Michael Gove, The Full English, Forbidden Music
Tom Service talks to Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, about his plans and policy for music education and where he believes music sits in the national curriculum.
He also visits Sheffield to talk to musicians working with a new digital archive of English folk music called The Full English - which makes twelve collections available online to the public for the first time and gets a taster of pieces derived from the archive performed by Martin Simpson, Fay Hield, Nancy Kerr, Rob Harbron and Sam Sweeney.
In his book "Forbidden Music" Michael Haas unravels the story of composers and musicians who were banned by the Nazis and the musical trends they established before being banned, murdered and exiled. Tom speaks to the author and assesses the book with the musicologists John Deathridge and David Nice.
Michael Gove on music education in schools
Tom Service talks to the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove about how England’s Music Education Hubs are progressing, how music fits into his proposals for changes to GCSEs and his hopes for instrumental tuition and teacher training in schools. Gove states his belief that “an understanding of the tradition of classical music is part of what a properly rounded education should be.”
Department for Eductaion
The Full English
Tom travels to the outskirts of Sheffield to sample The Full English – a new collection of over 58,000 documents that brings together several of England’s folk music collections for the first time in an online archive available free to anyone. Five of the country’s leading folk musicians including Fay Hield and Martin Simpson perform new works or arrangements taken from material from the collection and they tell Tom how important access to the collection will be for them and generations to come.
The Full English
Forbidden Music: Jewish composers banned by the Nazis
Michael Haas’s new book Forbidden Music tells the story of Jewish composers persecuted by the Nazis, but puts their stories in context of the sweep of German cultural and political history from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. Haas examines the rise of anti-Semitism against the background of German nationalism, what happened to the composers caught up in the maelstrom of the Nazi era and talks about some of the discoveries he’s made during his research. Tom talks to the author and reviews the book with musicologists John Deathridge and David Nice.
Forbidden Music by Michael Haas