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Rule Britannia! Music, Mischief and Morals in the 18th Century

Series 1-Episode 3

Series 1-Episode 3

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Tying in neatly with Saturday’s Messiah programme on BBC2, this final edition majors on Handel and the growing popularity of the oratorio in 18th-century Britain. As the Industrial Revolution got under way, music became a vehicle not just for religious expression (in the hymns of Baptist and Methodist choirs) but for political dissent.

Suzy Klein also dwells on Robert Burns and tells how Amazing Grace became a call for the abolition of slavery.


Suzy Klein examines the role music played as the Industrial Revolution developed and one generation's quest for pleasure and entertainment was replaced by the tough, hard-working attitudes of the next. The presenter considers how songs and compositions began to take on a moral purpose with the Romantic Movement in full swing, and how British emigrants exported folk music to America - before she wraps up the series with a look at Haydn's groundbreaking work The Creation.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Suzy Klein
Director Marc Edwards
Executive Producer Paul Bullock
Producer Marc Edwards


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