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Saint Cecilia was a Roman noblewoman martyred for her Christian faith in the second century AD. And it is said that, as she suffered a lingering and horrible death, she sang exultantly to God — thus becoming the patroness of musicians and of church music.

The BBC Singers celebrate her feast day with a selection of 16th- and early 17th-century choral works in St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge — a perfect setting for a cappella voices. The programme includes a mass written in her honour by Palestrina and six of his Roman contemporaries, and a selection of prize-winning pieces composed for the motet-writing competition set up in her name.


A mass and motets in honour of St Cecilia, patron saint of musicians, performed by the BBC Singers and Peter Phillips, live from St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge. Presented by Catherine Bott. BBC Singers, conductor Peter Phillips. Orlande de Lassus: Musica Dei donum optimi; Cantantibus organis. Ferdinand de Lassus: Caecilia virgo. Guillaume de Costeley: Allon, gays bergeres; Mignonne, allons voir. Orlande de Lassus: Domine Jesu Christe qui cognoscis. George de la Hèle: Nonne Deo subiecta evit anima mea. Francisco Guerrero: Dum aurora finem daret. Jean Maillard: Domine Jesu Christe, Pastor bone. Palestrina: Dum aurora finem daret. Peter Philips: Cecilia Virgo; Cantantibus organis. 7.50 Twenty Minutes: To Build a Fire. In Jack London's classic tale a stranger walks the frozen Yukon with his dog, but as conditions worsen it looks like a contest for survival between man and beast. Read by Stuart Milligan. 8.10 Palestrina: Cantantibus organis. Palestrina and others: Missa cantantibus organis. Pierre de Manchicourt: Cantantibus organis. Luca Marenzio: Cantantibus organis.