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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Radio 3 announces changes to weekend schedule

12:01, 24th March 2018

Alan Davey has announced changes to Radio 3’s weekend schedule, including a new ‘after dark’ zone and presenter changes.

World on 3 will be relaunched as Music Planet, which will explore classic tracks, leading performers and new releases from roots-based music from across the globe. Listeners will be able to tune into special sessions from big names and emerging talent and join the presenters on a ‘road trip’ to a different corner of the globe each week. The programme will also feature guest mixtapes and gems from the BBC archive.

A refreshed version of Jazz Line-Up, renamed J to Z, will celebrate the best in jazz, with vocalist Jumoké Fashola joining the presenting line-up alongside Julian Joseph and Kevin Le Gendre.

Inside Musicwill replace Saturday Classics. The new Saturday afternoon programme will feature a different guest presenter each week; the first three editions will be presented by percussionist Colin Currie, violinist Tasmin Waley-Cohen and Nicholas Collon respectively.

Baritone and composer Roderick Williams will join Choir and Organ as guest host from April while Sara Mohr-Pietsch is on maternity leave, and Drama on 3 will move to an earlier Sunday evening slot, beginning at 7.30pm.

The station is also introducing After Dark, which will air on weeknights at 10pm.

This new late zone will launch with a special week-long season, Night Blossoms (21-27 April), which will explore Japanese music and arts across the station’s evening programmes.

Highlights will include a dedicated edition of The Essay exploring those who have resisted ‘modernity’ and the mainstream, instead focusing on alternative, unexpected undercurrents in modern Japanese life. Late Junction will explore music from the country, coupled with recordings of the soundscape of Tokyo late at night, and the Late Junction Mixtape will be by composer and musician Yoshihide Otomo.

A Sunday Feature documentary will examine the role ghosts and the ghostly have played in Japanese culture, and Music Planet will feature a session with Japanese drummer Joji Hirota. The season will also feature special editions of Music Matters, Jazz Now (with Japanese jazz pianist Makiko Hirabayashi), Between the Ears, Free ThinkingExposure, and The Verb.

www.bbc.co.uk/radio3

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