Live from Milton Court the BBC Singers perform Copland, Whitacre and Reich, and time travel from the Biblical beginnings of the world to the apocalypse of the post-nuclear age.
Copland: In the beginning
Whitacre: Three Songs of faith; Waternight; Sleep
c 8.10pm: Interval
Reich: The Desert Music (chamber version)
David Hill (conductor)
Presented by Martin Handley
Live from Milton Court, London
In one of the opening concerts from London's newest concert hall, the BBC Singers perform a programme of American music which journeys from the Biblical beginnings of time to the end of the world as imagined in the apocalypse of the post-nuclear age. Aaron Copland's tender re-telling of the Creation story is a much-loved 20th-century choral classic, while The Desert Music contemplates the devastation of nuclear war. In between, three characteristically richly-scored works by one of the most charismatic figures on the contemporary choral scene: composer-conductor Eric Whitacre. David Hill conducts the BBC Singers, specialist contemporary music ensemble Endymion, and leading young mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston.