Friday 2 April 2010

Sacred Music (BBC4)

The second series of the excellent BBC4 Sacred Music documentary came to an end tonight, with Simon Russell Beale leaving any Sir Harcourt-isms behind to conduct fascinating interviews with three of the UK's leading composers: James MacMillan (above), John Rutter and John Taverner, each of whom offered a different perspective on the role of Christian music in 21st- century Britain. Russell Beale was, as ever, a genial, informed and enthusiastic presenter, and, even for those of us who are pretty ignorant about the classical music world, the series has proved a fascinating and inspiring exploration of music's ability to, in MacMillan's phrase, "get into the crevices of the soul."

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