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Another busy week for Radio 3 has reminded me of our need to find ways, in our busy time-poor world, of spreading the word about the station's programming.
Last Friday we had a launch event for a special one-off series called Music Planet which will begin on Thursday 13 January. It is an eight part series related to the latest BBC Natural History Unit BBC One spectacular called Human Planet. Andy Kershaw will return to Radio 3 to present the programmes which will feature world music recorded on location around the globe. It promises to be a fascinating opportunity to hear little known music from far-flung cultures.
Choir of the Year 2010 - The Wellensian Consort
On Sunday I went to the Choir of the Year final at London's Royal Festival Hall. It was a really special occasion, still available to hear on bbc.co.uk/iPlayer after our broadcast on Monday evening. Aled Jones was, as ever, a genial host and the feelgood factor, particularly from hearing what the young choirs have achieved, was enormous - a snapshot of what Aled features every Sunday evening on The Choir.
That was followed two nights later by the British Composer Awards. These awards are a great reminder of the compositional talent which we are fortunate to have in such abundance at the moment in the UK - from familiar and increasingly established names such as Brian Elias and Ryan Wigglesworth to relative newcomers like Cheryl Frances-Hoad (who won two awards) and Sasha Siem.
Following on from the groundbreaking success of our Beethoven Experience and Bach Christmas we have also just announced the latest in our single composer extravaganzas. The Genius of Mozart will run from January 1st - 12th and will feature his complete works, including a lot of live music as well as contextual programming, including Peter Shaffer's play Amadeus.
What all these programming initiatives have in common is that they are all different ways in which to draw attention to what Radio 3 does on a daily basis. Live music (be it classical, jazz or world), debate, discussion, drama, recommendations, music sequences and music in context - it’s all there regularly on Radio 3 - and so these special series are consistent with the station's output throughout the rest of the year and I hope that they introduce more listeners to R3 and its rich and varied programming.
- Find more details of the Genius of Mozart series
- Find programme details for The Genius of Mozart on the Radio 3 Schedule