Thursday, 29 August 2013

BBC goes 18th Century

George I by James Thornhill
George I by James Thornhill
BBC Two and BBC Four are celebrating the 18th century with a new season of programmes celebrating both 18th century music in Britain and the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian Succession.

Eighteenth century music on BBC Four will be presented by Suzi Klein and will look at the social, cultural and political context of music in Britain in that era, subjects to be touched on include the English oratorio, the impact of war and revolution on national identity with references to God save the King and Rule Britannia. The series will be complemented with live music and events on BBC Radio 3.

Additionally there will be a one hour documentary on BBC Two celebrating the creation of Handel's Messiah, re-creating the London premiere of the work at the Foundling Hospital.

Finally, 2014 also marks the 300th anniversary of accession of George I to the English throne and BBC Four is marking this with a series devoted to the first Hanoverian kings. Hanoverians: The First Georges will be presented by Dr Lucy Worsley and is being given in partnership with the Royal Collection Trust. There will be a parallel exhibition at The Queen's Gallery curated by Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queens Pictures.

Further information from the BBC website.

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