Host broadcaster Radio 3 confirms line-up for Music Nation, 3 & 4 March 2012

Radio 3 is proud to clear its schedule to cover this unique UK wide musical event. From Brahms to Rufus Wainwright we’ll be bringing our millions of listeners a riveting mix of the weekend’s important orchestral programming as part of The London 2012 celebrations.” Roger Wright, Controller, Radio 3
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Radio 3 confirms its coverage line-up for Music Nation, a spectacular weekend of music making across the UK, curated by the BBC and involving many of the UK’s leading professional and amateur orchestras, choirs and institutions.

Performances broadcast on Radio 3 will take place throughout the UK from Basingstoke to Glasgow to Derby and Cardiff, including performances by the six BBC Performing Groups and external partners including the Association of British Orchestras, the British Association of Concert Halls, Orchestras Live, Making Music and the Barbican.

Roger Wright, Controller of Radio 3, has said: “As the host broadcaster for Music Nation and the home of classical music, Radio 3 is proud to clear its schedule to cover this unique UK wide musical event. From Brahms to Rufus Wainwright we’ll be bringing our millions of listeners a riveting mix of the weekend’s important orchestral programming as part of The London 2012 celebrations.”

Music Nation is the first nationwide countdown event to the London 2012 Festival with over 100 live events across the UK over the weekend, involving over 10 000 participants, featuring the premieres of 18 new works and over 24 hours of content on Radio 3.

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.

Featured repertoire will range from premieres and new commissions to pieces by some of the most well-known composers.

Highlights include:

  • The world premiere of a new work by Karl Jenkins Songs of the Earth , performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • The world premiere of James MacMillan’s Fanfare Upon One Note to be performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • The world premiere of John Joubert’s Cello Concerto played by the Northern Chamber Orchestra
  • The world premiere of Roxanna Panufnik’s completed work Four World Seasons, performed by the London Mozart Players
  • The UK premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Five Shakespeare Sonnets performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra

The Music Nation website will be running a live blog throughout the weekend, with news, views, pictures and videos from Music Nation events around the country. You can also keep up to date with events across the weekend by following #musicnation on Twitter.

In addition to the broadcasts on Radio 3, there will also be coverage of Music Nation events on BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Northern Ireland, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio 1 and 1xtra, BBC local radio and on the BBC 2012 website.

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s Sporting Fanfare will broadcast live on BBC Radio Scotland on Saturday 2 March (7.30-10pm) and will also be televised on BBC Two Scotland on Sunday 4 March (6.05pm-8pm).

BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra will broadcast Urban Classic, bringing together the BBC Symphony Orchestra with leading artists from the UK’s urban music scene, live from the Barbican in London on Saturday 3 March (7pm-9.30pm).

Radio 3 Schedule details

Friday 2 March

19:45 London Mozart Players [The Anvil, Basingstoke]

Saturday 3 March

12:15-13:00 Music Matters inc. Music Nation reportage

As Radio 3 launches Music Nation, the first nationwide countdown event for the London 2012 Festival, Suzy Klein looks at the cultural past, present and future of the Olympics.

Also in the programme, Suzy heads to Scotland to meet Fair Isle fiddler Chris Stout, who has written a piece for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to tour round Shetland as part of the Music Nation weekend.

13:00 Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble [Kings Place, London]

15:00 BBC Philharmonic [Victoria Hall, Hanley]

18:00 Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Chamber Players [CBSO Centre, Birmingham]

19:30 BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra [Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow]

21:45 Academy of Ancient Music [Ludlow Assembly Rooms]

23:30 Heiner Goebbels’ Surrogate Cities (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, London Philharmonic Orchestra: Future Firsts) - [Royal Festival Hall, London]

Sunday 4 March

09:00 Compilation programme to include extracts from: BBC Concert Orchestra [Plymouth Pavilions], Scottish Ensemble [Christ Church Cockermouth], City of London Sinfonia [Cadogan Hall, London], Sinfonia VIVA [Derby's Assembly Rooms], Kokoro (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra ensemble) [The Exchange, Sturminster Newton]

13:00 Ulster Orchestra & RTE Concert Orchestra [Belfast, Waterfront Hall]

15:00 BBC National Orchestra of Wales [St David's Hall, Cardiff]

17:00 The Choir featuring BBC Singers [London]

Aled Jones will be at the Roundhouse in London, presenting as part of Voices Now, with an exciting and varied range of live music.

Choirs taking part in this concert will include the Choir with No Name, the Hertfordshire County Youth Choir, the Berkshire Youth Choir and the BBC Singers. The event will culminate in a broadcast premiere of Orlando Gough's Making Music overture, Traditional Values.

18:30 Northern Chamber Orchestra highlights [St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury]

19:30 BBC Symphony Orchestra [Barbican, London]

21:15 Aurora Orchestra highlights [St George’s, Bristol]

As the Music Nation spotlight falls on Bristol, The Aurora Orchestra takes to the stage at St George's for a concert contrasting dark-hued, impassioned sounds from Richard Strauss with Mozart at his best.

22:00 Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Night Shift [Queen Elizabeth Hall, London]

23:00 Julian Joseph Trio [Turner Sims]

Jazz Line-Up presents The Julian Joseph Trio as part of Music Nation, recorded at The Turner Sims Hall, Southampton.

The programme features Julian Joseph’s ‘Shadowball Opera’ as well as standards and trio arrangements of commissioned music written by Joseph for the 2006 European Jazz Orchestra.

Notes to Editors

Music Nation

Music Nation is the first nationwide countdown event to the London 2012 Festival. Dedicated coverage will be featured on Radio 3, Radio 1 and 1xtra. Additional programming also comes from BBC Scotland, BBC Wales, BBC Northern Ireland and BBC local radio. Full details of concerts featured by region can be found here:

2012 on the BBC

As host nation broadcaster for London 2012 the BBC is broadcasting a wide range of Olympic programming in 2012; including the London 2012 Festival, the Olympic Torch Relay and the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The BBC will have extensive coverage of the Games from 27th July to 12th August on television, radio, online and mobile, including live action of every sport from every venue where it’s happening throughout every day on

London 2012 Festival

The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Spread over four years, it is designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people.

The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad will be the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK, from Midsummers Day on 21 June and running until the final day of the Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012.The London 2012 Festival will celebrate the huge range, quality and accessibility of the UK’s world-class culture including dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, fashion, film and digital innovation, giving the opportunity for people across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.