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Simon Heffer: Best of British Playlist

Simon Heffer chooses music by British composers, including Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Holst, Haydn Wood, Joseph Holbrooke, Justin Connolly, Gordon Crosse and Donald Tovey.

Inspired by Radio 3 Breakfast's "Best of British" playlist which ran throughout 2014, journalist Simon Heffer continues the choice of his favourite music by British composers, including works by Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Stanford, Edward German, George Dyson, John Ireland, Havergal Brian and Arnold Bax.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Haydn Wood

    London Landmarks

    Conductor: Gavin Sutherland. Orchestra: Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
    • White Line : CD WHL 2138.
    • White Line.
    • 12.
  • Justin Connolly

    Verse, Op 7b

    Performer: Justin Connolly. Choir: The John Alldis Choir.
    • Lyrita : SRCD 305.
    • Lyrita.
    • 1.
  • Gustav Holst

    Hammersmith, A Prelude and Scherzo for Orchestra, Op 52

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • Lyrita : SRCD 222.
    • Lyrita.
  • Joseph Holbrooke

    Piano Concerto No 1, The Song of Gwyn ap Nudd, Op 52, 3rd movement

    Performer: Hamish Milne. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
    • Hyperion : CDA67127.
    • Hyperion.
    • 14.
  • Edward Elgar

    Symphony No 3, 4th movement

    Composer: Anthony Payne. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • NMC : NMC D053.
    • NMC.
    • 4.
  • Donald Tovey

    Piano Trio in C Minor, Op 8, Style Tragique, Finale

    Performer: London Piano Trio.
    • Toccata : TOCC 0068.
    • Toccata.
    • 7.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Winter Words: At the Railway Station, Upway and Before Life and After

    Performer: Steuart Bedford. Singer: Philip Langridge.
    • Naxos : 8.557201.
    • Naxos.
    • 23.
  • Gordon Crosse

    Changes: A Nocturnal Cycle, Part II

    Performer: Jennifer Vyvyan. Performer: John Shirley‚ÄźQuirk. Choir: Highgate School for Boys Choir. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Choir: Orpington Junior Singers. Conductor: Norman Del Mar.
    • Lyrita : SRCD 259.
    • Lyrita.
    • 4.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Symphony no 6 in E Minor, 1st movement

    Conductor: Neville Marriner. Ensemble: Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
    • Collins : 12022.
    • Collins.
    • 5.