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Two Beatles, David Bowie and Simon Cowell are "New Elizabethans"

Music fans may want to switch over to Radio 4 at certain times over the coming months to catch a new programme on so-called
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Music fans may want to switch over to Radio 4 at certain times over the coming months to catch a new programme on so-called "New Elizabethans," set to feature profiles of Beatles Paul McCartney and John Lennon, pop star David Bowie and The X Factor's Simon Cowell, among others.

The title of "New Elizabethan" has been given to a group of 60 people "who define" the 60 years in which Elizabeth II has been on the throne, in celebration of her Jubilee. They are to be the subject of a series of Radio 4 programmes starting on the 11th of June.

Besides Lennon and McCartney, Bowie and Cowell, the composer Benjamin Britten is another music-related name set to pop up on the show.

Tony Hall, The Royal Opera House's chief executive, helped to choose the 60 New Elizabethans as part of a panel, while James Naughtie is going to pen profiles of the group and host the new show in which his work will feature.

"Together, their stories - the connections they make with others and the trends and moments of drama they represent - make up a glittering mosaic of this country in the second half of the 20th century. What a bunch!" he said.

The Beatles are behind massively well known hits such as Yesterday and She Loves You. David Bowie is known for singles such as Life on Mars and Starman.

Published by AW.ADNFCR-2133-ID-801367996-ADNFCR Posted on 21 May 2012 16:59 to category : Music News

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