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Composer Profile: William Boyce

Lucie Skeaping and Jeremy Barlow explore the music of William Boyce, and wander around some of his old workplaces and residences in London.

On the 300th anniversary of the birth of William Boyce, Lucie Skeaping and Jeremy Barlow explore some of the places in London where he lived and worked. Their journey takes them from a church in central London where he had his first job, to the public gardens in south London where his music was enjoyed by many.

1 hour

Music Played

  • William Boyce

    1st movement (Allegro) from Symphony No.1 in B flat major

    Performers: The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

    • L’Oiseau-Lyre.
    • 436 761-2.
  • William Boyce

    Anthem 'Wherewithal shall a young man'

    Performers: The Choir of New College, Oxford, Edward Higginbottom (director)

    • CRD.
    • CRD 3483.
  • William Boyce

    Worcester Overture (Symphony No.8)

    Performers: Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (director)

    • L’Oiseau Lyre.
    • 436 761-2.
  • William Boyce

    Aria 'Softly rise' from 'Solomon'

    Performers: Howard Crook (tenor), The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (director)

    • Hyperion.
    • CDA 66378.
  • William Boyce

    The Dirge from 'Romeo and Juliet'

    Performers: Opera Restor’d, Peter Holman (director)

    • Hyperion.
    • CDA 66935.
  • William Boyce

    Heart of Oak

    Performers: The Band of the Royal Marines, Lt. Col. John Ware (conductor)

    • Music for Pleasure.
    • CDTR 213.
  • William Boyce

    Trio Sonata No.4 in G minor

    Performers: The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (director)

    • Hyperion.
    • CDA 67151/2.
  • William Boyce

    Ode to St Cecilia, Part 2: 'Leave transient joys, and raise the theme'…final chorus 'Displ

    Performers: Patrick Burrowes (boy soprano), Choir of New College, Oxford, The Hanover Band, Graham Lea-Cox (director)

    • ASV.
    • CD GAU 200.

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