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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Radio 3 reveals autumn/winter 2017 season

5:24, 30th August 2017

Radio 3 controller Alan Davey has announced the station’s autumn/winter 2017 programming, which includes new programmes, schedule changes and a presenter reshuffle.

From 11 September, Suzy Klein will join Rob Cowan on the presenting team for Essential Classics, and Sarah Walker will become the sole presenter of Sunday Morning from 1 October.

The station is also introducing a weekly Wednesday afternoon programme from 4.30-5pm dedicated to BBC New Generation Artists. The New Generation Artists for 2017–19 are violinist Aleksey Semenenko, mezzo-soprano Catriona Morrison, pianist Mariam Batsashvili, double bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado, guitarist Thibaut Garcia, trumpeter Simon Höfele and Quatuor Arod.

In Tune will move to a later time (5-7.30pm), and the last half-hour of the programme will feature a new Mixtape segment, a continuous stream of music which will be easily downloadable.

Afternoon on 3 will become Afternoon Concert and will be extended by an additional 30 minutes (running 2-5pm), and the station will launch Choir and Organ, a new weekly show presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch, with additional supporting material available online.

Hear and Now will introduce a new mini-series, Sound of the Week. Each week, a composer will discuss a particular sound which has caught their imagination, inspired them or stimulated their creative process.

The station has announced its most ambitious Slow Radio broadcast yet, with Horatio Clare tracing Bach’s famous journey from Arnstadt to Lübeck. This will be broadcast in five episodes, with the full 2.5 hour experience available for download as part of a special Bach Christmas celebration. Other Slow Radio broadcasts on Radio 3 this autumn include a broadcast binding together the voices of people living with dementia and a series following the course of a monastic day.

In addition to a number of broadcasts as part of the BBC opera season throughout October, Radio 3 will offer a two-week Russian focus in November which will explore Russian and Soviet music and art from 1917 to the present day. Highlights include a Late Junction examining Russian experimental music, and a Composer of the Week discussing the lives of Russian composers against the backdrop of the revolution.

Between 14 and 24 September, Radio 3 will broadcast from the London Symphony Orchestra’s ten-day festival marking Sir Simon Rattle’s inaugural season as music director. The station will also stage the first major exhibition of archive recordings at the Barbican Centre to mark Sir Simon Rattle’s relationship with the station, offering a glimpse into the world of live broadcast.

Other programming highlights include the 50th anniversary concert of the European Broadcast Union’s regular music exchanges; an edition of Between the Ears which will use binaural sound to take 93-year-old mountaineer Gwen Moffat climbing again; a new three-part Sunday feature, Select-Copy-Paste, which will see Clemency Burton-Hill explore the impact of technology on creativity; the second series of Sound of Dance, presented by Katie Derham; and a special edition of Late Junction in which musician Charles Hayward will face off against a computer code programmed to be the ultimate composer.

Announcing the season at a press conference, Alan Davey said: ‘We’re a place for anyone who needs space to think or time out. I want Radio 3 to be an antidote to today’s often frenzied world.

‘We’re more than just a radio station – we’re a curator and a creator, a commissioner, and an innovator. We connect our audiences with the very best of music and culture from outstanding classical concerts to full length radio dramas, Slow Radio to sound art innovations, from world premieres to lost and forgotten gems.

‘It’s our distinctive cultural offering which sets us apart. We are a cultural powerhouse and a committed contributor to today’s classical music and arts landscape.’


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