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BBC Radio 3's Early Music Now programme focuses on contemporary performance of baroque music

Harriet Clifford

Early music focus on BBC Radio 3

8:30, 8th October 2019

BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Now programme takes a permanent position as part of the Monday afternoon schedule.

The programme is dedicated to playing a range of baroque music from across Europe, with a focus on contemporary performance.

Alongside this regular programme, the radio channel has also announced the launch of a brand-new scheme, the goal of which will be to nurture young talent within early music performance. The scheme – BBC Radio 3 New Generation Baroque Ensemble – will take the form of a UK-based baroque ensemble, working with partners the National Centre for Early Music and the Royal College of Music.

The New Generation Baroque Ensemble is envisaged as a primarily instrumental ensemble, with three to six performers all under the age of 30. During the two years of the programme, the musicians will be supported in live performance, broadcasting, mentoring and coaching.

The announcement from Radio 3 was part of a wider reveal of the station’s autumn and winter scheduling, which includes three new regular programmes added alongside Early Music Now. These will include Night Tracks, Unclassified and a new jazz programme.

Early Music Now was launched on 16 September and airs every Monday afternoon at 4.30pm thereafter. Participants for the New Generation Baroque Ensemble will be selected via talent spotting, appraisal and recommendation; there is no audition or application process.

More information about Early Music Now can be found here.

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