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Sir Granville Bantock

Donald Macleod and Lewis Foreman on the early 20th century British composer.

Donald Macleod is joined by musicologist Lewis Foreman to explore the career of Sir Granville Bantock, described by his contemporary Elgar as having 'the most fertile musical brain of our time'. Despite his father's career aspirations for him to join the Indian Civil Service, Bantock became one of the most prolific and successful composers, conductors and educators of the early 20th Century.

On Elgar's recommendation, Bantock entered academia in the musical hub of Birmingham. Some of his best works were written in this period, including his epic choral and orchestral masterpiece Omar Khayyam. This programme features a new recording, and music specially recorded by the BBC Singers.

Bantock had an amazing zest for life, and the composer's physical energy extended beyond academic walls. But the Great War was to have a profound effect on the Bantock family.

Bantock was knighted in 1930, but the popularity of his music had by then waned. In his final years, he moved to London to join the staff at Trinity College as an examiner. Bantock also recorded some of his own music on the Paxton label.

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1 hour, 12 minutes


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Composer Granville Bantock