Winter In England

in Daily Programme, Radio Drama, ZBS Radio Hour

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 14 December, 2013

Today on Radio Riel, join us for a programme of light classical music and pieces from English composers — and as we approach the holidays, the occasional seasonal item. Listen out in particular for Victor Hely-Hutchinson’s Carol Symphony, the composer’s best‐known work, appropriate seeing as he was born on Boxing Day. Marvellous!

Christian Victor Hely‐Hutchinson (26 December 1901 – 11 March 1947) was a British composer, born in Cape Town. The third movement of the Carol Symphony was used for the title music of the 1943 Children’s Hour and 1984 BBC children’s television adaptation of John Masefield’s The Box of Delights, in particular the variation on the theme of The First Nowell. He is also well known for his settings of various nursery rhymes and children’s poems. His setting of Old Mother Hubbard is composed in the manner of Handel. His song setting of Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat was notably recorded by Elton Hayes and featured on the BBC’s Children’s Favourites radio show.

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