.


Aled Jones explores Iceland's strong choral tradition with the help of Icelandic composer Haflioi Hallgrimsson and self-confessed lover of all things Nordic music critic Hilary Finch.

Plus a pick of new choral releases including contemporary music for Passiontide from the group Commotio.


Aled Jones is joined by Terry Edwards, who went from playing Olympic basketball to becoming one of Britain's most prolific choral directors.

As well as working on scores for the newer Star Wars films and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he has worked with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Royal Opera Chorus, London Sinfonietta Voices and the avant-garde ensemble Electric Phoenix.

Plus an Easter farewell to Alan Thurlow, who is retiring after 28 years as organist at Chichester Cathedral.


Aled Jones is joined from Beijing by a choir director hoping to perform large-scale Western choral music in China.

Plus a visit stateside to look at the gay choral scene with Charlie Beale, newly-appointed director of the New York City Gay Men's Chorus.


Aled Jones introduces modern examples of the mass, recorded by the BBC Singers and members of the Bach Choir.

He discusses the difference in settings for the cathedral and for the parish church with David Hill, conductor of the BBC Singers, and Tim Ruffer, head of publishing at the Royal School of Church Music.

Pianist Stephen Hough describes his own Missa Mirabilis, part of which was written in hospital following a terrifying car crash.


Aled Jones presents choral music from Australia and New Zealand, including music reflecting the Maori tradition and the landscape of New Zealand, performed by two of its national choirs.

Aled also talks to Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe, who introduces a complete performance of his Requiem.


As part of Radio 3's programmes marking the 50th anniversary of Vaughan Williams' death in 1958, Aled Jones explores the composer's contribution to choral music and visits the Leith Hill Festival, 103 years since it was founded by him in 1905.


Aled Jones explores the competitive world of American university a cappella singing - where traditional choral music is being ousted by the sounds of Oasis and Ozzy Osbourne.


To mark the traditional May honouring of Mary, mother of Jesus, by Christians around the world, Aled Jones presents a selection of music dedicated to her.

With works including a Regina coeli by Mozart, a Stabat mater by Knut Nystedt and Magnificats by Monteverdi and Jacques Loussier


From Enigma to James MacMillan, Aled Jones plays a selection of contemporary works inspired by plainsong, including a 20th century classic - Durufle's Requiem.

Plus Universal Artists and Repertoire executive Tom Lewis, and members of the Mediaeval Baebes explaining how their current projects fit in to the current resurgence of interest in this traditional form.


Aled Jones is joined by the Monteverdi Choir's founder John Eliot Gardiner, and three members Gareth Keene, Julia Doyle and Lawrence Wallington to talk about the ensemble's work - past and present.

The Monteverdi is one of the UK's leading choirs and since their creation in 1964 by Gardiner for a performance of Monteverdi's Vespers, their name has been regarded as synonymous with ambitious and innovative programming.


Aled Jones introduces a concert given in Bath Abbey for the Bath International Festival of Music, featuring the Great Voices of Bulgaria under Ilya Mihaylov performing traditional folksongs and music from the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.


Aled Jones talks to American composer Eric Whitacre, rapidly becoming the talk of the choral world thanks to the universal appeal of his work.

There are also new releases from Stile Antico and Wells Cathedral, plus a look at how choirs are suddenly becoming the raw material for prime-time television entertainment.


Aled Jones quizzes Mary King about her VoiceLab project at London's Southbank Centre and catches up with the latest news from Radio 3's Choir of the Year competition.

And he investigates a surprising candidate for the accolade of 'world's greatest choral composer'.


Aled Jones reviews the musical discoveries from this season's programmes, including choral groups from Tahiti, Iceland, the US and New Zealand.

Plus a trip to an unusual choral gathering - the 2008 Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival.


Aswatuna Choral Festival


Writing for an Acoustic

Aled Jones visits the pioneering Aswatuna Festival in Petra, Jordan, an event which brings together choirs from across the Middle East, including Palestinian and Iraqi groups.

And composer Judith Bingham is in the studio to look at how choral compositions reflect the spaces for which they are written.


Aswatuna Choral Festival


Hungarian Choirs

Aled Jones visits the pioneering Aswatuna Festival in Petra, Jordan, an event which brings together choirs from across the Middle East and beyond.

Featuring Middle Eastern choirs and Swedish vocal group Voces Nordicae in a unique collaboration, plus a tour of the Hungarian choral scene with music from Bartok, Kodaly and contemporary composer Janos Vajda.


Aled Jones talks to Finnish choral conductor, writer and journalist Kari Turunen about Einojuhani Rautavaara and the post-war choral scene in Finland.

Now in his eightieth year, Rautavaara has consistently contributed to choral repertoire and since he began composing in the 1950s, his career has grown in tandem with a growing interest in choirs.

An increase in chamber choirs was followed by the development of youth and children's choirs.

The rise in numbers and enthusiasm and high standards of these choirs has ensured that Finnish composers find a healthy marketplace for new choral repertoire.


Is the UK neglecting its older singers? Aled Jones investigates with Grenville Jones, project director of the Golden-Oldies charity.

Plus music to reflect the constant choral interchange between Britain and America.


Aled Jones introduces a selection of choral music recorded this summer at the RheinVokal Festival, located in the Middle Rhine Valley in Germany.

Featuring highlights from a concert of English music dedicated to St Cecilia, performed by the SWR Vocal Ensemble, madrigals by Gesualdo sung by the Calmus Ensemble from Leipzig and a performance by the Rastatt Vocal Ensemble of Scarlatti's Stabat Mater.


Aled Jones is joined by two of the country's leading human beatboxers, Shlomo and Jestar, aka Shlomo Kahn and Jeremy Sadler.

They are both members of the Vocal Orchestra - the world's first and only human beatbox choir - which Shlomo set up in 2007.

The programme features recordings from their popular series at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and their gig at Glastonbury this summer and the pair in conversation about their outreach projects in which they teach beatbox to people from all backgrounds, including Aled Jones.

Plus music for Halloween, All Saints and All Souls' Day recorded specially for the programme by the BBC Singers, including Ghost Stories by Andrew Simpson and Philip Ledger's Requiem: A Thanksgiving for Life.


As the final rounds of BBC Radio 3's Choir of the Year 2008 competition approach, Aled Jones talks to the current champions Chantage and their conductor James Davey.


Paul English is in a choir, but it's not any choir.

In just two years, they've made their mark on the Scottish music scene and played to festival audiences round the country.

Named after Gram Parsons, the fifty-strong Parsonage Choir have sung with Rod Stewart and the Flaming Lips, and have just brought out their first single.

With 50 distinct personalities and a range of singing abilities, life is never dull.

Paul gives his view from the pews.


War Requiem

To mark Remembrance Sunday and the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Aled Jones presents a complete performance of Britten's War Requiem.

Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano)

Peter Pears (tenor)

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)

The Bach Choir

Highgate School Choir

Melos Ensemble

London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Benjamin Britten (conductor)


Choir of the Year - Category Final 1

Aled Jones presents the first selection of highlights from last weekend's Radio 3 Choir of the Year competition, with choral conductor Deborah Catterall.

They look at the youth and adult choirs hoping to win a place in the grand final.


Aled Jones brightens up the dark winter's evening with a selection of choral music inspired by the idea of light, and he talks to composer James Whitbourn about his recent large-scale work for choir and dancers, Luminosity.

Aled Jones presents a selection of choral music inspired by the idea of light.


As Lindsay Gray approaches his first anniversary as director of the Royal School of Church Music, he talks to Aled Jones about leadership, tradition and modernisation.

Aled Jones discusses the Royal School of Church Music and talks to director Lindsay Gray.


W H Auden's rich contribution to classical music is justly famous.

Yet - Britten's Hymn to St Cecilia" aside - the rich array of choral music inspired by his work is relatively little-known.

Tonight, Aled Jones introduces settings of Auden, including Britten's famous tribute to music's patron saint, and recent American works by Carson Cooman and Richard Wilson.

Plus, we'll hear a brilliant, irreverent lumberjack song - written some thirty years before Python.

Later this week, BBC Radio 3's Choral Evensong marks the 100th birthday of the great British choirmaster Stanley Vann.

In advance of this special service, Aled introduces part of one of Vann's most famous recordings, Stainer's "The Crucifixion", and an exclusive extract from a new disc of Vann's own compositions.

Finally, Aled reveals the results of the BBC's "Choral Ambition" scheme - an initiative helping amateur choirs nationwide to fund new projects and commission new works.

Aled Jones presents choral settings of W H Auden and a tribute to choirmaster Stanley Vann."


Aled Jones is joined by composer and conductor Francesco Ciluffo to introduce a selection of masses by composers better known from the glitz and glamour of the world of Italian Grand Opera: Puccini, Rossini, Mascagni and others.

The programme also pays tribute to the late explorer and composer David Fanshawe, and delves into the heady explosion of sounds, ritual and politics of Leonard Bernstein's theatre piece, "Mass".

Verdi - Messa Solennelle (1833) - Cum Sancto Spiritu

Milan Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Riccardo Chailly

DECCA 4672802 - Track 6

David Fanshawe: African Sanctus - Kyrie: Call To Prayer

Mu'azzin from the Muhammad Ali Mosque, Cairo, Choristers of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Neville Creed


Donizetti: Requiem - Dies Irae

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Miguel Angel Gomez-Martinez

ORFEO C172881 - Track 5

Cherubini: Requiem in C Minor - Pie Jesu

Ambrosian Singers, Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti

CDC7496782 - Track

Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle (original version): Credo, Crucifixus (alto solo), Et Resurrexit, Et Vitam Venturi Saeculi

Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Hilary Summers (alto), Andrew Tortise (tenor), Andrew Foster-Williams (bass)

Gary Cooper, Matthew Halls (19th century pianos), Mark Williams (harmonium), The King's Consort, Robert King

HYPERION CDA67570 - Tracks 11-14

Mascagni: Messa Di Gloria - Kyrie

Iorio Zennario (tenor), Pietro Spagnoli (bass), Ensemble Seicentonuovocento / Flavio Colusso


Puccini: Messa - Sanctus + Benedictus, Agnus Dei,

Roberto Alagna (tenor), Thomas Hampson (baritone), London Symphony Orchestra + Chorus, Antonio Pappano

EMI CDC5571592 - Tracks 15-17

Verdi + others: Messa Per Rossini (excerpts)

Carlo Coccia: Lacrimosa

Verdi: Responsorium

Libera Me - Dies Irae - Requiem Aeternam - Libera Me

Gabriela Beova-Cap (soprano), Prague Philharmonic Choir + Stuttgardt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helmuth Rilling

Bernstein: "Mass": A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers

Prayer For The Congregation: Chorale - Almighty Father


Gospel-Sermon: God Said

Jubilant Sykes (celebrant), Morgan State University Choir, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra / Marin Alsop

NAXOS 855962223 - Disc 1, Tracks 7, 13-16, 19.

Masses by maestros of the Italian grand opera stage, plus Bernstein's theatre piece, Mass.


Aled Jones presents the Voice Project, performing Gwilym Simcock's I Prefer the Gorgeous Freedom at this year's London Jazz Festival, alongside the composer.

He also introduces a recording of three works commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for Chantage, winners of BBC Choir of the Year 2006.

2006 Bbc Radio 3 Choir Of The Year20061126

Aled Jones presents highlights from the Category Finals of BBC Radio 3's biennial choral competition.

Earlier this month twenty-four choirs from all over the UK converged on Cardiff's Millennium Centre, where they competed in the finals of the Youth, Adult, Children's and Open categories.

This programme features the results of the Children's and Open competitions, along with details of the choirs who will go through to the Grand Final held in December.

A Tribute To Richard Hickox20090118

With the sudden death of conductor Richard Hickox at the end of 2008, choral music in the UK lost one of its greatest champions.

Aled Jones is joined by some of this irrepressible musician's closest collaborators to explore his prolific career, including samples of his work with the London Symphony Chorus, BBC National Chorus of Wales, Collegium Musicum 90 and the many opera companies with which he was associated.

Aled Jones presents a tribute programme to the late conductor Richard Hickox


Aled Jones spotlights the role of the choral accompanist - a pivotal position in the choral team whether preparing a choral society, supporting a church choir on the organ or conjuring up the sound of an orchestra.

He talks to three highly experienced practioners: Sarah Baldock, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Chichester Cathedral, Iain Farrington, accompanist to the London Philharmonic Choir, and Cardiff-based Jeffrey Howard whose career takes him from the organ-loft to playing for singers 'Only Men Aloud'.

Together they discuss the challenges, ways to improve your game, and highlight some of the finest exponents of this often underappreciated job.

Aled Jones spotlights the role of the choral accompanist.

Aled Jones spotlights the role of the choral accompanist - a pivotal position in the choral team whether preparing a choral society, supporting a church choir on the organ or conjuring up the sound of an orchestra. He talks to three highly experienced practioners: Sarah Baldock, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Chichester Cathedral, Iain Farrington, accompanist to the London Philharmonic Choir, and Cardiff-based Jeffrey Howard whose career takes him from the organ-loft to playing for singers 'Only Men Aloud'.

First broadcast in April 2010.

Aled Jones
American Gospel Music20090222

Aled Jones looks at the gospel music scene in America and marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Bohuslav Martinu, a 20th-Century composer who made a significant contribution to choral repertoire.

Plus news about a Mendelssohn event being organised by Radio 3 for choirs across the nation.


  • chicago mass choir
  • holy ghost power
  • percy gray jr

  • An Ode To Music20080615

    Aled Jones looks at choral responses to the ancient poetic idea of the ode.

    Featuring Purcell's Birthday Ode for Queen Mary of 1691, plus music by Holst, Britten, Kodaly and Ned Rorem.

    Arctic Light20121223

    Aled Jones introduces a selection of seasonal choral music plus some contemporary sounds from the innovative ensemble Arctic Light, a group that mixes their artistic director Susanna Lindmark's new music, which reflects the culture of the far north of Sweden where they're based, with music from many different parts of the world.

    Back To School20110911

    Aled Jones returns with a new season of news and views from the world of choral music.

    As schools and universities re-open for business, Aled examines the training options for budding professional choristers.

    Aled Jones explores training options for aspiring professional choristers.

    Bbc Singers/vocalessence Stephen Cleobury Concert20090215

    Aled Jones presents a special concert by the BBC Singers marking the 60th birthday of their Conductor Laureate, Stephen Cleobury.

    Including specially-commissioned pieces by Judith Weir, Judith Bingham, Gabriel Jackson and Bob Chilcott, and a guest appearance by American choir VocalEssence.

    Concert recorded on 24 January 2009, at the BBC Maida Vale studio 1


  • Judith Weir
  • alleluia! i bring you news of great joy
  • bbc singers conducted by stephen cleobury
  • bbc singers conducted by stephen cleobury

    bob chilcott

  • bbc singers conducted by stephen cleobury

    edward cowie

  • bbc singers conducted by stephen cleobury

    francis grier

  • bbc singers conducted by stephen cleobury

    gabriel jackson

  • bbc singers conducted by stephen cleobury

    giles swayne

  • four passiontide motets
  • into god's call
  • lyre bird motet
  • madrigal
  • to music

  • Bbc Symphony Chorus, O Duo20110918

    Aled Jones presents a specially recorded programme of choral works featuring the BBC Symphony Chorus and percussion ensemble, O Duo.

    Including major works by John Joubert, Gordon Crosse and Jonathon Dove.

    Specially recorded music from the BBC Symphony Chorus and percussion ensemble O Duo.

    Benjamin Britten20111127

    Britten's earliest published pieces were for choir and his fascination with music for voices continued throughout his long career, to his very last project.

    Aled Jones makes his selection from this fascinating and diverse body of choral works, celebrating a composer who put singing at the very centre of his creative life.

    Aled Jones makes a selection from the diverse body of choral music by Benjamin Britten.

    Biblical Song Of Songs, Stile Antico20110529

    Aled Jones introduces choral music inspired by the Biblical Song of Songs, and chats to members of the award-winning young British early music group Stile Antico.

    Aled Jones introduces choral music inspired by the Biblical Song of Songs.

    Bodleian Libarary Exhibition20090104

    With a report from Oxford's Bodleian library on its British choir manuscript exhibition.

    Presented by Aled Jones.

    Conductor Harry Christophers reports from Oxford's Bodleian library on its exhibition of almost 800 years of priceless British choir manuscripts and also gets a chance to hear what is universally regarded as the worst oratorio of all time, George Tolhurst's Ruth.

    Plus a look ahead to the big choral anniversaries of 2009.


    Aled Jones surveys the choral music of Brahms, and takes a look at other choral news.

    Aled Jones surveys the choral music of Brahms, and presents other choral news.

    Brigham Young University Singers20120610

    Aled Jones presents a rare chance to hear one of America's best young chamber choirs: the Brigham Young University Singers of Utah, specially recorded on their recent tour of the UK. Members of the choir discuss their all American programme and the vibrant Mormon choral tradition.

    Britain And France20110320

    Aled Jones in discussion with the musical director of the Maîtrise de Toulouse, Mark Opstad, explores some of the choral traditions in France, and how that country has also inspired some British composers.

    Aled Jones surveys some of the choral connections between France and the United Kingdom.

    Buddhist Chant20100404

    With vocal techniques like no other singers Buddhist monks maintain a unique, yet largely unrecognised musical style.

    Aled Jones travels to a Tibetan centre in South London to hear the amazing sounds they produce, and meets the musician who gave up his successful IT career to learn the tradition's secrets.

    Plus a look at how choirs fare when they tackle music from well outside their national style as the Dutch sing Renaissance English polyphony, Americans tackle Purcell, and the British reinvent themselves as South Americans and Russians.

    Aled Jones explores the sounds and rituals of the Buddhist chant tradition.

    Celebrating Mozart20060319

    Mozart's religious views are famously difficult to read from the surviving records of his life.

    Aled Jones travels to Salzburg, where the composer wrote much of his most significant sacred choral music, and hunts out the divide between Mozart's faith and duty among the city's historic churches, chapels and cathedral.

    Musical highlights include movements from the Vesperae solennes de confessore, K339; Dominicus Mass in C, K66; and the Missa solemnis in C, K337.

    Choir Of The Year - Category Final 220081123

    Aled Jones with highlights from the remaining category finals in the Choir of the Year 08.

    Choir of the Year - Category Final 2

    Aled Jones presents the second selection of highlights from the Radio 3 Choir of the Year competition, with choral conductor Deborah Catterall.

    They focus on the remaining choirs in the Open and Children's categories, and reveal the six choirs from across the competition who have won a place in next month's Grand Final.

    Choir Of The Year - Youth And Adult Category20101121

    Aled Jones presents highlights from the latest round of Choir of the Year 2010, which took place at Birmingham Symphony Hall earlier this month.

    Whittled down from over one hundred and fifty entrants, just sixteen choirs made it through to the Category Finals.

    The stakes were high, with choirs competing to win both their category and a place in the Grand Final at the Royal Festival Hall.

    Today it's the turn of choirs in the Youth and Adult Categories to try to impress the judges.

    Aled Jones presents highlights from Choir of the Year 2010: Youth and Adult categories.

    Choir Of The Year 201020100711

    Aled Jones is joined by Robert Hollingworth to announce the names of the Category Finalists taking part in "Choir of the Year 2010".

    John Rutter pays tribute to Timothy Brown, the director of music at Clare College, Cambridge who's retiring after more than thirty years and Jeremy Jackman has details of a music course devoted to evensong.

    Music includes John Rutter's Requiem.

    Aled Jones announces the Category Finalists in Choir of the Year 2010.

    Choir Of The Year 2010/latin American Choral Music20100509

    Aled Jones catches up with the latest news from the Choir of the Year 2010 competition, already in full swing all round the country, plus he samples the foot-tapping choral rhythms of Latin America.

    Aled Jones presents the latest from Choir of the Year 2010.

    Choir Of The Year 2012 Grand Final20121111

    Aled Jones introduces highlights from the Grand Final of Choir of the Year 2012 which took place recently at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Over the past few months more than 5,000 singers from 138 singing groups have taken part in this prestigious amateur competition, performing in venues up and down the country. In the final stage of the competition, that number is whittled down to just six choirs, the winners of the four categories - Children, Youth, Adult and Open along with two wildcards. Hear how they sang their hearts out in repertoire ranging from jazz to classical favourites in a bid to win the coveted title.

    Choir Of The Year Category Finals 120101114

    Aled Jones introduces highlights from the Category Finals of the UK's biggest amateur choral competition Choir of the Year, which took place at Birmingham Symphony Hall earlier this month.

    Whittled down from over one hundred and fifty entrants, just sixteen choirs made it through to the Category Finals.

    The stakes were high, with choirs competing to win both their category and a place in the Grand Final at the Royal Festival Hall later on this month.

    Today we'll discover which choirs won the Children's Category and the Open Category.

    Aled Jones introduces highlights from the 2010 Category Finals of Choir of the Year.

    Choirbook For The Queen20120122

    Aled Jones in conversation with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Ian Ritchie and Reverend Lucy Winkett, discuss the recent publication of the Choirbook for the Queen, marking the Diamond Jubilee for Her Majesty The Queen. Including a number of new commissions, this collection of contemporary anthems will be showcased throughout the year at services held around the country.

    Aled Jones discusses the publication of the Choirbook for the Queen.

    Choirs In Uk Conservatoires20110605

    Aled Jones takes another tour of the wonders of the choral world, including choirs in UK conservatoires, with his guest the conductor and composer Paul Spicer.

    Aled Jones focuses on choirs in UK conservatoires.

    Choirs Of Angels20110123

    Aled Jones turns his attention heavenward to find choral music with an angelic theme.

    Choral Accompanists2010041820121007
    Choral Music For Remembrance Sunday20111113

    Aled Jones presents choral music for Remembrance Sunday, plus a special performance by the John Powell Singers of an ambitious new work for amateur choirs: Rhymes and Charms for Fly-Away Things by Kerry Andrew, inspired by the folklore and superstitions surrounding creatures of the air.

    Music inspired by creatures of the air, plus choral works for Remembrance Sunday.

    Choral Music In Guildford, Vivace Chorus20110515

    Aled Jones is joined by guests Barry Rose and Katherine Dienes-Williams, to discuss the 50th anniversary of the consecration of Guildford Cathedral.

    Jeremy Backhouse also chats with Aled about the Vivace Chorus, and their forthcoming performance of Mahler's 8th symphony.

    Choral Music In Japan20120115

    Aled Jones investigates the remarkable rise of baroque choral music in Japan - with exclusive interviews and performances from the Bach Collegium Japan under the baton of their founder and musical director Masaaki Suzuki - as well exploring the thriving amateur choral scene.

    Plus, traditional Caucasian folk songs from old friends of the programme, the Georgian choir Shavnabada, and a celebration of Claude Debussy's choral music, to mark his 150th birthday year.

    The Japanese choral music phenomenon, and a celebration of Debussy's choral legacy.

    Choral Music To Make You Smile20101107

    Aled Jones presents a selection of singing to make you smile, including a classic performance from the Hoffnung Music Festival.

    Plus news from more choirs who have benefited from the BBC's Choral Ambition scheme, and a round up of the remaining category finalists going forward to the final stages of Choir of the Year 2010.

    Aled Jones presents a classic performance from the Hoffnung Music Festival.

    Choral Proms Preview20120429

    Aled Jones explores all things choral, including a preview of choral highlights from this year's BBC Proms season, and music for choir by John Cage in his centenary year.

    Choral Works By Berlioz And Gabrieli20120129

    Aled Jones examines how Berlioz's fascination with the use of space and sonority, fired his imagination in his large scale Requiem Mass, a celebration of another great choral innovator, Giovanni Gabrieli, to mark the 400th anniversary of his death. There's also news of the Gabrieli Consort, who celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2012, under the baton of their musical director Paul McCreesh.

    Aled Jones examines Berlioz's use of space and sonority in his Requiem Mass.

    Christmas Carols20101212

    Aled Jones investigates how composers, choirs and publishers approach one of the most tradition-bound areas of the choral repertoire: Christmas carols, plus he samples a few of the brand new carols on offer this season.

    Aled Jones in investigates how we approach Christmas carols and introduces new ones.

    Christmas Music For Choirs20081214

    It's one of the great challenges for a choral composer - how to write new and distinctive Christmas music.

    Aled Jones talks to Sasha Johnson Manning whose Manchester Carols aim to retell the story of the Nativity for the 21st century.

    Plus the antidote to famous carol overload, a selection of Christmas choral rarities.


  • lutosławski: hey! we rejoice now (extract)
  • polish radio chorus and polish national radio symphony orchestra conducted by antoni wit

    sasha johnson manning: mirabile dictu

  • the manchester carollers, northern chamber orchestra conducted by richard tanner
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    sasha johnson manning: new boy born

  • Dance20090705

    Aled Jones explores the idea of dance in choral music and presents complete performances of two major choral ballets -Stravinsky's Les Noces and Holst's The Golden Goose.



    Lord of the Dance (arr.


    The Bach Choir, conducted by Sir David Willcocks

    Chandos, CHAN8973, track 14

    Vaclovas Augustinas

    Treputé Martela (The Stomping Bride)

    Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, directed by Paul Hillier

    HMU 907391, track 1

    Gabriel Faure


    City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier

    Chandos CHAN 10113, track 3

    Igor Stravinsky

    Les Noces

    Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Susan Parry (alto), Vsevolod Grivnov (tenor), Maxim Mikhailov (bass), MusikFabrik, RIAS Chamber Choir, directed by Daniel Reuss

    Harmonia Mundi, HMC801913, tracks 1-4

    Ariel Ramirez

    Misa Criolla (Gloria and Sanctus)

    Manuel Melendez (tenor), José Sacin (tenor), Pablo Talamante (Tenor), Choral Arts Society of Washington, conducted by Joseph Holt

    Naxos 8557542, track 13 and 15

    Gyorgy Ligeti

    Nonsense Madrigals (V.

    Lobster Quadrille)

    The Kings Singers

    Sony Classical SK62311, track 5

    Thierry Escaich

    Motet No.3

    Ensemble Vocal Sequenza 9.3, Thierry Escaich (organ), directed by Catherine Simonpietri

    Accord 4769074, track 3

    Einojuhani Rautavaara


    Accentus, directed by Eric Ericson

    Naïve: 5037, CD1, Track 6

    Gustav Holst

    The Golden Goose – A Choral Ballet

    Guildford Choral Society and The Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton

    Hyperion CDA66784, tracks 1-12

    Joseph and Johan Strauss

    Pizzicato Polka

    Vienna Boys Choir (recorded in 1910)

    Flapper PASTCD 7082, track 14

    Aled Jones explores the idea of dance in choral music.

    With music by Stravinsky and Holst.

    Danish Choral Music, School Choir Of The Year20120422

    Aled Jones explores the thriving choral music scene in Denmark, a country with a strong choral tradition where the emphasis placed on educating children and young people is exemplified by the work of the internationally renowned Danish National Girls' Choir; plus there's choral music by contemporary Spanish composer Antón García Abril and a look at BBC Songs of Praise's competition for school choirs, "School Choir of the Year", which celebrates its tenth birthday in 2012.

    Aled Jones with choral music from Denmark and the School Choir of the Year competition.

    Dillie Keane And Fascinating Aida, Patrick Hawes20120408

    Dillie Keane joins Aled Jones on The Choir, to take a tour of the witty world of Fascinating Aida, with a number of catchy numbers from Goodbye Old Friends, to My Parents. Composer Patrick Hawes also joins Aled, to discuss his work the Lazarus Requiem, a mixture of Latin and English words providing an account of the raising of Lazarus.

    Actress and singer Dillie Keane joins Aled Jones to discuss Fascinating Aida.

    English Madrigals20100103

    Emma Kirkby joins Aled Jones among a crowd of cavorting nymphs, shepherds and love-sick youths as they sample the overheated world of English madrigals.

    Emma Kirkby joins Aled Jones to discuss English madrigals.

    Eric Whitacre, Elizabeth Poston20101128

    He's the choral world's very own rock star.

    With a global following, and the looks to match, Eric Whitacre is rapidly becoming the choir composer and conductor every group wants to work with.

    This week, Eric's in the studio with his 'half dozen', his pick of choirs he wouldn't live without.

    And with this year's Choir of the Year competition, Eric reveals what he'll be looking for as a member of the jury.

    Also in the programme, Aled Jones explores the mysteries of choral composer Elizabeth Poston, known through one of the most famous Christmas pieces ever written, 'Jesus Christ the Apple Tree'.

    As a new disc of her work is released by the National Youth Choir of Scotland, Aled uncovers a hidden side of the composer.

    Thanks to research by the journalist Christopher Lambton there's now credible evidence that Poston was involved in covert communications with allied forces during the Second World War as part of her work at the BBC.

    Aled Jones is joined by celebrated choir composer and conductor Eric Whitacre.

    Finnish Golden Age Choral Music20110313

    This week Aled Jones talks to Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, a leading figure on the Finnish choral scene.

    He's probably best known in the UK as a choral composer, in particular for his humorous take on Finnish folk music "Pseudo-Joik".

    In addition he's a choral singer, translator and expert on the history of Finnish choral music.

    He joins Aled to introduce a selection of the best from the Finnish romantics who took up Sibelius' mantle.

    The late nineteenth century was a rich period in Finland's choral development.

    The growth of nationalism not only saw Jean Sibelius produce choral music using Finnish texts but it also fostered the desire in succeeding generations to follow in his footsteps.

    Outside Finland, the domination of Sibelius' reputation has meant the work of these later Finnish romantics, among them Toivo Kuula, Leevi Madetoja and Selim Palmgren, has been rather unfairly neglected.

    Palmgren who was given the title the "Chopin of Scandinavia", is credited with bringing impressionism to Finland, while Kuula's original talent, cut short tragically by an early death, has been likened to that of Sibelius.

    Aled Jones and guest Jaakko Mantyjarvi introduce choral music by the Finnish Romantics.


    Aled Jones is joined by choral director Ken Burton.

    Together they explore the different ways in which composers have responded to the theme of "freedom", including Francis Poulenc, whose horror at the occupation of Paris inspired him to create "Figure humaine", a heartfelt hymn to liberty, Beethoven, John Rutter, Vaughan Williams, plus some of Ken's personal favourites too.

    Aled Jones and choral director Ken Burton explore the theme of freedom.

    From The Roundhouse, London20110327

    Aled Jones presents the spectacular final concert of the Voices Now festival, live from the Roundhouse, London.

    Featuring performances from The London Symphony Chorus, The Holst Singers, The BBC Singers, The Roundhouse Choir and The Latvian Radio Choir.

    Plus, he discusses the future of British choral music with a distinguished panel of festival participants.

    Aled Jones presents the final concert of the Voices Now Festival from the Roundhouse.

    Gabriel Jackson, Aswatuna20121014

    Should Australian Aboriginal poetry, the work of a Bengali Hindu and a Japanese Samurai poem have any place in a requiem? Composer Gabriel Jackson clearly thinks so, and joins Aled Jones to talk about his recent new work for the Vasari Singers. Plus there's a look ahead to Aswatuna, uniting choirs from around the Middle East with groups from Sweden and also from the UK, in the shape of Cambridge-based ensemble Ishirini.

    Should Australian Aboriginal poetry, the work of a Bengali Hindu and a Japanese Samurai poem have any place in a requiem? Composer Gabriel Jackson clearly thinks so, and joins Aled Jones to talk about his recent new work for the Vasari Singers.

    Gaelic Choral Music, Handel's Messiah20091129

    Aled Jones talks to Handel expert Laurence Cummings about English National Opera's new staged production of Messiah.

    Plus a report from Andrew Robertson on the choral events at the 2009 Royal National Mod, Scotland's biggest Gaelic festival, and an update on Sing Hallelujah.


    Crippled Lad in the Glen / Mary Anne is an Elegant Lass

    Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association, conducted by Kenneth Thomson

    Skye 48, track 12

    Imants Ramiņš arr.

    Latvian folk song

    Blow, Wind!

    Aled Jones discusses Handel's Messiah at ENO and Gaelic choral music.

    Georgian Music20110522

    A Yorkshire suburb is hardly where you would expect to hear the sounds of Georgian choral music.

    But thanks to a group of enthusiasts the county has now become a focal point for singers addicted to this ancient musical style encompassing every human emotion.

    Aled Jones joins local musicians and Georgian choral guru Davit Tsintsadze as they share the country's music, history and food, and finds out what makes the tradition so captivating for those who experience it first-hand.

    Aled Jones explores a renaissance of Georgian music - in suburban Yorkshire.

    Great Handel Choirs/haydn's Heiligmesse20091101

    Ahead of English National Opera's Sing Hallelujah celebrations Aled Jones talks to choral director Simon Lole, who picks great Handel choirs on disc, from the very first complete recording of Messiah to a stunning performance of Saul.

    Plus the last in the series of postcards from Eisenstadt introducing Haydn's Heiligmesse performed by the Monteverdi Choir.


    Blas Galindo

    Dos Corazones

    Great Organist Composers, Sing Live20101010

    Aled Jones is joined by organist David Bednall, a choral composer who's inspired by Strauss, Puccini, Ravel and Vaughan Williams, and catches up with the diverse activities of the singing organisation "Sing Live".

    Aled Jones is joined by organist and choral composer David Bednall.

    Handel Week - Chandos Anthems20090412

    Aled Jones investigates Handel's time as composer-in-residence at Cannons, the Edgware home of the Earl of Carnarvon, where he produced his 11 Chandos Anthems.

    Aled Jones investigates Handel's 11 Chandos Anthems.

    Haydn Mariazeller Messe/groove For Thought Artist Profile20091018

    Aled Jones links up with Seattle to meet members of the close-harmony group Groove for Thought, bringing together the worlds of R&B, gospel and jazz.

    Plus another in the series of complete masses by Joseph Haydn, his Mariazeller Messe, introduced from the church in the Austrian town of Eisenstadt with which it is closely associated.


    Kevin Kunz

    Gotta Lotta Lemons

    Haydn Part Songs20090607

    Aled Jones explores the part songs inspired by Haydn's visit to one of England's burgeoning singing societies - the so-called glee clubs.

    On the way he discovered a masculine world of convoluted etiquette, heavy drinking and pseudo-parliamentary democracy.

    While Haydn's life was one of never-ending deadlines, at the mercy of more commissions than he could manage, this was one occasion when he wrote genuinely for pleasure.

    Aled Jones explores the part songs inspired by Haydn's visit to the 'glee clubs' of London

    Henryk Gorecki's Choral Music20111106

    Marking one year since the composer's death, Roxanna Panufnik and Adrian Thomas join Aled Jones to discuss the choral music of Henryk Górecki, including a UK tour of concert performances of Górecki's music by the Polish Radio Choir.

    Roxanna Panufnik and Adrian Thomas join Aled Jones to discuss Gorecki's choral music.

    Hoddinott Hall Concert20090208

    Aled Jones presents the programme from Hoddinott Hall, the new home of the BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales in Cardiff Bay, and introduces the first choral concert of their opening season.

    With music by Mendelssohn and Stanford, plus Welsh composers William Mathias and Mansel Thomas.

    Aled Jones presents a concert from the BBCNOW's home in Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay.

    I Fagiolini At 2520111120

    Aled Jones introduces highlights of vocal group I Fagiolini's 25th-anniversary concert at the North Wales International Music Festival.

    Plus news of a choral competition which brought a new generation of composers to Abbey Road studios for a chance to record with the London Symphony Orchestra.

    The name 'I Fagiolini' (the little beans) was never meant to last.

    But 25 years after their debut in Oxford the group still hasn't got around to coming up with something new.

    Director Robert Hollingworth is in the studio to explain why, and to look back on a career which has seen the group remain at the vanguard of period vocal performance.

    Music comes from the group's celebratory performance at the North Wales International Music Festival with works by Monteverdi, Milhaud, Orlando Gough and the King's Singers.

    Also, news of a recent choral competition which gave eight winners the chance to record with the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor/composer Eric Whitacre at Abbey Road.

    Producer Jonathan Allen joins Aled to introduce some of the winning music and reflect on 80 years of recording at the legendary studios.

    Aled Jones with highlights of I Fagiolini's 25th birthday concert at St Asaph Cathedral.

    Iberian And Latin American Choral Music20091011

    Aled Jones talks to conductor Carlos Fernandez Aransay about Iberian and Latin American choral music from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.

    Together with the choir he founded, Coro Cervantes, he has introduced many Baroque and contemporary Iberian and Latin American composers to British audiences, along with treasures from the Spanish Golden Age.

    Also, ahead of the Sing Hallelujah events, conductor David Hill gives some tips on learning the Hallelujah Chorus.


    Juan Garcia de Zépedes

    Guaracha: Ay Que Me Abraso

    Interviews With Terry Edwards And Eric Whitacre20090517

    Aled Jones revists two major interviews recorded in 2008 - featuring Terry Edwards, one of Britain's most prolific music directors, and composer Eric Whitacre, who has taken the choral world by storm with his universally popular works for choirs.


    Eric Whitacre

    Sleep for chorus

    Polyphony conducted by Stephen Layton

    HYPERION CDA6754 3, track 3

    Go, lovely Rose

    HYPERION CDA6754 3, track 5

    Water night

    Brigham Young University Singers conducted by Ronald Staheli

    ARSIS CD147, track 1

    3 Flower songs for chorus

    no.2; With a lily in your hand

    HYPERION CDA6754 3, track 9

    Godzilla Eats Las Vegas

    Rutgers Wind Ensemble conducted by William Berz

    MARK 2525MCD, track 4

    Extract Only


    Sleep my Child

    Hila Plitmann - soprano with Eric Whitacre - synthesisers

    Private tapes

    Howard Leslie Shore

    The Lord of the rings: the two towers - music for the film

    - Helm's Deep

    London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Voices directed by Terry Edwards

    REPRISE 93624842122, track 12

    John Adams

    (El) Nino

    - Part 1; I sing of a maiden

    London Voices directed by Terry Edwards, with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano

    NONESUCH 7559796342, track 1

    Luciano Berio

    Sinfonia for 8 solo voices and orchestra

    - 2nd movement - O King

    London Voices directed by Terry Edwards, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Eotvos

    DG RECORDS 002894775380, track 2

    Claude Debussy

    3 Chansons de Charles d'Orleans for chorus

    - no.1; Dieu! qu'il la fait bon regarder!

    Swingle II, directed by Ward Swingle

    RCA RL25112 side 3, track 1

    Benjamin Britten

    Peter Grimes - opera in 3 acts (Op.33)

    - Act 3 scene 1;

    Simon Keenlyside - baritone (Ned), Patricia Payne - contralto (Auntie), Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Bernard Haitink

    EMI CDS7548322, CD 2, track 17

    Hymn to St Cecilia for chorus (Op.27)

    - Opening;

    London Sinfonietta Voices, including bass Terry Edwards

    VIRGIN VC 790728-2 1/8

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Otello - dramma lirico in 4 acts

    - Act 1;

    Luciano Pavarotti - tenor, Chicago Symphony Chorus directed by Terry Edwards, Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Georg Solti

    DECCA 433 6702, tracks 1-2

    George Gershwin

    Porgy and Bess - opera in 3 acts

    - Act 1 sc.1; Summertime

    Renee Fleming - soprano, with New York Voices and New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, conducted by James Levine

    DECCA 460 567, track 2

    Gyorgy Ligeti

    Hortobagy - trad.


    for 8 voices

    London Sinfonietta Voices conducted by Terry Edwards

    SONY SK62305, tracks 32-34

    Aled Jones revisits two major interviews with Terry Edwards and Eric Whitacre.

    James O'donnell20120701

    Aled Jones talks to James O'Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey, about the Choir's visit to Rome, with music by Palestrina, Christopher Tye and Kodaly.

    Jazz-inspired Choral Music20110925

    Choral music influenced by jazz is the topic for discussion with Aled Jones, who's joined by composer and pianist Will Todd.

    Music during the programme includes works by Will Todd, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, and a large piece called I Prefer the Gorgeous Freedom by Gwilym Simcock.

    Aled Jones and composer Will Todd discuss jazz-influenced choral music.

    Jeffrey Skidmore And Ex Cathedra20110130

    Aled Jones talks to Jeffrey Skidmore about his four decades at the head of the renowned ensemble, Ex Cathedra.

    They discuss his passion for exploring the hidden corners of early and modern repertoire, and why he decided to establish his choir in Birmingham when so many of his contemporaries headed to London.

    Aled Jones meets Jeffrey Skidmore, director of Ex Cathedra.

    John Armitage Memorial Trust/choral Competition/sport Relief20100314

    Aled Jones marks ten years of the John Armitage Memorial Trust and explores its growing legacy of new music for the exciting combination of voices, brass and organ, plus Britain's newest choral competition, and singing for Sport Relief.

    Aled Jones marks ten years of the John Armitage Memorial Trust.

    John Surman's Lifelines20121230

    Aled Jones introduces music from the 2012 London Jazz Festival - a new work from reeds player John Surman, jointly commissioned by the BBC and Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival and featuring the voices of the Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir. 'Lifelines' explores our challenging relationship with the natural resources around us, with reflections on the Thornhill Colliery disaster of 1947 and a heroic sea rescue off the Cornish coast when 523 souls were saved in the RNLI's biggest ever mission.

    Jonathan Dove20120909

    Music is said to be a great healer, but could it ever soothe the wounds of losing a son at the very start of his adult life? Aled Jones meets the mother who commissioned a newly recorded oratorio in celebration of her son's life from composer Jonathan Dove. Plus, there's music from '' in Austria, one of a new breed of vocal competitions celebrating the most adventurous of groups currently on the scene.

    Aled Jones meets the creator of a newly recorded oratorio inspired by deep family tragedy.

    Juice Ensemble Profile20090111

    Aled Jones meets the vocal trio Juice, who discuss their interest in contemporary music.

    Aled Jones meets the vocal trio Juice, who discuss their interest in contemporary music and perform in the studio.

    Plus music inspired by the themes of evening and night.

    Kadavu Choir Of Fiji20121118

    The Kadavu Choir, Fiji's most celebrated national choir, interrupt their recent tour of the UK to perform in the studio and discuss their mission to bring the traditional music of their homeland to Fijians living in Britain, many of whom are serving in the British Armed Forces. Aled Jones talks to some of those UK Fijians, who have been attending concerts at barracks in England and Scotland, about what it means to have this rare opportunity to connect with their national culture.

    Karl Jenkins And The Really Big Chorus20100704

    Aled Jones is joined by Karl Jenkins, and looks at the composer's choral works and his new commission for The Really Big Chorus.

    The programme includes Dewi Sant by Karl Jenkins, recorded at St David's Hall for St David's Day.

    Aled is also joined by a founding member of The Really Big Chorus Don Monro, and associate conductor Brian Kay, to discuss the background to Messiah from Scratch.

    Aled Jones is joined by Karl Jenkins to discuss the composer's choral works.

    King James Bible Composer Awards20110612

    Aled Jones presents coverage of the recent King James Bible Composer Awards; a competition for new choral music to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

    Aled Jones presents coverage of the King James Bible Composer Awards.

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo20091108

    Aled Jones presents music from a concert given at the Hall for Cornwall, Truro, by multi-Grammy Award-winning a cappella vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, on one of their longest-ever UK tours.

    They have been hailed by former South African president Nelson Mandela as the country's 'cultural ambassadors'.


    J.S Bach

    Mass in B Minor

    Latin American Music20101003

    Aled Jones examines the cross-cultural roots of Latin American choral music with Carlos Fernández Aransay, and looks ahead to the 350th anniversary of André Campra's birth, plus more from Choir of the Year.

    Aled Jones and Carlos Fernandez Aransay explore the roots of Latin American choral music.

    Let The Peoples Sing20091115

    Aled Jones presents coverage of the final of the biennial Let The Peoples Sing amateur choir contest, which in 2009 is held in Oslo.

    Including performances from the nine finalists: choirs spanning thousands of miles - from Latvia to Canada, Germany to Finland - competing in three categories: adult, youth and children.

    This is the one of the highest accolades for any non-professional choir in the world, and the music in the final encompasses everything from traditional favourites to folk music and choral showpieces.

    Aled is joined in the studio by Michael Emery, BBC Singers producer and a member of the jury panel.

    They showcase some of the highlights of the contest, discuss what went right and wrong for the competing choirs, before revealing the winner.


    Recorded at the Let the People Sing competition in Oslo on 19 October 2009:

    Gyorgy Ligeti


    Vienna Chamber Choir, conducted by Michael Grohotolsky

    Gustav Mahler

    Die zwei blauen Augen

    Robert Sund

    I wandered lonely as a cloud

    Camerata Musica Limburg, conducted by Jan Schumacher

    Jurijus Kalcas

    Exultate Deo

    Knut Nystedt

    O Crux

    Sõla, conducted by Kaspars Adamsons

    Traditional Latvian folk song

    Kalējs kala debesīs (Blacksmith hammered in the sky)

    Mia Makaroff

    Kylyn kyselijä (The sauna seeker)

    Philomela, conducted by Marjukka Riihimäki

    Morten Lauridsen

    Ov'é lass', il bel viso?

    Nova, conducted by Anne Karin Sundal-Ask

    Odd Johan Overøye


    Giles Swayne

    Magnificat I

    Matthew King

    On London Fields (excerpt)

    private recording

    Javier Busto

    Zai ixtoiten

    Hamilton Children's Choir, conducted by Zimfira Poloz

    Veljo Tormis

    Bridge of song, Wind over the wilderness, Heather

    Let The Peoples Sing Gala Concert20111030

    Aled Jones introduces highlights from the Gala Concert given at the recent "Let the Peoples Sing" international choral competition, organised biennially by the European Broadcasting Union and hosted this year by BBC Radio 3 in the new studios of Media City in Salford.

    Under the banner "Singing the world", choirs from Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Norway and two British choirs, the Wellensian Consort and the choir of Ifield Community College from Crawley in Sussex, take a tour of the musical traditions of different cultures and nations.

    Aled Jones introduces highlights from the Let the Peoples Sing gala concert.

    Light Fantastic20110626

    What happens when two goslings fall in love only to end up on the same dinner plate? Aled Jones finds out as he joins the BBC Singers in concert for a potpourri of popular light choral classics, includes Ketèlbey's evocative picture of a monastery garden, and Horovitz's light-hearted cantata chronicling the adventures of Noah.

    Aled Jones introduces the BBC Singers in popular light choral classics.

    Live Performance Of Mendelssohn's Elijah20090301

    Aled Jones celebrates St David's Day 2009 and the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn's birth, introducing a performance of the oratorio Elijah from St David's Hall in Cardiff.

    Soloists: Anna Leese, Elin Manahan Thomas, Wendy Dawn Thompson, Andrew Kennedy and Neal Davies

  • Thierry Fischer (conductor).

    Aled Jones introduces the bbcnow and chorus performing mendelssohn's oratorio elijah

  • bbc national orchestra and chorus of wales
  • cardiff ardwyn singers

  • London A Cappella Festival 201220120108

    Aled Jones previews the London A Cappella Festival, hitting the capital with everything from barbershop to vocal rock later this week, all under the curation of the Swingle Singers. There's live music in the studio from some of the groups taking part, including five singers promising to smash the girl-band stereotype with their combination of soul, hip-hop and jazz. Plus, a new take on Tippett's Five Negro Spirituals commissioned by former Choir of the Year, Chantage.

    Aled Jones previews the 2012 London A Cappella Festival.

    London Festival Of Contemporary Music 200920090426

    Aled Jones previews the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music 2009 and talks to experimental vocalist Phil Minton about his Feral Choir.

    A preview of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music 09, and vocalist Phil Minton

    Los Angeles Choral Scene - 120121202

    In the first of a two-part special, Aled Jones looks at the choral scene in Los Angeles, featuring interviews and performances by some of the US West Coast's finest singing groups.

    Today's programme features the LA Master Chorale, with a feature interview with its Music Director, Grant Gershon, and two of its singers. We also look at one of the most acclaimed youth choirs in America, the Los Angeles Children's Chorus, and drop in at a rehearsal of the Philippine Chamber Singers - just one of the city's diverse array of amateur and semi-professional choirs - originally formed by Filipino emigres to the West Coast.

    With works by Reich, Gorecki and Muhly, as well as Filipino traditional folk songs.

    Los Angeles Choral Scene - 220121209

    Aled Jones concludes his overview of the thriving and eclectic choral scene in Los Angeles, featuring interviews and performances by some of the US West Coast's finest ensembles.

    Today, The Choir examines the diverse array of choral activities around Hollywood's famous cinema and television industry, with performances by the Hollywood Film Chorale of choral moments from movie blockbusters, including John Williams' score to "Amistad"...and one of the funniest (and most famous) choral moments in recent film history, The Simpsons Movie's "Spider Pig"...

    We also visit the Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady Of Los Angeles - replete with choirs in both English and Spanish - and examine the remarkable history of one of LA's most famous choral and social activist organisations, the Gay Men's Choir of Los Angeles.

    Matthew Whittall/haydn Grosse Orgelmesse20091004

    Finland is famed for its distinctive choral sound, yet one of its brightest composing stars is a Canadian who moved there only in 2001.

    Aled Jones talks to Matthew Whittall about this unique choral culture swap.

    Plus more from Eisenstadt, Joseph Haydn's professional home, and the second in a series of complete mass performances, his Missa in Honorem BVM (Grosse Orgelsolomesse).


    Jarmo Parviainen

    Ilta (Evening)

    Men In Choirs20110508

    Aled Jones extols the splendours of men-only choruses in contrasting works by Wagner and Gavin Bryars, and he asks why British choirs often struggle to match their ranks of female singers with equal numbers of tenors and basses.

    Aled Jones extols the splendours of men-only choruses in music by Wagner and Gavin Bryars.

    Mendelssohn Weekend20090510

    In a programme from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Aled Jones and his guests explore how Mendelssohn's creative personality was laid bare in his choral music.

    Manchester Chamber Choir, conducted by Richard Tanner, perform sacred and secular works from across Mendelssohn's choral career.

    Scunthorpe Co-operative Junior Choir, conducted by Sue Hollingworth are joined by the boys of Oldham Youth Choir, directed by Eileen Bentley, to give a special performance of Hear my Prayer in the culmination of Radio 3's Wings project - a nationwide event in which choirs all over Britain have signed up to perform O for the Wings of a Dove.

    Denn Er hat seinen Engeln befohlen

    Manchester Chamber Choir, conducted by Richard Tanner with Greg Morris on organ

    Laudate Pueri Dominum Op.

    39 No.


    Verleih' uns Frieden

    Mitten wir im Leben sind Op.


    Manchester Chamber Choir, conducted by Richard Tanner

    Hear my Prayer

    Scunthorpe Co-operative Junior Choir, Oldham Youth Choir boys, with Greg Morris on organ


    Summer is a Cumin in

    Scunthorpe Co-operative Junior Choir, conducted by Susan Hollingworth

    Beati mortui Op.115


    Sechs Lieder im Freien zu singen, Op.


    Frühzeitiege Frühling Op.

    59, no.

    Messiaen Programme20081207

    Aled Jones considers the choral legacy of Olivier Messiaen.

    As part of the 2008 Olivier Messiaen centenary celebrations, Aled Jones considers the choral legacy of the French composer, together with his successor at Paris's church of La Sainte Trinite, Naji Hakim.

    The BBC Singers perform Messiaen's Cinq Rechants and its companion, Jolivet's Epithalame, widely regarded as one of the most difficult choral pieces ever written.

    Michael Bawtree, Choir Of The Year20101024

    It's something which orchestral conductors rarely have to worry about, but in the choral world it happens often: Aled Jones talks to conductor Michael Bawtree about the logistics of bringing several choirs together for a performance.

    Plus two more category finalists from this year's Choir of the Year, and music from Eric Whitacre, Mendelssohn and James MacMillan.

    Aled Jones talks to Michael Bawtree about bringing choirs together for a performance.


    Aled Jones explores the world of minimalist music and talks to Gavin Bryars about his career and his recent collaborations with the Latvian Radio Choir.

    Missa Cellensis20090920

    Aled Jones introduces a complete performance of Joseph Haydn's giant Missa Cellensis (St Cecilia Mass) and also presents a report from the composer's professional home of Eisenstadt, where his complete masses are being performed during his anniversary year.

    Plus a round-up of recent choral news and releases.

    arr Aaron Dale: Didn't my Lord Deliver Daniel?

    The Westminster Chorus USA

    Recording courtesy of Llangollen International Eisteddfod

    Britten: Noye's Fludde

    Finchley Children's Music Group, Nicholas Wilks (conductor)

    SOMM SOMMCD212 t7

    Verdi: Requiem – Sanctus

    Mormon Tabernacle Choir20091213

    The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been broadcasting live to Americans every week since 1929, making its show the longest running network radio programme in the country.

    Aled Jones talks to current members of 'America's Choir' and introduces recordings from its historic archive.

    Plus a choral Christmas garland from the composer Anthony Bolton, who has combined investment management with a lifelong love of choirs and their music.

    Aled Jones talks to members of the long-established Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

    Multi-part Music20100307

    Aled Jones explores our recurring fascination with multi-part choral music, guided by composer, Gabriel Jackson, whose own 40-part Sanctum est verum lumen is one of the latest additions to the tradition.

    Aled Jones and composer Gabriel Jackson on our fascination with multi-part choral music.

    Music Related To War20090308

    Aled Jones explores music written in response to warfare, and invites Jonathan Willcocks to introduce his cantata A Great and Glorious Victory, written to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar.


  • Kurt Weill
  • a great and glorious victory
  • agnus dei and dona nobis pacem
  • allan clayton (tenor), portsmouth choral union, english cathedral singers, southern pro musica, conducted by jonathan willcocks
  • bbc symphony chorus, conducted by stephen jackson
  • chandos, chan9984, track 11-16

    joseph haydn

  • choir of new college, oxford, the king's consort, conducted by robert king
  • civitas sancti tui
  • curse upon iron
  • ecm 4652232, track 3

    Aled Jones explores music written in response to warfare

  • estonian philharmonic chamber choir, conducted by tõnu kaljuste
  • hyperion, cda666412, cd1, track 26, cd2 tracks 19-20

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

  • judas maccabaeus
  • largo 5130 cd2, track 5

    george frideric handel

  • london symphony orchestra and chorus, conducted by Richard Hickox
  • missa in tempore belli
  • monterverdi choir, english baroque soloists, conducted by john eliot gardiner
  • opening of act ii: “fall'n is the foe” + “see, the conqu'ring hero come” + part of march
  • philips 4708192, track 21 and 22

    jonathan willcocks

  • priory prcd 877, tracks 1-4

    William Byrd

  • signum sigcd061, track 6

    veljo tormis

  • six choral songs – to be sung in time of war
  • the king's singers
  • zu potsdam unter den eichen

  • Musicals20081228

    Aled Jones explores choral singing in the world of musicals.

    Antonín Dvořák: ‘Blossoms with which Spring allures us' from part 1 of Saint Ludmila

  • 2001 london cast recording with nick davies, musical director
  • Michael Ball and ensemble (original london cast) with robert scott, musical director
  • arnold soboloff, harold pierson, eddie gaspar and ensemble with fred werner, musical director
  • bbc philharmonic conducted by gennady rozhdestvensky and leeds festival chorus with
  • chandos chan9633, track 3

    sailing at dawn, and the song of the sou'wester, from songs of the fleet (1910)

  • chandos chsa5043, tracks 1-2
  • chorus master simon wright
  • colm wilkinson (role of che), plus chorus, rock musicians, and the london philharmonic orchestra conducted by anthony bowles
  • columbia ck2900, track 11

    andrew lloyd weber and Tim Rice: requiem for evita from evita

  • columbia ck32604, track 7

    george enescu: symphony no.

    3 opus 21

  • czech philharmonic chorus, prague symphony orchestra conducted by václav smetáček
  • first night castcd83, track 10

    lerner and loewe: with a little bit of luck from my fair lady

  • first night castcd83, track 4

    cy coleman (music) dorothy fields (lyrics): the rhythm of life from sweet charity

  • gerald finley (baritone) with the bbc national orchestra of wales and the bbc national chorus of wales conducted by Richard Hickox
  • mca dmcx503, track 2

    stephen sondheim: the ballad of sweeney todd, from sweeney todd

  • michael cerveris (role of sweeney todd) and manoel felciano (role of tobias), plus company
  • mrbb001, track 9

    lerner and loewe: ascot gavotte from my fair lady

  • nonesuch 7559-79946-2, track 1

    rodgers and hammerstein: there is nothin' like a dame from south pacific

  • original broadway cast with salvatore dell'isola, musical director
  • supraphon 112141-2 212, disk 1 track 2

    sherman and sherman: me ol' bamboo from chitty chitty bang bang

  • Myths And Legends20120212

    Aled Jones looks at the different ways in which myths and legends have inspired a range of composers including Martinu, Wagner and Sibelius to write choral works.

    Aled Jones introduces choral works by Martinu, Wagner and Sibelius.

    New Choirs Revisited20090315

    Presented by Aled Jones.

    The programme's resident talent scout, choral director Peter Broadbent, returns with his pick of the most promising choral talent from a recent 'choir marketplace' event held in the French town of Saint-Lo.

    Aled explores the choral legacy of American innovator and choral maverick Charles Ives, to coincide with the publication of a new volume of the composer's correspondence.

    Peter Broadbent discusses his pick of promising choral talent with Aled Jones

    New York20110501

    Aled Jones whisks us off to New York to find out about the only choir school in America, that of St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York.

    The director of music at St Thomas is John Scott, who spent much of his career at St Paul's Cathedral in London: the music he encourages the choir to sing includes the core of the English cathedral tradition as well as commissions from contemporary American composers.

    We hear from John Scott himself, as well as some of his singers and members of the congregation.

    Nico Muhly20120226

    30-year old composer Nico Muhly has been described as "one of the most exciting young composers on the planet", whose genre-crossing has made him a darling of both contemporary classical and indie rock audiences alike. He's written arrangements for Bjork, Grizzly Bear and Antony and the Johnsons - as well as composing a slew of acclaim concert and operatic works.

    Less well known is that Muhly began his musical life as a choirboy - and has written a number of choral works for liturgical and occasional use; his acclaimed "Bright Mass With Canons" makes regular appearances at choral evensongs across the UK.

    On tonight's edition of "The Choir", Aled Jones interviews Nico Muhly about his precocious musical career, showcasing a selection of his choral works, as well as dipping into his non-classical vocal arrangements.

    Nonsense Texts, Roxanna Panufnik20100502

    Aled Jones features choral composers who have rejected traditional texts in favour of nonsense words or no words at all in their music, plus he talks to Roxanna Panufnik about her new Mass for the London Oratory School Schola.

    Aled Jones presents music with nonsense texts.

    He also talks to Roxanna Panufnik.

    Olympic Opera20120708

    Aled Jones finds out about Cycle Song, a new choral opera taking place as part of the London 2012 Festival. He hears from some of the 1500 Scunthorpe musicians taking part and learns about the opera's hero: local cycling champion, Albert 'Lal' White.

    Parliament Choir, Bbc Performing Arts Fund20120415

    Aled Jones surveys the Westminster based Parliament Choir, with its members including Peers, MPs and staff working in Parliament. Aled will also be joined by Miriam O'Keeffe, to discuss the BBC Performing Arts Fund, which has assisted a number of choirs in the past.


    Aled Jones takes a look at plainchant, from the middle ages to the present day. The influence of plainchant can be heard in works by sixteenth century composers like Robert Whyte. Subsequently, it became less often heard, until the nineteenth century, when this ancient form of singing was revived by the monks of Solesmes Abbey in France. Since then different forms of chant have inspired a diverse range of composers including Holst, John Tavener and Roxanna Panufnik to draw on its melodic lines.

    Aled Jones presents the programme exploring all things choral, including performances and special features.


    Aled Jones looks at choral works that have taken a stand on world affairs, and he talks to composer Richard Blackford about the emotive political issues at the centre of his recent, chart-topping oratorios.

    Polyfollia Vocal Showcase20101226

    Every two years a selection of the world's most exciting new vocal groups gathers in the Normandy town of Saint-Lo for the 'Polyfollia' showcase.

    Aled Jones introduces the best of the talent from this year's event, including an ensemble of former choristers from Bach's church of St Thomas in Leipzig, close harmony from Australia, and a French group uniting the worlds of hip-hop and a cappella.

    Aled Jones reports on a choral and vocal showcase held in the Normandy town of Saint-Lo.

    Polyfollia, Young Voices20121125

    Aled Jones takes a chance to look to the future as the very best new choirs gather in the Nomandy city of Saint-LĂ´ to show what they can do. Polyfollia brings new talent face-to-face with Europe's choral promoters, and has a reputation for spotting the next big groups. Plus Young Voices, the choral phenomenon which enables children to sing together in their thousands at the UK's biggest arenas.

    Proms Preview, Royal Wedding20110710

    Aled Jones looks ahead to the Proms Choral Sunday concerts, with Gwawr Owen discussing the Gothic Symphony by Havergal Brian.

    The composer Paul Mealor also joins Aled, to discuss his involvement in the recent Royal Wedding.

    Aled Jones is joined by composer Paul Mealor, who took part in the recent royal wedding.

    Purcell Weekend20090322

    As part of BBC Radio 3's Purcell celebrations, Aled Jones is joined on the streets of Westminster by music historian Bruce Wood to recreate a choral 'day in the life' of the composer, with music for voices from the Chapel Royal, Westminster Abbey, the theatre and the ale house.

    We hear how three modern composers have responded to Purcell's incomplete masterwork Hear My Prayer, now thought to have been intended as a funeral anthem for King Charles II.

    Aled Jones is joined by music historian Bruce Wood to recreate a day in Purcell's life.

    Red Army Choir20111204

    It might seem a kitsch throwback to the days when music was an essential weapon in the Soviet armoury, but the Red Army Choir still sets the benchmark for military music-making some 80 odd years since it was founded.

    Now known as the Alexandrov Ensemble, the company of singers, players and dancers still tours the world as a cultural envoy of the Russian state.

    Aled Jones uncovers the history of the group, from its first glory years when it performed a vital role in promoting culture amongst the members of the Soviet military.

    He follows it through the Second World War when it gave an astounding 1500 concerts to motivate the troups, and then the post-war years when it had to re-invent itself as a vehicle for national pride across the world despite political resistance to its concerts in the West.

    Also in the programme, Birmingham-based Black Voices share their passion for a cappella singing, with an infectious blend of gospel, blues, jazz, African and Caribbean styles, and there's a masterclass in close-harmony virtuosity from Norwegian ensemble Pust.

    Aled Jones uncovers the history of the Red Army Choir.

    Richard Rodney Bennett20120617

    Aled Jones talks to Sir Richard Rodney Bennett about his choral music. One of our most prolific and respected living composers, Bennett's choral catalogue reflects his interests over the past fifty years, ranging from settings of William Wordsworth and John Donne, to arrangements of jazz standards. The diversity of his choral works stands as a testament to his remarkable ability to write music that appeals to singers of all ages. As well as listening to a selection of Bennett's works, there's music from an earlier knight of the realm, too. Sir Edward Elgar's "Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands", is drawn from some holiday memories, and reflects a delightfully sunny side to his nature.

    Robert Lucas Pearsall20090628

    Aled Jones is joined by Anthony Rooley to uncover the eccentric Victorian musician Robert Lucas Pearsall, considered to be one of Britain's greatest unsung choral heroes.

    Plus more highlights from the 2009 Tampere Vocal Festival in Finland.


    John Wilbye

    Sweet honey-sucking bees

    The Deller Consort, directed by Alfred Deller

    Vangaurd, 08201972, track 15

    Robert Pearsall

    There is a paradise on earth

    The Pre-Raphaelite Singers, directed by Anthony Rooley

    Musiques Suisses, MGB 6206, track 8

    John Ward

    Die not fond man

    The Consort of Musicke, directed by Anthony Rooley

    Hyperion CDA66256, track 6


    Sweet Suffolk Owl

    The Hilliard Ensemble

    Virgin Classics, 5616712, CD 2 track 20

    Laugh not, Youth, at Age

    List! Lady, be not coy

    Musiques Suisses, MGB 6206, track 16

    Take, O take those lips away

    Adieu! My native shore

    Musiques Suisses, MGB 6206, track 5 and 24

    Edward Elgar

    There is sweet music

    Cambridge University Chamber Choir, directed by Christopher Robinson

    Naxos 8570541, track 1

    Lay a Garland

    Oxford Camerata, conducted by Jeremy Summerly

    Naxos 8553088, track 13

    Jésus Palacios

    Copitas de mexcel

    Voz en Punto

    EBU Recording

    Luigi Dallapiccola

    Il coro dei malommogliati (The Chorus of the Hen Pecked Husbands)

    Kamarikuoro Kaamos, directed by Dani Juris

    Cole Porter

    Let's Misbehave


    Susanna Lindmark

    Aurora Borealis

    Arctic Light, conducted by Susanna Lindmark

    Jukka Linkola

    Primitive Muisic

    Tapiola Choir, conducted by Pasi Hyokki

    Aled Jones and Anthony Rooley uncover the Victorian choral hero Robert Lucas Pearsall.

    Robert Schumann20100530

    In a special programme as part of Radio 3's Schumann 200 season, Aled Jones is joined by Simon Halsey, conductor of the Berlin Radio Choir, and singer and song specialist Norbert Meyn.

    Schumann, the arch Romantic, went the way of the choral scene relatively late in his life.

    In Dresden and Dusseldorf he conducted male-voice and mixed choirs and composed sprightly works for them to perform in the concert hall, even out of doors beneath the stars! Served up with these are some glorious moments from Schumann's oratorio style works for choir and orchestra, including 'Paradise and the Peri'; 'Scenes from Goethe's Faust' and his Requiem.

    The programme includes a specially recorded performance of Schumann's Four Songs for mixed chorus Op.

    59 performed by the BBC Singers, and conducted by Stephen Cleobury.

    Aled Jones focuses on Schumann's choral works and talks to two admirers of his music.

    Ronald Corp/josette Simon20100228

    Aled Jones explores music for children's choirs and talks to actress Josette Simon.

    Rowland Lee Requiem20111009

    Aled Jones talks to composer Rowland Lee about his Requiem, and looks forward to next week's international choral competition: Let the Peoples Sing.

    Aled Jones talks to composer Rowland Lee about his Requiem.

    Schubert Choral Sunday, Bbc Singers, Bbc Concert Orchestra - Maida Vale Studios20120325

    Continuing BBC Radio 3's celebration of The Spirit of Schubert, Aled Jones presents an afternoon concert by the BBC Singers and BBC Concert orchestra, conducted by David Hill and Johannes Wildner. Live from BBC Maida Vale studios in London.

    Including Tantum ergo D.730, Gesang der Geister D.538, Der 92 Psalm D.953, Nachtgesang im Walde D.913 and his epic Mass no 5 in A flat D.678

    In the extended interval, Aled explores some of Schubert's many part songs and Tom Service continues his discussion in the Schubert Lab about Schubert's relationship with his friends.

    Aled Jones presents choral music from the BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra.

    Scottish Choral Music20090503

    Aled Jones finds out about choral singing in Scotland with Susan Hamilton, co-founder and artistic director of one of only two professional choirs based north of the border, the Dunedin Consort, and musician and broadcaster Mary Ann Kennedy, who is a leading figure in the Scottish traditional music scene.

    Plus news from the successful National Youth Choir of Scotland as well as music from William Sweeney and Peter Maxwell Davies - contemporary composers who have found inspiration in the traditions and landscape of the country.


    Ludwig van Beethoven

    12 Scottish songs


    2 Duncan Gray


  • 12 scottish songs
  • ludwig van beethoven
  • no

  • Seasonal Choral Music From Around The World20111225

    Aled Jones introduces a selection of seasonal choral favourites from around the world.

    Simon Preston, Georgian Choral Music, Liverpool Metropolitan Choir20100926

    Aled Jones shuttles from Georgia in the Caucases to several UK ports of call.

    Today he introduces the unique and stunning soundworld of Georgian choral music performed by the Rustavi Choir.

    Back home Aled introduces two of the category finalists in the countdown to this year's Choir of the Year.

    And 2010 is celebration time in Liverpool, the 50th birthday of Liverpool Metropolitan Choir.

    Aled finds out from former Director at the Catholic 'Wigwam' Cathedral, Terence Duffy.

    Today's main guest is Simon Preston former Master of the Music at Westminster Abbey who began his meteoric career directing the choir at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, 40 years ago.

    Aled Jones champions Georgian choral music, and talks to Simon Preston

    Sing For Life In Wales20120506

    Aled Jones looks at a project to launch fifteen new choirs across Wales with the aim of bringing together people affected by cancer.

    Sing Hallelujah20091206

    Aled Jones introduces a special programme celebrating the Sing Hallelujah project.

    This nationwide initiative encourages people to find their voice and discover the joy of singing through Handel's great Hallelujah Chorus.

    Featuring highlights from two major singing events held in Glasgow and London, including a chance to hear some unique versions of the Hallelujah Chorus, recorded by massed choirs of largely amateur singers.

    Aled shares in the fun with participants in Manchester and makes a sweep across the UK to see some of the hundreds of groups who've registered their performances online.

    The BBC Singers provide music and presenter Sara Mohr-pietsch joins Aled with news from the London event.

    Sing Hallelujah/choir Of The Year 2010/exile And Loss20090927

    Aled Jones is joined by Garth McArthur and Rebecca Lodge from the BBC Singers look forward to two major events in the choral world - Sing Hallelujah and Choir of the Year 2010.

    Aled also explores the musical themes of exile and loss.


    Giuseppe Verdi


    Part 3; Va, pensiero, sull'ali (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)

    Berlin State Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli

    DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 413321 2 1/9

    USA Traditional: Walk together children arranged by Eurydice Osterman

    London Adventist Chorale conducted by Ken Burton

    UNKNOWN PDSM track, 8

    George Frideric Handel


    Pt.2, no.42; Hallelujah [chorus]

    City Of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, National Youth Choir of Wales, Royal School of Church Music Millennium Youth Choir, Scunthorpe Co-Op Junior Choir, and Northern Sinfonia, conducted by Nicholas McGegan

    Recording from the BBC Proms 6 September 2009

    Israel in Egypt

    Pt.2; The People shall hear [chorus]

    Bach Choir and the The English Concert, conducted by David Hill

    BIS SADC 1736, track 1

    Arvo Part

    The Beatitudes

    King's College Cambridge Choir conducted by Stephen Cleobury with treble Guy Johnston

    VIRGIN CLASSICS 545338 2, track 3

    Franz Schubert

    Der Entfernten (D.350)

    Schubert Chorale of London conducted by Stephen Layton

    HYPERION CDJ 33032, track 20

    Gordon, Lang, Wolfe

    I Lost a Sock

    Rias Chamber Choir and Bang on a Can All-Stars conducted by Roger Epple with soprano Claudia Barainsky

    Music: Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe Words: Deborah Artman

    8573841072, track 1

    Package of clips of choirs from the final of the 2008 Choir of the Year competition, featuring the following choirs:

    Grosvenor Chorale

    The Cottontown Chorus

    The Voice Squad Seniors


    Taplow Youth Chorus



    Gaudete! Gaudete! Christus est natus [Piae Cantiones, 1582, and Jistebnice Cantional, 1420]

    Scunthorpe Co-Op Junior Choir conducted by Susan Hollingworth

    BBC Recording from the Choir of the Year 2008 competition

    TRAD: Siul, A Ruin


    UCJ 0647722, track 14

    segue to

    TRAD: During the Evening Air (Under lige aftenlufte) arr.

    Carl Nielsen

    Musica Ficta conducted by Bo Holten

    NAXOS 855496 5, track 12

    Frederick Delius

    Sea drift

    Waynflete Singers, Southern Voices, and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Richard Hickox with baritone Bryn Terfel

    CHANDOS 921 4, track 1

    Harold Arlen

    Get Happy

    King's Singers with George Shearing on piano

    EMI CDC 7541902, track 14

    Aled Jones previews Sing Hallelujah and Choir of the Year 2010.

    Singing Life After Boyhood20120205

    It's a fate which stares every boy singer in the face: the breaking voice and inevitable end of a treble career. But how best to lay the foundation for singing as an adult? Aled Jones shares his own experiences with Graham Lough, son of the most celebrated treble of the twentieth century. Ernest Lough's record sales ran into the millions, and his selling power was so great that HMV was quick to renew its relationship with him as a baritone singer. Tonight, a chance to hear rare recordings from this second career as well as some of the much-treasured discs he made as a treble in the Choir at Temple Church in the City of London.

    Plus, a round-up of choral talent from Norway and Finland including music from the Nidaros Cathedral Choir, established in the city of Trondheim more than 900 years ago.

    Aled Jones on how boy singers make the transition to performing as an adult.

    Songs Of Love20120923

    Aled Jones takes a look at some of the music performed by the BBC Symphony Chorus, in a concert in June. Included in the programme was Lieder der Liebe, Songs of Love by Carl Rutti, who joins Aled to chat about this large work for choir and solo cello.

    Soviet Choral Music *20090405

    Aled Jones explores how Soviet composers turned to choral music to meet the demands of their leaders for patriotic pieces.

    Including a complete performance of Prokofiev's Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution.

    Ss Wesley20100627

    Aled Jones celebrates the composer SS Wesley who transformed the Anglican choral landscape with his exacting standards and widely admired choral works.

    Wesley, born 200 years ago, was a special breed of English eccentric, a phenomenal musician and improviser who in turn directed the music at Leeds Parish Church and the cathedrals of Hereford, Exeter, Winchester and Gloucester.

    Today Aled is joined by Wesley fan Martin Neary who like his Victorian predecessor was Organist and Master of the Choristers at Winchester Cathedral.

    Also a brief focus on the illegal downloading and photocopying of choral music.

    Aled talks to Stephen Navin Chief Executive of the Music Publisher's Association, and Hertfordshire choral director David Boarder.

    Aled Jones celebrates the life and work of the composer SS Wesley.

    St Thomas Boys' Choir, Leipzig20120311

    Aled Jones marks the 800th anniversary of the renowned St. Thomas Boys' Choir in Leipzig, and catches up with some of the choirs who are participating in Radio 4's forthcoming "The People's Passion" series. Choirs around the UK are currently learning a specially commissioned mass setting and anthem by acclaimed poet Michael Symmons Roberts and Manchester Carols composer Sasha Johnson Manning. Across the same week as this new work is premiered at Manchester Cathedral on Easter Sunday morning, they'll be joining in with a performance of their own. To find out more about the project, visit

    Aled Jones marks the 800th anniversary of the St Thomas Boys' Choir in Leipzig.

    Stuart Barr - Choral Trainer2010062020120318

    Choir trainer, Stuart Barr speak to Aled Jones, and demonstrates how he uses the latest scientific research to help choirs find new ways of singing in his choral workshops.

    Aled Jones explores new ways of singing with choir trainer Stuart Barr.

    Choir trainer, Stuart Barr speak to Aled Jones, and demonstrates how he uses the latest scientific research to help choirs find new ways of singing in his choral workshops, whether the music is sacred, pop or gospel.

    Tampere Vocal Festival20090621

    Aled Jones picks the best from the 2009 Tampere Vocal Festival in Finland and talks to one choral director about how a visit to the city transformed his musical life.

    Plus news about a new project uniting European choir music and ancient chant of the Syriac church.


    Syrian Chant (excerpt)

    Tampere Vocal Music Festival 201120110703

    With 2000 participating singers and an estimated 30,000 visiting concert goers the Tampere Vocal Music Festival ranks amongst the world's greatest choral events.

    Aled Jones rounds up this year's event including highlights from both the vocal ensemble and chorus showcases.

    Aled Jones introduces highlights from the 2011 Tampere Vocal Music Festival.

    The American Sardinians20120520

    In January 2011 four Americans, under the name 'Tenores de Aterue', shared their home-grown passion for Sardinian singing with a video performance on YouTube. To their amazement it went viral - in Sardinia! To this day, the singers have never been to Sardinia, and understand very little of the language they are singing. Aled Jones is joined from the US by this quartet of musical explorers and hears their story in music and words.

    Also this week, some more authentic American sounds with highlights of a concert of sprituals given by the group Chicago A Cappella in Naperville, Illinois.

    The Bach Choir Profile20091025

    Aled Jones talks to members of The Bach Choir, an ensemble founded in Victorian London and subsequently imitated by many others around the world.

    Aled chats to current members Ellie Bacon and Shane Connolly about life in today's choir, and explores the past with former member Dr Basil Keen, author of a recent book about the choir's first 100 years.

    Aled Jones talks to members of the long-established London-based ensemble The Bach Choir.

    The Challenges Of Recording Choirs20090524

    Music producer AdrIan Peacock talks to Aled Jones about the challenges of recording choirs, and introduces Aled to some of his favourite choral recordings.

    The programme also catches up with some of the groups who took part in Radio 3's Wings project.


    Feature of the Lochranza Choir from the Isle of Arran, Scotland.

    They took part in the BBC Radio 3's ‘Wings' project – where choirs from all over the country performed Mendelssohn's ‘Wings of a Dove' on the same weekend earlier this month.

    Richard Strauss


    The King's Singers

    Signum SIGCD147 (from their new ‘Romance du Soir' album), track 13

    Jonathan Dove

    Seek him that maketh the Seven Stars

    Tenebrae, directed by Nigel Short, Jeremy Filsell (organ)

    Signum SIGCD501, track 1

    John Tavener

    Song for Athene

    King's College Cambridge, dir.

    Stephen Cleobury

    New release from EMI

    A selection of choirs own recordings of their performances for the Radio 3 ‘Wings' project:

    The Carol Andrew Singers from Darlington, County Durham, Spalding Parish Church Choir, Worthing Voices and Hambledon Valley Group Choir

    Radio 3's ‘Wings' project feature: the Choir of West Derby Parish Church, Liverpool

    Scott Joplin

    Heliotrope Bouquet

    Swingle 2

    CBS 80947 (from the album ‘Rags and all the Jazz'), track 7

    Johann Pachelbel arr.

    Alexander L'Estrange


    Tenebrae, directed by Nigel Short

    Signum SIGCD050, track 5

    Veljo Tormis

    Autumn landscapes No.1, 2 and 5

    Holst Singers, conducted by Stephen Layton

    Hyperion, CDA67601, tracks 15, 16 and 19

    Pawel Łukascewski

    Beatus Vir Sanctus Paulus

    Choir of Trinity College Cambridge


    Radio 3's ‘Wings' project feature: Colmore Junior School choir, Birmingham

    Gabriel Jackson

    Cecilia Virgo

    Salve Regina 2

    Polyphony, directed by Stephen Layton

    Hyperion CDA67708, tracks 3 and 11

    Music producer AdrIan Peacock talks to Aled Jones about the challenges of recording choirs

    The Choir Of Royal Holloway At The Presteigne Festival20111002

    Aled Jones presents the Choir of RoyAl Holloway, conducted by Rupert Gough, specially recorded at this year's Presteigne Festival.

    Featuring contemporary choral works from Britain and Lithuania, plus the world premiere of Magnificat by Joe Duddell.

    Aled Jones presents the Choir of RoyAl Holloway conducted by Rupert Gough.

    The Choral Arranger20100523

    Aled Jones with guests Michael Neaum, Lin Marsh and Alexander L'Estrange, explores how to arrange works for choir, and discusses some of the challenges faced by the choral arranger.

    Aled Jones explores some of the challenges faced by the choral arranger.

    The Choral World In Dublin20111211

    Aled Jones, joined by members of the RTE Philharmonic Choir, and Christ Church Cathedral Choir, takes a look at the choral world in Dublin.

    Also Gareth Malone chats about Wherever You Are, sung by the Military Wives which could be destined to reach Christmas Number One.

    Aled Jones surveys the choral world in Dublin.

    The Joyful Company Of Singers, Choir Of The Year 201020101017

    Aled Jones and conductor Peter Broadbent chat about the Joyful Company of Singers' recent concert at the Presteigne Festival, which included a co-commission for a new work from Judith Bingham.

    Aled also continues his survey of those choirs selected to compete in the 2010 Choir of the Year Category Finals, with performances from the New Forest Children's Choir, and the Inverclyde Schools' Junior Choir.

    Aled Jones surveys the Joyful Company of Singers' concert at the 2010 Presteigne Festival.

    The Kodaly Method20090712

    Aled Jones presents a celebration of the life and work of Kodaly.

    Composer, philosopher, teacher and Hungarian national icon, Zoltan Kodaly was one of the most important figures in the history of 20th-century choral music.

    Including a special feature on the composer's groundbreaking Kodaly Method of music education.

    Aled Jones celebrates the life and work of Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly

    The Kodaly Method20110306

    Composer, philosopher, teacher and Hungarian national icon - Zoltan Kodaly was one of the most important figures in the history of 20th century choral music.

    Aled Jones presents a celebration of his life and work, including a special feature on the composer's groundbreaking Kodaly Method of music education.

    Aled Jones celebrates of the life and work of Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly.

    The Monteverdi Choir20110116

    was recently nominated as the world's finest choral ensemble.

    Aled Jones is joined by the Monteverdi's founder, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and three members, Gareth Keene, Julia Doyle and Lawrence Wallington to talk about the choir past and present.

    Aled Jones profiles the Monteverdi Choir, recently hailed as the world's greatest choir.

    The Natural World20100321

    Naturalist and broadcaster Miranda Krestovnikoff joins Aled Jones to explore choral music inspired by the natural world.

    Featuring music spanning five centuries by Vaughan Williams, Schubert, Sviridov, Delius and Brumel.

    Aled Jones explores choral music inspired by the natural world.

    The People's Passion20120219

    Aled Jones is joined by the composer Sasha Johnson Manning, to discuss her recent commission to compose a Mass and Anthem for the People's Passion, to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in Holy Week 2012. The People's Passion looks at modern life in cathedrals across the land including specially commissioned choral music, along with five new dramas, and documentaries. Aled's guests also includes Nathan Taylor and David Malcolm from Naked Boys Singing, who chat about what it's like for a group of men to sing on stage fully naked.

    Aled Jones discusses the upcoming People's Passion.

    The Platinum Consort20121104

    Aled Jones talks to members of professional vocal ensemble, the Platinum Consort about their music and their longtime collaboration with composer, Richard Bates. He also introduces recent performances of music by John Tavener and Einojuhani Rautavaara by the BBC Singers.

    The Real Group And Rajaton20100411

    Forget Eurovision - if you really want to experience a sensational European singing outfit then Sweden's Real Group is the answer.

    Aled Jones talks to Anders Jalkéus who co-founded the group 26 years ago and has seen its members reach celebrity status in their home country.

    Plus a view from the next generation, and the Finnish group Rajaton which has paved the way for ensembles coming in the wake of their seemingly insurpassable heroes.

    Also in the programme, new Vaughan Williams interpretations from the Choir of Clare College Cambridge, and a look at how the poetry of Spaniard Federico García Lorca has captured the imagination of countless choral composers.

    Aled Jones talks to Anders Jalkeus, co-founder of Sweden's Real Group.

    The Singing Revolution20080127

    Latvian conductor Kaspars Putnins tells Aled Jones how music played a vital role during the overthrow of Communism in the Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, with specially recorded music from the BBC Singers.

    The Songmen, Diamond Jubilee Celebrations20120527

    Aled Jones looks ahead to next week's English Music Festival with top-quality close harmony in the studio from The Songmen, and music from the Belgian group Capilla Flamenca who are mining the treasures of Renaissance Flemish polyphony. Plus a look ahead to the many choral celebrations planned in celebration of the Queen's Jubilee.

    The Vienna Boys' Choir20120930

    Aled Jones is joined by members of the Vienna Boys' Choir, to discuss their tour of the UK, after a gap of ten years. Their conductor Gerald Wirth chats about the repertoire for the tour, which has a distinct Viennese theme. Also on the programme Aled marks the birthday of a composer mainly known for his many sacred choral works, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford.

    Tv Choral Competitions, Arvo Pärt's Kanon Pokajanen20101205

    It took over two years to compose and stands as one of Arvo Pärt's deepest expressions of the Orthodox faith.

    Tonight, a rare complete performance of the composer's 'Kanon Pokajanen', recorded at the 2010 Vale of Glamorgan Festival with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.

    Plus, Aled Jones explores the phenomenon of TV choral stand-offs: the NBC network is about to follow in the BBC's wake with a $100,000 hunt for America's top vocal group.

    We hear from one of the entrants, and also the makers of another X-Factor-style show already aired in Finland.

    Aled Jones presents a rare complete performance of Arvo Part's epic work Kanon Pokajanen.

    Voces Nordicae
    Voices Now20120304

    Music Nation, a spectacular nationwide weekend of music from around the UK, is the first countdown event to the London 2012 Festival. Aled Jones will be at the Roundhouse in London, presenting part of Voices Now, with an exciting and varied range of music. Choirs taking part in this concert will include the Ifield Community College Choir, the Finchley Chamber Choir, the Roundhouse Choir, the Choir with No Name, the Maspindzeli Georgian Choir, the Hertfordshire County Youth Choir, the Berkshire Maestros and the BBC Singers. The event will culminate in a broadcast premiere of Orlando Gough's Traditional Values.

    From the Roundhouse, London, Aled Jones presents part of the Voices Now celebration.


    Aled Jones takes a look at the weird and wonderful world of music at weddings.

    Whether in church or at a civil ceremony in a Registry Office the wedding day can take unsual turns.

    And once the paperwork is stamped festivities can take place wherever.

    How about the music then? Aled is joined by Nigel Short director of music at 'The Four Weddings and a Funeral Church', St Bart's; David Guest whose company provides a comprehensive musical package for the big day; and the broadcaster and former member of the Communards the Revd Richard Coles, now Curate of St Paul's Church Knightsbridge, London.

    Aled Jones explores the world of choral music for weddings.

    West Gallery Music20090125

    Aled Jones explores the revival in West Gallery music, a term first used by Thomas Hardy to describe the galleries at the west end of churches on which bands of musicians would perform.

    People from the end of the 17th century knew this as Psalmody, a practice which initially enabled parishioners to join in the singing of psalms.

    But it flourished to the point where the music was too complex for congregations to sing!

    The programme's mix of music from British choirs and beyond proves that the tradition is now once again thriving.


  • an hymn for easter day (edited by dave townsend)
  • att.

    anthony greatorex

  • christminster singers, dave townsend (director)
  • durweston tune (extract)
  • hyperion cda 67020, track 1


  • let the echo fly xms002, track 3

    william knapp:

  • psalmody, the parley of instruments, peter holman (director)
  • this is the day the lord hath made

  • Wilfred Owen Season - Britten's War Requiem20061112

    Aled Jones marks Remembrance Sunday and begins Radio 3's commemoration of one of the nation's most honoured poets with a complete performance of Britten's War Requiem.

    William Mathias Focus20101031

    William Mathias saw his music as a contribution to one 'immense celebration', and he certainly had a masterful ability to evoke jubilation in his music.

    Aled Jones discusses the composer's life and vibrant choral music with his daughter Rhiannon Mathias, Stephen Cleobury of King's College Cambridge, and Welsh music expert Geraint Lewis.

    Also, another chance to sample two more of the category finalists in the run up to this year's Choir of the Year.

    Aled Jones discusses the choral music of William Mathias.


    Members of Yantra join Aled Jones to chat about their fusion of traditional and ancient music from Bulgaria, India and England, and the use of multi-tracking to create a unique a cappella soundworld.

    Young People Singing20110424

    Aled Jones looks at some of the innovative ways in which young people are being encouraged to join choirs, with Paul Hedley from the "Three Choirs Festival" and Kathryn Knight from "Sing Up".

    Since its formation in 2007, the success of the singing initiative "Sing Up" has resulted in a further year's funding from the government with the aim of helping it develop on a self sustainable basis.

    The TCF Youth Choir was introduced last year by the Three Choirs' Artistic Director, Adrian Partington with the aim of giving young singers the chance to get together to sing traditional choral music to a high standard, without the commitment needed for an adult choir.

    It seems to have hit the right note, bringing together members from the cathedral's existing youth choir, former choristers from the Three Choirs cathedrals and other young singers located in the areas between Bristol and Birmingham.

    Music includes an excerpt from Beethoven's Mass in C, an unusual Shakespeare setting by Berlioz and a selection of music written with Easter in mind.

    Aled Jones looks at some new ways being used to encourage young people to join choirs.


    Aled Jones begins his new series on choirs by celebrating one of Britain's best loved and most highly regarded choral directors, Sir David Willcocks.

    Aled assesses his achievements with composer John Rutter, singer Catherine Wyn Rogers, biographer Bill Owen and Sir David himself.

    Including music from the Choir of King's College Cambridge, The Bach Choir, The Choir of the Royal College of Music and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir of Salt Lake City.

    01David Willcocks Celebration20100124

    Sir David Willcocks has been at the heart of British musical life for more than half a century.

    To celebrate his 90th birthday, the BBC Singers have recorded a special programme of music chosen by SIr David himself.

    In the first of two programmes looking at his life, Aled Jones talks to him to find out more about his choices.

    Aled Jones talks to conductor David Willcocks about his recording with the BBC Singers.


    Conductor and composer Ken Burton joins Aled Jones for an exploration of Afro-American spirituals - from the time of pioneering choirs like the Fisk Jubilee Singers, through the rap-like sounds of the Golden Gate Quartet to today's interpretations.

    Plus the pick of the latest choral releases, and Sir John Tavener talks about his new work for the Tallis Scholars, premiered later this week.

    02 LASTDavid Willcocks Celebration20100131

    Sir David Willcocks has been at the heart of British musical life for more than half a century.

    To celebrate his 90th birthday, the BBC Singers have recorded a special programme of music chosen by SIr David himself.

    In the second of two programmes looking at his life, Aled Jones talks to him to find out more about his choices.

    Aled Jones talks to David Willcocks about a special recording with the BBC Singers.


    Aled Jones recruits choral conductor Peter Broadbent as talent scout for a look at some of the most exciting up-and-coming choirs from the UK and Europe.

    They are joined in the studio by contemporary specialists Exaudi who perform music by Tippett, Finnissy and Skempton.

    Plus exciting sounds from the Latvian choir Balsis, a winning competition performance from Welsh group Serendipity, and a more established British choir now going from strength to strength - The Dunedin Consort.

    05Masses By Opera Composers