A busy week on Radio 3

Saturday 2 October 2010, 01:04

Roger Wright Roger Wright Controller, Radio 3

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Richard Wagner, Radio 3 Composer of the Week in wek 40, October 2010

I was staggered recently when a colleague (in this case Andrew Connolly, who runs the BBC Concert Orchestra) told me what his orchestra was undertaking in a matter of days - the range of its output was breathtaking and the information itself made an impact on me.

Sometimes I think we do so much that it is hard to get any clear message out about what we are doing and when.

So it led me to think that the simplicity of merely communicating the details of our programmes can be a powerful tool to use in the promotion of Radio 3. This thought hit me again when I looked at week 40. I have always had difficulty in understanding BBC weeks. Many of my colleagues have amazing powers - not least to match a week number to particular dates. So for those like me who have no clue about week number except 1 and 52 (and they can be trickier than you might imagine!), I was looking at the plans for this week.

Just look at today's schedule:

A concert from the York Early Music Festival, a performance from the Darbar Festival in World Routes, Rigoletto from Welsh National Opera with Simon Keenleyside in the title role and a fascinating new play The First Day Of The Rest Of My Life by Martin Jameson in The Wire, That's all between just 1300 and 2200 on one day.

Later in the week you can hear Ugandan journalist Joel Kibazo visiting Kenya on the 50th anniversary of the liberation of 17 African nations, Wagner is Composer of the Week, there is a series of five talks exploring aspects of the Stewart dynasty, Rana Mitter talks to primatologist Frans de Waal and Matthew Sweet talks to the American novelist Jonathan Franzen (both on Night Waves), concerts from the Ulster Orchestra and the Halle (amongst others) and a live broadcast of Sir Andrew Davis conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in music by Elgar, Delius and the world premiere of a new work by Edwin Roxburgh, followed by The Verb in which Ian McMillan introduces a new commission written for the programme by novelist Louise Walsh. Please excuse the long list - but I hope you get the point.

I suppose if I were looking for a definition of broadcasting as opposed to narrowcasting just reading the list of programmes speaks more powerfully than a strategy document!

Roger Wright is Controller of BBC Radio 3

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    Comment number 1.

    I've just listened to the interview conducted by Tom Service with the composer Leif Segerstam. "Listening" is something perphaps Mr Service could try a bit more? He constantly interrupted Mr Segerstam who, with the deepest respect to Mr Service, should have been the central focus of the interview.

    There were some fascinating insights threatening to break out, but Mr Service seemed to be doing his best to keep his interviewee in his place.

    It's a real shame when presenters view themselves as more important than their distinguished guests.

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    Comment number 2.

    " ... a live broadcast of Sir Andrew Davis conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in music by Elgar, Delius and the world premiere of a new work by Edwin Roxburgh ... "

    A highlight I would have liked to have caught all of, via the iPlayer, but only Part 2, the Delius, has been made available. Is there something the Beeb has against Edwin Roxburgh or Elgar? I have tried raising this issue via the iPlayer "Contact Us" facility, but it appears not to function. Perhaps it is overloaded with attempts to alert the operators to its failing.

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    Comment number 3.

    I have not been able, as I used to, to enjoy Choral Evensong broadcasts; each time I got "this is not working now, please try later" answer, and this has been on for months. I have downloaded all the updates to RealPlayer to no effect.

    Please advise why this could now be happening.

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    Comment number 4.

    Abayomi 1, have you tried pursuing the problem via http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mbiplayer/NF13735684 ? If nothing else, doing so means there is a slightly greater chance of it being read by somebody who might just possibly take remedial action.

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    Comment number 5.

    Part 1 of last Friday's Performance on 3 now available. Many thanks to whoever sorted it.


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