A programme including a collection of short choral pieces by many leading English composers created for HM Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953.

The BBC Singers perform a collection of short choral pieces by English composers created to celebrate HM The Queen's coronation in 1953. They also sing Britten’s dramatic Sacred and Profane, an anthem by the choir’s Associate Composer, Judith Weir, and world premieres by Hilary Campbell and Britten Pears Young Artist Omri Kochavi. His piece sets texts by Iraq-born Israeli poet Amira Hess, and is inspired by the women in both ancient and modern Jewish-Babylonian culture he describes as the "Ghostbustresses" - warding off evil spirits through poetry and art.

Bliss, Bax, Tippett, Vaughan Williams, Berkeley, Ireland, Howells, Finzi, Rawsthorne, Rubbra:
A Garland for the Queen (38)
Omri Kochavi:
Kishtatos (first performance, Britten Pears Arts commission) (10)
Judith Weir:
One day to Sing (4)
Hilary Campbell:
new work (first performance) (5)
Britten:
Sacred and Profane op. 91 (15)

BBC Singers
Owain Park
conductor

Photograph: a royal visit in 1967 by kind permission of Brian Seed.

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