Music Appreciation 1- January 2021

 I hope that you have enjoyed some great music over the Christmas period.  I would like to share with you  a few programmes you might  have missed and that you can enjoy over the next few weeks.  ‘Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College(2020)’ is available on BBC i-player until December 2021 and you might also enjoy  ‘A Christmas History of Sacred Music’  which is available until 14 January 2021. This is introduced by Simon Russell Beale and is well worth an hour of your time. My favourite viewing was the Matthew Bourne adaptation, as a ballet, of the legendary film ‘The Red Shoes’. His ballet has won two Olivier Awards and has dazzled audiences since its first performance. Available on i-player until November 2021.

In a more reflective mood, you can watch   a performance of the Mozart ‘Requiem’ by the Chorus and Orchestra of the English National Opera(ENO) from the London Coliseum –  described as a pregnant moment of remembrance. Available until September 2021. You can also see the first transmitted performance, from the Proms in 1964 of Benjamin Britten’s ‘War Requiem’. The Melos Ensemble is conducted by Britten with soloists Heather Harper(soprano), Peter Pears(tenor) and Thomas Hemsley(baritone). There is also an interesting ‘Celebrity Recital of traditional English songs’ by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears -well worth watching.

If Beethoven is more to your taste, then you can still see ‘Being Beethoven’. Available until 13 January 2021(Episodes 1 & 2) and 20 January 2021(Episode 3). A performance of Beethoven’s only opera ‘Fidelio’. performed by the Royal Opera, can be watched until 26 January 2021 or you could Explore ‘Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony’ with the Aurora Orchestra at the 2020 Proms.

For something completely different you might watch Disney’s musical take on ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

  Peter Ellement   01858 432966