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    Posted by mismatched (U14242423) on Wednesday, 6th November 2013

    Could I put in a plea for more Opera and Ballet, including modern dance.
    We get Gareth Malone and his amateur choirs but seldom any opera. Strictly Come Dancing occupies a large part of Saturday evenings for three months but never any classical or modern dance.

    I used to be able to attend the major London venues but am now prevented from doing so by geographical restrictions.
    There seems to be endless funding for Eastenders etc but little for other parts of the cultural spectrum. At the very least could we have some Christmas performances. Please, not the Nutcracker again

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    Posted by Pancho Wilkins (U1158194) on Wednesday, 6th November 2013

    seconded

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    Posted by GARGLEBLASTER (U3191065) on Wednesday, 6th November 2013

    Seconded also

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    Posted by grannycool (U14401044) on Wednesday, 6th November 2013

    Yes please......

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    Posted by judimac (U2467704) on Wednesday, 6th November 2013

    I remember when we got operas from Glyndebourne, sighs. But we do get them at the local multiplex cinema.

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    Posted by Owen Herring (U2135393) on Wednesday, 6th November 2013

    I remember when we got operas from Glyndebourne, sighs. But we do get them at the local multiplex cinema.  Their recent/current Billy Budd is coming up on BBC4 on the 17th (according to BBC Music mag). Also the original tv recording of Owen Wingrave is promised, time and date unspecified.

    I would also like to see more opera on tv, and not just the old warhorses. You can keep your ballet, though.

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    Posted by pyanaman (U2905997) on Wednesday, 6th November 2013

    Could I put in a plea for more Opera and Ballet 
    How about simply more good music? There was a time when we had Jazz 625. There is NO jazz on TV and nothing (of note) on radio. I have to listen to KCSM 91.1 and WBGO NPR 88 on the internet.

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    Posted by MAY-DAY (U14316705) on Wednesday, 6th November 2013

    Well, I suppose it depends on what you mean by "of note", pyanaman.

    Every Sat on R3 there's "JRR" and then Geoffrey Smith, albeit at midnight.
    (Bill Evans this weekend; who is also - hooray! - the COTW on R3 next week.)

    And, a wee while back, the 90-min "Jazz Line-Up" moved to Sat evenings as well.

    (Reminds me of the days, up until a couple of years ago, when we had "Jazz Legends" in the hour before "JRR".)

    And every Mon night Jez Nelson on "Jazz On 3" features the more "challenging" stuff.
    Next Mon it's the brilliant The Necks; don't miss!

    On Sats on 6Music, Gilles Peterson plays a lot of jazz (and jazz-influenced) music.
    And Maconie's "Freak Zone" often highlights the more "out there" stuff.


    PS to Owen:

    Ta for the info.
    Looking forward to the Britten(s).
    I don't mind ballet; but it's the music more than the dance that gives me pleasure.

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    Posted by MAY-DAY (U14316705) on Wednesday, 6th November 2013

    Another PS:

    I forgot about wee Jamie Cullum and his Tues evening R2 jazz show.

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    Posted by GZ (U5310554) ** on Wednesday, 6th November 2013

    Could I put in a plea for more Opera and Ballet 
    How about simply more good music? There was a time when we had Jazz 625. There is NO jazz on TV and nothing (of note) on radio. I have to listen to KCSM 91.1 and WBGO NPR 88 on the internet. 
    Hi Pyanaman

    This is a local university radio station in my town that plays loads and loads of jazz and blues around the clock. And also old time radio shows. You can stream them live or listen to archived programming. smiley - ok

    http://www.wdcb.org/

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    Posted by Frenchy90210 (U15455293) on Wednesday, 6th November 2013

    I agree with more ballet and/or modern dance. It seems to be a Christmas treat, but once a year is simply not enough.
    Now that Darcey is in Strictly, I get reminded every Saturday that I miss ballet even more.

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    Posted by GARGLEBLASTER (U3191065) on Thursday, 7th November 2013

    I agree with more ballet and/or modern dance. It seems to be a Christmas treat, but once a year is simply not enough.
    Now that Darcey is in Strictly, I get reminded every Saturday that I miss ballet even more. 
    Pity that Darcey no longer dances. I'll second any plea for more dance and just to show that modern dance doesn't have to be terribly serious and disjointed movements, take a look at this:

    www.youtube.com/watc...

    It was broadcast by the BBC some years ago but whoever is in charge of programming seems to have forgotten that dance in all its forms is incredibly popular these days. I saw on the BBC that other night that Sadler's Wells, the home of dance in London, had made 28.3 million pounds in a year and you can't make that sort of money out of marginal stuff, it has to have an appeal. They're using the money to open up a fourth venue on top of the main one at Sadler's Wells , the Lilian Bayliss theatre and the Peacock theatre.

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    Posted by mismatched (U14242423) on Friday, 29th November 2013

    I see that according to RT the BBC are kindly letting us watch two ballets over Christmas/New Year. The Bolshoi's Sleeping Beauty and something of Carlos Acosta's, probably Don Quixote. No mention of any other dance.
    How many East Enders "specials" will there be in this time?

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    Posted by jennyj (U15939066) on Friday, 29th November 2013

    I agree - more opera and ballet and classical music in general would be great.

    As for Strictly Come Dancing, I despair - honestly, why on earth do they have to dances waltzes to pop music? It's just ghastly! Apart from when they have some American musicals music, the rest is so bloody awful I never, ever watch the programme now. They even make the oldie contestants dance to the rubbish, poor things.

    As for Darcy Bussell, well, I guess she's entitled to make some money, and why not, but she is of course completely wasted and 'out of place'. And I can't believe that either she, or the other judges, actually LIKE the ghastly music the contestants have to dance to!

    I do wish SCD could at least insert ONE dance that was danced to 'proper' ballroom music, and not pop music,whether thats music from the thirties and forties etc, or from the Vienese waltzes etc. Anything to give us a break from the rubbish pop music that dominates! I'm sure 'proper' music would be popular with more than just me!

    One of the 'talent' shows I really enjoyed was the Popstar to Operastar (which I think might have been on ITV, come to think of it!) because it gave a chance to hear beautiful opera arias, but also because I felt it gave pop singers a chance to try out singing 'real' music (!). I suspect audience numbers weren't good enough to keep the show going (and they were probably running out of popular arias anyway!).

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    Posted by mismatched (U14242423) on Monday, 16th December 2013

    The trailers for Sleeping Beauty show it to be Matthew Bournes version. Better and Better

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    Posted by Annie-Lou (U4502268) on Monday, 16th December 2013

    I hope your Christmas wish is granted mismatched, but just in case as a back up, can I recommend (whisper it) Sky Arts.

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    Posted by beerhead (U15819967) on Monday, 16th December 2013

    Don't like opera, BUT I wish there were broadcasts of theatre shows on TV. There's some brilliant shows being produced for theatre audiences. Why not widen the audience and broadcast it on on TV? They can do it with Wimbledon, why not with theatre? Would put more money into theatre and probably wouldn't lessen the audience for people who want to see it live.

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    Posted by Logans Run (U13830424) on Monday, 16th December 2013

    I hate ballet smiley - smiley
    You can go and watch it on YouTube if you are that desperate. Ballet, I ask you, dancing for snobs.

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    Posted by beerhead (U15819967) on Monday, 16th December 2013

    Different strokes for different folkssmiley - smiley

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    Posted by fox_at_moonlight (U15160069) on Monday, 16th December 2013

    Exactly, beerhead. I really don't understand why people have to post insults smiley - sadface.

    I love watching ballet - went to a matinee performance of Coppelia at our local theatre - nothing too heavy but something to look forward to. Unfortunately, my seat was at the end of a row of people who seemed not to understand that it was what it was. A non-speaking dance programme and they spent the whole first act passing a bag of boiled sweets up and down the row .... with accompanying comments such as .... "Is there a red one in there? George doesn't like the green ones."

    Behind me was a young girl who put her feet on the back of my seat - ignoring polite requests to put them down - while the adult with her spent most of the time explaining what was happening on stage all the while scurrying about in the bottom of her capacious bag for sweets, tissues etc.

    I didn't see the end of the ballet.

    So, yes please, more ballet, more dance, more jazz. Surely that's what BBC4 is all about?

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    Posted by LordRahl (U4679274) on Monday, 16th December 2013

    I was at my local cinema on Thursday to see a live broadcast from The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden of "The Nutcracker". It was fantastic. Should be shown on TV.

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    Posted by beerhead (U15819967) on Monday, 16th December 2013

    Yes, more dance, but don't forget modern dance..... Art is a living thing, the past is important but so is the present.... without the present we wouldn't have the pastsmiley - smiley

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    Posted by fox_at_moonlight (U15160069) on Monday, 16th December 2013

    I don't mind what sort of dance smiley - smiley.

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    Posted by mismatched (U14242423) on Friday, 14th February 2014

    This looks as if it may be an interesting series

    www.bbc.co.uk/news/e...

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    Posted by GARGLEBLASTER (U3191065) on Friday, 14th February 2014

    This looks as if it may be an interesting series

    www.bbc.co.uk/news/e... 
    Thanks for posting that. However, I see that it says:

    Ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn dancing in a long-unseen performance of Sleeping Beauty will feature as part of BBC Two and Four's SHORT ballet season.  

    Why does everything associated with the arts have to be "short"? Couldn't we have just for once, a LONG season?

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    Posted by Dee (U15846799) on Friday, 14th February 2014

    Thanks for linking this to the thread, mismatched.

    Very thoughtful of you.

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