BBC Singers. Photo by Mark Allan.

BBC Singers and Christian Forshaw

Songs of Farewell

Friday 19 April 2024, 19:30

Past Event
BBC Singers and Christian Forshaw Past Event


Christian Forshaw My soul, there is a country (world premiere)
Roderick Williams Ave verum corpus Re-imagined
Hildegard von Bingen Alleluia, O virga mediatrix
Tallis arr. Forshaw Sancte Deus
Hildegard von Bingen O Euchari in leta via
Byrd arr. Forshaw Ave verum corpus
Graham Ross Ascendo ad Patrem meum
Parry Songs of Farewell (with saxophone interpolations)


BBC Singers
Christian Forshaw saxophone
Graham Ross conductor

Take the world-beating vocalists of the BBC Singers, add saxophonist extraordinaire Christian Forshaw… and expect a wonderfully fresh take on choral classics by Tallis, Byrd and Parry.

The BBC Singers need no introduction. This virtuoso professional chamber choir has been at the heart of the UK’s musical life for nearly a century. And whether it’s the most ambitious of contemporary scores, or the soundtrack to Hey Duggee, there’s simply nothing they can’t sing – and to which they don’t bring the same artistry, insight and supreme commitment.

At Cadogan Hall, they join forces with saxophonist-composer Christian Forshaw to re-create music by Byrd, Tallis and Hildegard of Bingen, as well as Roderick Williams and Forshaw himself. And then Forshaw and the Singers venture into the beyond: bringing their own luminous, intensely personal touch to one of the true classics of the English choral tradition – Parry’s poignant Songs of Farewell.

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