Having created a choir in the Hertfordshire housing estate of South Oxhey, choirmaster Gareth Malone sets out to take it places. South Oxhey suffers from a poor reputation in surrounding neighbourhoods but Gareth believes his choir can hold its own among Hertfordshire's best.
Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director of the ACO, had always wanted to collaborate with a visual artist. But which one? He wanted to create a spellbinding event, not just a soundtrack, through the combination of sound and vision. Then he saw the work of Bill Henson and Luminous was born.
On tonight's episode of Spectacle, Elvis hopes to build a band by inviting Levon Helm, Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson and Allen Toussaint on stage. Singer songwriter and electric guitar player Richard Thompson, grew up listening to folk music. He reflects on the influence it had on him before performing Shoot Out The Lights. New Orleans piano player Allen Toussaint, explains why the piano is such an integral part to any band and how his home town is so important to his music. At Elvis's request, he plays his classic song Holy Cow.
David Bowie performs at Dublin's Point Theatre as part of a worldwide tour in support of his Reality album. The setlist includes tracks spanning Bowie's career, including The Man Who Sold the World, Five Years, and Hang on to Yourself, which he hadn't played live in more than 20 years.
Aspiring musicians get 'in tune' with real-life music stars in a one-on-one interview and jam sessions. From Sheppard to Samantha Jade, these famous musos are full of advice for the next generation of talent!
Justine and Dash are getting ready for their jazz show, but props master Ben Woods has had a giant clean out and there are no props left! By learning how to improvise, can they imagine their way out of trouble in time?
When special guest percussionist Bree Van Reyk's musical instruments don't arrive in time for the show, Justine, Dash and Bree all have to put their heads together to come up with a new way to create some amazing new sounds.
There's to be a classical quartet performance with eccentric conductor George Ellis. However, there are blowflies in the theatre and George can't stand blowflies. Justine and Dash now have a very big, buzzy challenge on their hands.
When Justine Clarke accidentally stomps on the foot of ballroom dancer partner Paul Mecurio and Dash chews her fancy dancing shoes the ballroom dancing spectacular show suddenly turns very wobbly. Original series title: Justine Clarke's Ta Da!
Buzz has lost his boom chaka and without it he can't write songs or lead the band! When the band can't find Buzz's Boom Chaka anywhere close to home, they go to check at the park. All the natural sounds around Buzz inspire him and without realising it Buzz directs the band to play a song. Looks like Buzz has got his Boom Chaka back!
Lah-Lah can't wait to show Buzz the cute little trumpet her uncle sent her in the post - it makes a great high sound. Buzz is just as eager to show Lah-Lah the trombone his aunty sent him in the post, it makes an awesome low sound. Lah-Lah insists her trumpet is better it has three little buttons that you push. Buzz is certain his trombone is better it has a slide that makes the sound go up and down. Mister Saxophone can't take it any longer and points out that both instruments are good and what's more important is having fun playing together.
The friends travel across the Atlas mountains to Marrakesh, one of the most exotic cities in the world. This is where artists and poets, painters and creatives sought their inspiration. Hassan Hakmoun was born and raised here, this is the city that taught him Gnawa music at age five and he played to feed his family. Hassan takes the friends to the house where he grew up, the bakery that he worked in and the instrument maker that makes his sintir from scratch. The Medina of Marrakesh is always bustling with the unexpected, from exotic foods, clothes, entertainment and colours to the amazing blend of modern and eclectic. From Marrakesh the friends head to Essaouira, the old city of Mogador by the sea. The blend of Arabic, Hebrew and French sounds can be heard floating through this seaside resort. The home of the International Ganawa Festival. Hassan invites the original Ganawa group to perform on the old fort overlooking the ocean. From Essaouira the friends head to the southern deserts of the Morrocan Sahara, the home of the Sah Roui people. They invite popular artist Fnair to join them. The friends travel to Agadir, a major city in central coastal Morocco. Beyond the tourist grid, this port city is the home of the Timitar Festival, a festival of Amazigh. We seek out the music styles of Haha and Arouassa. Then venturing further into the western Sahara as guests of Hassan Hakmoun, Fnair and Nass el Ghiwan, we travel by road to Ad Dakla. Through our artist ambassadors we seek to understand Gadra music, its origins, how it is being preserved and the modern interpretations of this style of music.
Edgar's Indian journey ends up in India's capital city Delhi, where he explores the vibrant underground music scene. He connects with Rabbi Shergill, the Sikh music star who blends the revolutionary spirit of John Lennon with Indian pop. Edgar visits the rehearsal space of Indian Ocean, India's counterpart to the Grateful Dead, who have been performing their compelling fusion of ancient Indian roots music with modern grooves for nearly 20 years. Edgar also meets up with the East India Company, an up-and-coming collective that modernizes folk music with electronics and funky beats. The Delhi music tour ends up with a DJ set featuring Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale in one of India's hippest nightclubs.
This episode sees the Music Voyager team delving deeper into the Georgian heartlands, where spirituals, gospel and the blues laid the foundation for American popular music. We start in Albany with Miss Rutha Harris, one of the original Freedom Singers that marched with Martin Luther King Jr to Washington DC. Every second Saturday, Ms Harris still assembles her fellow Freedom Singers and new voices from the next generation to join in song to keep the spirit of freedom alive. Next we head to Columbus and the house of Ma Rainy 'The Mother of the Blues'. Her colourful story is just one of many enriching experiences on this journey to where it all began.
Squeezy won't get out of bed. Under his blankets he's making a very strange sound. a hicc-choo. Lah-Lah guesses that Squeezy has a bad case of the hiccups. Squeezy moans he's a sneezer not a hiccuper. Now the band must help Squeezy get over the hiccups and get back to being his happy sneezy self.
Mr Saxophone has gone missing at rehearsal time. They can hear him but they just can't find him! Mr Saxophone loves to play hide and seek. They set off to find him but everywhere they turn up, he's just left. They decide to take the bus home and bump into Stephan who shows them loud and soft sounds on his baritone saxophone. Lah-Lah has the great idea to play Mr Saxophone's favourite song really loud and lure him back to play with them.
Lah-Lah has a new dance but she can't quite get the ending right. The band offers other suggestions but they all just look too silly. Maybe she needs to take a real dance lesson? Along the way to the lesson they meet Carlos who plays the guiro and they all learn the samba beat. Playing the samba fast and slow helps Lah-Lah finally learn her dance!
Tom Tom was tinkering all night long. With so much banging and thumping Lah-Lah and the band didn't get any sleep. There's only one thing to do, so they march out to Tom Tom's shed to have a little chat. Tom Tom explains his tinkering isn't done yet, so to get the noise over with quicker the band offers to help.
Lah-Lah is going stargazing with the band, but when it's time to go Buzz keeps delaying things. Lah-lah sees that Buzz is nervous about going to the park where there are strange noises, creatures and other scary things. Lah-Lah realises she has to do something quick or their stargazing won't happen. The band helps Buzz to get over his fears and enjoy the stars.
An existing style of music is used as the starting point for composition in this program. The students are taken through a composition process that involves putting four beat metre to lyrics, developing non - melodic percussion accompaniments, and structuring a performance.
This program looks at the different song writing processes of three groups; one a professional rock group and two groups of young musicians just "starting out." It follows them from the initial trigger or idea for their songs, through the choices they make, the setbacks and changes, to the final performance of their work.
Part nine of Classical Destinations looks at the careers of Bach and Mendelssohn. In today's episode, Niki performs part of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and we visit the Schott publishing house in the city of Mainz to learn the craft of music engraving and look at the original manuscript of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
Part twelve of Classical Destinations follows Beethoven's troubled early life in his birthplace of Bonn, near which descendents of his family still live and work as winemakers. Then to an indisputably modern city: Berlin, home to one of the world's greatest orchestras.
Star tenor Rolando Villazon goes on the trail of the story behind what is, arguably, the greatest opera ever written, Don Giovanni by Mozart. Rolando returns to the theatre in Prague where the premiere was performed and attempts to put together a recreation of the first night, where the composer, audience and cast unite for a unique historical event. Villazon talks about how his own love of opera was formed and examines how it was performed and received by audiences in the eighteenth century. The resulting film will provide a rich insight into every aspect of the performance, from the musicians and singers to the outfits worn by the audience and the price and business of selling tickets.
Join Simon Callow and the Australian Chamber Orchestra for an exploration of Europe's most famous composers and the cities in which they lived. Simon takes us through Handel's house in London where he wrote Messiah and other masterpieces before taking a side trip to Dublin to explore the premiere of Messiah in the Irish capital. Returning to London we hear of his charitable work with the Foundling Hospital before Simon closes in Westminster Abbey where the great man is buried. The Australian Chamber Orchestra performs Handel's Concerto Grosso.
Director Phil Grabsky explores the life one of the world's most revered musicians, Fredric Chopin. The story is told through Chopin's music, letters and biographies. Performances by world-leading performers and the views of internationally renowned musicologists embellish the profile, exposing nuances of the composer's life and works, never before revealed.
Experience the angelic voices and inspiring music of Celtic Woman in this extraordinary stage show, which celebrates the Emerald Isles' spellbinding musical and cultural heritage, combining traditional Irish anthems and pop standards.
ABBA In Concert was shot in 1979, mainly at London's Wembley Arena. The band play their biggest hits in front of a passionate crowd. Featured songs include: Waterloo, Take a Chance on Me, Voulez-Vous, Chiquitita, I Have a Dream, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, Knowing Me Knowing You, Summernight City, Dancing Queen, Does Your Mother Know, and Hole in Your Soul.
In this new series, renowned historian Dr David Starkey reveals how the story of British music was shaped by its monarchy. While exploring what the monarchy has done for music, David Starkey also shows what music has done for the monarchy. In this first episode he begins with kings who were also composers - Henry V and Henry VIII - and the "golden age" of English music they presided over.
Four internationally-renowned artists each present an operatic work, from Puccini and Strauss to Mozart and Bizet and recount their personal interpretation of the score. Each presenter shares a rare backstage pass into how an opera is produced.
Celebrated jazz singer, songwriter and guitarist, Madeleine Peyroux reinterprets songs from Ray Charles' seminal album Modern Sounds in Country And Western Music, as well as other songs from legendary artists such as Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen, The Beatles and Warren Zevon.
At a time when black Americans were still suffering segregation and prejudice, Nat King Cole broke through the race barrier, becoming the only black television star in the US, with a weekly primetime show acknowledging his unique natural talent. Through extensive archives and his private journals, together with exclusive interviews with his widow, Maria Cole, and other family members, the true story is told of the man whose charm and genius for performance made him a role model and a pinnacle of American cultural society.
The world's only Ice Music Festival is held in Geilo, Norway. All the instruments are created from wild, lake ice, the only sort which can resonate and "sing", the stage and auditorium are also sculpted from ice and snow. Through a combination of patience and technical prowess, instruments are created which make extraordinary, mystical sounds that reflect the natural landscape in which they were created.
Australian-born Duncan Gifford left Australia to pursue his dream of studying under one of the great piano teachers, Lev Vlasenko, in Moscow. Now, on his return, he recounts his time in Moscow, and performs the challenging First Piano Concerto of Prokofiev with the SBS Youth Orchestra.
One of the most intelligent writers and singers of his time, Elvis Costello's output has ranged from punk through to jazz and classical. Discover the man behind the mask in the first ever intimate profile of this legendary performer.
This short film shows how Howard Shore has distinguished himself as one of Canada's most accomplished and versatile composers. During woodland rambles with his beloved dogs, Shore gives free rein to his ceaseless creativity. Whether composing delicate counterpoint or Oscar-winning music, Shore is keenly tuned to a remarkable range of musical expression.
Award-winning filmmakers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt - aka The Ballet Boyz - join The Royal Ballet as they embark on a historic tour to Cuba. It's the first time a major international ballet company has visited Cuba since the revolution and coincides with its 50th anniversary.
French filmmaker Eric Darmon profiles composer Steve Reich, and examines the process and development of Reich's unique rhythmic style, and even captures the composer on the morning he learns of his having won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Music for the piece Double Sextet.
Philanthropist James Fleck's own passion takes flight, with a little help from some of Canada's most prominent artists, including cellist Shauna Rolston, Shakespearean actor Albert Schultz, and prima ballerina Karen Kain. Under their expert guidance, Fleck gets to experience the tremendous sense of exultation that comes from playing Bach or mastering the waltz.
The ballet Sylvia, composed by Leo Delibes in 1876, tells the story of Sylvia, an Amazon beauty, Aminta, a handsome shepherd, and the god Eros. Sir Frederick Ashton's choreography was written for Margot Fonteyn, and it places strong emphasis on the role of Sylvia. Darcey Bussell, who returned to the stage in this Royal Ballet production 18 months after giving birth, is famous English ballerina. Roberto Bolle from Italy plays Aminta. At the end of Acts I and II, Bussell takes the viewer backstage.
Encourage your students to develop their musical skills by exploring, imitating and recognising elements of music, including dynamic, pitch and rhythm with this collection. (ACAMUM080, ACAMUM084, ACAMUM088, VCAMUR020, VCAMUR024, VCAMUR028, VCAMUR032)