ENCORE Choral Works Announced

28 Jun 2015

Seven hidden contemporary gems of British choral music have beeen selected for broadcast and live performance across the UK in 2016/17.

The Royal Philharmonic Society and BBC Radio 3 launched the third phase of ENCORE, focusing on choral music, earlier this year.

The selected ENCORE Choral works and composers were announced live on BBC Radio 3's 'The Choir' programme on Sunday 28 June 2015:

Robert Saxton Five motets – written 2003; last performed 2003
Robin Holloway Christmas Carol – written and performed 2002
Jonathan Lloyd Mass – written 1983; last performed 1992
Paul Patterson Gloria – written 1972; last performed 2005
Oliver Knussen Frammenti da ‘Chiara’ – written 1986; last performed 1986
David Matthews The Company of Lovers – written 1980/1983; last performed 1992
Jonathan Little Kyrie – written 2005; last performed 2007

The selected works, chosen from a shortlist of 30 works nominated by publishers and musicians, will be performed nationwide by professional choirs and outstanding amateur choral groups during 2016/2017, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, with special ENCORE features and interviews on The Choir, BBC Radio 3’s weekly celebration of singing together. Integral to ENCORE is a programme of creative development work, which brings the composer, the music and the audiences together to share and explore the chosen works more fully.

Since 2005, ENCORE Orchestral and ENCORE Chamber have presented ‘lost’ orchestral and chamber works by some of the UK’s most distinguished composers. To read more about our ENCORE series please click here.

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The Royal Philharmonic Society gratefully acknowledges support from PRS for Music Foundation, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, the John S Cohen Foundation, the Britten-Pears Foundation and Lalita Carlton-Jones.

28 June 2015