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Elisha Sessions Elisha Sessions | 11:18 UK time, Friday, 21 September 2012

This week

Oliver Sim from The xx

Oliver Sim from The xx

The big deal this week was The xx performing with the BBC Philharmonic in Bridlington Spa, streamed live on the Radio 1 website, on FM and DAB, and on the Red Button all the next day. If you somehow managed to miss it all, you can catch up on Zane Lowe's page. We've got video of the entire show and guess what - it'll work on your mobile!

Geoffrey Smith took you on a tour of the highlights of Ella Fitzgerald's remarkable career in the latest installment of his personal journey through jazz on Radio 3.

Radio 4's brilliant documentary series Soul Music looks at Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms this week, and how it's come to soundtrack memories of conflict and loss, both personal and public.

And we also want to remind you about the national treasure you may never heard of, Bobby Friction on the Asian Network. Every Mon-Thurs at 10pm BST, Bobby plays brand-new desi beats, bhangra bangers and Asian electronica with guests like Apurva C, Kan D Man, Swami Baracus and more dropping in regularly to play exclusive tracks and talk about the scene. It's an amazing show.

Coming up

Mrs. Mills

Mrs. Mills

Tonight it's Part 1 of an in-depth look at each of the six finalists in the Leeds International Piano Competition, with a full concerto performance. Host Suzy Klein will also look at the history of The Leeds, and presents interviews with Lang Lang and the founder of the competition, Dame Fanny Waterman. The show begins at 7:30 BST tonight, 21 Sept.

Also tonight is Tom Jones in a special concert from LSO St Lukes in the City. Informally shot, Sir Tom sings with Josh Osho, Tom Paley and Seasick Steve on a handful of American folk, gospel and blues tunes from the 50s and 60s. That's at 10pm BST, 21 Sept.

On Sunday, BBC Four tells the glorious story of Mrs. Mills, the secretary who shot to fame in the early 1960s with her piano renditions of classic music hall tunes. It's on at 9pm BST, on 23 Sept.

At the exact same time, but presumably without much audience overlap, Charlie Sloth takes the pulse of UK rap in an hour-long doc for Radio 1Xtra. You'll hear freestyles in Belfast, rhymes in Welsh, and a rap showcase in Edinburgh, among other rarities.

On Monday, get ready for Behind the Label - XL Recordings, an hour-long documentary on the label that launched The Prodigy and now boasts a roster featuring Adele and the White Stripes. You can hear all the docs in the Behind the Label series until 10 Oct 2012. Previous episodes feature Ed Banger and Ram Records.

Out next week

We've got reviews of brand new albums by DJ Shadow, Efterklang, INXS, Lucy Rose, Mumford & Sons, Terror Danjah, Ultrasound and Woodpecker Wooliams.


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