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Jonathan Dove's Portrait choice

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Graeme Kay Graeme Kay | 17:32 UK Time, Wednesday, 9 May 2012

On Radio 3's Portraits Day, the airwaves and cyberspace were buzzing with suggestions for composer Jonathan Dove's Radio 3 Portrait commission.  Producer Janet Tuppen has the result ...

Jonathan Dove

Jonathan Dove

Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions you sent in for nominations to Jonathan Dove.  It's been a fascinating process, with a broad range of suggestions, including Gilbert & GeorgeHelena Kennedy, Richard Dawkins, Giles FraserTim Berners-LeeMeryl Streep, and David Attenborough.

Jonathan had a challenging time considering all the nominations, and after sleeping on it, has now made his decision: his BBC-commissioned piece will be a musical portrait about Aung San Suu Kyi (below), the Nobel Peace prize winner and Burmese opposition politician.

Aung San Soo Kyi


As he says, 'I am delighted to be able to portray someone so influential and admirable, who shows such steadfastness in the face of opposition. Her peaceful and powerful demeanour has already allowed me to imagine how a musical form might portray her. Portraits Day was wonderful - an incredible way to engage with an audience.'

Controller of BBC Radio 3, Roger Wright says: 'Radio 3 is the home of classical music and the most significant commissioner of new musical works and we never fail to enjoy the way in which our audiences engage with us. We look forward to the first performance and broadcast of Jonathan’s musical portrayal of this inspirational woman later in the year.'

More of the people nominated can be seen by visiting out our Portraits Pinterest board.


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