Join us for six short works from a composer who displaces everything you thought you knew about words and music.
Before the evening's BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Ben Palmer and the BBC Singers present an hour in the presence of incomparable Irish composer Gerald Barry, including the UK premiere of his delicate psalm setting O Lord How Vain and his absurd, dramatic and take on Beethoven's letters to the publisher who now represents Barry, Schott & Sons, Mainz. The piece for bass solo and choir homes in on Beethoven at his most cantankerous and sympathetic and unleashes the sharp-edged, predictably unpredictable world of Barry in full flow.
O Lord How Vain
The Coming of Winter
Schott & Sons, Mainz
Based at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios, the BBC Singers give regular concerts in London, as well as regularly appearing at major festivals across the UK and beyond. The choir's unrivalled expertise in performing the best of contemporary music has brought about creative relationships with some of the most important composers and conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries.www.bbc.co.uk/singers
St Giles-without-Cripplegate is a Church of England church in the City of London, located on Fore Street within the modern Barbican complex. When built it stood without the city wall, near the Cripplegate.www.barbican.org.uk
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