The Birth of British Music - Purcell, The Londoner
Charles Hazlewood explores the lives and music of four composers intimately linked with Britain: Henry Purcell, George Frideric Handel, Joseph Haydn and Felix Mendelssohn.
The first programme celebrates the music of Henry Purcell, one of the most seminal but mysterious figures of British musical history. Charles investigates a wide range of Purcell's music, from his tavern songs to his sacred music and pioneering stage works. Music is performed by Charles Hazlewood's own ensemble, Army of Generals, as well as Sir John Tomlinson and the Choir of Westminster Abbey.