A Documentary and a lecture

I wrote about the documentary Angelic Voices : The Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral back in July 2013 unfortunately the video was taken down from YouTube however it’s just recently been uploaded to Collegium Regale’s channel if you haven’t seen it before – and it’s well worth watching, now’s your chance. The second video for this…

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…

Documentary: God’s Composer Tomás Luis Victoria

One of the series of "Sacred Music" documentaries with Simon Beale shown on the BBC. This one explores the life and music Tomás Luis de Victoria. One of the greatest choral composers of the Renaissance, Victoria devoted his life to the church and his music is profoundly spiritual. Interwoven with Victoria’s music, this documentary follows…

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…