Podcast: Polly – an opera by Samuel Arnold

When Samuel Arnold wrote his opera Polly in 1777, he used John Gay‘s libretto to The Beggar’s Opera as a starting point. Unlike the earlier piece, which never reached the stage due to government censorship, Polly was a huge success … Read More →


Podcast: Handel’s Israel in Egypt

An introduction to Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt – less well known than the Messiah, but equally good. It’s a piece full of great choruses, colourful orchestrations and memorable tunes. All music examples from from a new Naxos recording featuring … Read More →