THE barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, ‘Thus far and no farther.’
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Manuscript of Giulio Cesare, by George Frideric Handel.
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Alice Mary Smith (1839-1884)
Thomas Arne (1710-1778)

2: Andante un poco mosso

from Symphony No. 3 in G Major (‘Great National Symphony’)

Muzio Clementi (1752-1832)
John Playford (1623-1686)
John Playford (1623-1686)

2: [Andante]

from Symphony No. 8 in D Minor

William Herschel (1738-1822)

3. ‘Zadok the Priest’

from Coronation Anthems

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

2: Allegro Molto Vivace

from Symphony No. 3 (‘Irish’)

Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Hallelujah Chorus

from Messiah

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Sleepy Body

from 3 Scottish Airs with Variations (from ‘A Treatise of Good Taste in the Art of Musick’)

Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762)
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4: Finale: Spiritoso

from Symphony No. 104 D major (‘London’)

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Sir William Sterndale Bennett (1816-1875)
John Playford (1623-1686)

4. Fantasia on the Dargason

from Second Suite in F

Gustav Holst (1874-1934)

3: Menuetto: Allegro

from Symphony No. 104 D major (‘London’)

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Overture; Shake the cloud

from Dido and Aeneas

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Chorus: ‘Hail! Hail! Hail!’

from Great Britain Triumphant

James Hook (1746-1827)

2: Larghetto

from Symphony No. 1 (1902)

York Bowen (1884-1961)

2: Romanza

from Harp Concerto No. 6, Op. 9

Jean-Baptiste Krumpholz (1742-1790)
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
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By Sir William Sterndale Bennett
(1816-1875)
In 1837 William Sterndale Bennett, then regarded as England’s most exciting young composer, made history in quite another... field.
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony was commissioned by a fiercely independent Britain, and Beethoven was excited to oblige.
By Ethel Smyth
(1858-1944)
Composer Ethel Smyth buys a new-fangled ladies’ bicycle, and scandalises the neighbours.
Music by Thomas Arne
(1710-1778)
‘Rule Britannia’ was a discreet way of telling a German prince what was expected of a British King.
Music by George Frideric Handel
(1685-1759)
The first thing George Frideric Handel’s oratorio ‘Messiah’ did was to set a hundred and forty-two prisoners free.
Music by Edward Elgar
(1857-1934)
Edward Elgar suffered from depression, and ‘Nimrod’ is his token of thanks to the true friend who supported him through it.
Music by Samuel Coleridge Taylor
(1875-1912)
A gifted composer of classical music in the romantic tradition, admired by Stanford, Elgar, and Sullivan.
One of the twentieth century’s greatest pianists, who put himself and his art at the service of his adopted country.
Based on an account by Saint Bede of Jarrow
(672-735)
A shy and unmusical stable-hand suddenly began to sing wise and moving hymns.
Music by
Thomas Erskine, Earl of Kellie
An 18th century bon viveur and virtuoso violinist, Thomas Erskine is currently being ‘rediscovered’ by the classical music industry.