Re-Choired Listening with Philip Barnes
November 8: Kerensa Briggs – Philip will feature music by the award-winning Kerensa Briggs, centering on her new Requiem, described as “poignant, ambivalent, quietly devastating music” in the New York Times. Briggs is composer-in-residence to The Saint Louis Chamber Chorus.
November 1: Sir Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934) – Philip will devote this episode to the choral music of Sir Edward Elgar, featuring his setting of the Te Deum and Benedictus, op. 34, written for chorus and orchestra for Elgar’s friend G. R. Sinclair (GRS of the Enigma Variations), organist of Hereford Cathedral to mark the Hereford Three Choirs Festival in 1897.
October 25: Latin Sacred Music – Philip shares the Latin sacred music of composers Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn.
A native of Great Britain, Philip Barnes was a boy chorister at an early age, and as an adult sang with the cathedral choirs of Bristol, Hereford, and Wells.
Since 1989, Mr. Barnes has led the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus as its artistic director. He has complemented this with positions singing & conducting for various congregations and is currently director of music at Third Baptist Church in Grand Center. Mr. Barnes combines his musical activities with teaching and is a member of the classics department at John Burroughs School, where he instructs classes in Greek and Latin.
Mr. Barnes has made numerous recordings and has conducted the Chamber Chorus on fifteen commercially released discs, including seven on the Regent label. He has earned critical acclaim for his direction & programming and is recognized as a champion of both new music & women composers. Mr. Barnes has made numerous broadcasts on both sides of the Atlantic, and he has devised and presented more than 250 episodes of “Re-Choired Listening” for Classic 107.3!