David Hill’s recording of the Delius Mass of Life on Naxos with The Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and soloists Janice Watson, Catherine Wyn -Rogers, Andrew Kennedy and Alan Opie has won Choc of the Year from French magazine Classica. More …
David Hill will conduct the première of Bob Chilcott’s The Angry Planet at the BBC Proms on August 5. Commissioned by The Bach Choir, the performance will feature four choirs – The Bach Choir, The BBC Singers, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and childrens’ choirs from several London boroughs. View a video about the piece at http://www.thebachchoir.org.uk/videos/angryplanet.php. David Hill will discuss the work on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme on August 3 –
“Beechams’s famous recording is more than 50 years old, and this new one, from Naxos has splendid modern sound, a thrilling choir and orchestra, and, in David Hill, a conductor no less devoted to Delius than his more celebrated predecessor” Classical CD of the Week, The Sunday Times, 10 June 2012.
“David Hill’s impressive new recording with his Bach Choir (in the original German) boasts confident, ardent choral singing and orchestral playing, and a strong solo team. “ **** BBC Music Magazine
“David Hill launches the opening O du mein Wille! with terrific gusto, the chorus and orchestra responding with thrilling impulse and intensity… it is good to welcome such a stirring and perceptive interpretation of [Delius’] work.” ***** The Telegraph
Budding composers can enter the inaugural competition for a new Christmas carol lauched by The Times. David Hill will conduct the winning entry, performed by The Bach Choir, at Cadogan Hall, London on December 8. Read more at http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/competitions/article3089105.ece. Hill’s fellow judges are The Times chief music critic, Richard Morrision and Andrew Riley, of The Times Register and News International Choir.
Soprano Helen-Jane Howells makes her first appearance on BBC Radio 3 on April 21 at 19.00. Stepping in at short notice, Helen-Jane joined The Bach Choir, Florilegium and conductor David Hill for Bach’s St Matthew Passion recorded on April 10 at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Full details can be found here and the performance will be available to listen again for 7 days via BBC Iplayer.
David Hill’s new version of the Fauré Requiem for choir and small instrumental ensemble is broadcast on April 20 and will also be available on Iplayer for a week.
Two opportunities to hear choral maestro David Hill on BBC Radio 3’s Performance on Three for consecutive nights in April: He conducts the specialist forces of The BBC Singers for the Fauré Requiem on April 20 (from 19.00) accompanied by chamber ensemble in his own new arrangement; The following evening, April 21, at 18.00 Radio 3 broadcasts a seasonal performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion with David Hill and the forces of The Bach Choir, Florilegium and soloists James Gilchrist, Jeremy White, Carolyn Sampson, Iestyn Davies, Ben Hulet and Roddy Williams. See The Bach Choir’s trailer for the live performance at http://www.thebachchoir.org.uk/video100411.php. You can listen live, and for 7 days afterwards, (via UK IP addresses) at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/bbc_radio_three.
David Hill’s disc of Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and Sancta Civitas has been chosen as Disc of the Week on BBC Radio 3’s prestigious CD Review programme on Saturday July 3. Described as ‘Magnificent’ (Musicweb) and ‘Captivating’ (International Record Review) the disc is part of an ongoing series of English Choral Music that Hill is recording for Naxos. On the disc he conducts The Bach Choir, of which he is Musical Director (a post previously held by Vaughan Williams himself) and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, where he is Associate Guest conductor, along with soloists Christina Pier, Andrew Staples and Matthew Brook as well as the Choristers and Quiristers of Winchester Cathedral.
“David Hill directs both these works with a strong sense of their overall shape. Dramatic as they are, it is the sense of each as a symphonic journey that emerges most strongly, and convincingly.” 5* Stephen Johnson BBC Music Magazine, May 2010