Baroque music to tell story of historic houses on Radio 3

Radio 3 is always looking for imaginative ways of presenting classical music and introducing it to new audiences. Our partnership with the National Trust is a good example of this audience development as, together, we can offer a special experience to enjoy baroque music in unique surroundings.”Roger Wright Controller, BBC Radio 3 and Director, BBC Proms
Date: 06.01.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.16
Category: Radio 3
In Spring 2013, from 3 March-1 April, as part of the BBC’s commitment to music programming, BBC Radio 3 and the National Trust present six live concerts and a live drama placing baroque performance in its historical context.

Audiences will be given the opportunity to experience the music of the 17th and 18th centuries in a new light through performances at National Trust properties, each with their own stories linked to the period.

The events will form part of a wider Radio 3 season, Baroque Spring, which will feature further concerts, speech and comedy to be announced later in 2013. The season of programming on Radio 3 will shed new light on one of the most significant periods of music, when the likes of Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi and Bach, amongst others, composed some of the most best loved pieces of classical music.

The concerts will be presented by Radio 3’s Katie Derham, who will be joined by the Antique Roadshow’s Lars Tharp during intervals to offer a fascinating insight into the Baroque connections at each house.

  • Sunday 3 March, 2-4pm: The Stone Gallery at The Vyne, Hampshire - The BBC Singers / St James’s Baroque / David Hill
  • Wednesday 6 March, 1-2pm: The Cobbe Collection at Hatchlands Park, Surrey - Carole Cerasi
  • Sunday 10 March, 2-4pm: The Ballroom, Powis Castle, Powys - Le Jardin Secret
  • Sunday 10 March, 8:30pm: The Ballroom, Powis Castle, Powys - The English Touring Theatre Company / Liverpool Everyman Playhouse: The Misanthrope
  • Sunday 17 March, 2-4pm: Marble Hall at Clandon Park, Surrey - La Risonanza / Yetzabel Arias Fernandez / Fabio Bonizzoni
  • Sunday 24 March, 2-4pm: The Long Gallery, Ham House, Surrey - Magdalena Consort / Peter Harvey
  • Sunday 31 March, 2-4pm: The Riding Stables, Tredegar House, South Wales - Brecon Baroque / Rachel Podger

For full repertoire and further listings details please see the Notes to Editors

The live events will be broadcast on Radio 3 and will be open to the public.

Radio 3 listeners around the country will be able to hear the concerts and discussions which will contextualise the music and houses, explaining how their history is entwined.

Roger Wright Controller, BBC Radio 3 and Director, BBC Proms, said: “As the home of classical music, BBC Radio 3 is always looking for imaginative ways of presenting classical music and introducing it to new audiences. Our partnership with the National Trust is a good example of this audience development as, together, we can offer a special experience to enjoy baroque music in unique surroundings.”

Sarah Staniforth, Museums and Collections Director at the National Trust, says: “We are delighted that these historic houses will be the settings for some of the most inspiring Baroque music and drama. Whether attending in person, or listening to the concerts on the radio, audiences will also be able to enjoy learning more about the Baroque stories connected to these special places as part of what promises to be an exciting BBC music season."

Notes to Editors

• The BBC creates non-commercial partnerships with the arts sector that go beyond broadcast, from sharing expertise to widening public engagement in UK arts e.g. National Trust, The Royal Opera House, Edinburgh International Festival, Southbank Centre and many more.

• The BBC aims to provide the broadest range and depth of music and arts programmes across Television and Radio.

• The BBC aims to provide new life and context to music through original, fresh discussion and perspectives.

• BBC Radio 3 is the home of classical music. The station also broadcasts a wide range of cultural programming including jazz, world music, arts and over 30 new drama programmes a year. BBC Radio 3 features more live classical music programming than any other station and is the home of the BBC Proms, broadcasting every Prom live and over 600 complete concerts a year. The station is also the most significant commissioner of new musical works in the world and is committed to supporting new talent, composers, writers and new young performers through schemes such as World Routes Academy, New Generation Artists and New Generation Thinkers.

Full Listings

Sunday 3 March, 2-4pm: Live Sunday Concert from the Stone Gallery at The Vyne, Hampshire

In the 18th-century Stone Gallery of this beautiful former Tudor palace, the BBC Singers and St James’s Baroque are conducted by David Hill in English church anthems and chamber music from around the time of the Restoration, including works by Henry Purcell, Pelham Humfrey and John Blow.

Wednesday 6 March, 1-2pm: Live Lunchtime Concert from Hatchlands Park, in Surrey, home to the outstanding Cobbe Collection of historic keyboard instruments. Carole Cerasi, one of the UK’s most distinguished harpsichordists, returns to Hatchlands to perform a French programme on the Ruckers-Hemsch harpsichord in the Cobbe Collection.

Sunday 10 March, 2-4pm: Live Sunday Concert from Le Jardin Secret in the 17th-century Ballroom at Powis Castle in Powys.

A programme inspired by the castle’s historical links to the exiled court of King James II at St Germain-en-Laye. Includes music for soprano and chamber ensemble by Couperin, Charpentier, Carissimi and Innocenzo Fede.

Sunday 10 March, 8:30pm: Live drama (in full costume) The Misanthrope from the Ballroom, Powis Castle

The English Touring Theatre Company and the Liverpool Everyman Playhouse present Roger McGough’s twist on Baroque drama The Misanthrope, a tale of manners and morals set amid 17th century French aristocracy.

Sunday 17 March, 2-4pm: Live Sunday Concert from the Italianate Marble Hall at Clandon Park, Surrey

La Risonanza and soprano Yetzabel Arias Fernandez, directed by Fabio Bonizzoni, perform cantatas and chamber works by Vivaldi and Handel in the stunning Marble Hall of this Palladian mansion, designed in the 1730s by Venetian architect Giacomo Leoni.

Sunday 24 March, 2-4pm: Live Sunday Concert from The Long Gallery at the 17th century Ham House in Surrey

Sacred cantatas and motets by JS Bach and his older relatives Johann Christoph and Johann Michael, performed in the Long Gallery at one of the most unspoilt English country houses of the Stuart era by the Magdalena Consort, directed by Peter Harvey.

Sunday 31 March, 2-4pm: Live Sunday Concert from the Riding Stables Tredegar House in South Wales

Brecon Baroque, directed by violinist Rachel Podger, perform works for string orchestra by Corelli, Purcell, Biber and Schmelzer in the Riding School at a mansion that has been described as ‘one of the outstanding houses of the Restoration period in the whole of Britain’.

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