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The World's Greatest Music
Alan Titchmarsh is a huge fan of British music and every Saturday morning at 10.30, he shares a piece of music associated with a British composer or place. Is there a piece connected with where you live or somewhere you like to visit? You can request your British Discovery using the form below.
This little-known 1950 cantata was the first musical piece ever commissioned by the Women's Institute, bringing together two of Vaughan Williams's personal loves: amateur music-making and English folksong. The first performance took place at the Royal Albert Hall with the W.I. members - no less than 3,000 of them - singing away conducted by Sir Adrian Boult. Later the composer turned the piece into an orchestral suite.
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