Welcome to the Radio 3 blog
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?