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Paul Hughes, BBC Symphony Orchestra
Paul Hughes, general manager of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and the BBC Singers, reveals some of the highlights of the 2015-16 season.
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Paul Hughes is the General Manager responsible for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Chorus and the BBC Singers. The job involves keeping a giddying calendar of dates stretching years hence, in his head. In this blog, Paul reflects on the 2015-16 season which has just been announced.
The BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sakari Oramo. Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke
I find this a strange time of the planning year, when the present season is well over half way through. the new season has just gone public and my mind is focused on the season yet-to-be planned and the last few details of the Proms season ahead. I know this to be true when a friend asked me what we are doing next season and my mind went blank ‒ full of this week’s concert and the ideas for 2016-2017 that are swirling around in my head. And then I got home and went straight to the laptop to be reminded, as a smile crept over my face, of a season as full of musical adventures and journeys, pleasures and indulgences as you would expect of the BBCSO.
Any concert conducted by Sakari Oramo is a...
Radio 3 Presenter
Jason Moran (l) and Robert Glasper
Jez Nelson introduces a special duo concert from two of America’s biggest piano stars
The Blue Note all-stars that headlined the label’s 75th birthday celebrations at last year’s EFG London Jazz Festival were good, but it was the opening duo who stole the show. Jason Moran and Robert Glasper both hail from Houston, Texas and are Blue Note fixtures, but they have very different approaches to the music. Moran draws inspiration from the visual arts and arguably has a more conceptual, compositional focus, as witnessed by his impactful score for the new Martin Luther King biopic, Selma. Glasper is as lauded in nu-soul, hip hop and R&B as he is for acoustic jazz and has made his name blurring those boundaries whilst honing his art. We’ve featured both, in various settings, many times on Jazz on 3 - but never together.
To explore into these musical influences a little more I put the pair to the MP3 shuffle test before the show, delving at random into the music they take with them on the...
Editor, BBC Radio 3
Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre
To mark International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March we’re celebrating female composers both past and present. There are 6000 women composers in history, so why can most of us only name a handful? We as a station can’t solve the imbalances of the classical music industry - which inevitably reflect historic societal attitudes to women generally - but it's very important to take the time to explore the issues.
We will be celebrating today’s wealth of female talent and creativity and also championing history’s great trailblazers who helped pave the way for them. As well as recognisable names such as Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann we look at slightly lesser known names from history such as Barbara Strozzi and Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre who managed to make a name for themselves in a male-dominated world, alongside a range of composers working today including Charlotte Bray, Anna Clyne, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Hannah Kendall and Dobrinka Tabakova.
Our celebration isn’t about...
Resident Composer BBC NOW
Large-scale structure of light distribution in the Universe
FORM AND TEXT
I’ve been writing A Violence of Gifts for what feels like an eternity but, finally, the composition work is coming to an end. I’m now in the midst of making the conductor’s score, orchestral parts and the piano reduction for the choir and soloists. It seems a good moment to take stock and reflect on the origin of the project, particularly as the piece itself is concerned with...
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...
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...
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...
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 working in...
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 her...