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Friday 17 June 2011, 14:34

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St Leonard's Shoreditch

Feedback sent me to St Leonard's Church in Shoreditch in east London this week.

I wouldn't call it the most glamorous of locations.

It lies just outside the old walls of the City, and had the surrounding area been badly blitzed not much of architectural value would have been lost.

The historical associations are however dazzling. This is the site of the first theatre built in England since the Romans departed. A second soon followed, and William Shakespeare played in and wrote for at least one of them before departing for the South Bank.

One of his best friends and colleagues, Richard Burbage, lies in the graveyard as does the man fellow playwright Ben Jonson ran through with his sword during a fight in nearby Hoxton Square, now achingly fashionable, but then an open place where feuds were settled.

Jonson escaped the noose "by benefit of clergy".

St Leonard's itself was rebuilt by the architect George Dance the Elder between 1736 and 1740 and though some plaster is peeling off the walls it is a wonderful space, ideal for performing Purcell's semi-opera King Arthur.

Which is why a Radio 3 outside broadcasting vehicle was parked outside on the road to Hackney.

The network was transmitting the concert as part of Radio 3 Live in Concert, which, in what is described as "an unprecedented venture", is carrying live broadcasts from across the UK every weekday.

I was accompanied by Feedback listener Chris Newman, a passionate Radio 3 fan and we met the director Robert Hollingworth and also the Radio 3 Live in Concert's Edward Blakeman.

Next week on Feedback we will be discussing whether Children's radio has any future at the BBC.

Or put it another way, if Chris Evans can get 30,000 children to write short stories for Radio 2, what's the problem?

Please let me know what you think. Leave a comment on the blog or get in touch via the Feedback web site.

Roger Bolton is presenter of Feedback

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    Comment number 1.

    I do not have the same experience that Chris Newman has when listening to a live concert performance on the radio. Watching an orchestra perform is something different completely, but listening at home my enjoyment is the same for a live broadcast as it is for a recorded one. (Perhaps I need a bar in my home and a group of friends who will join me for one during the interval!)

    It was, at first, surprising to learn that a live performance costs around the same as a recorded performance to produce, but on reflection this makes sense. Significant savings, however, might be made by rebroadcasting concerts.

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    Comment number 2.

    "live performance costs around the same as a recorded performance to produce, but on reflection this makes sense"

    Can you expand on this? I'm not sure why it makes sense.

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    _marko

    I presume that a recorded broadcast will require more or less the same number of personnel to make the recording, prepare it for broadcast and to actually broadcast it. I would like to read your thoughts on the matter. If more staff are required for a live broadcast it would be interesting to know how many more are required.

 

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