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The Refugee Experience: BBC Singers workshop and concert

BASCA is delighted once again to be working with the BBC Singers to present a workshop and concert in September 2018 and Standard and Professional members of BASCA are invited to submit works for the concert and workshop.

Workshop on Tuesday 18 September

Concert on Friday 21 September

Closing date for both calls: Sunday 8 July 2018


There will be a composers’ workshop with the BBC Singers at BBC Maida Vale Studios on Tuesday 18th September 2018. BASCA Standard and Professional members are invited to submit works for the workshop. This is a rare opportunity to gain experience hearing your work rehearsed by one of the world’s leading a cappella chamber choirs.

Further details and application form for the workshop


This year the theme of the concert is The Refugee Experience.  The concert will be on Friday 21st September at a venue in London with the BBC Singers conducted by James Morgan. The concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

The call is Europe-wide and designed to be as broad as possible, so the subject of works might extend to historical instances. (The children of the Kindertransport might be a good example). BASCA is also interested in receiving scores from composers (and writers) who have familiarity with the refugee experience in the widest sense, whether through direct contact, family history or because they are refugees themselves.

This will be the fourth time that BASCA has collaborated with the BBC Singers on a special concert based on music drawn from composers all over Europe. The previous concerts have given an opportunity for composers new to UK audiences to have their voices heard and introduced new and exciting choral music from a wide range of European countries such as Ireland, Slovenia, Norway etc. UK composers are also well represented.  This year’s call seeks to widen the opportunities for choral composers with a theme that is relevant both historically and in the present. There is hardly a European country that has not been touched by the refugee experience and we are hoping for an eloquent articulation in music of the many pressing issues involved.

Further details and application form for the concert