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Queen Victoria: My Musical Britain

To celebrate Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday, Dr Lucy Worsley explores the character and legacy of the famous monarch in a way that has never been attempted before – through music.

To celebrate Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday, historian Dr Lucy Worsley explores the character and legacy of the famous monarch in a way that has never been attempted before – through music. Lucy reveals how Victoria used music to transform the monarchy from a political power into a benevolent cultural force that brought the country together during a time of great upheaval and change. Lucy also examines the central role music played in Victoria’s own life - as a queen, a private person and in her marriage to Prince Albert.

Victoria and Albert also took an active role in reshaping the musical culture of Britain by establishing institutions like the Royal College of Music and the Royal Albert Hall. Together they laid the groundwork for a musical renaissance in Britain which saw a new generation of great British composers reshape the sound of Britain in the 20th century. To bring the story of Britain’s great musical revolution to life there are performances from Sir Willard White, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Black Dyke Brass Band and many more.

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59 minutes

Last on

Sat 11 May 2019 21:45

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:18

    Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra

    Semiramide: Overture

  • 00:21

    Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Andrew Davis

    II. Vivace Non Troppo From Symphony No. 3 In A Minor, Op. 56 "Scottish"

  • 00:24

    London Symphony Orchestra: Barry Wordsworth

    Felix Mendelssohn: The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave)

  • 00:35

    London Musici Chamber Choir, Mark Stephenson, London Musici

    Messiah - Highlights: Hallelujah

  • 00:44

    Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne In B Flat Minor, Op. 9, No. 1

  • 00:47

    George Szell, The Cleveland Orchestra

    Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72B (Remastered)

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Lucy Worsley
Producer Chloe Penman
Director Chloe Penman
Executive Producer Ben Weston
Producer Nikki Weston
Production Company Reef

Broadcasts

  • Sat 11 May 2019 21:00
  • Sat 11 May 2019 21:45

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