The Katherine Jenkins Collection - Sunday 9 June 2013: The Great British

Whether you’re just getting into classical music or you’re already a fan, Katherine promises the best and the most beautiful, on a journey that takes us around the world and across the centuries.

Henry Purcell

This week, Katherine shares some of the great pieces that have come out of Britain, starting with Henry Purcell and coming bang up to date with her Welsh namesake, Karl Jenkins

Purcell's Dido and Aeneas dates from the 1680s and is an important landmark in the history of English musical theatre. And for 200 years, Purcell remained unsurpassed as the most famous English composer – that is until Edward Elgar came along. Katherine has an essential classic from Elgar as well as one each from his contemporaries, Hubert Parry and Gustav Holst.

Listen out for a full performance of Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending. "I love Vaughan Williams’ music and can’t think of anyone else whose music better evokes our glorious rolling countryside," says Katherine. Representing the next generation is Benjamin Britten , the centenary of whose birth is being marked this year. And Katherine gives a nod to Scotland and Wales with pieces from Peter Maxwell Davies and Karl Jenkins .

Katherine's essential selection tonight:

Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (Fugue)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Richard Hickox

Purcell: Dido’s Lament “When I am laid in earth”
Elin Manahan Thomas/Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Harry Christophers 

Elgar: Enigma Variations – Nimrod
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Simon Rattle

Parry: I was glad
Choir of Westminster Abbey/Martin Neary

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending  
Sarah Chang/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernard Haitink

Holst: The Planets – Jupiter
Berlin Philharmonic/Simon Rattle

Maxwell Davies: Farewell to Stromness  
Peter Maxwell Davies 

Britten: Four Sea Interludes, Peter Grimes – Dawn 
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Richard Hickox

Jenkins: Adiemus
Miriam Stockley/London Philharmonic/Karl Jenkins