Playing: Humoresques No.5 in E flat Op.89c & No.6 in G minor Op.89d by Jean Sibelius
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Purcell's Schooldays

The birth of Henry Purcell coincided with a hugely turbulent time in English political history, and went almost completely unnoticed. There are no baptismal records and we're not absolutely sure who his parents were, although it's likely that he was born in a house just a few hundred yards from Westminster Abbey, the place were he would eventually make much of his career and reputation. During his early years, the young Purcell came under the influence of several composers and church musicians, who were to shape his musical future. Lucie Skeaping traces the schoolboy years of the man who would grow to be England's greatest composer.

1 hour

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Sun 9 Feb 2014 14:00
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