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MAY: GAMELAN GONG KEBYAR

Gamelan recorded in Peliatan, Bali, Indonesia in 1985.

Sound Tracker

"Soundtracker by Gamelan" explores the enchanting melodies and rhythmic complexities of traditional Indonesian gamelan music. With its intricate percussion and shimmering tones, it transports listeners to realms of cultural richness and sonic beauty.

KEBYAR DUDUK

"Kebyar Duduk" refers to a Balinese dance form that emerged in the early 20th century. It's characterized by its dynamic movements, expressive gestures, and intricate choreography. Over the past 35 years, Kebyar Duduk has likely evolved and adapted in various ways, influenced by cultural shifts and contemporary artistic trends.

Plaid & SouthBank Gamelan Players

Plaid, a pioneering electronic music duo, collaborates with the Southbank Gamelan Players, fusing traditional Indonesian gamelan music with contemporary beats, creating a captivating cross-cultural sonic experience.

Bjork - Crystaline

"Crystalline" is a mesmerizing sonic journey, blending intricate electronic beats with ethereal vocals. Its innovative soundscapes and poetic lyrics create a transcendent experience, captivating listeners with its otherworldly charm. Bjork even made her own instrument for the song that she called a 'gameleste'.

APRIL: KRAFTWERK

Autobahn (live)

"Autobahn" by Kraftwerk is a pioneering electronic music track released in 1974. It celebrates the German highway system, combining minimalist beats with synthesized sounds, evoking a sense of driving. Its repetitive structure and futuristic vibe became iconic in electronic music history.

The Model

"The Model" by Kraftwerk, released in 1978, portrays a synthetic yet captivating persona, reflecting on the allure of technology and consumer culture. Its infectious melody and robotic vocals encapsulate the band's influence on electronic music.

The Robots

"The Robots" by Kraftwerk, from their 1978 album "The Man-Machine," explores themes of automation and artificial intelligence. Its repetitive beats and robotic vocals reflect the band's fascination with technology and its impact on society.

Tour de France (Live)

"Tour de France" by Kraftwerk, released in 1983, is an electronic ode to the iconic cycling race. With pulsating rhythms and synthesized sounds, it captures the energy and excitement of the event, becoming a timeless anthem.

MARCH: FREDDIE MERCURY

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (Official Video Remastered)

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is a groundbreaking rock song by Queen, blending opera, ballad, and hard rock elements. Released in 1975, its unconventional structure and Freddie Mercury's powerful vocals make it a timeless masterpiece.

Queen - We Are The Champions (Live Aid 1985)

Queen - Don't Stop Me Now (Official Video)

"Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen, released in 1979, is an energetic anthem celebrating exuberance and joy. Freddie Mercury's dynamic vocals, upbeat tempo, and lively instrumentation create a feel-good classic that continues to uplift listeners.

Queen - Radio Ga Ga (Official Video)

"Radio Ga Ga" by Queen, released in 1984, is a synth-pop anthem reflecting on the impact of television and the nostalgia for radio. Its catchy chorus and Freddie Mercury's emotive vocals contribute to its iconic status in pop culture.

The Show Must Go On

"The Show Must Go On" by Queen, released in 1991, is a poignant anthem of resilience. Despite Freddie Mercury's declining health, the song showcases his indomitable spirit. With powerful vocals and stirring orchestration, it's a testament to facing challenges with unwavering determination.

Live Aid- Queen- Full Set

Queen's iconic Live Aid set on July 13, 1985, at Wembley Stadium showcased an electrifying performance that has since become legendary. Freddie Mercury's dynamic stage presence, Brian May's guitar solos, and the band's anthemic hits like "Bohemian Rhapsody" captivated the global audience, making it one of the greatest live performances in rock history.

FEBRUARY: NUSRAT FATEH ALI KHAN

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Mustt Mustt (Live at WOMAD Yokohama 1992)

"Mustt Mustt" by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is a groundbreaking fusion of traditional qawwali and modern electronic beats. Released in 1990, the collaboration with producer Michael Brook showcases Khan's powerful vocals, creating a captivating and influential musical blend.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Allah Hoo Allah Hoo, Live At BBC Pebble Mill ,Birmingham 1986

"Allah Hoo Allah Hoo" by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is a mesmerizing Sufi qawwali, expressing divine devotion. With Khan's soul-stirring vocals and rhythmic intensity, this timeless composition invokes a spiritual journey, captivating audiences with its profound and emotive resonance.

The Long Road - Eddie Vedder (feat. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan)

Lead singer Eddie Vedder (of famous rock band Pearl Jam) teamed up with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to record two songs for a film. The combination of Eddie Vedder with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was an inspired one – reworking one of Vedder’s songs from his Neil Young & Pearl Jam days as a meditation on final redemption

Peter Gabriel - Signal To Noise Live (ft. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan)

"Signal to Noise" by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, in collaboration with Peter Gabriel, is a sonic masterpiece blending Khan's powerful qawwali vocals with Gabriel's atmospheric production. Released in 1999, it's a haunting exploration of cultural fusion, spirituality, and sonic innovation.

Bollywood dance

You will learn some Mudras (hand positions), and some energetic Bhangra moves, before putting it all together in a simple Bollywood dance routine.

Learn to dance like a Bollywood star with Les Mills by following the dance moves and don't forget to have lots of fun!

JANUARY: LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

Symphony No. 5, First movement

This is the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Benjamin Zander. A symphony is a large scale composition written for an orchestra. Symphonies are divided into sections called movements. Each movement has it's own name which tells you a bit about how it should be performed. The first movement of symphony number 5 is Allegro con brio; this means at a fast tempo and with spirit (brio = brilliance).

Moonlight Sonata performed live at the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms 2020)

Pianist Mitsuko Uchida performs Beethoven's famous work, live at the 2020 BBC Proms.

"Für Elise"

Lang Lang performs Beethoven's "Für Elise". Of the piece, Lang Lang says: "For me it is very romantic, and light, like a feather. It has to come from nowhere and it has to touch people.

Beethoven and his Ninth Symphony: How the masterpiece is played and understood worldwide

Beethoven is everywhere. His Ninth Symphony is one of the most frequently played symphonies in the world. How do orchestras and musicians on three continents approach Beethoven's masterpiece? In the Congo, the "Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste" interprets Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on instruments, some of which the musicians built themselves.

DECEMBER: TCHAIKOVSKY

Tchaikovsky Symphony no.1 "Winter Dreams", 2nd mvt

O Lago dos Cisnes (Swan Lake) - Final

Tchaikovsky: Ouverture 1812

Nutcracker Party Scene 1

George Balanchine ́s The Nutcracker - Waltz of the Flowers

The Nutcracker - Waltz of the Flowers New York City Ballet

NOVEMBER: BJORK

Björk - It's Oh So Quiet

"Oh So Quiet" is an enchanting masterpiece that oscillates between serene whispers and explosive crescendos. Her whimsical vocals and playful orchestration create a captivating sonic journey that leaves listeners in awe. In 1995, it reached the top 10 in several countries, including the UK, Ireland and New Zealand.

"Earth Intruders" by Bjork

The official video for "Earth Intruders" by Bjork from the album 'Volta'. "Earth Intruders" by Björk is a dynamic and exhilarating exploration of sound. With its infectious beats, tribal rhythms, and Björk's commanding vocals, the song becomes a powerful call to action, urging listeners to confront the urgent issues facing our planet.

OCTOBER: TRACY CHAPMAN

Tracy Chapman - Fast Car (Live)

"Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman is a poignant folk-rock ballad that tells the story of a young woman longing for a better life. With her raw and emotive vocals, Chapman explores themes of escape, dreams, and the pursuit of happiness amidst challenging circumstances.

Tracy Chapman - Talkin' About A Revolution (Official Music Video)

"Talkin' Bout a Revolution" by Tracy Chapman is a powerful folk anthem that addresses social and economic inequality. With her soul-stirring voice and acoustic guitar, Chapman calls for unity and change, urging listeners to rise up and work towards a better world.

SEPTEMBER: BOB MARLEY

Bob Marley - Is This Love (Official Music Video)

Bob Marley "Is This Love" official video from Bob Marley & The Wailers' 1978 album, 'Kaya.' It was filmed at the Keskidee Youth Centre in London and features a special appearance by a then 9-year-old Naomi Campbell.

One Love (Official Fan Made Music Video) - Bob Marley

Three Little Birds

Bob Marley & The Wailers "Three Little Birds" official music video.

I Shot The Sheriff

Bob Marley - I Shot The Sheriff (Uprising Live!) The Uprising Tour ran in Europe from May 30th to July 13th 1980 with five further dates in the USA in September. It was Bob Marley's last tour before his tragically early death in May 1981 at the age of just 36. "I Shot the Sheriff" by Bob Marley is a captivating reggae track released in 1973. The song narrates a tale of a protagonist who admits to shooting a corrupt sheriff, reflecting themes of accountability, resistance, and the pursuit of justice.

Redemption song

"Redemption Song" by Bob Marley is a poignant acoustic track released in 1980. It serves as a powerful anthem of hope and liberation, addressing themes of freedom, self-determination, and the triumph over oppression through the power of music and inner strength.

JULY: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB

Chan Chan Live At Carnegie Hall

This is the group's most well known song,

Compay Segundo - Guantanamera feat. O Portuondo, Martirio & P Leyva (Live Olympia París 1998)

JUNE: CLARA SCHUMANN

Clara Schumann - Female Famous Composers - Listen and Learn.

Life and work of Clara Josephine Schumann born Clara Wieck. Learn about the life of one of the most famous Female composers in the Romantic Era.

Isata Kanneh-Mason | Clara Schumann's Scherzo No.2 in C Minor

Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason performs Clara Schumann's fiery Scherzo No.2 in C Minor, Op. 14. The session was filmed at Air Studios in London as part of Classic FM's Live Music Month. Isata recorded Clara Schumann's Scherzo for her debut album, 'Romance - the Music of Clara Schumann' which was released on Decca earlier this year.

Isata Kanneh-Mason visits Clara Schumann's birthplace

Isata's debut album: https://decca.lnk.to/IsataRomanceID Isata Kanneh-Mason visits Leipzig ahead of the release of her debut album, to learn more about the amazing life and career of Clara Schumann in her 200th anniversary year.

Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk Perform Clara Schumann's Romance, Op 22, No 1'

Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell and acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk, a MacArthur Fellow, performed works by Schumann and Brahms in The Greene Space at WQXR.

MAY: LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain (Live on KEXP)

Recorded February 1, 2016.

APRIL: JONI MITCHELL

Big Yellow Taxi

This is the 2018 official lyric video for Joni Mitchell's classic "Big Yellow Taxi" from the album 'Ladies Of The Canyon' (1970)The song was a hit in her native Canada as well as Australia and the UK. “Big Yellow Taxi” is Joni Mitchell’s call to action to prevent the damage we are doing to the environment. It refers to lack of human awareness; only too late we recognise the profligate destruction done to the environment. We value what we have in retrospect.

'California' (LIVE) - Joni Mitchell (BBC In Concert, 1970) - Joni playing dulcimer.

Although Joni was mostly known for her singing voice and guitar playing, she also played the piano, oboe and dulcimer.

MARCH: WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

The quick story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Take a peek at this giant of classical music! Get an idea of his early life, hear a handful of his best-known tunes and remember why he's considered one of the all-time greats.

Mozart - Minuet in G Major, KV 1

Mozart's first documented composition is a Minuet and Trio in G major. He was only five years old when he wrote it! All Mozart's compositions were given a listing beginning with KV and then a number. This piece is KV1 and his final piece was KV626 - Requiem.

Queen of the Night Aria from The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute is one of Mozart's most well known operas. In this scene, filmed at The Royal Opera House, the Queen of The Night is full of vengeance and rage. The melody is very colourful and very high so only skilled, soprano singers can perform it.

Eine kleine nachtmusik : 1st movement

Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525, is a 1787 composition for a chamber ensemble by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The German title means "a little night music". The work is written for an ensemble of two violins, viola, cello and double bass, but is often performed by string orchestras

FEBRUARY: ARETHA FRANKLIN

Aretha Franklin - Think [1968] (Original Version)

Aretha Franklin - Think
Song written by Aretha Franklin & Ted White
Album: Aretha Now (1968)

Aretha Franklin - Think (feat. The Blues Brothers)

Aretha Franklin had a small acting part in the film 'The Blues Brothers' in 1980. However, she stole the show with her rendition of the song Think!

Respect (Aretha Franklin) | Blues Brothers 2000

Following her success in the original Blues Brothers film, Aretha performed RESPECT in the film sequel in Blues Brothers 2000.

I Say A Little Prayer For You

Aretha Franklin performs "I Say A Little Prayer," October 9, 1970.

JANUARY: SIGUR ROS

Sigur Rós - Hoppípolla

"Hoppípolla" is a song by Sigur Rós from their 2005 album Takk. The song title means "hopping into puddles", and the lyrics are mainly in Icelandic, with some nonsensical phrases, a "language" the band calls Vonlenska ("Hopelandic"). This song has been featured on the BBC's 'Planet Earth' and 'Blue Planet'..

Sigur Rós - Stendur æva w/ Steindór Andersen, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson & María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir

Sigur Ros released Stendur æva in 202. It is a song from their orchestral album Odin's Raven Magic. Stendur Aeva means 'Stands Alive'. The instruments in this piece are a really unusual combination of sounds. Look out for the marimbas made from rough pieces of stone at the start of the pice. There are also two very different solo voices, a choir a brass section, as sting sections, keyboards....what else can you spot?

DECEMBER: ELTON JOHN

John Lewis' Christmas Ad 2018, with Elton John

For their traditional Christmas advert 2018, John Lewis & Partners worked with musical legend Elton John. He sings his power ballad "Your Song". The emotional two-minute video tracks John's road to stardom - from playing in pubs to sold out stadium shows.

Elton John - Rocket Man (Royal Festival Hall, London 1972)

Elton's second concert at London's Royal Festival Hall was an opportunity for him and his band to perform their newly-recorded album Honky Château in its entirety. This live debut of 'Rocket Man' two months before its release as the album's first single is striking in its freshness and its ability to nearly replicate the studio arrangement on stage.

Elton John - Circle of Life (From "The Lion King"/Official Video)

"Circle of Life" is performed and composed by Elton John, with lyrics by Tim Rice. The song features in the iconic opening sequence of Walt Disney's The Lion King and this music video features alternative lyrics from the soundtrack version. It was also nominated for Best Song at the 1994 Academy Awards.

NOVEMBER: ETHYL SMYTH

ETHEL SMYTH (1858 - 1944)

"The March of the Women"

As well as being a musician, Smyth was also a suffragette who devoted herself to the cause for women's rights for two years, giving up her music in order to focus on it completely. In 1911, her piece, "The March of The Women" became the anthem of the women's suffragette movement. The piece became a symbol of the movement and was sung not only at rallies but also in prisons where the women were on hunger strike. The Votes For Women newspaper described the song as 'at once a hymn and a call to battle'.

How the suffragettes won British women the vote | 100 Years of the Women's Movement | BBC Teach

Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney traces the history of the women's movement in Britain and discovers how women won the vote. **Please note, this series was originally broadcast in 2013 and all information was correct at the time of recording.

Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott - Lullaby (Brahms)

Smyth's greatest influence was Johannes Brahms, a German romantic composer. In 1878, she was lucky enough to see him when he arrived in Leipzig to conduct his new symphony. The became friends and he greatly admired Smyth's compositions. She was forever inspired by his music. You may recognise the very famous melody of this piece by Brahms.

OCTOBER: NINA SIMONE

A fantastic bit of research from Edie in Year 4: Nina was a proud, young girl. When her mum was at church, Nina, unnoticed, climbed up the organ bench and learned to play “God Be With You Til We Meet Again”. She was three years old then. When she was five years old, her mother’s employer offered to pay for piano lessons and Nina started training to become a classical pianist. She was committed, hard working and hugely talented. At twelve, she gave her first concert. Her parents were sitting in the front row, but they were forced to sit at the back of the hall to make room for some white people who came in. Nina refused to start playing until her parents were seated at the front. Nina poured passion and pride into her music, and she could not stand racism. She wanted black people to be free, be proud, to embrace their talents and their passions free of judgement. That’s why she wrote songs like “Brown Baby” and Young, Gifted and Black”. Nina Simone knew how racism hurt black people and she wanted them to find strength in her songs. “The worst thing about that kind of prejudice,” she said, “is that while you feel hurt and angry and all the rest of it, it feeds your self doubt. You start thinking perhaps I am not good enough.” Nina decided to cultivate her talent, rather than her fear and eventually she became one of the most famous jazz singers in the world.

Feeling Good - Nina Simone (1965)

This is most definitely in Miss Wright's top 5 songs! Enjoy the beautiful acapella vocal at the beginning and then the full, rich sounds of the band when they play their iconic opening notes. How many different instruments can you hear? Originally written for the 1964 musical "The Roar Of The Greasepaint-The Smell Of The Crowd" it has since been covered by many artists, including Muse, Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby Darin, Traffic, Michael Bublé, The Pussycat Dolls, George Michael, John Barrowman, John Coltrane, Toše Proeski, Frank Sinatra Jr., and Adam Lambert. ENJOY THIS!

Nina Simone - "My Baby Just Cares For Me" - with '87 animation

Originally recorded by Nina Simone in 1957, this song made a big come back in 1987 when it was used in an advert. This wonderful animation was also made in 1987. While you're enjoying the two cool cats, keep an eye out for the footage of the piano the snare drum and the double bass.

SEPTEMBER: THE BEATLES

The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand - Performed Live On The Ed Sullivan Show 2/9/64

'I Want to Hold Your Hand' was the first Beatles' record to top both the UK and the US charts. It was also their first to be recorded on a 4-track, as opposed to the usual 2-track, tape machine.

The Beatles - Yellow Submarine

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