Our new #MondayMorningMusic series on our social channels and here on our website is a way for us to share favourite pieces of music from across the Company, but we're launching this new feature with some of the choices of our Director David Bintley. A selection of David's favourites will feature throughout May and June.

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Midsummer's Day Special

Midsummer's Day is just around the corner and what better way to mark the occasion than with a #MondayMusic playlist celebrating the longest day of the year, the #JuneSolstice.

Featured on the playlist is Benjamin Britten's enchanting fairytale opera, A Midsummer Night's Dream, which David Bintley chose as part of his Desert Island Discs.

George Frideric Handel: Lascia ch'io Pianga

George Frideric Handel's Lascia ch'io Pianga from his opera Rinaldo is next on #MondayMusic. Composed in 1711, the piece was one of David Bintley's choices from his appearance on BBC WM 95.6FM's The Other Side Of...

As David said on the show: 'Handel in his day wrote like a pop musician... it was the pop music of the day and this is just a beautiful tune'.

Carl Davis: Aladdin

This week on #MondayMusic we're celebrating David Bintley's spectacular production of #Aladdin, which is being restaged for The National Ballet of Japan later this month.

Created for the National Ballet of Japan in 2008 and recreated in Birmingham in 2012, Aladdin looks back to the original tale, taking Persian and Far-Eastern influences, to create a fast-paced and modern balletic version of this well-known story.

Bank Holiday Monday Special

It's bank holiday Monday, so that means one thing... relaxing! To help you kick back, we're sharing three choices from David Bintley's 'desert island discs', which he chose back in 2016 to celebrate the premiere of The Tempest.

Bryan Ferry's: River of Salt

David chose this piece on his recent appearance on BBC WM 95.6FM's The Other Side Of...

As David said on the show: 'I've loved Roxy Music ever since they first appeared. I remember their first time on Top of the Pops - Virginia Plain I think it was. And then as Bryan Ferry broke away and started doing all his solo stuff it was just great. This is off the first solo album and it's one minute 50 seconds of absolute perfect pop.'

Paul Reade's: Far From The Madding Crowd

This sweeping romantic score, played by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and conducted by Paul Murphy, was Reade's 2nd commission for David, having enjoyed a rich career composing for television. 

Some of his most recognisable works for TV include Crystal Tipps and Alistair, The Flumps, and (along with Tim Gibson) the theme tune to the BBC's Antiques Roadshow.

Elgar's Cello Concerto: Jacqueline Du Pré

David chose this piece back in 2016 as one of seven 'desert island discs' we asked him to pick in the run-up to the premiere of The Tempest. He described Jacqueline Du Pré's rendition of Elgar's Cello Concerto as 'the performance of the century'.