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Biopics - Great Britons

Matthew Sweet introduces music written for biopics of great Britons, marking the release of Mike Leigh's new film about JMW Turner, which features a new score by Gary Yershon.

Matthew Sweet introduces a selection of film music written for biopics about "Great Britons", looking ahead to the launch of Mike Leigh's new film about JMW Turner with a new score by Gary Yershon.

The programme also focuses on the likes of Winston Churchill, Florence Nightingale, the Duke of Wellington, Shakespeare; Charles Darwin and Mary Queen of Scots with film music from "Young Winston", "The Lady with the Lamp", "Waterloo", "Creation" and "Shakespeare in Love", etc.

Featured composers include Alfred Ralston, Nino Rota, Anthony Collins, Stephen Warbeck, Christopher Young, Alexandre Desplat, William Walton, John Barry and Craig Armstrong.

The Classic Score of the Week is Erich Korngold's music for "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex".


1 hour

Music Played

  • William Walton

    HENRY V (1944): Overture

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • Alfred Ralston

    THE YOUNG WINSTON (1978): Overture

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra conducted by the composer.
  • Nino Rota

    WATERLOO (1970): Intro, Waltz and March

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Anthony Collins

    THE LADY WITH A LAMP (1951): Prelude and Valse Variations

    Conductor: John Wilson. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra.
    • DUTTON.
  • Stephen Walbrook

    SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998): The De Lesseps' Dance

    Conductor: Nick Ingman. Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • Sony.
  • Christopher Young

    CREATION (2009): Creation

    Conductor: Allan Wilson. Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
  • London Symphony Orchestra

    THE IMITATION GAME (2014): Alan

    Conductor: Alexandre Desplat.
  • William Walton

    FIRST OF THE FEW (1942): Spitfire Fugue

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • John Barry

    MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (1971): Mary's Theme

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra conducted by the composer.
    • Intrada.
  • Craig Armstrong

    ELIZABETH - THE GOLDEN AGE (2007): Opening

    Composer: A.R. Rahman. Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Cecilia Weston.
    • Decca.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold


    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • DG.
  • Gary Yershon

    MR TURNER (2014): Mr Turner

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
  • Michael Small

    MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON (1990): Journey

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
  • Steven Price

    FURY (2014): April, 1945

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • VS.


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