Tuesday, 27 November 2012

BBC joins South Bank Centre's Rest is Noise Festival

The South Bank Centre's ambitious The Rest is Noise festival runs for all of 2013 and aims to survey key moments in 20th century music (see my blog entry previewing the festival). The BBC has announced plans for a partnership with the South Bank Centre, with BBC Four and BBC Radio 3 offering complementary programming, plus the participation of the BBC Concert Orchestra in the festival itself.


BBC Four will be screening a new documentary, The Sound of Fury: A Century of Modern Music. The three-part film will be broadcast on BBC Four in February and screened at the South Bank Centre in January. It looks at the turbulent history of music in the 20th century and how classical music evolved along with the way we listen to it. The series explores why particular composers created the music that they did, influenced by the moral, philosophical and social upheavals of the time.

BBC Radio 3 will be providing complementary programming, both classical concerts and other events, which will tie in with the TV series, with broadcasts from the festival. The BBC Concert Orchestra will be displaying their renowned versatility from Frank Zappa to Kurt Weill, by appearing in the festival playing pastoral works darkened by the experience of the Great War and music of  refugee composers fleeing Nazi Germans.

Highlights include a Benjamin Britten season on BBC Two and BBC Four in September 2013, BBC Four's Composers in their Own Words series in November 2013, Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins and Kurt Weill: Berlin to Broadway, Frank Zappa: 200 Motels and Sondheim in the 70's.

Further details of the Rest is Noise Festival from the festival website.

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