On 23rd September, the brand new documentary entitled ‘Alan at Highgrove’ shows exclusively on BBC2 at 9pm. The programme features HRH The Prince of Wales inviting celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh into his royal household to explore the gardens of Highgrove, giving the nation intimate access to the personal sanctuary of the next monarch. To celebrate thirty years living at Highgrove House, Prince Charles commissioned The Highgrove Suite, which received its Royal Premiere at the world-famous gardens in June and is released on 11th October by Classic FM. This unique and exclusive recording, composed by Patrick Hawes and performed by Royal Harpist Claire Jones with the Philharmonia Orchestra, features a brand new four-movement work inspired by the essence and beauty of the Highgrove Gardens. Excerpts from the album will be played within the documentary, with The Prince of Wales and composer Hawes talking about their passion for classical music. The music is only available on this album, and also features three other brand new recordings – Lady Radnor’s Suite (Hubert Parry), Sonata No.1 (John Parry), and Santa Fe Suite (William Mathias). All profits from album sales go to The Prince’s Charities Foundation.
“As you might expect from a work about horticulture commissioned by the famously anti-modernist Prince Charles, this is far from challenging fare. It is nonetheless utterly enchanting”
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