Presented by renowned historian David Starkey, this epic new BBC series reveals how British Kings and Queens shaped the story of the nation's music: as patrons and tastemakers, and even as composers and performers. It uncovers the role of the crown in the careers of our greatest composers - from Purcell and Handel to Parry and Elgar; and features exclusive performances of the nation's favourite music, in the historic locations where the monarchy first enjoyed it - from Westminster Abbey and King's College Cambridge to Buckingham Palace. This is the music of ceremony, pageantry, and power; music composed for coronations and jubilees, thanksgiving and political expediency.
- David Starkey's Music and Monarchy review by JD
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The subject matter will appeal to few, the impact of royalty on music from Henry V onward. It is a serious historical account. This is not mainstream stuff, but to have it presented by an ugly old man with a slight speech defect whose interviewing skills are as poor as the worst (eg Jonathan Ross), constantly interrupting interesting and knowledgeable experts with his own dreary opinion, is to make this account even less accessible. Merely wearing a pink cravat and marbled spectacles is not eccentric enough to stop him being irksome. The content and the musical examples, for those who like the history of music, is however very interesting.