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Handel Water Music at 300 celebration; Grace Evangeline Mason

Front Row broadcasts from the Thames to celebrate 300 years since Handel first performed Water Music, with the world premiere of a piece commissioned specially for the occasion.

Front Row comes live from a boat on the Thames, celebrating 300 years to the hour since Handel first performed his Water Music for King George I.

Bridget Cunningham and the London Early Opera baroque orchestra perform highlights from Handel's Water Music.

Front Row has commissioned a new piece specially for the occasion by Grace Evangeline Mason, a former winner of the BBC Proms Inspire young composer competition, called River.

With music historian and director of the Barbican, Nicholas Kenyon. And Chris Livett, the latest in a long line of Thames Waterman, who holds the title of Queen's Waterman.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Edwina Pitman & Timothy Prosser.

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30 minutes


  • Handel's Water Music

    Duration: 10:46

  • Grace Evangeline Mason

    Duration: 07:51

  • Chris Livett

    Duration: 03:55

  • Leo Villareal

    Duration: 06:14

  • Bouree from Handel's Water Music

London Early Opera

London Early Opera


Main image above: John Wilson with River composer Grace Evangeline Mason on the Erasmus boat on the Thames by Tower Bridge.

Image to the left: The London Early Opera  during rehearsals on the boat, with Grace Evangeline Mason, John Wilson and the LEO conductor Bridget Cunningham standing at the rear.


Sir Nicholas Kenyon

Sir Nicholas Kenyon


Image: Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Director of The Barbican Centre

Grace Evangeline Mason

Grace Evangeline Mason


Image: Grace Evangeline Mason, the composer of River, the tone poem commissioned by the BBC to mark the 300th anniversary of Handel's Water Music.

Image credit: Roscoe/Rutter


Role Contributor
Musician Bridget Cunningham
Interviewed Guest Nicholas Kenyon
Interviewed Guest Chris Livett
Presenter John Wilson
Producer Edwina Pitman
Producer Timothy Prosser




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