A People's Music

2006 is the 100th anniversary year of the birth of the great Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.

It's said that his music was always written for the Russian people whom he lived among and loved; it was 'the people's music'.

Aware of this, the award winning young violinist Ruth Palmer went on a personal journey to find images and inspiration as she prepared to record his monumental 1st Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

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2006 is the 100th anniversary year of the birth of the great Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.

It's said that his music was always written for the Russian people whom he lived among and loved; it was 'the people's music'.

Aware of this, the award winning young violinist Ruth Palmer went on a personal journey to find images and inspiration as she prepared to record his monumental 1st Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra.Violinist David Juritz, leader of the London Mozart Players, had no idea what story would unravel when a friend gave him a collection of music that he had saved from the skip at a local hospital that had just closed down.

The hospital was St Andrew's, in Norwich, the modern name for a psychiatric hospital formerly known as the Norwich Lunatic Asylum.

The music belonged to the asylum orchestra.

The programme follows David on a musical voyage of discovery into the history of the hospital and its orchestra.