BBC RADIO 4 - TBC 2017 "And Then There Were Nun" exploring the demise of religious communities in the United Kingdom, through the lives of nuns and monks who were once part of busy and thriving communities, but who now live solitary lives.
BBC RADIO 4 - 5th July & 11th July 2015 "The King's Muse" exploring the poetry of King Henry VIII. Peggy Reynolds visits the British LIbrary to view the Henry VIII Songbook, which includes music and poetry by Henry Tudor. With experts Ray Siemens, David Starkey, and David Fallows, we journey with Peggy into the early court of Henry VIII, when he was a young man having been crowned at just 17 years old. Henry never expected to be king, and through poetry we see Henry entertaining his friends and courtiers, putting his advisors in their place, justifying his youthful antics, and regurlaly exploring the theme of love. Through a visit to a national Trust property The Vyne, we also discuss Henry's relationship with his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Poetry readings are by Neet Mohan.
BBC RADIO 4 - 24th March & 12th April 2015 "Same Tune, Different Song" co-produced with Chris Taylor. In Same Tune, Different Song, composer Debbie explores the world of the song lyricist, providing a rare window into an age-old industry. With the lyricist Don Black, fames for many hits including Diamonds Are For Ever, Born Free and Thunderball, and also the lyricist Gary Osborne who has regularly collaborated with artists such as Elton John, Cliff Richard and Alice Cooper, Debbie delves into the processes of collaboration between the composer and the lyricist. During the programme there is also a performance from Mica Paris.
BBC RADIO 4 - 21st & 25th October 2014 "Chant" presented by the Rev. Richard Coles - a 30 minute feature exploring the international success of a CD of Gregorian Chant in 1994 called Canto Gregoriano, and the popularity of this type of music in the pop world at the time. The listener will be taken on a journey into the world of this sacred choral music, not just through interviews with EMI marketing employees from the period, but also Coles visits St Cecilia's Abbey and Quarr Abbey, both on the Isle of Wight, where Gregorian chant is still is use today and is very much of everyday monastic life on the island. Psychologist Professor Adrian North provides insight into the world of marketing techniques, as Coles questions whether this choral phenomenon which took the globe by storm was actually really understood by its listeners.
BBC RADIO 4 - 11th & 17th August 2013 "The Sonnet and the Sword" a 30 minute feature presented by Peggy Reynolds, exploring the world of the court of Queen Elizabeth I, through the poetry written not only by the courtiers, but also by the Queen herself. This poetry provides an intersting window into the elaborate displays, politics and manoeuvering at court during this period, including rivalry between courtiers such as Sir Walter Raleigh and the Earl of Essex. Courtier Sir Philip Sydney, would also go through his writings to influence many future English authors such as Shakespeare. Along this journey of exploration, Peggy Reynolds is joined by Professor Steven May, Dr Susan Doran and Dr Gavin Alexander, who provide invaluable insights into this world. Dr Tarnya Cooper from the National Portrait Gallery also gives her views of the court of Queen Elizabeth I, through some of the portraits to have survived. Examples of the poetry written by the Queen and her courtiers, are read by actors David Seddon and Priyanga Burford.
BBC RADIO 4 - 8th January 2013 & 12th January 2014 "Scoring Father Brown" a 30 minute feature, with film composer Debbie Wiseman, taking the listener on a journey through her own unique experience of writing music for the BBC TV series Father Brown. This is an opportunity to see into the world of a composer for film an TV, from writing music cues for specific purposes i.e. enhancing the drama, or acting as a theme tune for a character, to conducting an orchestra in studio. Along the way members of the Father Brown production team give their views and requirements for the music, and Professor Eric Clarke from the University of Oxford also provides invaluable insights into the power of music.
BBC RADIO 4 - 9th & 14th October 2012 "One Man's War" presented by Katie Derham - a 30 minute programme exploring the classical music scene in London during World War One, through the writings of avid concert goer, Lionel Bradley, who was a librarian at the London Library. Bradley's writings are archived at the Royal College of Music, and the V&A, and provide invaluable insight into music making during this wartime period in London, including the concert series at the National Gallery, to the premiere of Peter Grimes by Britten. This programmes includes interviews with Paul Banks (RCM), Terry Charman (Imperial War Museum), Patrick Bade (Christies Education), Suzanne Bosman (National Gallery), Jane Pritchard (V&A), and Joan Bailey, a former work colleague of Lionel Bradley.
BBC RADIO 4 - 26th & 30th July 2011 "Composer Joseph Horovitz: No ordinary Joe" presented by Debbie Wiseman - a 30 minute programme on the life and music of Joseph Horovitz. His career spans 70 years, and has worked with Glyndebourne, Ballet Russes, Hollywood and taught at the Royal College of Music since 1961. Horovitz has won Novello awards for his cantata Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo, and also his music for the TV series Lillie. This programme will include interviews with the composer, and also the dancer Wayne Sleep, TV Executive Producer Tony Wharmby and conductors John Wilson, David Hill and Peter Hunt.
BBC RADIO 3 - COMPOSER OF THE WEEK series, presented by Donald Macleod
TBC 2017 Rachel Portman
TBC 2017 J. S. Bach
TBC 2017 Russian Revolution
28th August - 1st September 2017 Johannes Brahms, REPEAT
24th-28th July 2017 William Mathias, marking 25 years since the death of the composer, Donald Macleod is joined by Rhiannon Mathias and Geraint Lewis to explore the life and music of Mathias
10th-14th July 2017 Olivier Messiaen, where Donald Macleod focuses on specific organ works in each programme, and the periods in which Messiaen composed them and other works
29th May - 2nd June 2017 Rebecca Clarke is the focus for Donald Macleod with guests Christopher Johnson who married into Clarke's family, and the pianist Ian Jones who has performed and recorded much of Clarke's music
24th-28th April 2017 Nicola LeFanu joins Donald Macleod to discuss her life and music from chamber works to opera. This series also includes music by other composers who've influenced LeFanu such as her mother Elizabeth Maconchy, and husband David Lumsdaine. This series marks Nicola LeFanu's seventieth birthday
6th-10th February 2017 Sir Alexander Mackenzie was one of the UK's leading composers along with Parry and Stanford, and not only became Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, but was also one of the founding members of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
16th-20th January 2017, Joseph Boulange, Chevalier de Saint-Georges has been nicknamed the Black Mozart, and was a favourite of Queen Marie Antoinette at the French court. Not only a famous composer, but as a conductor he gave the premiere of Haydn's Paris symphonies, was something of a social dandy and also a celebrated swordsman
26th-30th December 2016, Ivor Novello, with guests David Slattery-Christy, Rosy Runciman and William Differ, Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Ivor Novello including specially recorded orchestral medley's and songs, and a trip to the Prince of Wales Theatre, The Novello Theatre, and what was once Ivor Novello's flat
12th-16th December 2016 Francesca Caccini And Her Circle, where Donald explores the life and music of this composer who was once the most highly paid musician and the Medici court in Florence
28th November - 2nd December 2016 Jacob and Horovitz, REPEAT
14th-18th November 2016 Bill Evans, REPEAT
31st October - 4th November 2016, Meredith Monk joins Donald Macleod for Composer of the Week (recorded in WDR, Cologne), exploring over fifty years of her work as a composer, including performing for the Dalai Lama, and receiving an award from President Obama
25th-29th July 2016, Johannes Brahms exploring a number of his major works including symphonies and concertos, and the periods in which they were composed
4th-8th July 2016, Bernard Stevens was considered by some in his day, to equal Benjamin Britain. He was not only a composer, but also a teacher at the Royal College of Music, and also a member of the communist party. Donald is joined by the composers daughter, Cathy Stevens, to discuss the life and music of this now neglected composer
20th June-24th June 2016, Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre, REPEAT
11th-15th April 2016, Sir William Sterndale Bennett was a great friend of Mendelssohn and Schumann, and his English romantic idiom became very popular in Germany, although less known in the UK. The composers Great-great-grandson Barry Sterndale Bennett joins Donald at the Bodleian Library Oxford, to explore some of the composers letters and scores, whilst Dr Peter Horton joins Donald in studio to chat about Bennett the pianist and composer of piano music
7th-11th March 2016, Barbara Strozzi became one of the first women composers to bring her music out in print, outside the confines of a convent. Dr Sara Pecknold joins Donald to discuss this little known composer whose music became successful on an international stage, far beyond the confines of 17th century Venice
15th-19th February 2016, Domenico Cimarosa in his day rivalled Mozart in popularity and composed over sixty operas with premieres taking place in Naples, Milan, Venice, Rome and St Petersburg. Donald Macleod takes a tour of the life and music of this favourite of Kings, Queens and Emperors
1st-5th February 2016, Anton Grigorevich Rubinstein rivalled Liszt as a pianist, and was an international pianist, composer, conductor and educator. Donald Macleod explores the life and music of this much forgotten musician
11th-15th January 2016, Jean Coulthard, with Donald Macleod journeying into the world of this Canadian composer who was once taught by Vaughan Williams and Bartok. One of Coulthard's works which became popular around the world was The Bird of Dawning Singeth All Night Long
16th-20th November 2015, Hoagy Carmichael, Donald Macleod explores the life and music of this once famous song writer and actor, including some of his most popular works such as Stardust, Georgia on my Mind and Rockin' Chair
11th-15th May 2015, Charles-Marie Widor, Dr John Near joins Donald Macleod to explore the world of Widor focusing more on his music away from the organ including ballet, concertos and chamber music
4th-8th May 2015, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Donald Macleod surveys the genre in which Mozart was something of a pioneer, his Piano Concertos. Pianist Martin James Bartlett also joins Donald in programme one, to discuss the youth Mozart
16th-20th March 2015, Carl Maria von Weber, with Donald Macleod journeying through the colourful life story and music of a man who was celebrated for his achievements in the world of German opera
2nd-6th March 2015, Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre, Donald Macleod is joined by Mary Cyr to explore the music and life of this composer once hailed as the most successful woman in the history of French music
12th-16th January 2015, Orlande de Lassus, exploring the world of this highly prolific and cosmopolitan composer who was honoured by the Holy Roman Emperor, and the Pope
27th-31st October 2014, Aram Khachaturian, delving into the life and music of this composer whose Sabre Dance was once the most frequently played work in the world
13th-17th October 2014, Claude Debussy focusing upon his chamber music, and the periods in which they were composed
29th September - 3rd October 2014, Sir George Dyson, with Donald Macleod joined by Paul Spicer at the Royal College of Music in London, where Dyson was once a student, then a composition teacher, and then Director during WWII
25th-29th August 2014, Tchaikovsky, REPEAT
28th July - 1st August 2014, Cole Porter one of the most popular songs writers of his day, whose music remains very much in our consciousness today
14th-18th July 2014, Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, exploring the life and music of this once famous composer who played quartets with Haydn and Mozart
30th June - 4th July 2014, Ivor Gurney, with Dr Kate Kennedy discussing with Donald Macleod the life and music of Gurney, including works specifically recorded for the programme by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers
23rd-27th June 2014, Sir Edward Elgar during the Great War, REPEAT
7th-11th April 2014, Field and Chopin REPEAT
24th-28th March 2014, Michael Nyman, REPEAT
17th-21st March 2014, Leopold Mozart, with expert Professor Cliff Eisen delving into the life and music of this once highly famous composer
3rd-7th February 2014, Sergei Taneyev, with expert Dr Anastasia Belina-Johnson exploring the life and music of Taneyev, including his neglected opera The Oresteia
30th December 2013 - 3rd January 2014, The Sammartini Brothers, exploring the possible birth of the symphony in Milan, and the development of oboe playing in London
11th-15th November 2013, Bill Evans, described as the "Chopin" of Jazz. The series includes different versions of his most popular work, Waltz for Debbie
28th October - 1st November 2013, Joseph Haydn, focusing upon a area of prolific output, his work for Trio
22nd-26th July 2013, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, an overview of the composers life, including a rare recording of Tchaikovsky speaking himself
8th-12th July 2013, Luigi Boccherini, REPEAT
10th-14th June 2013, Sir Hubert Parry, REPEAT
13th-17th May 2013, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, including the famous Trumpet and Mandolin concertos
15th-19th April 2013, Gordon Jacob & Joseph Horovitz, including interviews with the composer Joseph Horovitz, about his life and music, and that of his one-time teacher at the RCM, Gordon Jacob
4th-8th February 2013, Charles Avison & John Stanley, both largely forgotten today, although both prolific composers of concertos in 18th Century England
21st-25th January 2013, Niccolo Jommelli, a composer described as the "New Orpheus", whose music had people rising to their feet in rapt attention, and whose servies was sought for by many Royal Courts
26th - 30th November 2012, Alexander Glazunov with examples from some of his still popular compositions, including the Violin Concerto, and the ballet The Seasons
24th - 28th September 2012, Field and Chopin where Donald Macleod is joined by pianist Miceal O'Rourke, to discuss both composers and the origins of the Nocturne
23rd - 27th July 2012, Ludwig van Beethoven, taking five piano sonatas as windows into specific periods of Beethoven's life and career
9th - 13th July 2012, Michael Nyman, joins Donald Macleod to discuss his life and music, including the Greenaway collaborations
9th - 13th April 2012, Frederic Delius, where Donald Macleod is joined by Tasmin Little and Julian Lloyd Webber to discuss the life and music of Delius
5th - 9th March, 2012, Luigi Boccherini, not only including his most famous Minuet, but also many lesser known works such as his sacred choral music
13th - 17th February 2012, Sir Hubert Parry, including his most famous works 'I was glad', 'Jerusalem' and 'Blest Pair of Sirens'
30th January - 3rd February 2012, Sir Edward Elgar during the Great War, REPEAT
7th - 11th November 2011, Sir Edward Elgar during the Great War, with interviews at the Imperial War Museum with Senior Historian Terry Charman
31st October - 4th November 2011, Alessandro Scarlatti REPEAT
17th - 21st October 2011, Herold, Adam & Delibes, including the ballets Giselle, Sylvia and Coppelia, and the opera Lakme
12th - 16th September 2011, Aleksandr Grechaninov, including his famous Lullaby sung by Paul Robeson, and the Creed, used at St George's Chapel for the Blessing service for HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall
8th - 12th August 2011, Anton Arensky including a recording of one of the composer's most famous works, the Piano Trio no.1, and an interview with the Russian Music expert Gerard McBurney
18th - 22nd July 2011, Francesco Cavalli REPEAT
21st - 25th February 2011, Francesco Geminiani, including examples from The Art of Playing the Violin
14th - 18th February 2011, Mily Balakirev, including his most famous work Islamey
29th November - 3rd December 2010, Ernest John Moeran (60th year since death), including archive radio material from 1947 of the composer in interview
16th - 20th August 2010, Samuel Sebastian Wesley (200th year since birth), including recordings especially made for the series by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, and former BBC New Generation Artist Tom Poster. This series was also featured on BBC Radio 4 Pick of the Week 22nd August
31st August - 4th September 2009, Antonio Salieri, including a speical recording of the Requiem, performed by the BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by David Hill, & a special recording of the Missa stylo a cappella with Andrew Carwood conducting the BBC Singers
24th - 28th August 2009, Nikolay Myaskovsky, including examples from his many symphonies which often depict in some way, the turbulent Soviet years in which they were composed
23rd - 27th March 2009, Reinhold Gliere, including Gerard McBurney as guest interviewee
10th - 14th November 2008, Francesco Cavalli, co-produced with Kerry Clark
6th - 10th October 2008, Einojuhani Rautavaara, co-produced with Johannah Smith, including interviews with the composer
BBC Radio 3 - THE CHOIR series, presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch
18th June 2017, Sara explores the world of opera choruses with members of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and also the choral world of Telemann
11th June 2017, the composers Michael Finnissy and Roxanna Panufnik join Sara in studio to talk about the intricacies of writing music for liturgical use
4th June 2017, Sara is joined by the conductor Timothy Henty, and the singer Debbie Davison from the chorus English National Opera, to chat about what Gilbert and Sullivan remains a firm favourite with professional and amateur performance groups. Tim Scott Whiteley also introduces the music of Jean Guyot
14th May 2017, as part of BBC Radio 3's Monteverdi 450 season, the conductor Robert Hollingworth joins Sara to explore Claudio Monteverdi's madrigals, and discusses why English speaking choirs should add these Italian works to their repertoire
30th April 2017, as part of BBC Radio 3's Breaking Free - Martin Luther's Revolution season, Sara is joined by Professor Jane Dawson and Dr Tim Duiguid to explore John Calvin's Genevan Psalter, and its impact upon upon composers ever since
19th June 2016, NYCoS celebrate their 20th anniversary so Artistic Director Christopher Bell joins Sara to discuss their forthcoming tour of the USA, and BBC PROM. We hear from the Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir in Meet My Choir, and Sara's choral classic is Verdi's Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves
28th February 2016, actress Anne Reid shares a few of her choral favourites, and Sara's choral classic Is Walton's Belshazzar's Feast. Goldsmiths' Choral Union introduce themselves in the weekly Meet My Choir
17th January 2016, conductor Dominic Peckham joins Sara to chat about his new book of tips for choirs and their directors, and to discuss the 2016 London A Cappella Festival. Sara's choral classic is the Symphony No 2 by Mendelssohn, and 5 in a Bar are featured in Meet My Choir
8th November 2015, this edition was recorded during the Free Thinking Festival at Sage in Gateshead, with stage performances by The One Man Choir, Rainbow Connection Singers, and also The Young'Uns vocal trio. Sara's choral classic was Harmonium by John Adams, and Juxtavoices were features in Meet My Choir
12th July 2015, Sara is joined by the Film and Television composer Nigel Hess, who chats about his experiences both singing in and conducting a choir, along with a few of his choral favourites. Sara's choral classic is Schumann's Scenes from Goethe's Faust, and there is an opportunity to hear the Rabble Chorus in Meet My Choir
17th May 2015, Professor Colin Lawson, Director of the Royal College of Music and period clarinettist, joins Sara to chat about a few of his choral favourites. The choral classic is Rachamaninov's Vespers, and we meet the Leeds Festival Chorus in Meet My Choir
26th April 2015, in this LIVE Sara explores choral music associated with dance, and has a "Mystery Mass" she'd like help identifying. In Meet My Choir we hear from the Children's International Voices of Enfield, and Sara's choral classic is Parry's I was Glad
12th April 2015, Sara explores choral music based on the texts of Metastasio, and is joined by Ed Watkins to chat about Inner Voices. Also in this LIVE programme, Sara's choral classic is the Gloria by Poulenc
5th April 2015, for Easter on Radio 3 there is a garden focus. Sara explores floral related choral music including her choral classic, Britten's Five Flower Songs, and gardener Bob Flowerdew chats with Sara about some of his choral favourites
15th March 2015, horn player Richard Watkins joins Sara to chat about some of his choral favourites, whilst Sara focuses upon music for choir and brass, and her choral classic Bach's B minor Mass
1st February 2015, Sara's guest is the composer Cecilia McDowall who talks about some of her choral favourites. On the programme Sara explores a few works for the unusual combination of choir and solo cello, and the choral classic is Byrd's Mass for Four voices
11th January 2015, Sara in this LIVE programme looks at the UK entrants for the Let the Peoples Sing competition, and meets with Rupert Gough to discuss the collaboration between The Choir of Royal Holloway and the Kings Singers. Sara's "Choral Classic" is Dvorak's Stabat Mater in it's original version for soloists, choir and piano
30th November 2014, in this shorter programme Sara focuses upon the category finals of Choir of the Year, specifically the Youth category. There is another choral classic, this week Bruckner's Mass No 2
5th October 2014, Sara explores with Katy Hamilton the choral music of Brahms, and is joined by actress Vanessa Redgrave to discuss some of her choral favourites. Sara's "Choral Classic" is Handel's Coronation Anthem Zadok the Priest
14th September 2014, a LIVE programme from BBC New Broadcasting House, where Sara chats with conductor David Hill about the new BBC Radio 3 Breakfast programme carol competition. Meet My Choir features the Vasari singers, and Sara explores another "Choral Classic" with Haydn's The Creation
23rd March 2014, a LIVE programme from the Southbank, where Sara with Shan Maclennan discuss Voicelab. The Pitlochry and District Choral Society feature in meet My Choir, and Sara's "Choral Classic" is Vivaldi's Gloria
9th March 2014, a LIVE programme where Sara explores the choral music of Mozart with conductor Mark Lee. Another amateur choir is featured in Meet My Choir, this time from London, Vocal Chords. Plus, Sara's "Choral Classic" this week is Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli
23rd February 2014, Sara in this LIVE programme is joined by Svend Brown and Stephen Deazely to discuss the Big Big Sing. In Meet My Choir we hear from the Welsh Camerata, and Sara's "Choral Classic" is Mozart's Mass in C minor.
26th January 2014, Sara explores the world of choral societies with Richard Cooke and Ronald Corp. Debbie Wiseman chats about some of her choral favourites, and Sara's "Choral Classic" is Elgar's Dream of Gerontius. "Meet My Choir" features the Forget-Me-Not Chorus
BBC Radio 3 - THE CHOIR series, with guest presenters
2nd October 2016, Josie D'Arby presents a special LIVE edition of The Choir Live from Southbank Centre London, with guests Graham Ross, Holly Hunter and Boff Whalley, to discuss the future of choral music. The programme included LIVE performances of Brazilian music from the London based ensemble Nossa Voz
2nd November 2014, Adam Tomlinson presents The Choir from Sage, Gateshead, as part of Freethinking on BBC Radio 3. This concert edition featured performances by the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Bach Choir, University College Chapel Choir of Durham University, Tees Valley Youth Choir, and Enkelit. There were also pre-recorded interviews with the baritone Thomas Allen regarding his choral background from the North East
3rd November 2013, Tim Rhys-Evans journeys through the choral world of the Let the Peoples Sing 2013 competition, focusing upon the adult category competitors. There is also an opportunity to chase the sun with the music of David Bedford
9th June 2013, Rebecca Lodge and Neil MacKenzie co-present an edition of the program exploring the world of the BBC Singers, including an early recording of Parry's Jerusalem made on 78, and a more unusual choral work, the Piano Concerto by Busoni.
12th May 2013, Susan Hollingworth explores music for children's choirs and upper voices, with guest interviewees from the National Youth Choirs of Scotland, Christopher Bell and Lucinda Geoghegan
7th April 2013, Tim Rhys-Evans from Only Men Aloud explores a selection of male voice choral music, and interviews recently appointed Music Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain Ben Parry, about his forthcoming concert at the Royal Albert Hall
3rd March 2013, a LIVE edition of The Choir, presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch from the BBC Maida Vale studios, as part of Baroque Spring on BBC Radio 3. This programme featured performances of Baroque works, by the BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Come & Sing Baroque Choir, Come & Play Baroque Orchestra, and conducted by Robert Hollingworth
17th February 2013, Ken Burton presents an edition of The Choir, looking at the more unusual realms of Gospel Music, with guests Andrea Encinas and Mark De-Lisser
BBC Radio 3 - THE CHOIR series, presented by Aled Jones
28th October 2012, YANTRA join Aled Jones to discuss their fushion of Bulgarian, Indian and English traditional music, and their use of multi-tracking.
30th September 2012, Aled Jones is joined by the conductor and vocalists from the Vienna Boys' Choir, to discuss their UK current UK tour
23rd September 2012, composer Carl Rutti joins Aled Jones down-the-line for Zurich, to discuss is large scale choral work Songs of Love, for choir and solo cello
15th April 2012, Aled Jones takes a closer look at the Parliament Choir based at Westminster, whilst Miriam O'Keeffe also joins Aled to chat about BBC Performing Arts Fund
8th April 2012, Dillie Keane joins Aled Jones to chat about Fascinating Aida, and how they entertain through singing. Aled is also joined to composer Patrick Hawes to discuss his Lazarus Requiem
4th March 2012, Aled Jones presents Voices Now, a LIVE edition of The Choir at the Roundhouse in London, part of the Music Nation weekend. Interviewees during the broadcast include the composer Orlando Gough
19th February 2012, composer Sasha Johnson Manning join Aled Jones to discuss her recently commissioned Mass and Anthem for the People's Passion. Members of the cast of Naked Boys Singing also discuss what it's like to sing chorally, but also naked
22nd January 2012, Master of the Queens Music Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, along with Ian Ritchie and the Rev. Lucy Winkett, join Aled Jones to chat about the recent publication Choirbook for the Queen, marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee including a number of newly commissioned contemporary anthems
11th December 2011, Aled Jones is joined by singers from a number of choirs in Dublin, to talk about the choral scene in that city. Also briefly joining The Choir is Gareth Malone to chat about Wherever You Are, possibly set to make Christmas Number One
6th November 2011, Aled Jones in the company of composer Roxanna Panufnik and Professor Adrian Thomas, chat about the choral music of Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki, marking one year since the composers death
25th September 2011, composer and Jazz pianist Will Todd joins Aled jones to chat about choral works influenced by Jazz, including music by Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin
10th July 2011, Aled Jones is joined by the composer Paul Mealor, to discuss his music for the recent wedding of HRH Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge. Aled also looks ahead to the PROMS
5th June 2011, Aled Jones is joined by the conductor and composer Paul Spicer, to chat about the benefits and problems of choral singing in UK conservatoires
11th May 2011, Dr Barry Rose and Katherine Dienes-Williams join Aled Jones to discuss the Golden Jubilee celebrations taking place to mark the consecration of Guildford Cathedral, and the achievements of the choir there. Jeremy Backhouse also chats with Aled about the Vivace Chorus
3rd April 2011, Aled Jones surveys the choral music of Johannes Brahms, and is joined by Adam Gorb and Ben Kaye to discuss their recent project Eternal Voices
20th March 2011, Mark Opstad joins Aled Jones to discuss the relationship between French and English choral music, in particular, the recent revival of the Maitrise in France
20th February 2011, Aled Jones is joined by guests including Simon Butteriss to discuss the world of Gilbert and Sullivan
17th October 2010, Peter Broadbent joins Aled to chat about the Joyful Company of Singers and their recent concert at the Presteigne Festival
10th October 2010, composer and organist David Bednall joins Aled to discuss works written for both choir and organ, co-produced with Johannah Smith
4th July 2010, composer Karl Jenkins talks about his choral music, whilst Brian Kay and Don Monro chat about Te Really Big Chorus
23rd May 2010, Lin Marsh, Michael Neaum and Alexander L'Estrange join Aled to discuss arranging works for choirs
24th & 31st of January 2010, Sir David Willcocks joins Aled to discuss his choral career, with music recorded by the BBC Singers, co-produced with Dominic Jewell
17th January 2010, the Prince Consort join Aled in studio
12th of July 2009, discussion of the Kodaly Method, coproduced with Steven Rajam
11th January 2009, the Juice vocal trio join Aled in studio
BBC Radio 3 - DISCOVERING MUSIC series, presented by Stephen Johnson
10th October 2013 - Debussy's orchestral Images
27th June 2013 - Beethoven's Symphony No.9
19th April 2013 - Symphony No.2 by Tippett
8th February 2013 - Symphony No.5 by Shostakovich
1st November 2012 - Symphony No.3 by Rachmaninov
23rd October 2012 - Dvorak's Symphony No.9 "From the New World"
28th September 2012 - Symphony No.1 by Brahms
26th September 2012 - Zemlinsky's one act opera, A Florentine Tragedy
1st June 2012 - Martin Yates joins Stephen Johnson to discuss Moeran's Symphony No.2
7th May 2012 - Characterisation in opera, with extracts from The Marriage of Figaro, Rigoletto, and Tristan and Isolde
3rd May 2012 - Beethoven's Triple Concerto in C major Op. 56
9th March 2012 - Mahler's Symphony No.7
29th February 2012 - Beethoven's Piano Trio Op. 38 in E flat
22nd February 2012 - Szymanowski's Symphony No.3
BBC Radio 3 - RADIO 3 REQUESTS series, presented by Chi-chi Nwanoku
6th February 2011, including the Symphony No.1 by Scriabin
30th January 2011, including Affairs of the Heart by Marjan Mozetich
"Menuhin at 100" broadcast 17th April 2016 (repeated 18th July 2017), explored the life of Sir Yehudi Menuhin, told through the interviews he gave throughout his career, held in the BBC archives. Violinists Tasmin Little and Leland Chen also gave their insights into working with Menuhin.
Leeds International Piano Competition 2015
Piano Competition Final at the Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 12th of September, including Drew Petersen performing Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 1, Vitaly Pisarenko performing Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 3, and Anna Tcybuleva performing the Concerto No 2 by Brahms, all with Sir Mark Elder and the Halle Orchestra. This event was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 13th of September, including interviews with Dame Fanny Waterman and the pianist Lang Lang. This event was presented by Sarah Walker, with guest pianists Peter Donohoe and Lucy Parham.
Semi Final pianists recorded at Leeds University Great Hall Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th of September, including Vitaly Pisarenko, Tomoki Kitamura and Szuyu Su. This programme was presented by Sarah Walker, with guest pianists Peter Donohoe and Lucy Parham.
BBC Cardiff Singer 2015
Song Prize Final broadcast LIVE from St David's Hall on the 19th of June 2015, and presented by Iain Burnside with guests Rosemary Joshua and Susan Bullock
Song Prize Round 2 recorded at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on the 14th of June, presented by Iain Burnside with interview guest Rosemary Joshua, and broadcast on the 17th June 2015
BBC National Orchestra of Wales recorded for BBC Radio 3
9th of May 2014, pianist John Lill performs the Piano Concerto No.1 by Brahms, with Tadaaki Otaka conducting the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at St Davids Hall Cardiff. The concert also included Beethoven's Symphony No.7. To be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 (TBC).
Opera recorded for BBC Radio 3
23rd February 2017, Welsh National opera's production of Frank Martin's cantata La Vin herb, staged at the Wales Millennium Centre and presented by Andrew McGregor. This new production was directed by Polly Graham and conducted by James Southall with all eight musicians from the orchestra of WNO performing from the stage. The cast included Caitlin Hulcup as Iseult and Tom Randle as Tristan. The was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on the 4th of March 2017.
7th November 2015, Welsh National Opera's production of Handel's Orlando, staged at the Wales Millennium Centre and presented by Christopher Cook. This production was directed by Harry Fehr, and set in a London hospital on the eve of the London Blitz. The cast included Lawrence Zazzo (Orlando), Rebecca Evans (Angelica), Robin Blaze (Medoro), Fflur Wyn (Dorinda), and Daniel Grice (Zoroastro). Rinaldo Alessandrini conducts the orchestra of the Welsh National Opera. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 7th November 2015.
6th October 2013, Welsh National Opera's production of Donizetti's rarely heard Roberto Devereux, staged at the Wales Millennium Centre, presented by Mary King. This new production was directed by Allessandro Talevi, and designed by Madeleine Boyd. The cast includes Alexandra Deshorties (soprano), Leonardo Capalbo (tenor), Leah-Marian Jones (mezzo soprano), David Kempster (baritone), Geraint Dodd (tenor), William Robert Allenby (baritone), George Newton-Fitzgerald (bass) and Stephen Wells (bass). Daniele Rustioni conducts the orchestra and chorus of the Welsh Nation Opera. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 4th November 2013.
Concerts recorded for BBC Radio 3
1st June 2017, the Quatuor Voce performed music by Mozart and Beethoven. This Mozart Plus concert was broadcast from St Mary's Church as part of the Hay Festival 2017 on Friday 2nd of June 2017, presented by Clemency Burton Hill.
31st May 2017, the Amatis Trio performed music by Mozart and Mendelssohn. This Mozart Plus concert was broadcast from St Mary's Church as part of the Hay Festival 2017 on Thursday 1st of June 2017, presented by Clemency Burton Hill.
30th May 2017, pianist Federic Colli performed music by Mozart and Beethoven. This Mozart Plus concert was broadcast from St Mary's Church as part of the Hay Festival 2017 on Wednesday 31st of May 2017, presented by Clemency Burton Hill.
29th May 2017, flautist Adam Walker with pianist James Baillieu performed music by CPE Bach, Mozart and Schubert. This Mozart Plus concert was broadcast from St Mary's Church as part of the Hay Festival 2017 on Tuesday 30th of May 2017, and presented by Clemency Burton Hill.
20th August 2016, pianist Steven Osborne performs music by Debussy, Rachmaninov, and his own improvisations in the Great Hall at the Dartington International Summer School. This music was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between the 7th and 10th of February 2017.
16th July 2016, BBC NGA's the Armida Quartet joined with the Quatuor van Kuijk to perform Schubert's Rosamunde Quartet, and Mendelssohn's Octet. This was recorded at the Pittville Pump Room, part of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival, and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between the 19th and 22nd of July, with presentation by Fiona Talkington.
15th July 2016, BBC NGA's the clarinettist Annelien van Wauwe joined the Quatuor van Kuijk to perform music by Stravinky, Mozart, Weber and Ravel. This was recorded at the Pittville Pump Room, part of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival, and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between the 19th and 22nd of July, with presentation by Fiona Talkington.
14th July 2016, BBC NGA's the violinist Esther Yoo and cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, joined with the pianist Zhang Zou to perform music by Brahms, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, and a world premiere by Kurt Schwertsik. This was recorded at the Pittville Pump Room, part of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival, and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between the 19th and 22nd of July, with presentation by Fiona Talkington.
3rd June 2016, the Cremona Quartet joined forces with guitarist Morgan Szymanski to perform Haydn's Quartet Op 77 No 1, Sor's Variations on a Theme of Mozart Op 9, and the Guitar Quintet No 4 by Boccherini. This concert was broadcast LIVE from St Mary's Church as part of the Hay Festival, and presented by Clemency Burton Hill.
2nd June 2016, BBC NGA the trombonist Peter Moore was joined by the pianist James Baillieu to perform music by Christian Linberg, manuel de Falla, Dutilleux, faure, Guilmant and Arthur Pryor. This concert was broadcast LIVE from St Mary's Church as part of the Hay Festival, and presented by Clemency Burton Hill.
1st June 2016, BBC NGA the pianist Pavel Kolesnikov performed a group of Scarlatti sonatas, CPE Bach's Sonata in E minor Wq 59 and his Twelve Variations on a Spanish Folia, ending with Beethoven's Sonata No 10 in G Op 14 No 2. This concert was broadcast LIVE from St Mary's Church as part of the Hay Festival, and presented by Clemency Burton Hill.
31st May 2016, violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky with Wu Qian on piano, performed Manuel de Falla's Suite Popular, Prokofiev's Sonata No 1 Op 80 and Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen Op 20. This concert was broadcast LIVE from St Mary's Church as part of the Hay Festival, and presented by Clemency Burton Hill.
28th July 2015, Bach's St Matthew Passion recorded at Hereford Cathedral as part of the Three Choirs Festival. Performers included James Oxley, Matthew Brook, Elizabeth Watts, William Towers, Anthony Gregory and Roderick Williams, with Geraint Bowen conducting the Three Choirs Festival Chorus and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. This performance was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on the 14th of September, including interviews with a number of the soloists, and presented by Nicola Heywood-Thomas.
9th July 2015, BBC New Generation Artists Kitty Whately, Pavel Kolesnikov, and the Armida Quartet, joined by pianist Simon Lepper and double bassist Ben Griffiths, perform music by Schumann, Vaughan Williams, Armstrong Gibbs, Ireland, Quilter, Faure, and a premiere of three songs by Jonathan Dove. This was recorded at the Pittville Pump Room, part of the 2015 Cheltenham Festival, and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between the 29th of September and the 2nd of October, with presentation by Fiona Talkington.
6th July 2015, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani performed music by Couperin, WF Bach, Scarlatti, Martinu, Machochy and JS Bach. This was at the Pittville Pump Room, part of the 2015 Cheltenham Festival, and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between the 21st and 24th of July, with presentation by Fiona Talkington.
2nd July 2015, the pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin performed music by Mozart, Debussy, Schubert, and also his own compositions. This was at the Pittville Pump Room, part of the 2015 Cheltenham Festival, and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between the 21st and 24th of July, with presentation by Fiona Talkington.
27th June 2015, the Carducci Quartet performed the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th string quartets by Shostakovich, at the Tithe Barn, Syde Manor. Part of the 2015 Cheltenham Festival. These were broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between the 21st and 24th of July, with presentation by Fiona Talkington.
29th May 2015, the Elias Quartet perform Haydn's String Quartet The Bird Opus 33 No 3, and Britten's String Quartet No 3, Opus 94. This concert was broadcast LIVE from St Mary's Church as part of the Hay Festival, and presented by Clemency Burton Hill.
28th May 2015, cellist Guy Johnston and pianist Tom Poster join forces to perform music by Mendelssohn, Webern and Rachmaninov. This concert was broadcast LIVE from St Mary's Church as part of the Hay Festival, and presented by Clemency Burton Hill.
27th May 2015, pianist Ivana Gavric performs music by Janacek, Grieg and Cheryl Frances-Hoad.This concert was broadcast LIVE from St Mary's Church as part of the Hay Festival, and presented by Clemency Burton Hill.
26th May 2015, baroque violinist Rachel Podger performs a range of music including works by Tartini and Biber. This concert was broadcast LIVE from St Mary's Church as part of the Hay Festival, and presented by Clemency Burton Hill.
14th June 2014, The Brabant Ensemble with their director Stephen Rice and organist Christian Wilson, perform a selection of works primarily from the Chirk Castle part-books. This event taking place at Chirk Castle in Wrexham, is broadcast on BBC Radio 3 LIVE, and presented by Sian Pari Huws.
30th May 2014, horn player Richard Watkins and pianist Julius Drake, peformed works by Beethoven, Schumann, Franz Strauss, Poulenc and Saint-Saens, at St Mary's Church as part of the the Hay festival. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 6th June 2014.
29th May 2014, pianist Tom Poster, peformed works by Gluck, Beethoven, Grieg, Chopin and Gershwin, at St Mary's Church as part of the the Hay festival. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 5th June 2014.
28th May 2014, the Doric String Quartet, peformed Haydn's Quartet in B flat Op 76 No 4 "Sunrise", and Janacek's Quartet No 2 "Intimate Letters", at St Mary's Church as part of the the Hay festival. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 4th June 2014.
27th May 2014, piano duo Phillip Moore and Simon Crawford-Philips, peformed Schubert's Fantasie D940, Rondo in A D951 and Eight Variations D813, at St Mary's Church as part of the the Hay festival. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 3rd June 2014.
1st August 2013, The Song of Hiawatha by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, at Gloucester Cathedral as part of the Three Choirs Festival. It was performed by soloists Hye-Youn Lee, Robin Tritschler and Benedict Nelson, with the Festival Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Peter Nardone. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 12th Sepetmber 2013, presented by Catherine Bott, with recorded interviews from Peter Nardone, and Coleridge-Taylor biographer Charles Elford.
31st May 2013, piano duo Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow perform Mozart's Sonata in C KV 521, and an arrangement by Purgold of Antar Symphony No. 2 Op.9 by Rimsky-Korsakov. This took place at St Mary's Church during the Hay-on-Wye Festival. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 28th June 2013, and repeated on 31st January 2014.
30th May 2013, the Lendvai Trio perform Beethoven's Trio in G Op.9 No.1, and Taneyev's String Trio in E flat major Op.31 at St Mary's Church during the Hay-on-Wye Festival. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 27th June 2013, and repeated on the 30th of January 2014.
29th May 2013, the Gould Piano Trio perform Mozart's Trio in B flat KV 502, and Arensky's Piano Trio No.1 in D minor Op.32, at St Mary's Church during the Hay-on-Wye Festival. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 26th June 2013, and repeated on the 29th of January 2014.
28th May 2013, Michael Collins (clarinet), Guy Johnston (cello) and Leon McCawley (piano), perform Beethoven's Trio Op.11, Valse Triste Op.35 No.7 by Gliere, Vocalise Op.34 No.14 by Rachmaninov, and Brahms Trio Op.114 at St Mary's Church during the Hay-on-Wye Festival. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 25th June 2013, and repeated on the 28th of January 2014.
25th July 2012, Dyson's The Canterbury Pilgrims, at Hereford Cathedral as part of the Three Choirs Festival. It was performed by soloists Susan Gritton, Alan Oke and Simon Bailey, with the Festival Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Martyn Brabbins. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Sepetmber 2012, presented by Catherine Bott.
13th July 2012, concert at the Cheltenham Town Hall as part of the Cheltenham Music Festival. Musicians included Anthony Marwood (violin), Jennufer Stumm (viola), Matthew Hunt (clarinet), Connie Shih (piano), and the Escher Quartet, performing Stravinsky's the Soldier's Tale Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, and Bruch's String Quintet in A minor. This concert was broadcast on BBC Radio 3, on the10th of August 2012.
12th July 2012, concert at the Pittville Pump Room, as part of the Cheltenham Music Festival. Musicians included Katherine Gowers and Beatrice Philips (violin), Jennifer Stumm (viola), Sally Pryce (harp), Emily Beynon (flute), Adrian Brendel (cello), Matthew Hunt (clarinet), Christian Ihle-Hadland and Connie Shih (piano). They performed Bax Elegiac Trio, Busoni Albumblatt for flute and piano, Bliss Pastoral for clarinet and piano, Rebecca Clarke Lullaby and Grotesque for viola and cello, Bridge Two Old English Songs for Quartet, Schoenberg Piano Quintet 'The Iron Bridge', and Rachmaninov Etudes Tableaux opus 39. Part of this concert was broadcast on BBC Radio 3, on the 8th of August 2012.
8th July 2012, The Castalian Quartet performing Hugh Wood's String Quartet no.1, Michael Nyman's String Quartet no.2, and Giles Swayne Quartet no.3, at the Pittville Pump Room as part of the Cheltenham Music Festival. This concert was broadcast as part of Hear and Now on BBC Radio 3, on the 14th of July 2012.
8th June 2012, the Doric String Quartet performed Haydn's String Quartet op.64 no.1 in C, and Britten's String Quartet no. 2 op.36 in C, at St Mary's Church at the Hay festival. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 14th September 2012.
7th June 2012, pianist Ashley Wass performed The Hour Glass by Bridge, Bach-Busoni Chaconne, Water Music by Bax and Schumann's Piano Sonata no.2 op.22 in G minor, at St Mary's Church at the Hay festival. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 13th September 2012.
6th June 2012, soprano Sarah-Jane Brandon with pianist Gary Matthewman, peformed songs by Schumann, Strauss, Debussy, Quilte and Britten, in St Mary's Church at the Hay festival. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 12th September 2012.
5th June 2012, Tasmin Little and John Lenehan performed Elgar's Violin Sonata in E minor op.82 and Strauss's Violin Sonata in E flat major op.18, at St Mary's Church at the Hay festival. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 11th September 2012.
31st May 2012, La Serenissima performed music by Vivaldi, Albinoni and Caldara, at the Guildhall as part of the Bath International Music Festival. This concert was then broadcast on the 4th of July, 2012, on BBC Radio 3.
27th March 2012, lunchtime concert as part of the Spirit of Schubert season, broadcast LIVE on Radio 3. The Escher Quartet performing two works by Schubert at the Assembly Rooms, Bath, and presented by Sean Rafferty.
10th August 2011, Elgar's Caractacus conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, part of the Three Choirs Festival at Worcester Cathedral. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Friday 23rd of September 2011 and presented by Catherine Bott.
5th July 2011, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes performing Beethoven op.21 & op.32, Brahms op.10, and Schoenberg op.19 at the Cheltenham Town Hall as part of the Cheltenham Music Festival. This concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and presented by Petroc Trelawny. This event was also braodcast live in other EBU countries.
4th July 2011, the Escher Quartet with pianist Khatia Buniatishvili, performed Prokofiev op.83, Beethoven op.127 and Shostakovich op.57, at the Pittville Pump Room, as part of the Cheltenham Music Festival. This concert was then broadcast on the 26th August, 2011, on BBC Radio 3.
2nd July 2011, the Jerusalem Quartet with pianist Alexander Melnikov performed Schubert op.15, Schumann op.47 and Brahms op.51, at the Pittville Pump Room, as part of the Cheltenham Music Festival. This concert was then broadcast on the 16th August, 2011, on BBC Radio 3.
30th June 2011, Alexandra Wood & Clara Biss (violin), Cian O'Duill (viola), Robin MIchael (cello) and Huw Watkins (piano), performed Saxton's A Yardstick to the Stars, Bray's Replay, and Faure's Piano Quintet no. 2 op.115, at the Parabola Arts Centre as part of the Cheltenham Music Festival. This concert was then broadcast on Hear and Now, on BBC Radio 3.
4th June 2011, violinist Alina Ibragimova performed Bach BWV1003-6 at the Assembly Rooms as part of the Bath International Music Festival.
2nd June 2011, the Tokyo String Quartet performed Haydn op.77, Szymanowski op.37, and Schumann op.41, at the Assembly Rooms as part of the Bath International Music Festival. This concert was then broadcast on the 30th June, 2011, on BBC Radio 3.
29th May 2011, the Heath and Navarra Quartets performed the Brahms Sextet no.1 and Mendelssohn Octet, at the Assembly Rooms as part of the Bath International Music Festival. This concert was then broadcast on the 1st of July, 2011, on BBC Radio 3.