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Exploring different aspects of history, science, philosophy and the arts.
Composer of the Week
BBC Radio 3's Composer Of The Week is a guide to composers and their music. The podcast is compiled from the week's programmes and published on Friday, it is only available in the UK.
Sound of Cinema
Series of programmes exploring film music
An edited version of the regular Building a Library slot where guest experts review available recordings of a work from the classical music repertoire and give a recommendation.
Drama of the Week
Every Friday we bring you a new drama from BBC Radio 4 or Radio 3. Exercise your imagination with some of the best writers and actors on radio. Storytelling at its very best.
Private Passions
Guests from all walks of life discuss their musical loves and hates, and talk about the influence music has had on their lives
Saxophonist Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest every week to swap tracks and share the music they love.
Between the Ears
Celebrating 20 years of innovative and thought-provoking features that make adventurous use of sound and explore a wide variety of subjects. Made by leading radio producers
Arts & Ideas
Leading artists, writers, thinkers discuss the ideas shaping our lives & links between past & present and new academic research.
The Verb
Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance
Discover the world with music. Join local experts for a sonic journey around the globe.
Geoffrey Smith's Jazz does exactly what it says on the tin: a weekly selection of tracks through which Geoffrey Smith shares his passion for jazz from a personal perspective
Slow Radio
An antidote to today’s frenzied world. Step back, let go, immerse yourself: it’s time to go slow.A lo-fi celebration of pure sound.
In Tune Highlights
Highlights from BBC Radio 3’s In Tune - featuring interviews with guests from the world of music and the arts. In Tune is presented by Sean Rafferty and Katie Derham.
An exploration of early music, looking at early developments in musical performance and composition in Britain and abroad. UK only: please note that not all episodes are podcast.
The Essay
Leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond, themed across a week - insight, opinion and intellectual surprise.
Classical Fix
Clemmie Burton-Hill mixes classical playlists for music-loving guests. If you fancy giving classical music a go, start here.
Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Darren Harriott.
Rethink music with The Listening Service. Tom Service presents a journey of imagination and insight, exploring how music works
Music Matters
The stories that matter, the people that matter, the music that matters
Classical Fix
Our podcast has moved! To subscribe to our new feed, search for “Classical Fix” and click on the pic of Clemmie’s face.
Time Travellers
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough presents a collection of quirky tales from the corners of history, exploring a different theme in each weekly episode.
Mozart’s world rediscovered in objects of his time. Professor Cliff Eisen looks at Mozart’s world through objects that were close to him. From BBC Radio 3.
Jazz Library
Programme offering advice and guidance to those interested in building a library of jazz recordings or adding to an existing one
Is he the world’s greatest playwright? Make up your own mind with these original, innovative productions & casts that would sell out the West End in minutes. Lend them your ears.
Sara Mohr-Pietsch interviews today’s composers exploring the relationshipbetween their immediate environment and the music they write. From BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now, published on Sunday mornings.
BBC Radio 3's Piano A to Z
Artists, musicians and composers introduce fifty key pieces of classical music composed between 1950 and 2000. As featured in the BBC Radio 3 programme, Hear & Now.
The final shortlist of winning carols in the Breakfast Christmas Carol Competition. Composed by listeners, a setting of a poem by Susan Hill specially written for Radio 3
Highlights of BBC Radio 3’s special programmes to mark the WW1 centenary. Classical music, art, literature, film, popular songs and cultural life inspired by the war.
World music from the Commonwealth countries for BBC Radio 3’s World on 3, Fridays. Musicians, sportspeople and cultural figures introduce music recorded on location.
Georgian Pleasures
Key pieces of music from the Georgian period explored by Suzy Klein and Christian Curnyn. From BBC Radio 3
A comprehensive guide to the language of opera with contributions from singers, conductors, directors and vocal coaches. From BBC Radio 3, May 2010
Saturday Classics
A personal view of classical music from a range of presenters. Authored, themed mini-series and one-off programmes offer a chance to share the musical interests of the presenters.
BBC Radio 3's Story of Music told through 50 Pieces. Howard Goodall in conversation with Suzy Klein about 50 pieces of music that changed the course of music history.
In this set of free downloads, BBC Radio 3 presenters introduce a key composer and work featured in BBC Prom concerts.
Download the best satirical comedy from Radio 4, every Friday. Features The News Quiz, The Now Show, Dead Ringers and Lobby Land.
Modern Muses
Creative collaborations in new music. A series where the world’s leading composers and performers explain how they cooperate in the creation of new work.
Test Match Special
Insight and analysis from the Test Match Special team - including interviews with top players and special features.
Discover classical music loved by celebrated guests from all walks of life. To hear the music in full go to BBC Playlister.
Sound of Dance
Katie Derham explores the relationship between music and dance in a variety of genres.
Ravel Revealed
Maurice Ravel revealed through guides to his work and life. First broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Ravel Day, 7 March 2014.
Sue Perkins and Tom Service unravel everything listeners have ever wondered about music - but were too afraid to ask
Drawing from her amazing career Dame Kiri selects her 20 favourite voices, including not only Classical but pop singers too, illustrating with music why they make her top list.
Classical music critic Norman Lebrecht talks to major figures in the field
Composer and comedian Vikki Stone unbuttons the BBC Proms and asks the questions everyone else is afraid to ask.
As part of BBC Sound of Cinema, a special series of interviews with major names from the industry, providing a fascinating insight into how music works in film.
BBC Radio 3 Opera guides
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From Sean the Sheep & Damien Hirst to a knitted bikini. Shahidha Bari with a woolly episode talks to writer and knitter Esther Rutter, shepherd Axel Linden, medievalist John Lee and cultural historian Alexandra Harris.Esther Rutter is the author of This Golden Fleece: A Journey Through Britain's Knitted History.Shepherd Axel Linden farms in Ost ...…
Isa Guha is joined by Mark Wood and Luke wright to preview England's upcoming tour to New Zealand.Ravi Bopara also joins the pod to chat about his move from Essex to Sussex.By BBC Radio 5 live.
This Sunday sees the player draft of cricket’s new domestic competition – The Hundred. Players such as David Warner, Chris Gayle and Kane Williamson will all be up for selection as the eight teams take shape.Isa Guha is joined by tournament organisers and franchise cricket experts plus England internationals Mark Wood and Katherine Brunt to dis ...…
Anne McElvoy talks prehistory with archaeologist Mike Pitts and artist Renee So plus critic Alex Clark gives her take on this year's Booker Prize winners - Bernadine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood, and director Tinuke Craig discusses putting Gorky on stage in a new version written by Mike Bartlett.Ancient and Modern by Renee So is at the De La Wa ...…
Actor Lily Cole plays Elizabeth Siddall who climbs out of her grave to tell her story.By BBC Radio 3.
Sarah Devonald recommends recordings of Wolfang Amadeus Mozart's Serenade No.10 in B-flat, 'Gran Partita', K.361/370aBy BBC Radio 3.
Award-winning author-comedian Sofie Hagen examines society’s relationship with fat people and, with her infectious wit, sets a funny and impassioned agenda for moving beyond mere body positivity to a better world for everyone - fat or not.Fatphobia is one of the last acceptable prejudices in a world that should really know better. Society conti ...…
Broadcaster, actor and writer Mim Shaikh tries Clemmie's classical playlist.Mim's playlist in full: Florence Beatrice Price: Symphony No. 1 in E Minor: III. Juba Dance Frédéric Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28: No. 15 in D-Flat Major, "Raindrop" Nico Muhly: A Hudson Cycle Amy Beach: 4 Sketches, Op. 15: No. 3. Dreaming (arr. for cello and piano) Eric ...…
Renowned field recordist Chris Watson follows the sound of signal bells, and finds himself in a Gate Box on a stretch of the East Yorkshire railway, listening for trains and birds with signalman Dave Beckett.By BBC Radio 3.
Isaac Newton's 'Truth is ever to be found in simplicity...' has often been echoed in music by many of the great composers down the ages. But during the 20th and 21st centuries, akin to movements in the visual arts, some composers have pared down their music to a few seemingly basic elements. But how difficult is it to achieve meaningful musical ...…
Peter Tatchell was still a teenager, living in Australia, when he started on what has been a long and headline-grabbing career of political protest. He was only fifteen when he began campaigning against the death penalty, and in support of aboriginal rights. At the age of seventeen, he realised he was gay, and the struggle for gay rights became ...…
Ever since the 1920s, stride piano has been party-time music, and it still is. Geoffrey Smith celebrates its two-fisted, tuneful energy with three modern stride masters, Ralph Sutton, Dick Hyman and Dick Wellstood.By BBC Radio 3.
Lucie Skeaping explores early music that evokes stormy weather and extreme climates, from tempests to heatwaves. Featuring works by Marin Marais, Matthew Locke, Jean Fery-Rebel and Christopher Tye.By BBC Radio 3.
Jess Gillam is joined by composer and poet Alexia Sloane to swap music including John Luther Adams immersive Become Ocean, the sublime vocal harmonies of Kraja, Steve Reich's Music for 18 musicians, Smetana and a soul classic by Aretha Franklin.Here's the music we played today...Bedrich Smetana - Ma vlast, Vltava [Moldau]Kraja- Polska Till RutF ...…
Tom Service presents. As the ENO stages a new production of The Mask of Orpheus retelling the Orpheus myth in an innovative way, we talk to composer Harrison Birtwistle. He speaks candidly about the origins of the piece, its pioneering musical language and about the difficulties of realising his artistic dreams. We also hear from the production ...…
In our final programme recorded in front of a studio audience at the Contains Strong Language Festival of poetry and Performance in Hull we are taking language journeys down river and to unloved and overlooked places. Hull's very own Vicky Foster & The Broken Orchestra present excerpts from their collaboration, 'Fair Winds & Following Seas', co ...…
Guest host Phil Wang is joined by Andrew Maxwell, Suzi Ruffell, Ayesha Hazarika and Ivo Graham.A week of politicking, protests and mutiny on the Fjords!Writing team: Pierre Novellie, Benjamin Partridge, Robin Morgan, Rob Oldham and Kat Sadler.Producer: Richard MorrisA BBC Studios ProductionBy BBC Radio 4.
Dr Andrew Manson and his wife Christine are expecting a big event.Return of the medical drama set in the 1920s before the NHS. MANSON....... George BlagdenDENNY...... Julian Lewis JonesCHRISTINE.... Catrin StewartANGHARAD... Jeanette PercivalOmnibus written by Christopher Reason. Based on the novel by A J Cronin.Director: Gary BrownProducers: P ...…
Dr Andrew Manson and his wife Christine are expecting a big event.Return of the medical drama set in the 1920s before the NHS. MANSON....... George BlagdenDENNY...... Julian Lewis JonesCHRISTINE.... Catrin StewartANGHARAD... Jeanette PercivalOmnibus written by Christopher Reason. Based on the novel by A J Cronin.Director: Gary BrownProducers: P ...…
Tom Service recommends recordings of Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben.By BBC Radio 3.
Donald Macleod explores the music of Sergei Prokofiev and tells the story of his American dream.After a series of revolutions in his native Russia, the young composer Sergei Prokofiev made the decision to leave his homeland and to head to the United States in search of fame and fortune. His years in the United States would turn into some of the ...…
Donald Macleod explores the music of Sergei Prokofiev and tells the story of his American dream.After a series of revolutions in his native Russia, the young composer Sergei Prokofiev made the decision to leave his homeland and to head to the United States in search of fame and fortune. His years in the United States would turn into some of the ...…
As the British Museum opens an exhibition on orientalism Inspired by the East, Matthew Sweet's guests include Ziauddin Sardar, editor of Critical Muslim, artist Inci Eviner, and historian Tom Holland, whose new book explores the Making of the Western Mind. Plus cultural critic Fatima Bhutto argues that the days of US inspired culture dominating ...…
Caryl Churchill's C21st Bluebeard, the fragility of a glass girl and other myths reworked in 4 new short dramas. Jen Harvie discusses the storytelling on stage of one of Britain's leading dramatists. Hetta Howes looks back at American author Rachel Ingalls who died earlier this year aged 78. Her novel Mrs Caliban depicts a lonely housewife who ...…
Laurence Scott looks at the way Dutch writers are addressing history and contemporary life with Rodaan Al Galidi, Eva Meijer, Onno Blom, Herman Koch and Toon Tellegen.Eva Meijer is an author, artist, singer, songwriter and philosopher. Her non-fiction study on animal Communication, Animal Languages has been published this year and her first nov ...…
Michael Govan, Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art outlines the issues facing museum directors talking with Philip Dodd and an audience at the Frieze London Art Fair. They debate the "authority" of museums, the idea of "great" art and he answers critics of his rebuilding plan.Michael Govan took over running LACMA in 2006 following ...…
Marian Keyes is a publishing sensation - her works of fiction (Rachel's Holiday, The Break and others) have sold in their millions, across the globe. In this new series, Marian reads selections from her non-fiction writing, in conversation with her friend and actor Tara Flynn.This week's theme is Ireland and the Irish. Alongside the craic, Mari ...…
Writer, comedian and host of the hit podcast The Guilty Feminist, Deborah Frances-White, tries Clemmie's classical playlist.Deborah's playlist in full:John Adams: Hallelujah Junction: 1st Movement Isobel Waller-Bridge: The Last Words of M George Frideric Handel: Rinaldo / Act 2: Vo' far guerraHoward Skempton: More Sweet Than My Refrain Miriam H ...…
A journey in sound across the lands intimately associated with Al-Andalus, medieval Moorish Spain and Portugal. Starting in Granada at the glorious Alhambra Palace, we hear the running water of the fountains that adorn the palace as well as the sound of modern day Andalusia, with flamenco singer Juan Pinilla. We then move to Alfama and Mouraria ...…
Andrew Hussey journeys through Spain searching for the legacy of AL Andalus today.By BBC Radio 3.
Ladino is the language of the Sephardic Jews who were expelled from the Iberian Peninsula after 31 March 1492, during the Spanish Inquisition, by the Catholic Monarchs Isabel and Ferdinand.The language has continued to be spoken as the lingua franca amongst the Sephardic Diaspora for over 500 years and is currently listed as endangered by UNESC ...…
Tom Service looks at Progressive Rock, to find out whether it was an apotheosis of rock music, thanks to the influence of classical music, the virtuosity of the performers and the ambition of its structures - or was it a folly of hopelessly over-reaching naivety and vapid pomposity? For a short period in the early 1970s, rock bands such as Yes, ...…
Lucie Skeaping takes a look at the life and works of the remarkable early 16th-Century French composer Jean Mouton, compared only to the great master of the Renaissance polyphony, Josquin des Prez. Mouton excelled in writing especially elegant and deep religious motets, as well as other religious pieces for the French court, where he spent most ...…
Deborah Levy was born in South Africa; when she was five, her father was arrested as a member of the ANC and spent four years in jail. The family left for England, arriving when Deborah was nine, in 1968. Unsurprisingly her work as a writer is concerned with themes of identity, exile, dislocation. Beginning as a poet and a playwright – her play ...…
Anita O'Day (1919-2006) and June Christy ( 1925-1990) were queens of big band singing in the 1940s and 50s, starring with Gene Krupa and Stan Kenton before going solo. O'Day was hot, Christy was cool, and Geoffrey Smith compares their styles and careers.By BBC Radio 3.
Joker is the new Batman-themed film directed by Todd Philips, a movie which describes the rich psychological back-story of its lead character, played by Joaquin Phoenix. Matthew Sweet uses the major new release to step into the world of films which explain the actions or motivations of their lead characters through a serious psychological event ...…
Jess is joined by film composer Ian Arber, who wrote the theme tune for the TV coverage of BBC Proms 2019. They swap tracks including music by Penderecki, Terence Blanchard, Bach and Rachmaninov.Today we listened to...Krzysztof Penderecki: Sinfonietta No. 1 - VivaceSergei Rachmaninoff – Prelude in C-Sharp Minor (No. 2), Op. 3.Frederic Rzewski - ...…
This week Kate Molleson meets renowned Japanese conductor Masaaki Suzuki, famed for his interpretations of Bach. She also speaks to Dalia Stasevska, who was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in July 2019, about how a chance listening to Madam Butterfly changed her life. The friendship between two composers is the ...…
Ian McMillan gets into different kinds of ‘argument’ with poets from around the world - not real arguments, but the arguments and discussions had by translators, the language of dispute, the history of debate poems in English and in Arabic - and he explores the poetic presence of quarrelling birds. Recorded in front of an audience at the Contai ...…
This week, guest host Andy Zaltzman is joined by Angela Barnes, Zoe Lyons, Danny Finkelstein and Lloyd Langford.A do in Manchester and a deal in Brussels?Writing team: Alice Fraser, Benjamin Partridge and Mike Shephard with additional material by Catherine Brinkworth and Alex Kealy.Producer: Richard MorrisA BBC Studios Production…
The Beatboxer by TestamentA beatboxer goes into a call centre to run a training day. But the bosses have ulterior motives for him being there. Written by and starring celebrated beatboxer Testament.Subs ..... TestamentKatherine ..... Susan TwistSamiya ..... Purvi ParmarKristy ..... Verity HenryGraham ..... John BranwellJaron ...... Dermot DalyC ...…
The Beatboxer by TestamentA beatboxer goes into a call centre to run a training day. But the bosses have ulterior motives for him being there. Written by and starring celebrated beatboxer Testament.Subs ..... TestamentKatherine ..... Susan TwistSamiya ..... Purvi ParmarKristy ..... Verity HenryGraham ..... John BranwellJaron ...... Dermot DalyC ...…
Who holds the power? The US activist and author Rebecca Solnit talks to Shahidha Bari about pros and cons of anger, US border patrols, rape cases in courts and shifts in the point of view of Hollywood films. Plus a look at the theme of National Poetry Day 2019 - Truth with the poet David Cain author of Truth Street - A Hillsborough Poem and Fio ...…
A 15,000-line epic, Poly-Olbion has inspired Professor Andrew McRae from the University of Exeter and the Places of Poetry project which asks you to pin newly written poems to a modern version of William Hole's map of England and Wales. Why did Michael Drayton leave out Scotland? And what do the modern poems tell us about Brexit Britain? Hetta ...…
Katie Derham introduces highlights from the last week on In Tune, including live music from pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and the Doric String Quartet. Plus, the best bits from In Tune's BBC Music Day celebration, featuring members of the Military Wives Choirs, guitarist Milos Karadaglić, violist Maxim Rysanov, violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, a ...…
Rana Mitter talks to Jason Webster, Ed Morales, Iain Sinclair and Iwona Blazwick, about the shifting concepts of identity in the Ibero-Latin world, from the days before Spain was a single Spain, through the indigenous and the artistic of South America, to the multiplicity of ethnic and cultural identities represented in the US by the neologism ...…
Jan Smaczny chooses his favourite Martinu recordingsBy BBC Radio 3.
A series of comedy plays on a quizzing theme, written by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis.Episode 2. " PTA"Lowfield Primary School is looking for a new organizer for the annual PTA fundraising Quiz. But competition among the parents for this coveted post proves greater than expected...Writers Steve Punt and Hugh DennisMr Fielder... Steve PuntMarina.. ...…
'Slay In Your Lane' authors Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené try Clemmie's classical playlistBy BBC Radio 3.
Tom Service looks for the essence of Spain in the music of later centuries. Why was so much "Spanish" music written by Russian, French or German composers, and how do we recognise a "Spanish" sound in music now?By BBC Radio 3.
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