The riches of one of music's most dramatic and powerful forms are tasted in John Bridcut's new film Requiem for BBC Four. In special performances by the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales conducted by Edward Gardner (pictured), and the choir Tenebrae, conducted by Nigel Short, some of the jewels of the requiem repertoire are on display – both familiar and unknown. The documentary will also form a three-part series on the Welsh channel S4C in spring 2014. See the trailer on YouTube, and spread the word!
Prince Charles's programme, A Jubilee Tribute to The Queen by The Prince of Wales, is now available on DVD. When first broadcast on BBC One, it trended on Twitter, where The Queen's home movies and her eldest son's responses to them caught people's imagination. It achieved an audience share of 33%, with an average audience higher than either EastEnders or Coronation Street the same evening.
'Of all the commemorative, reflective (and sometimes glutinously sycophantic) programmes on air, it struck to the heart', wrote Libby Purves in her column in The Times.
Following the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, BBC Worldwide have issued The Prince and the Composer on DVD. This acclaimed portrait of Sir Hubert Parry, the composer of Jerusalem, by HRH The Prince of Wales is now on sale.
As well as the complete 90-minute film, the DVD includes specially-filmed performances of 'Father Playmate', from Parry's piano suite Shulbrede Tunes, and 'Et misericordia' from his Magnificat of 1897.