Music history

How Elvis Changed Popular Music Forever

Elvis Presley is undisputably the King of rock ‘n’ roll. But why was his music so influential? It’s worth remembering that the biggest names in the world of music in the 1950s were singers and musicians who are still household names today, but they’re famous for a very different style from the one developed by

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Top 10 Pieces of Christmas Classical Music

Christmas: a time for peace on earth and good will to men. The streets twinkle with fairy lights and the shops are filled with festive tunes. Some of our deepest Christmas associations often come from the music which defines the season. We’ve put together a musical journey through the history of Christmas classical music from

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Jane Austen’s Musical World

“Aunt Jane began her day with music – for which I conclude she had a natural taste; … She practised regularly every morning – She played very pretty tunes, I thought … Much that she played from was manuscript, copied out by herself – and so neatly and correctly, that it was as easy to

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Anne Boleyn, Lover of Music

On 19th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn was taken from her cell in the Tower of London to a wooden scaffold, where a French swordsman awaited her. Henry believed that an axe was too common an instrument to behead the Queen of England. After speaking briefly to the crowd who had gathered to watch the

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Music in the Age of Shakespeare

2016 marks 400 years since the death of the great playwright William Shakespeare, who died on April 23rd 1616. For the majority of his career, Shakespeare was working at a time when England was under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I, a great patron of the arts. Elizabeth was particularly fond of music and was

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