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Roger Wright Roger Wright | 09:39 UK Time, Monday, 25 May 2009

This is my first blog post so thanks for reading it!

I'll be blogging along with my colleagues and some guests and I hope you'll enjoy what we write and find it interesting enough to post your own material. This blog will not replace the Q and A sessions I ran online during the Proms last year as you, the audience, seemed to find that a useful forum.

All the details about the Radio 3 and the Proms are on our site and it is good to see the messageboards buzzing as ever with everyone's likes and dislikes of this year's programmes. I love the passion of our audiences and am fascinated by the art of programme building and changing tastes over the years.

Radio 3's success at the Sony Awards is still resonating with us all at the station - and it has been wonderful to receive so many supportive messages of congratulation. I am thrilled for my colleagues. They richly deserve the recognition. It was good to see a range of our programmes receiving Gold Awards - not least "Words and Music" as we celebrate poetry across the BBC.

These awards are a timely reminder that Radio 3, for its all its unique work as a cultural patron, remains a radio station alongside every other station and has to compete for attention in that crowded market.

Our Composers of the Year project (Purcell, Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn) steams ahead with Haydn getting some special attention now. Some of our contributors during the Mendelssohn weekend talked about Mendelssohn as the composer who is most in need of re-evaluation out of the four "anniversarians". Has there been any particular revelation for you so far from what you have heard?

For example I was particularly struck by the Mendelssohn String Quintets which I admit I had never heard before.

Hearing these remarkable pieces was another reminder for me that there is so much music that we will never hear in our lifetimes. I wonder how best we should balance our time between works of art we already know with time spent seeking out the unfamiliar?


  • Comment number 1.

    Congratulations! Radio 3 via internet is my delight!

  • Comment number 2.

    I have listened to r3 since the mid 1960's, the last few years of the Third Programme and since 1967, r3. It was the jazz programmes that initially drew me to the station; but over the years it has formed part of my life and listening, and helped me discover much new music.

    I find that many recent initiatives, the Beethoven & Bach weeks especially have been most welcome. I must also congratulate you on the SOny Award, since r3 is a family friend in my house.

    But as a serious jazz fan I am just straight out appalled at the recent decline in quality and type of programming. With the exception of Jazz Library, any critical analysis has departed with the demise of Jazz File. The editorial authority of Jazz Line Up and Jazz on r3 is often laughable. The new schedule puts these programmes into the dark hours; and if you think that r3 does a good job by making them available on Listen Again, and that the jazz fan can use the internet then I have to say that the Jazz FM stations available on the web, based on 12 or 24 hour output local stations in the USA put r3 to shame.

  • Comment number 3.

    re "fascinated by the art of programme building", and the comment above, it does seem jazz is experiencing something more akin to programme demolition.

    I am rather of the view that the long-standing thoughtless consigning of jazz and related programming to (extremely) late night slots is the product of cultural assumptions which are one of the many small ways the BBC - with Radio 3 well to the fore - betrays its continuing institutional racism.

  • Comment number 4.

    Yes, I would definitely go along with Calum da Jazbo....his view of whats been happening with jazzoutput is accurate....we have been banging on about JLU for a couple of years now....usually somewhat rudely....but it is a dud and so is its production staff....What R3 could do is just PLAY more JAZZ....rather than gimmics and magazine format....The BBC Jazz Orchestra/Band is a dud too....if you want to give work to musicans ££££, then there are plenty of combo's about that would fit the bill for sessions....
    By the way I HATE WEEKS/WEEKEND of one composer....


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