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Music of the Monarchy with David Starkey

David Starkey hosts performances of music created for royalty by some of the nation's finest musicians in the splendid historic locations for which the pieces were first written.

Much of the music which has come to define the sound of Great Britain was originally created for its monarchy.

In this programme, David Starkey hosts a selection of full-length royal classics, performed by our finest singers and instrumentalists, in some of the splendid historic locations for which they were first written, including Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and St Paul's Cathedral.

Alongside well-loved favourites such as Handel's Zadok the Priest, Parry's Jerusalem and Holst's I Vow To Thee My Country, there are masterpieces by Purcell, Mendelssohn, Byrd and Tallis. There is even the chance to hear music composed by royals themselves, with glorious performances of works by Henry V, Henry VIII and Prince Albert.

1 hour

Last on

Christmas Day 2013 12:15

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter David Starkey
Director Peter Sweasey
Director Christopher Walker
Director Charlotte Sacher
Executive Producer Nicholas Kent

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Includes full versions of Jerusalem, Zadok the Priest, I Was Glad and Handel's Hallelujah