Radio 3 Controller Alan Davey yesterday unveiled a raft of new commissions across the music and culture station, including Radio 3’s latest Slow Radio commissions, special seasons, new programmes, schedule changes and a presenter reshuffle.

Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3, says: “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.”

Autumn season highlights include:

  • Radio 3 to embark on its most ambitious Slow Radio broadcast yet, with Horatio Clare attempting to recreate the sense of the landmarks along Johann Sebastian Bach’s famous journey from Arnstadt to Lübeck. This is one of several Slow Radio broadcasts on Radio 3 this autumn
  • An all-star line-up this autumn includes Dame Diana Rigg, Dame Vivienne Westwood, Sir Simon Rattle, Armando Iannucci, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Charles Dance, George Blagden, Kraftwerk, Faust, Hollie McNish, Igor Levit, Lesley Garrett, Julian Barnes, David Threlfall, Fiona Shaw and Toby Jones
  • Through the use of binaural sound, Between The Ears to take legendary 93 year-old mountaineer Gwen Moffat climbing again
  • Radio 3 to conduct a unique experiment on its listeners as part of Why Music? The Key To Memory, a collaboration with Wellcome Collection
  • Essential Classics will see Suzy Klein join Rob Cowan on the presenting team
  • Sarah Walker to get own show as the sole presenter of Sunday Morning on Radio 3
  • In Tune to move to a later time and feature a new Mixtape segment inspired by River Of Music
  • Afternoon on 3 will become Afternoon Concert and will be extended by an additional 30 minutes
  • Radio 3 to present a dedicated focus on Organ music through launching new show Choir and Organ presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch
  • Hear And Now to have new feature, Sound Of The Week, exploring sounds which have inspired composers
  • New Generation Artists 2017-19 line-up announced
  • Three new works by BBC Proms Inspire young composers and their mentor Kerry Andrew to premiere at Why Music? The Key To Memory in partnership with Wellcome Collection
  • Acclaimed leftfield musician Charles Hayward will face off against a computer code programmed to be the ultimate composer for a special Late Junction collaboration session, Man vs. Machine
  • Clemency Burton-Hill to present new three-part Sunday Feature entitled Select-Copy-Paste, which will explore the impact of technology on creativity
  • Special seasons include a two-week Russian focus marking the centenary of the Revolution featuring an all-star adaptation of Brian Friel’s Fathers And Sons; Tom Service will shine a spotlight on the diverse range of the country’s artistic from Pussy Riot’s Punk Prayer to Malevich’s Black Square
  • Radio 3 In Concert to broadcast live concerts marking the return of Sir Simon Rattle to the UK; the 50th anniversary concert of the EBU’s regular music exchanges and Jacqueline du Pré memorial concert
  • Radio 3 to stage first major exhibition of archive recordings at Barbican to mark Rattle’s relationship with the station
  • As part of the wider BBC Opera Season, BBC Radio 3 to broadcast all seven operas featured in the V&A’s upcoming opera exhibition in collaboration with the Royal Opera House, alongside other features and specials


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