To help you keep smiling… May 2020

1st May 2020

The finale to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture –  with animation by DoodleChaos.

2nd May 2020

Why not? The Goons, from October 1957. Desperate measures for desperate times…

4th May 2020

Paediatric nurse Natasha plays cello for the COVID-19 ward of St Mary’s Hospital, London.

6th May 2020

Door bells and national anthems…

8th May 2020

The famous rendition of Dance of the Hours composed by Amilcare Ponchielli, performed by Allan Sherman.

9th May 2020

Not classical music this time, but fine art (with music in the background). If you’ve enjoyed the Museums in Quarantine series by the BBC (still available online at present), then this clip from Doctor Who will strike a chord. The artist Vincent van Gogh is transported to a modern gallery of his own works – surrounded by people who don’t realise who he is. Wonderfully done.

11th May 2020

OK, I admit it, I love this. Loituma. This song is about a girl called Ieva who escapes to go dancing with this boy. Eventually Eva comes back home and her mother is angry with her for leaving and keeps her in. The boy loses his temper and says he is not gonna let Ieva go. They don’t care as long as they can keep on dancing. You could probably have picked this up bt listening to the song…

13th May 2020

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas – the best part of Disney’s Fantasia?

15th May 2020

C’mon Handel!

16th April 2020

Classical music and the Eurovision Song Contest – the final would have happened today – don’t really mix, but to celebrate the institution anyway, here is Alexander Rybak (and friends), playing Norway’s winning entry in 2009, Fairytale.

18th May 2020

Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor. The first movement is very famous, but it would necessarily keep anyone smiling. It’s later on in the piece, when I found myself listening to…   …ragtime! (after the seventeenth minute)

20th May 2020

At last! Something calming, harmonious and mellow from a viola! We join Antoine Tamestit doing extraordinary things as the soloist violist, part of the way through Wildmann’s Viola Concerto (2015).

22nd May 2020

This octobasse (or octobass) is to be found in the Museum of Musical Instruments in Pheonix, Arizona. A great idea (the instrument and the museum).

23rd May 2020

The music is for this short bit of brilliance – The Fish-Slapping Dance by the Monty Python duo John Cleese and Michael Palin – is the Marrymakers’ Dance from Edward German’s Nell Gwyn (1900).

Click here for the incidental music in full (the Merrymakers’ Dance starts at 6′ 43”).

25th May 2020

The only TV recording of I’m Sorry Ihaven’t A Clue and the final one that Humphrey Lyttleton presented, in 2008. A spot of singing…

27th May 2020

A gift from the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

29th May 2020

Chinese Swan Lake – enter the Dance of the Frogs.

31st May 2020

Watch out, all conductors out there! What could your orchestra be planning?

Updated 1/6/2020