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Breakfast - Best of British Playlist

2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 01 January 2014

We're adding a British musical work every day throughout 2014. Email or text 83111 with your music requests.

Music Played

18 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes


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Explore the Best of British playlist

Every day this year we are adding to our Best of British classical music playlist, including recommendations from Radio 3 Breakfast listeners. Works are being added on Spotify as they become available so you can follow the playlist throughout the year.

  • 17 Sep 2014 10:09:40

    If you have any suggestions for the list, click here to find out how you can get in touch. 

    Here is the Best of British playlist so far:

    17th September: David Bedford - Symphony no. 1
    16th September: Ralph Vaughan Williams - Linden Lea for voice and piano
    15th September: Edward Elgar - The Wand of youth - suite no. 2 Op.1b
    14th September: Gustav Holst - The Hymn of Jesus Op.37
    13th September: Arnold Bax - Symphony no. 5 in C sharp minor
    12th September: Sally Beamish - Concerto for violin and orchestra
    11th September: Matthew Locke - Suite no.1 in D minor
    10th September: Gabriel Jackson - I am the voice of the wind for chorus
    9th September: Ivor Novello - Perchance to dream - musical play
    8th September: Ralph Vaughan Williams - Symphony no. 8 in D minor
    7th September: John Foulds - Keltic suite Op.29
    6th September: Michael Tippett - Fantasia concertante on a theme of Corelli
    5th September: Thomas Tallis - If ye love me for 4 voices
    4th September: Benjamin Britten - Simple symphony Op.4
    3rd September: John Marsh - Symphony no. 6 in D major
    2nd September: Christopher Tye - Give alms of thy goods for 4 voices [Lbm Add.30480-83]
    1st September: Jonathan Harvey - Mortuos plango, vivos voco for electronic tape
  • 3 Sep 2014 13:07:53


    31st August: Cecilia McDowall - Ave maris stella, motet
    30th August: Herbert Brewer - Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in D major
    29th August: Ralph Vaughan Williams - English folk song suite for military band
    28th August: Cyril Scott - Lotus land Op.47`1
    27th August: Havergal Brian - Symphony no. 3 in C sharp minor
    26th August: William Walton - Henry V - music for the film
    25th August: Benjamin Britten - Noye's fludde, children's opera in 1 act Op.59
    24th August: Eric Coates - The Three Elizabeths, suite
    23rd August: Gerald Finzi - Dies natalis Op.8 for voice and string orchestra
    22nd August: Simon Jeffes - Perpetuum mobile for ensemble
    21st August: Ralph Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on 'Greensleeves'
    20th August: Henry Purcell - The Fairy Queen, opera Z.629
    19th August: Herbert Sumsion - They that go down to the sea
    18th August: Arthur Sullivan - The Mikado, or The town of Titipu
    17th August: John Dunstable - Quam pulchra es, antiphon MB.44
    16th August: Thomas Arne - Rule, Britannia (Alfred - masque)
    15th August: Joseph Parry - Myfanwy (Traditional, Welsh)
    14th August: Edward Elgar - The Starlight Express - incidental music Op.78 [for Algernon Blackwood's play]
    13th August: William Walton - Symphony no. 2
    12th August: Eric Coates - London (London every day), suite
    11th August: Ralph Vaughan Williams - The House of life: Silent noon
    10th August: Frederick Delius - Brigg Fair (An English rhapsody) RT.6.16
    9th August: Charles Villiers Stanford - 5 Songs of the fleet Op.117
    8th August: Alan Rawsthorne - Concerto no. 2 for piano and orchestra
    7th August: John Stanley - Voluntary (Op.6`5), arr. misc. for trumpet & ensemble
    6th August: George Frideric Handel - Saul, oratorio in 3 acts
    5th August: Frank Bridge - The Sea, suite H.100 for orchestra
    4th August: Lord Berners - A Wedding bouquet, ballet
    3rd August: Benjamin Britten - 5 Flower songs Op.47 for chorus
    2nd August: Thomas Linley - The Tempest, incidental music
    1st August: Alun Hoddinott - Welsh dances, suite no. 2 Op.64
  • 5 Aug 2014 11:50:56


    31st July: Charles Villiers Stanford - Stabat mater, symphonic cantata Op.96
    30th July: Arthur Bliss - A Colour symphony T.24
    29th July: George Lloyd - Symphony no. 6
    28th July: Hamilton Harty - Concerto in D minor Op.17 for violin and orchestra
    27th July: Eugene Goossens - By the tarn Op.15`1
    26th July: Benjamin Britten - Gloriana - symphonic suite Op.53a
    25th July: John Barry - The Beyondness of Things
    24th July: Edward German - Nell Gwyn, incidental music
    23rd July: Gerald Finzi - Let us garlands bring Op.18
    22nd July: Benjamin Britten - Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge Op.10
    21st July: Flanders and Swann - Ill wind for voice and piano
    20th July: Maurice Greene - Lord, let me know mine end 
    19th July: Arthur Butterworth - The Green wind for orchestra
    18th July: William Walton - Facade - an entertainment
    17th July: Malcolm Arnold - A Grand, grand overture Op.57
    16th July: Edward Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius Op.38
    15th July: Herbert Howells - Hymnus paradisi
    14th July: Vivian Dunn - The Mountbatten March
    13th July: Howard Skempton - Lento for orchestra
    12th July: William Walton - Crown imperial, coronation march
    11th July: Cipriani Potter - Symphony no. 7 in F major [1826]
    10th July: Gustav Holst - A Moorside suite for brass band
    9th July: Henry Purcell - Three parts upon a ground Z.731 for 3 violins and continuo
    8th July: Robert Simpson - The Four temperaments - suite for brass band
    7th July: Ralph Vaughan Williams - Songs of travel for voice and piano
    6th July: Edward German - Welsh rhapsody for orchestra
    5th July: Constant Lambert - The Rio Grande for piano, chorus and orchestra
    4th July: Alice Mary Smith - Symphony in A minor
    3rd July: John Tavener - The Lamb - carol
    2nd July: Samuel Sebastian Wesley - Blessed be the God and Father - verse anthem
    1st July: John Blow - The Lord God is a sun and shield - verse anthem
  • 1 Jul 2014 10:04:12


    30th June: Jeremiah Clarke - Trumpet voluntary (The Prince of Denmark's march) in D major for keyboard, attrib. Purcell [as Z.S125]
    29th June: Samuel Sebastian Wesley - Air with variations (Holsworthy church bells)
    28th June: Charles Dibdin - Tom Bowling
    27th June: Madeleine Dring - Festival scherzo for piano and string orchestra
    26th June: George Frideric Handel - L' Allegro, il penseroso, ed il moderato
    25th June: Edward Gregson - Concerto for tuba
    24th June: Ronald Binge - Elizabethan serenade for orchestra
    23rd June: Thomas Campion - Never weather-beaten sail more willing bent to shore [1st book of ayres, 1613]
    22nd June: George Frideric Handel - Water music - suite D major HWV.349
    21st June: Ernest Tomlinson - English folk dances - suite no. 1
    20th June: John Rutter - Magnificat
    19th June: Francis Potts - Lament for chorus
    18th June: Robin Holloway - Serenade in C major Op.41
    17th June: Ruth Gipps - Concerto Op.58 for horn and orchestra
    16th June: Arthur Bliss - Adam Zero - ballet T.67
    15th June: Henry Purcell - Hear my prayer, O Lord Z.15
    14th June: Alexander Mackenzie - The Cricket on the hearth - opera Op.62
    13th June: Paul Reade - The Victorian kitchen garden - suite
    12th June: William Lloyd Webber - Aurora
    11th June: Arthur Sullivan - The Long day closes for a capella choir
    10th June: Thomas Tallis - Lamentations of Jeremiah; Part I
    9th June: James MacMillan - So deep [O my luve's like a red, red rose]
    8th June: Harrison Birtwistle - Earth dances
    7th June: Peter Maxwell Davies - An Orkney wedding, with sunrise
    6th June: Lennox Berkely - Paysage for piano
    5th June: William Lawes - Consort suite 'for the violls' a 5 no. 3 in C minor
    4th June: Gerald Finzi - Concerto in C minor Op.31 for clarinet and string orchestra
    3rd June: Hubert Parry - Songs of farewell for mixed voices
    2nd June: John Taverner - Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas for 6 voices
    1st June: Frederick Delius - On hearing the first cuckoo in spring RT.6.19
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