Holst And Vaughan-Williams: Making Music English
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Professor Amanda Vickery and the broadcaster and writer Tom Service unearth the fascinating story of the life-long friendship between Ralph Vaughan-Williams and Gustav Holst, two composers often credited with the birth of the so-called English sound which emerged in the first half of the 20th century. Retracing the walks Vaughan-Williams and Holst made across the English countryside, Tom and Amanda discover how a kaleidoscope of different influences imbued their output, from the music of the Renaissance masters to folk music. The BBC Concert Orchestra perform excerpts by both composers to bring the story to life.