BBC Singers

BBC Singers
The BBC Singers is Britain’s only full-time professional chamber choir and a group with an international reputation. Established in 1924, the versatility of this virtuoso 24-voice ensemble is second-to-none, and this flexibility makes the Singers both an important resource in the broadcast music-making of the BBC and a significant presence in British musical life. The BBC Singers’ breadth of repertoire is unsurpassed by any other choral group, singing everything from Renaissance music to the latest contemporary scores, and their unrivalled expertise with the latter has brought about creative relationships with some of the most important composers and conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries. At home on the concert platform as much as in the recording studio, the BBC Singers also regularly work with the BBC’s own orchestras, a wide range of period instrument and contemporary music ensembles, and with a host of internationally-renowned conductors. The group’s rapidly expanding education programme now embraces regular outreach work with school children, youth choirs, the amateur choral community, and young professional composers, singers and conductors. The BBC Singers have a unique place on the British concert scene: a world-class choral ensemble committed to sharing their enthusiasm and creative expertise with audiences and performers, amateurs and professionals, young and old, across the nation and throughout the whole spectrum of the choral community.
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John Wood

Poole, John


John Poole has given a wide repertoire of choral concerts throughout the world with many and varied organisations.  Especially during his years as Director of the B.B.C Singers he was involved in an enormous output of music of all periods at the highest level.  During these years he regularly conducted choral and orchestral concerts with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras in Britain and Europe.  He is a committed advocate of new music and is regularly involved in commissioning new works.  He has a special interest in working in courses and master classes with singers, conductors and composers.

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Cry, for 28 solo voices and electronics, is an epic work that describes the creation myth, contrasting intricate rhythmic figures with huge arching phrases, and close dissonances with massive major chords.


"It is a work of a precise and subtle creative craftsmanship and often brilliant imagery." Daily Telegraph

"It is a Creation epic, a brilliantly conceived and executed 'vision' in vocal sound ... a remarkable achievement." Financial Times

"If Swayne accomplishes only one work like this every ten years he will be regarded as a composer apart from the rest." Guardian

"Giles Swayne caused a stir with this gigantic work... with the benefit of hindsight, it is easy to understand why... Excellent singing from the BBC Singers under John Poole." BBC Music Magazine 1994


Originally released in 1985 on BBC Artium

Engineers: Peter Sidhom, Neil Pemberton 
Producers: Sylvia Cartner
Remastering: Tryggvi Tryggvason, Marian Freeman, Giles Swayne, Colin Matthews
Restoration engineer: Andrew Walter

Cover image: Francois Hall

(P) 1993 NMC Recordings Ltd

Chester Novello
Catalogue number:
NMC D016
Release Date:
1 March 1994