Tuesday 14 March 2023

The Horizons of Doubt: celebrating the BBC Singers celebrating Stephen McNeff

BBC Singers (Photo: BBC)
BBC Singers (Photo: BBC)

It seems horribly apt that the title of Stephen McNeff's new choral piece for the BBC Singers, to be premiered on 24 March 2023, is The Horizons of Doubt! At a time when the BBC Singers future has been effectively cancelled by thoughtless administrators, the ensemble itself continues its sterling work. The concert at Maida Vale Studios on 24 March will feature an all-contemporary programme conducted by Grace Rossiter. The programme is celebrating McNeff's work, performing The Horizons of Doubt (which has a text by Aoife Mannix, the librettist of McNeff's opera, Beyond the Garden), A Half Darkness (written in 2016 for Chamber Choir Ireland), The Starlight Night, The Song of Amergin and Mandy and Milly and Molly and Me, plus music by Kerry Andrew, Siobhán Cleary, Tarik O’Regan, Rhona Clarke, Alan Bullard, Dobrinka Tabakova, and Emily Hazrati.

According to the BBC website, the event is fully booked but fear not, it will feature on BBC Radio 3 at some point, catch them while you can. After all, how many choirs can give two concerts of contemporary music within a week (they perform Knut Nystedt, Sven-David Sandström, Krzysztof Penderecki, Roxanna Panufnik at St Giles Cripplegate on 17/3/2023).

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