National Portrait Gallery appoints choir in residence

Classic FM's Sam Pittis talks to artistic director Gregory Batsleer about this "exciting new venture for choral music".

National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery in London has appointed a choir in residence. The Portrait Choir, with more than 20 members made up from auditions from various music conservatoires, will be at the art institution in London five times a year for the next three years.

The choir's repertoire will be inspired by pictures in the gallery itself, which include portraits of Sir Edward Elgar, Sir John Tavener and Thomas Ades, and a new work will be commissioned for and performed by the choir each year.

The choir's first concert will feature works Purcell and Ades, and is set for June 28th. Classic FM's Sam Pittis spoke to artistic director Gregory Batsleer.

Listen to the interview below.