Re-Choired Listening is a weekly radio program that brings you the best in choral music from St. Louis and around the world, hosted by Philip Barnes, Artistic Director of the St. Louis Chamber Chorus and educator at John Burroughs School.

November 23: Mexico – Philip shares Mexican music from the Renaissance to 20th Century composer Carlos Chávez.

November 16: From Bach to Beach (rebroadcast) – Philip features settings of the Magnificat by Johann Sebastian Bach and Amy Beach (pictured).

November 9: Tave(r)ner – Philip compares works of the 16th Century English composer John Taverner with those of the modern British composer John Tavener (pictured), who claimed he was a descendant (despite the spelling difference).

November 2: Ralph Vaughan Williams ~ 150th Anniversary – Philip shares sacred works including Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge, A Vision of Aeroplanes, and The Sussex Mummers’ Carol. The episode culminates with The Scribe, a tribute to RVW by his lifelong friend, Herbert Howells.

About Philip Barnes: 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!

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