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Prayers in Time of Distress
Milton Court Concert Hall

Prayers in Time of Distress

Date: 23 Jan
Time: 15:30
BBC Singers

BBC Singers
Guildhall School Musicians
Grete Pedersen conductor

The BBC Singers offer haunting choral music from the Theresienstadt ghetto, with reflective interludes provided by students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Viktor Ullmann composed his choral arrangements of Hebrew, Yiddish and Chassidic songs in the ghetto of Theresienstadt in 1943-1944. In the function of "Head of the Studio for New Music", Ullmann made a significant contribution to the so-called "leisure activities" in the ghetto. These haunting works are contrasted with Philip Moore's settings of the words of the German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was murdered in a Nazi concentration camp in April 1945.

The choral pieces are supplemented by string music by two other Theresienstadt composers - Gideon Klein and Frantishek Domalický - performed by students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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Milton Court Concert Hall

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.

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This Event is at Milton Court Concert Hall

 Barbican Centre EC2Y 8DS Silk Street, London

Opening in October 2013, Milton Court Concert Hall is an exciting addition to the venue hire opportunities at the Barbican. Part of a £90million development for the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the hall boasts a maximum seat capacity of 608, world-class acoustic design and state-of-the-art technical capability, and is supported by a knowledgeable technical and events team.

Set up for meetings, AGMs, conferences and product launches, the hall is complimented by bright, open foyers that are highly visible from street level - the ideal space to host catering and drinks receptions.

www.barbican.org.uk

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