Series about 18th-century British music. As money poured in from its trade empire, Britain rediscovered a taste for pleasure and fun, and music became a tool for social mobility.
Broadcaster and writer Suzy Klein explores the remarkable music that became the soundtrack to the roaring 18th century.
As money poured in from a flourishing trade empire, the British rediscovered a taste for pleasure and fun, and music was at the very centre of it. Aspiring young girls played the keyboard to attract a good husband and nothing beat dancing a minuet if you wanted a place in the best society.
Europe's best composers and performers descended upon Britain, certain that the 'rage for music' would make them rich. Music had become a tool for social mobility, but it was also starting to shape the physical fabric of Britain - concert halls, assembly rooms and pleasure gardens sprang up across the country as the thirst for entertainment grew.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
|Executive Producer||Paul Bullock|