Main: British Classical Composers

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 10 February, 2018

Today we present a programme of classical, light classical and film music by British composers, both well-known and too often forgotten. This time we feature the music of Sir Arthur Bliss, Master of the Queen’s Music from 1953, including the seldom-heard Original Soundtrack recording of his music for the classic British science fiction film, Things To Come. The programme also includes an original BBC mono recording of Bliss’s Beatitudes, written in 1961 for the consecration of Coventry Cathedral but sadly overshadowed by Britten’s Requiem, commissioned for the same event.

The programme includes some other gems, such as Parry’s Blest Pair of Sirens, which is heard far too seldom outside the context of royal events; and recent music by Christopher Gunning and Richard Harvey, along with pieces by Addinsell, Alwyn, Walton, Elgar, Handel and many more.


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