The new look R3 schedule
Radio 3 Controller Roger Wright explains some changes to programmes and presenters coming up in September on Radio 3.
Now the 2011 BBC Proms festival is up and running, my mind is not only on putting the finishing touches to the 2012 Proms but also to the new season on Radio 3 which kicks off in September.
We have today announced two new classical music programmes for the new schedule.
Essential Classics will be a new weekday morning programme (9-12) to be presented by Rob Cowan and Sarah Walker. It will include an Artist of the Week feature as well as strong elements of recommendation, including the chance to hear the recording chosen by Building a Library in CD Review.
Saturday Classics between 3-5pm (on Saturdays!) will offer a personal view of classical music from a range of presenters, including many well-known figures from the musical world. These authored programmes will give listeners a chance to hear themed programmes which reflect a personal interest of the presenters.
I can be certain of only one thing - namely that these changes will be met by a variety of responses.
I always feel that the oft-used phrase "you can't please all the audience all the time" is a rather inadequate response to scheduling issues but it is the truth and one of the challenges of managing the range and breadth of Radio 3 programming.
Our weekday Breakfast programme will begin half an hour earlier at 6.30 and following Rob's move to Essential Classics, Sara Mohr-Pietsch will be joined by Petroc Trelawny. Suzy Klein will take Petroc's place on In Tune and Rob and James Jolly will present Sunday Morning in place of Suzy.
I hope you are following all this! If not it will all become clear when we launch our new schedule on Monday September 12th.
I am particularly pleased with our new look to Sunday afternoons with The Choir following the repeat of Choral Evensong and Words and Music having a regular slot at 6.30. Words and Music regularly gets critical acclaim and warm audience feedback and I know that its unique qualities, a mix of unannounced themed music, poetry and prose, will find a new audience.
Now it's back to the present and on again with the Proms!