Cultural collaboration as Brazil's Radio Cultura FM simulcasts Radio's 3 Music Nation broadcasts

I am delighted that BBC Radio 3 is able to share its unique live music programming with Radio Cultura, bringing audiences in Brazil the chance to hear the range and quality of UK orchestral life.”Roger Wright, Controller, Radio 3
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A unique collaboration between radio networks of the current and next Olympic host nation sees Brazil's Radio Cultura FM simulcast BBC Radio 3's extensive coverage of Music Nation this weekend.

Music Nation is the first nationwide countdown event for the London 2012 Festival with over 100 live music performances and events taking place across the UK on the weekend of 3 & 4 March 2012.

Radio 3 are clearing their weekend schedules to broadcast over 24 hours of live and recorded Music Nation performances from across the UK. The partnership with Radio Cultura FM will allow audiences in Brazil to enjoy part of the UK's cultural celebration ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Roger Wright, Controller, BBC Radio 3, says: “I am delighted that BBC Radio 3 is able to share its unique live music programming with Radio Cultura, bringing audiences in Brazil the chance to hear the range and quality of UK orchestral life.”

Claudia Toni, Radio Cultura´s consultant for Classical Music, says: "The participation of Radio Cultura in the broadcast of 'Music Nation' marks the beginning of a collaboration that we hope will be long-lasting. The Brazilian audience will now be able to follow the best in music that is produced in the UK! Broadcasting live during 25 hours, in a direct international radio transmission, is a novel and exciting experience for us. This marks the first time that Brazil's Radio Cultura and BBC Radio 3 share the airwaves."

Radio 3 performance highlights include: The Ulster and RTÉ Concert orchestras collaborating for the first time to perform a new Radio 3 commissioned work by Brian Irvine with words by Seamus Heaney in Belfast; and a Making Music commission by Orlando Gough that will be sung by community groups across the UK, including The Choir with No Name, a choir of people affected by homelessness. For full details are on the Radio 3 website.

Devised and led by the BBC, and including performances by the six BBC performing groups, Music Nation is a partnership with Arts Council England, the Association of British Orchestras (ABO), British Association of Concert Halls (BACH), Orchestras Live, Making Music, Conservatoires UK and Locog to celebrate the richness, diversity and excellence of Britain’s musical life.

Built around classical and orchestral music, but also featuring jazz, folk and world music, Music Nation will see world-class performances, community projects and workshops in venues and public places up and down the country, involving over 10 000 participants and featuring the premieres of 18 new works . For full details on all the events visit bbc.co.uk/musicnation.

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