BBC Radio 3
Roger Philbrick, Senior Content Producer, Radio 3 Interactive
Senior Content Producer Roger Philbrick celebrates a milestone in Radio 3's commitment to providing listeners with in-depth material on classical music composers.
Senior Content Producer, Radio 3 Interactive
The number of Composer Collections on the Radio 3 website has reached a milestone of 40. Roger Philbrick is the senior content producer behind this long-running piece of in-depth curation, which has led to some 2000 archive composer programmes being made permanently available to listeners. As he prepares to leave the BBC after nearly 30 years’ service, Roger opens the composer jewel-box to show off the treasures inside ….
In 2002 I was working as Science producer for the Radio 4 website when it occurred to me that it might be possible to keep recordings of radio programmes online beyond the normal 7 day limit. This was fairly radical in the days before iPlayer or podcasts, but our audience approved and the idea quickly caught on with Arts and History programmes. Music broadcasts were trickier because we were only allowed to archive musical excerpts, rather than full performances. But this still allowed us to offer music documentaries and features with short musical…
Controller, BBC Radio 3
End of week one. Pinch myself. I now have the magic pass that gets me into the studios. And I can find them, even the lovely one on the 8th floor where In Tune weaves its magic. I’ve even got cards that say I’m Controller, so it must be true.
I’ve found inside Radio 3 a new reason to believe – to believe in the power of music, the power of culture and ideas, and the powerful role the BBC and Radio 3 does and will play in the cultural life of the country. The reason – the intellectual curiosity and generosity of the people working here and their skill in making remarkable things happen. Their knowledge of music and culture, and their dedicated pursuit of doing things in the best way possible.
It is a privilege to be working here, and my excitement at what we are doing, and my ambition about what we will do remains huge.
BBC Director-General Tony Hall announces The Year of Song and Dance 2015
During my first week we launched BBC Four’s Year of Song and Dance, and Radio 3 will be linking up with some programmes around…
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke
BBC Symphony Orchestra chief conductor Sakari Oramo continues his Nielsen series on Friday the 16th, with the Third Symphony. It starts with 26 bangs, as Sub-Principal Viola Phil Hall explains in this insider’s guide to the symphonies
Anniversary years often provide a useful opportunity for reviewing a composer's output. In 2015 we have the sesquicentenary of the birth of two of Scandinavia's greatest symphonists: Finland's Jean Sibelius and from Denmark, Carl Nielsen. In our 2014-15 Barbican season the BBCSO has elected to celebrate the six symphonies of Nielsen with chief conductor Sakari Oramo. A canny decision as Sakari has just finished recording them all for the Swedish BIS label with his ‘other’ orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, to much critical acclaim.
One of the nice things about doing a complete symphonic cycle (with the possible exception of those by Beethoven and Brahms) is that new discoveries will be made because you have probably not played them all…
Assistant Producer, R3 Multiplatform
Screenshot of the Best of British playlist
I’ve recently moved jobs. Instead of the usual packing all your notepads, assorted pens, stapler and hundreds of paperclips (which, by the way, were never to be found when you actually needed them) into a bag and bumping into people on your tube journey home, I carried my modest stationary collection up two floors in Broadcasting House to Radio 3 Multiplatform. After over four years…
Writer, Broadcaster, Jazz Historian
When I wrote on this blog about my excitement at taking over this programme from Geoffrey Smith two and a half years ago, I knew that it was coming up to its half century. This makes it, as far as I can tell, the longest running jazz radio programme anywhere in the world. Its actual 50th birthday is on 12 December, so we’re celebrating on the preceding Saturday, 6 December 2014.
I grew up listening to this programme. Saturday lunchtimes, and then teatimes after it moved from midday, meant it was time to tune to the Third Programme for the weekly installment of jazz, just as Sunday…
Producer, R3 Multiplatform
Tomorrow night (Tuesday 18 November), the BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Clark Rundell are appearing at the EFG London Jazz Festival with two new BBC commissions. The BBC CO's Associate Composer Guy Barker has used a scenario by Robert Ryan to paint a portrait in music of London's Soho, and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Trish Clowes appears with her own quintet with tracks from…
Resident Composer BBC NOW
Mark Bowden and Owen Sheers at CERN
In the first of a series of blogs, Mark Bowden, resident composer at the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, writes about the journey from initial idea to world premiere – as he prepares to write a new work for the crchestra and chorus
Everything came from nothing. Time, space and matter. Life. Ideas, even. This simple yet devastating scientific concept, put forward by the…
Radio 3 Presenter
I love the EFG London Jazz Festival. I honestly think it’s the best jazz festival in the world. It might not have the sun of Nice or the wine of Monterey but what it boasts is an extraordinary range of music across a huge number of performances. Londoners are spoilt anyway because there’s always a handful of excellent jazz gigs happening most nights of the year. But somehow the festival takes things to another level, bringing together as it does the biggest stars and the hottest new names from the UK, Europe and beyond.
BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra sub-principal viola Phil Hall reports from Spain
The tour did not begin well ‒ I left home with my wife's car keys in my pocket and no passport. Fortunately I realised these blunders just before boarding the train to Heathrow. The orchestra has been split into two groups for travelling to Alicante and my second group arrives at the hotel at midnight after 2 flights and a G&T stop in Madrid airport in between.
After the cool of London, Alicante is deliciously warm in the balmy night air and we check-in to the luminously-named Eurostars Lucentum hotel, opposite…
Presenter, Essential Classics
I confess that, before interviewing Camila Batmanghelidjh, I was not aware of her strong background in the performing arts. As it turns out, this leading charity worker and businesswoman is one of the most creative people I've ever met.
This week's guest Camila Batmanghelidjh
Her love of colour is pretty apparent - anyone who's seen Camila talking about her work on TV cannot have failed to notice her amazing dress sense –…