Serenade for Strings by Lennox Berkeley (1938-39), Performed by the LSO and Conducted by the Composer

The sunniest piece in the programs of my bonny John Wilson’s upcoming concerts is this one, Serenade for Strings op.12, which he’s conducting with the Royal Northern Sinfonia in a program entitled Great Britons, again at The Sage in Gateshead, his home town, 1 March 2019.

The composer who wrote this piece has obviously been in love. It’s in the music.

Lennox Berkeley Love.jpg

In fact, while sojourning in Europe Berkeley studied under Maurice Ravel and did fall in love with Benjamin Britten which…actually…might make a good Saturday Drama for BBC Radio 4…

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