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(Sing with the BBC Singers - practice 6.40pm)

The BBC Singers

Odes to the World

Part of Spring-Summer 2023

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Kristina Arakelyan An ode to the world

Judith Weir Like as the hart

Sir James MacMillan The Gallant Weaver

John Pickard Ave Maris Stella

Cheryl Frances-Hoad From the beginning of the world

Sir James MacMillan  Miserere


Sir John Tavener  Anthems from The Veil of the Temple

Sir John Tavener Schuon Hymnen

The BBC Singers make a welcome return to St George’s for a sublime evening of choral music with a focus on the best of British contemporary composers, including Judith Weir, Master of The King’s Music and James MacMillan.  The focus of the programme will be anthems from John Tavener’s seminal The Veil of the Temple, which was first performed 20 years ago originally as an all-night vigil of spiritual splendour.

Sing with the BBC Singers

Are you a singer? From 6.40pm to 7pm, join the BBC Singers’ chief conductor Sofi Jeannin to rehearse singing Mother of God from Tavener’s The Veil of the Temple.  This piece will then be performed by the BBC Singers, and you, as an immersive ‘live surround-sound’ excerpt of the concert. If you would like to take part, simply select the free ‘Sing with the BBC Singers’ add-on during checkout, and you will be added to the list.

Please note – Scores will be provided on the day; all singers will be sent full instructions before the event. If you’re a singer and you wish to practice beforehand, you’ll need to find your own score to practice from.

This concert will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 for later broadcast.

Pre-event Food & Drink

Enjoy delicious drinks and light bites from our Café Bar ahead of the event.

Available to pre-order when booking your tickets, you can choose from a selection of house drinks on arrival, accompanied by a board of bread, olives and dips (all Vegetarian). Just select which option – for one or two people – you would like, before checkout.

Your pre-ordered food and drink will be available to collect from the Café Bar from 60 minutes before the event. It’s the perfect way to begin your event experience at St George’s!