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  1. Last bash for BBC SO timpanist John Chimes

    Wednesday 1 October 2014, 16:01

    Phil Hall Phil Hall BBC Symphony Orchestra

    John Chimes John Chimes The BBC SO’s indefatigable timpanist John Chimes is retiring from the orchestra. Sub principal viola Phil Hall leaves his desk and climbs the risers at Maida Vale to talk to his noisy colleague at the back …

    PH Tell us a little about your background; did you play any other instruments before learning the timpani?

    JC I played the piano up to Grade 7 but I also played the guitar and the bass guitar. Then I started to play the drums with my father who was a semi-professional saxophone player. We played in bands in the '60s for weddings and social functions. That was where I received my first performing experience. I played in other bands too but basically it was he who started me off. Playing the drums in a band was a wonderful foundation course for playing timpani in an orchestra because you have to think for yourself, lay down the "feel" as it were, and in retrospect it was a great way to start.

    We couldn't really afford any timps so I had to practice on pillows! I would set them up in my bedroom, one pillow per timp and I learnt the whole repertoire on them.

    At the time of course I thought it a pity I didn't have timps to practice on when my potential rivals probably...

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  2. How classical music can seriously enhance your life

    Thursday 25 September 2014, 13:42

    Suzy Klein Suzy Klein Presenter, BBC Radio 3

    Like most people, my love of classical music happened through a series of unrelated fortuitous events. My mother used to blast Cosi fan Tutte out of the cassette player in her old Nissan Sunny in a bid to try and keep her four unruly offspring quiet. I thus have Mozart and da Ponte to thank for avoiding a collision on the school run, as we children inevitably got into a wildly distracting scuffle in the back seats. Lesson no. 1: classical music is like balm for the soul/stops kids punching one another. 
    Then, I remember my head virtually exploding with excitement when the music teacher played us Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture on an old record player – I’d never paid much attention in our tuneless choir rehearsals, but hearing that tumultuous, pulsating, adrenalized orchestral racket stopped me sleeping that night with excitement. Lesson no. 2: classical music can be spectacularly cerebrally stimulating. 
    And my eternal thanks to Mrs Antoniou, my piano teacher, who sat and listened to 4 year-old me playing Frere Jacques. Badly. 24 times over. Her limitless patience, gentle encouragement and boundless enthusiasm fostered in me a love of learning and playing music that remains today...

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  3. 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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  4. 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...

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  5. 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...

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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