Celebrated international artists and performance featured across new schedule
on Radio 3
Rob Cowan to present Radio 3's breakfast show
More classical music programming across afternoon and evening
Readings by Derek Jacobi and Juliet Stevenson launch new programme of
music and words
Choral Evensong moved to prime slot on Sunday afternoons
Ambitious series of cultural talks across weekday evenings
New jazz programme exploring the essential jazz library
Performing Britten – a new ten-part series featuring interviews with
distinguished interpreters of the composer's operas
BBC Radio 3's new schedule comes into effect from 17 February 2007 and features a stellar line-up of concerts, recitals and other musical performances.
This - in conjunction with speech and drama programming - demonstrates the station's ongoing commitment to artistic and cultural life throughout the UK and beyond.
These changes follow a special week during which the station broadcasts the complete works of Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky (10-16 February), the vibrant climax of The Tchaikovsky Experience across the BBC.
Rob Cowan, journalist and established Radio 3 broadcaster, will present the station's weekday breakfast show (7-10am).
Eponymously entitled Rob Cowan, the programme will be characterised by his insight and passion for classical music.
Weekday mornings on Radio 3 will continue to explore both new and historic recordings in Classical Collection (10am-noon) with presenters including Sarah Walker.
Radio 3 brings concerts from venues and festivals throughout the UK to its listeners. Changes to the afternoon and evening schedules will enable greater breadth of classical music programming to be broadcast.
Afternoon On 3 (Monday-Friday, 2-5pm) will now include full length operas such as the recently acclaimed Peter Grimes from Opera North, Verdi's Otello from the Vienna State Opera and the first night of the much talked about Aida from La Scala, Milan.
Further daytime highlights will be the complete symphonic cycle of Arnold Bax performed by the BBC Philharmonic; Bernard Haitink and Riccardo Muti directing the Berlin Philharmonic; and the BBC Symphony Orchestra on tour in the Far East.
Performance On 3 will start at the earlier time of 7pm and presents a high-quality line-up of concerts by both UK and international artists: Mariss Jansons and the Royal Concertgebouw, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia with Anne-Sophie Von Otter, Sir Simon Rattle directing the Berlin Philharmonic in Tom Ades' Tevot (UK premiere), Valery Gergiev's inaugural concerts as Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, and recitals by Alice Coote, Christine Brewer and Magdalena Kozena.
Under a new arrangement with the New York Philharmonic, Radio 3 will also broadcast selected concerts from the orchestra's 2007 season including Music Director Lorin Maazel.
The weekly repeat of Composer Of The Week has been moved earlier in the evening schedule (8.45-9.45pm) where it will now follow Performance On 3.
Performing Britten is a new ten-part series for Sunday afternoons on Radio 3.
Britten expert John Evans talks to ten distinguished interpreters of Britten's operas - singers, conductors and directors. Each contributor will focus on a specific opera with which they have been closely associated.
The first programme features Francesca Zambello discussing Paul Bunyan (18 February).
Radio 3 explores music from a different perspective in Artist Focus, a new programme on weekday evenings (10.30-11pm) that offers a spontaneous musical journey based around a weekly featured artist.
Included in the early editions of the programme will be Angela Hewitt, Dawn Upshaw, Maxim Vengerov, Wayne Marshall, Mitsuko Uchida and Michael Collins.
The station's commitment to ambitious speech programming is reflected in The Essay (Monday-Thursday, 11-11.15pm).
This series of engaging talks embraces a wide range of cultural subject matter including Tom Paulin on William Blake, Michael Rosen exploring the history of European languages and, for the opening week, four writers talking about W.H. Auden around the centenary of the poet's birth.
Sunday evenings will also feature a new unpresented programme entitled Music And Words (10.30pm) which will be an evocative evening listen.
Featuring classical music alongside poetry and readings, the first edition will include readings by Derek Jacobi and Juliet Stevenson.
Julian Joseph joins Claire Martin to host Jazz Line Up, which explores the thriving world of contemporary jazz around the UK on Saturday afternoons.
In Jazz Library, a new Friday night programme (10.30-11.30pm), Alyn Shipton and Helen Mayhew offer personal insights into the recorded jazz repertory, encouraging listeners to build their own definitive collections.
Artists featured in the initial line-up of programmes include Wayne Shorter, Sarah Vaughan, Jan Garbarek, Louis Armstrong and Dave Holland.
Music Matters will be broadcast on Saturday lunchtimes (12.15-1pm) where the programme will continue to explore topical issues in the international world of music alongside further discussion and interviews.
Iain Burnside, a popular voice on the station, will host the new Sunday morning programme, Iain Burnside (10am-noon).
Changes to Sunday afternoons include the arrival of Choral Evensong which will be broadcast at 4pm.
Coming live from cathedrals, abbeys and college chapels throughout the country, this popular programme can be enjoyed by an even wider audience on Sundays.
Following this, an extended Discovering Music (5-6.30pm) will now conclude with a full performance of the work under discussion.
In a move to support both teachers and students of music, the programme will regularly include set-pieces in examination syllabuses.
Radio 3's flagship arts and ideas programme Night Waves will be broadcast over four nights a week at a fixed time of 9.45pm.
At the same time on Friday evenings The Verb will have its new home where it will continues to showcase new writing, literature and performance.
Andy Kershaw's programme will move earlier in the week to Monday evenings (11.15pm-1am) and Late Junction, the station's celebration of eclectic music from across the globe, will be broadcast on Tuesday to Thursday nights (11.15pm-1am).
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