Monday 11 September 2017

BBC Radio 3 Autumn season: opera, anniversaries, technology and memory

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The BBC Proms finished on Saturday, which means that BBC Radio 3 schedule gets back to normal and the Autumn season starts. Like many other organisations Radio 3 is linking up with the Victoria and Albert Museum's Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition. Other highlights include a new series from Clemency Burton-Hill exploring the impact of technology on creativity, as well as Why Music? The Key to Memory, a weekend of events at the Wellcome Collection.

Radio 3's Opera on 3 will be broadcasting all seven operas featured in the V&A's Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition, and there will also be a chance to catch up on Jonas Kaufmann's debut in the title role of Verdi's Otello in a recording from Covent Garden, and Nico Muhly's new opera Marnie will be broadcast from English National Opera.

Another big feature of the Autumn schedules is Sir Simon Rattle taking up the baton at the London Symphony Orchestra, and Radio 3 will be broadcasting live from the ten-day This is Rattle festival at the Barbican.

Why Music? The Key to Memory, is a free weekend of events and broadcasts exploring the relationship between music, memory and the mind in collaboration with Wellcome Collection. BBC Radio 3 will present a series of live events and programmes, discussions will explore everything from power of song in helping people living with dementia and how conductors learn complicated musical scores, to how jazz improvisation works. There will be performances of four world premieres, including a new work by Scottish composer Martin Suckling, composer and performer Kerry Andrew and works by three young composers taking part in the BBC Proms Inspire scheme.

In Select-Copy-Paste, Clemency Burton-Hill will will explore the impact of technology on creativity, across three episodes tracing the creative process, from conception and execution, to sharing and experiencing.

Anniversaries include the 30th anniversary of the death of Jacqueline du Pre, and Daniel Barenboim will be conducting a memorial concert with the West Eastern Divan Orchestra. The London Sinfonietta is celebrating its 50th anniversary and Radio 3 will be broadcasting the anniversary concert live as well as transmitting other events from the celebrations. Radio 3 will also be marking the 50th anniversary of the European Broadcasting Union's regular music exchanges, with a live transmission of the celebratory concert from LSO St Luke's with the BBC Concert Orchestra joined by current or former members of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme: violinist Esther Yoo and viola player Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad come together in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, and Pavel Kolesnikov is the soloist in Beethoven’s Emperor concerto.

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