John Craven will be presenting the programme from the composer’s childhood home, Leith Hill Place, looking at his life and music in the context of the Surrey countryside.
Highlights include a performance of The Lark Ascending by violinist and conductor Christopher Warren-Green, as well as a look at a project by ecologists to make music from the landscape, something that involves stringing violins from trees and burying microphones in the forest.
Another musical highlight will be a performance of Vaughan Williams’s Linden Lea by the Capel Choral Society, which Warren-Green will conduct with Vaughan Williams’s own baton.
The programme will also feature a look back at past musical highlights on Countryfile, including presenter Matt Baker’s bell-ringing experience and a browse round Benjamin Britten’s Suffolk home.
Photo: Jo Forrest