BBC Documentary – Messiah at the Foundling Hospital

Handel’s Messiah is one of the most popular choral pieces in Western music. It has been recorded hundreds of times and contains a tune that is as instantly recognisable as any in music. Yet few people know the extraordinary story of how this much-loved piece came to public attention – or how it helped save…

BBC Documentary: David Starkey’s MUSIC & MONARCHY 4. Re-inventions

Dr David Starkey’s exploration of how the monarchy shaped Britain’s music concludes with the 19th and 20th centuries, when the crown rediscovered the power of pageantry and ceremony and when native music experienced a renaissance. David discovers the royal origins of such classics as Edward Elgar’s ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, Hubert Parry’s ‘I Was…

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759): Water music & Music for the royal fireworks — Le concert spirituel, Hervé Niquet — BBC, Proms 2012

Händel: Water music & Music for the royal fireworks • Water music • Music for the royal fireworks Le concert spirituel Conducted by Hervé Niquet One of the most enjoyable and vivacious interpretations I’ve ever heard. "Authnentic" performances can sometimes be downright off-putting – not this one. Enjoy :-). markfromireland