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David Starkey's Music & Monarchy
In this four-part series, renowned historian David Starkey shows how the lives of Britain’s greatest composers and musicians are inextricably linked to the destinies of its monarchs - and demonstrates how much can be learned from some of the nation’s best-loved works, including 'Rule Britannia', 'God Save the Queen', and 'Land of Hope and Glory'. Starkey uncovers the historic contexts of these works, and delves into the stories behind their creation.
Episodes
Ep 1
Crown and Choir
Watch September 3, 4:00am
Ep 2
Revolutions
Watch September 10, 4:00am
Ep 3
Great British Music
Watch September 17, 4:00am
Ep 4
Reinventions
Watch September 24, 4:00am
Crown and Choir
Historian David Starkey reveals how the story of British music was shaped by its monarchy. In this first episode, he begins with Henry V and Henry VIII, kings who were also composers. (1 of 4)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Sun Sep 3, 4:00am
Sun Oct 1, 4:00am
Revolutions
In the 17th century, religious conflict threatened not only the lives of musicians and monarchs, but the future of the monarchy and the glorious tradition of British music itself. (2 of 4)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Sun Sep 10, 4:00am
Great British Music
Starkey's exploration of how the monarchy shaped Britain's music reaches the 18th century, when Great Britain became a dominant military and economic power. The century brought classics such as God Save the King - the world's first national anthem. (3 of 4)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Sun Sep 17, 4:00am
Reinventions
Starkey looks at the 19th and 20th centuries, when the crown rediscovered the power of pageantry and ceremony, and when native music experienced a renaissance. (4 of 4)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Sun Sep 24, 4:00am