From Saturday 24th June and finishing on Canada Day on Saturday 1st July, Radio 3 will present special programmes exploring the range and diversity of Canadian music and arts, to mark Canada’s 150th birthday.

In Sunday Feature Geeking Glenn Gould, chart-topping pianist James Rhodes travels to Canada to look at the life and career of his childhood hero – legendary Canadian pianist Glenn Gould – and interviews Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Ahead of the feature James will present a special edition of Saturday Classics picking his favourite of Gould's idiosyncratic and often controversial recordings.

Hannah French and Mary Ann Kennedy present Canada 150, 5 special programme from across Canada looking at the diverse range of music flourishing in Canada; from indigenous music from First Nation reserves in Ontario and Quebec to Canada’s world-renowned indie scene and a session in Montreal with celebrated singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright. Also a pioneering Radio 3 commission linking music from Nova Scotia and Scotland.

Michael Berkeley talks to Canadian novelist Madeleine Thien about the history of Western music in China and its suppression during the Cultural Revolution for Private Passions, featuring music from Bach and fellow Canadians Glenn Gould and Leonard Cohen.

Words and Music features music and poems, from the likes of Margaret Atwood, read by William Hope and Jane Perry that reflect how Canada has been shaped by the arrival of settlers from across the world throughout the ages.

Hannah French explores Montreal’s vibrant early music scene in The Early Music Show, looking at how period performance is thriving more in Canada than in the USA and chatting to some of the scene’s biggest names in the lead up to the 15th Montreal Baroque Festival.

Radio 3’s flagship arts and ideas programme Free Thinking will continue the week’s Canadian theme; French Canadian playwright, performer and opera director Robert Lepage is Phillip Dodd’s guest on Tuesday with New Generation Thinkers Shahidha Bari and Laurence Scott looking at images of Canada from First Nations art to TV, poems and art posted on social media on Wednesday. On Thursday Matthew Sweet looks at Canadian influence on British TV in the early 1960s, when Sydney Newman was instrumental in setting up Armchair Theatre, The Avengers and Doctor Who.

Elsewhere in the schedule, many regular Radio 3 programmes such as Breakfast, Essential Classics and Through the Night will feature a wealth of recordings by Canadian musicians and on In Tune, guests include jazz musician Ron Davis and celebrated baritone, Gerald Finley.


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