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Guy Fawkes Night

Classical Academy | On This Day


Remember, remember, the fifth of November

Gunpowder, treason and plot.

I see no reason why gunpowder, treason,

Should ever be forgot!


On 5th November 1605, Guy Fawkes was caught in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament with dozens of barrels of gunpowder in a plot to blow up the seat of government. Ever since, England has commemorated the saving of Parliament with Guy Fawkes night - an effigy is burnt on the bonfire and a huge firework display is put on.


Celebrate with some classical music, from Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks, Prokofiev's Winter Bonfire and George Antheil's Fireworks and the Profane Waltzers. Try a more funky accompanient with Roy Eldridge's jazz number Fireworks or Around Bonfire, a smooth guitar piece by Erik Sootes. If you're looking to relax for the evening, try the smooth London's Burning on a beautiful album by Errolyn Wallen.