Pick of the Day Our Classical Century
BBC Four, 9pm
Suzy Klein joins forces with Lenny Henry to present a unique four-part history of classical music over the past 100 years, beginning with A New Dawn, spanning 1918-36. From the implied horrors of Holst’s 5/4 masterpiece Mars, the Bringer of War to the advent of jazz, via the extraordinary story of composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s musical hit Hiawatha, this is a programme that seeks out the unusual and also charts the advancement of female and immigrant musicians. A gem.