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Horrible Histories Big Prom Party 2011

I love "Horrible Histories". It comes on on BBC Kids here. I got to see the Proms special on youtube.

It was great!
Nick Collon conducted the Aurora Orchestra and the cast of Horrible Histories performed with them.

They talked about Beethoven and Mozart and they argued over who was the greatest composer of all time. They also talked about Lully's 'stupid death' and gave a brief history of the orchestra! They even played some historical instruments like the lyre, serpent, rackett, crumhorn and the sackbutt.

I knew most of the songs but I looked up some. 
They played: 
  • Overture from "The Marriage of Figaro" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss
  • Danse Macabre Op. 40 by Camille Saint-Saens
  • Romeo avenging Mercutio's death from Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev
  • March to the Scaffold by Hector Berlioz
  • Royal Fireworks Music by George Frideric Handel
  • Marche pour la ceremonie des Turcs by Jean-Baptiste Lully
  • Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn
  • Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner

They also had some really cool songs by the cast of Horrible Histories like:
  • The 4 Georges
  • Richard III
  • Charles II
  • George IV 
  • Cleopatra
My favourite HH song is Henry VIII's song about his wives. "Divorced, beheaded and died. Divorced, beheaded, survived". I still can't believe three of his wives were named Catherine. 

(One interesting thing is that Jean-Baptiste Lully was Louis XIV's composer. Louis XIV built the Chateau de Versailles. I visited Versailles when I was in France in May.) 

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