FROM MODERN ART TO SOUND ART and BAROQUE TO BEETHOVEN; BBC RADIO 3 ANNOUNCES AUTUMN/WINTER SEASON PROGRAMMING

Today (Tuesday 10 September) BBC Radio 3 announced its autumn/winter season programming, as well as schedule changes, new programmes and presenter signings.

· Four new regular programmes added to the Radio 3 schedule; Night Tracks, Unclassified, a new jazz programme and Early Music Now.

· BBC Radio 3 to introduce two new late-night shows, Night Tracks, and a new jazz programme exploring cutting-edge, adventurous jazz.

· Following three short series, Unclassified, Radio 3’s programme celebrating the increasingly popular ambient and neo-classical music genres to become a regular weekly programme, presented by Elizabeth Alker.

· A greater focus on early music with the introduction of Early Music Now, a new programme dedicated to exploring the world of contemporary Baroque performance introduced into the schedule alongside the launch of BBC Radio 3 New Generation Baroque Ensemble, a new scheme to support emerging Baroque ensembles in partnership with the National Centre for Early Music and the Royal College of Music.

· BBC Radio 3 to partner with MoMA for the first time for a landmark series ‘The Way I See It’ featuring contributions from names including Steve Martin, Roxane Gay, Margaret Cho and Zac Posen.

· Slow Radio taken to new heights with the Arctic Sound Walk as writer Horatio Clare travels to Greenland for the station’s most ambitious sound walk yet.

· Upcoming Slow Radio commissions to include the sound of rain on rooftops from around the world and a sonic journey down the River Thames from central London to the estuary.

· BBC Radio 3 to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in a year-long focus, Beethoven Unleashed, in 2020 featuring an unprecedented 25 editions of Composer of the Week dedicated to the composer over the course of the year.

· M1 Symphony: The 70th anniversary of Britain’s first motorway to be documented in an upcoming commission, combining recorded sounds and voices and a specially-commissioned score by composer Alex Woolf, performed by the BBC Philharmonic.

· Lily Cole to voice the role of Elizabeth Siddal in an upcoming edition Between the Ears in which the first ‘supermodel’ of the Victorian period presents her own story.

· Gareth Malone to explore and reflect the phenomenon of people who don’t like music - all music - in an upcoming Sunday Feature documentary.

· Jennifer Lucy Allan and Hannah Peel to join existing Radio 3 presenters as hosts of Late Junction and Night Tracks, respectively.

· Music Planet to move to a new prime Saturday afternoon slot.

· Radio 3 to dedicate a week to marking 100 years since the formation of the Weimar Republic, Germany’s culturally-rich interwar period.

 

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