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  1. Meeting John Humphrys

    Wednesday 17 September 2014, 08:38

    Sarah Walker Sarah Walker Presenter, Essential Classics

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    John Humphrys and Sarah Walker Sarah's guest this week is the journalist, broadcaster and author, John Humphrys.

     

    When guests arrive in the yellow studio, my first question after greeting them is usually along the lines of “Have you travelled far?” Author Douglas Kennedy wins the prize for having travelled the furthest (he flew in from America), but my latest guest arrived in a state of advanced fatigue, despite having come just a few yards from a nearby studio in Broadcasting House. He’s John Humphrys, and he had a darn good excuse to be tired after getting up at 3.30am to do his regular stint presenting Radio 4’s Today programme. John came straight round to meet me at 9am, and I felt a flicker of anxiety as to whether his patience might be at a low ebb – would I be the next victim of the “Rottweiler of Radio 4”? I needn’t have worried. John made my job very easy by regaling me with interesting and amusing stories about his love of music – the pride he feels for his cellist son Christopher, his wonder and awe at the music of Beethoven, and his willingness to expand his musical boundaries. He did admit to having a mental block with atonal music, and as he described his frustration I was able...

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  2. Jazz on 3: Live from the Edinburgh Festivals

    Friday 15 August 2014, 13:03

    Kevin Le Gendre Kevin Le Gendre

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    This Monday, Jazz on 3 makes its first trip to the Edinburgh Festivals and I’m delighted to be presenting a live broadcast from the BBC’s big, blue tent in the heart of the city.

    On the bill are three local bands featuring the cream of the Edinburgh scene, plus a special festival guest who you might not associate with jazz.

    Trio HSK Trio HSK
    Kicking the night off are Trio HSK, one of the most exciting young ensembles to have emerged in the last year. They’ve captured the imagination with their twister-like rhythmic lines and crunchy harmonies, combining unusual versions of familiar tunes with original material. 

    Coming in from left-field are the avant-garde Edimpro collective. Tonight they materialise in quintet form, freely improvising with an array of reed instruments and electronics. All I can say is that the soundscapes they produce are anything but conventional and may leave you thinking that they sneaked some more members in to the band when nobody was looking!

    Playtime Trio Playtime Trio
    We end with something of a supergroup - three of the leading lights on the Scottish scene have decided to pool their talents in new band Playtime Trio. Actually there will be four musicians on stage as saxophonist...

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  3. BBC Introducing at the 2014 Manchester Jazz Festival

    Thursday 24 July 2014, 11:41

    Jez Nelson Jez Nelson Radio 3 Presenter

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    This Monday, Jazz on 3 makes its first trip to the Edinburgh Festivals and I’m delighted to be presenting a live broadcast from the BBC’s big, blue tent in the heart of the city.

    On the bill are three local bands featuring the cream of the Edinburgh scene, plus a special festival guest who you might not associate with jazz.

    Trio HSK Trio HSK

    Kicking the night off are Trio HSK, one of the most exciting young ensembles to have emerged in the last year. They’ve captured the imagination with their twister-like rhythmic lines and crunchy harmonies, combining unusual versions of familiar tunes with original material. 

    Coming in from left-field are the avant-garde Edimpro collective. Tonight they materialise in quintet form, freely improvising with an array of reed instruments and electronics. All I can say is that the soundscapes they produce are anything but conventional and may leave you thinking that they sneaked some more members in to the band when nobody was looking!

    Playtime Trio Playtime Trio

    We end with something of a supergroup - three of the leading lights on the Scottish scene have decided to pool their talents in new band Playtime Trio. Actually there will be four musicians on stage as saxophonist...

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  4. CC 2014 #25 India

    Tuesday 22 July 2014, 14:47

    Donald MacInnes Donald MacInnes Commonwealth Connections Producer

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    On a stiflingly hot April morning we made our way through the traffic jammed streets of Mumbai to visit one of India’s most distinguished classical musicians, the violinist and singer Kala Ramnath.

    Mumbai Traffic

    After a warm welcome and some even warmer samosas, we made a start. Kala lives in a small flat and we had two rooms to choose from one at the back of her flat and one at the front. Neither room was ideal as at the front there was incessant traffic noise and at the back there was major building works...

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  5. Digital Proms 2014

    Friday 18 July 2014, 17:17

    Andrew Caspari Andrew Caspari

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    Throughout the nearly 90 year history of the BBC Proms we have always done new things each year both with the programme of concerts and the way in which we bring them to audiences.  Our digital innovations have been an important element of this in recent years.  These range from the first Proms website to online ticket sales and then broadcasting in HD sound online which has made listening online the highest quality audio available.

    The season that launches tonight brings with it a raft of new digital offers that will increase the ways in which Proms content can be discovered and enjoyed on...

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  6. CC 2014 #22 Seychelles

    Friday 18 July 2014, 17:17

    Lindsay Pell Lindsay Pell Senior Producer, Commonwealth Connections

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    Humid heat, torrential rain and crowds upon crowds of party-goers all hit the one street town of Victoria on the opening day of Seychelles Carnival parade.

    Seychelles CC #22 1 Seychelles Carnival parade

    Like most people the only thing I associated with the Seychelles before researching this programme was luxury holidays and the vision of millionaire yachts moored off perfect beaches. I wasn't quite expecting rain showers on a monsoon scale which hemmed us into our apartment, turning the baking heat outside into a steaming...

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  7. CC 2014 #24 Zambia

    Friday 18 July 2014, 17:17

    Lindsay Pell Lindsay Pell Senior Producer, Commonwealth Connections

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    If we had known we would meet royalty while in Zambia, we might have dressed up a bit.

    CC 2014 #24 Zambia 1

    Arriving in the 700 year old Mukuni village outside Livingstone, sound engineer Martin Appleby and I were led through a tiny thatched hut and met by the Palace Choir singing a welcome song in two lines like a sort of guard of honour for us. As it turns out this was also the signal to the 'palace' that we were approaching. 

    CC 2014 #24 Zambia 2

    The palace as it turned out was yet another little thatched hut behind a straw wall...

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  8. BBC Proms in 4.0

    Friday 18 July 2014, 12:23

    Rupert Brun Rupert Brun Head of Technology, BBC Radio

    Rupert Brun, Head of Technology for BBC Radio, invites you to participate in a surround sound experiment with BBC Radio 3 and BBC R&D.

    Proms Mixing Desk

    What’s happening?

    We will make some of the BBC Proms concerts available in surround sound this summer. To hear them you will need an internet connection, a computer with a suitable web browser, a surround sound card or HDMI output and a surround sound system with at least four speakers. You can find out more about the technical requirements by reading the FAQ.

    Radio 3 Audio Innovation

    Radio 3 always tries to bring the listener at home an exciting, immersive...

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  9. CC 2014 #23 Bangladesh

    Monday 7 July 2014, 20:13

    Laura Metcalfe Laura Metcalfe Producer, Commonwealth Connections

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    Horn honking here is a significant pass time, and we didn’t leave Bangladesh with a single recording whether music, interview or wild track without some kind of horn or tuk tuk bell on it.

    As sound engineer Rob Winter and I edge forward in the 40 degree heat a traffic policeman does his best to direct the cars, carts and ramshackle buses into their designated lanes. He waves his arms around with absolutely no effect whatsoever – eventually he sees a driver he knows and wanders over for a chat, whilst...

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  10. Music in the Great War and Dr Kate Kennedy

    Thursday 3 July 2014, 11:29

    Sarah Walker Sarah Walker Presenter, Essential Classics

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    Kate Kennedy Kate Kennedy

    Karg-Elert…Eisler…Reger…not names we encounter very often here on Essential Classics. But Radio 3’s focus on the music of World War 1 has given us opportunities to cast our net wider and pull in some hidden gems across the World War I season. Finding pieces like Reger’s Hebbel Requiem is partly thanks to our studio guest last week  – Dr Kate Kennedy of Cambridge University, who explained the background to this piece, putting her finger on its underlying message, that sometimes grief should be sustained, not assuaged. Kate Kennedy also found us a rather touching song...

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