Singing Mahler 8 at the Proms 22nd July 2018

A large group of BCS singers sang with the BBC National Chorus of Wales in the spectacular 8th Symphony by Mahler last Sunday. There is a great following for this mighty work and it was the first Prom to have sold out this year.

“The forces required to perform this vast symphony are almost without parallel in musical history: two very large mixed choirs, children’s’ choir, eight vocal soloists, organ, a huge orchestra, plus an additional brass choir placed at a distance from the other performers “(BBC PROMS programme notes)

BBC National chorus of Wales was joined by the BBC Symphony Chorus and the London Symphony Chorus and some other local choirs and accompanied by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The singers stretched right to the top of the choir stalls, and the sound produced under conductor Thomas Sondergard was absolutely enormous at times. The combined choirs “sounded awesome throughout” said Guardian reviewer, Tim Ashley. The full review can be found here.

It is just such a fantastic experience being in the midst of a huge work such as this, looking out on an absolutely packed Royal Albert Hall. We are really so privileged to be able to take part and I can honestly say that there really can be very few experiences in life to beat it!