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HRH The Prince of Wales

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales discusses personal musical memories and key moments in his life with Michael Berkeley in a special landmark edition of the programme.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will feature in a special landmark edition of BBC Radio 3’s Private Passions, to mark the programme reaching over 1000 editions. The programme will be available exclusively on BBC Sounds from Boxing Day, before airing on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 30th December at 12 noon. BBC Radio 3 is the radio station that aims to connect audiences with remarkable music and culture. Private Passions is one of Radio 3’s longest-running programmes in which guests discuss the influence music has had on their lives. The Prince speaks to presenter and composer Michael Berkeley about the intrinsic role music plays in his life.

Personal memories and key moments in His Royal Highness’s life are woven throughout the programme as he discusses his varied musical choices. Among his selection is music that was performed at his wedding to Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, as well as a work he personally conducted with members of the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of Her Royal Highness’s 60th birthday. He also speaks openly about formative early childhood experiences of attending the ballet and concerts with his grandmother, The Queen Mother, as well as his time as a student at Cambridge where he played the cello with the Trinity College Orchestra.

Michael Berkeley [Lord Berkeley of Knighton], composer and presenter of Radio 3’s Private Passions, commented; “It’s a wonderfully varied programme, unveiling someone who passionately loves music.”

Music played:
Beethoven: Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 67 (4th mvt: Allegro)
Haydn: Cello Concerto No 1 in C (3rd mvt: Allegro molto)
Leclair: Scylla et Glaucus (Act 4 sc 5)
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Wagner: Selig wie die Sonne (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)
Leonard Cohen: Take This Waltz
Gretchaninov: The Creed, Op 79 No 10
Bob Miller: Sadie the Shaker

59 minutes

Last on

Sun 30 Dec 2018 12:00

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony no.5 in C minor, Op.67 (4th mvt: Allegro)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Cello Concerto no.1 in C major (3rd mvt: Allegro molto)

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim. Performer: Jacqueline du Pré. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra.
  • Jean‐Marie Leclair

    Scylla and Glaucus (Act 4 sc.5)

    Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Singer: Rachel Yakar. Choir: Monteverdi Choir.
  • Richard Wagner

    Siegfried Idyll

    Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Otto Klemperer.
  • Richard Wagner

    Selig wie die Sonne (Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg)

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Georg Solti. Singer: Norman Bailey.
  • Leonard Cohen

    Take This Waltz

    Singer: Leonard Cohen.
  • Alexander Gretchaninov

    The Creed, Op.79, no.10

    Choir: St George's Chapel Windsor Choir. Conductor: Christopher Warren‐Green. Singer: Ekaterina Semenchuk.
  • Bob Miller

    Sadie the Shaker

    Ensemble: Sydney Lipton & His Grosvenor House Band.


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