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BBC RADIO 2 Wednesday 15 April 2009

Mike Harding

Wednesday 15 April
7.00-8.00pm BBC RADIO 2

Legendary folk singer and guitarist Martin Carthy, who introduces tracks from the forthcoming Brass Monkey album, Head Of Steam, joins Mike Harding on his show this week.

Brass Monkey are a folk group who came to prominence in the Eighties. Alongside Martin Carthy was squeezebox maestro John Kirkpatrick, Roger Williams (trombone), Martin Brinsford (harmonica) and noted trumpeter Howard Evans – who passed away in 2006 and to whose memory Head Of Steam is dedicated.

New recruit Paul Archibald joins the group on trumpet and flugelhorn as they present a collection of traditional songs and tunes in their trademark style. Tracks featured on tonight's show include The Trees They Do Grow High and The Loss Of The Ramillies.

Mike also brings listeners his usual selection of the latest in folk, roots and acoustic-based music including news from the folk world and the latest album releases.

Presenter/Mike Harding, Producer/Kellie While

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BBC RADIO 3 Wednesday 15 April 2009

Choral Evensong

Wednesday 15 April
4.00-4.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Choral Evensong comes from Ely Cathedral and features the massed voices of Downing, Jesus, Queens', Magdalene, Selwyn, Sidney Sussex and St Catharine's Colleges, Cambridge, as part of the 800th anniversary celebrations of the founding of Cambridge University.

The opening chorus of the Chandos anthem, O Praise The Lord With One Consent, is the introit and the Coronation anthem, Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened, is sung later in the service. Robert Quinney performs a movement from Handel's Organ concerto in B Flat Op 4 No. 2 and David Hill conducts.

Producer/Stephen Shipley

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Performance On 3 – Handel's Alexander's Feast

Wednesday 15 April
7.00-9.15pm BBC RADIO 3

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, directed by Richard Egarr, perform Handel's Alexander's Feast, broadcast as part of BBC Radio 3's Handel Week marking the 250th anniversary of the composer's death. Written as a St Cecilia's Day ode to a text by Dryden, it has the alternate title of The Power Of Music and follows the longstanding tradition of Purcell, Blow and others for choral works celebrating the patron saint of music.

It was Handel's first step away from Italian opera, of which London audiences were beginning to grow tired. Here was a new style of dramatic work in English, and it became very popular in Handel's own time.

Following the concert, Sarah Walker visits the Gerald Coke Handel Collection at the Foundling Museum, which has Handel scores and memorabilia, and Radio 3 broadcasts further keyboard suites, specially recorded by harpsichordist Laurence Cummings.

Presenter/Catherine Bott, Producer/Janet Tuppen

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The Essay – The Great And Good Mr Handel:
Handel's Working Practices Ep 3/5

Easter Monday 13 to Friday 17 April
11.00-11.15pm BBC RADIO 3

The Open University's Donald Burrows asks what Handel's manuscripts say about the composer's working practices and what his attitudes to his works were, in this midweek offering of The Essay.

Burrows also explores how Handel borrowed and improved material from both himself and others, his pragmatic approach to revising operas after the first performances and the way he reacted to the changing market forces of Italian opera and then English oratorio.

Presenter/Donald Burrows, Producer/Clive Portbury

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BBC RADIO 4 Wednesday 15 April 2009


Wednesday 15 April
11.00-11.30am BBC RADIO 4

Two hundred years ago the North Wirral coastline was terrorised by gangs, known as "wreckers", who would loot wrecked ships they had lured onto the rocks. Wreckers from Cornwall had a reputation for being the most audacious, but wreckers on the Wirral peninsula also had a fearsome reputation.

Neil McCarthy returns home to the Wirral to follow the wreckers' illicit activities where Liverpool-bound vessels would be ransacked with notorious ferocity. His journey follows key lines of an apparently unremarkable place with a most unusual past through to a present which is haunted by that past. After the wrecking era, huge crowds came to the seaside resort of New Brighton; a Victorian vision, but they, too, have now gone.

In this programme, Neil tries to find – in the absence and the ruins of the past – whether the wild spirit of the wreckers lives on.

Presenter/Neil McCarthy, Producers/Mark Burman and Neil McCarthy

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Afternoon Play – Listening To The Generals

Wednesday 15 April
2.15-3.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Today's Afternoon Play – Listening To The Generals, written by Adam Ganz, details the secret recording of captive German officers during the Second World War. These recordings provided invaluable information to the allied war effort, but placed an intolerable burden on the mostly Jewish "listeners" who transcribed details they often couldn't bear to hear.

Between 1942 and 1945, captured high-ranking German officers were imprisoned in Trent Park, a large mansion with extensive grounds in North London. The captives were treated well, given access to films and newspapers and taken for walks in the capacious grounds. The aim was to get them to relax – and talk. The newspapers and films were carefully chosen to provoke conversation and they made use of stoolpigeons to get the officers talking. Bugs were placed in every room and even in the garden as the British Intelligence Service listened in as they talked among themselves. Everything was recorded and transcribed – for use as evidence at what was to become the trials at Nuremburg.

One of the Jewish "listeners" tasked with the, at times, infuriating job of recording and transcribing, was Peter Ganz – this play's author's father.

Rebecca Saire stars as Helen; Malcolm Tierney as Purfleet; Matt Addis as Anton; Benjamin Askew as Charles; Nick Dunning as Von Thoma; Sam Dale as Cruwell; Paul Rider as Boes; Jonathan Tafler as Mayer (Maier); and Philip Fox as Hardt. The Singer is played by David Revels and Michael Harrison plays the role of the pianist.

Producer/Eoin O'Callaghan

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Ludwig Koch And The Music Of Nature

Wednesday 15 April
9.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 4

Through his archive and a new expedition, the poet Sean Street tells the unknown story of Ludwig Koch.

When Sean and producer Julian May were recording at the Science Museum they came across a grey crate, stencilled with the letters KOCH. This was the disc-cutting machine which Koch used for decades to make the recordings of birds, mammals and insects that led to a new field of study and of broadcasting.

Through investigations, it was discovered that Koch made the first ever wildlife recording, of a bird, when he was eight and it still exists in the BBC's archives. Koch was originally a musician, but he grew more interested in recording the music of nature than creating music himself.

Koch was an effusive man and this led to several confrontations with Nazi officials, whom he despised. He was taken off to prison and the bird "executed". Koch came to England, worked with Julian Huxley on theories of animal language, and recorded birds from the Scillies to Shetland – an activity that might have led to his internment as an enemy alien.

He joined the BBC and soon became a household name, beloved of comedians because of his resolute pronunciation of English as if it were German. In 1948, the BBC bought Koch's collection of recordings – more than 500 of 138 species of birds and 60 mammals, as well as frogs and insects. This formed the core of the Natural History sound collection.

Throughout the programme there are contributions from those who worked with him, including Desmond Hawkins and John Burton, as well as details of an expedition to one of the sites, perhaps Skomer, where Koch made great recordings.

Presenter/Sean Street, Producer/Julian May

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BBC RADIO 5 LIVE Wednesday 15 April 2009

Simon Mayo

Wednesday 15 April
1.00-4.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Simon Mayo brings listeners the usual mix of news, sports and politics as well as reaction from today's Prime Minister's Questions.

Shelagh Fogarty also reports from the Hillsborough Memorial Service at Anfield, marking the 20th anniversary of the tragedy in which 96 people lost their lives.

Presenter/Simon Mayo, Producer/Robin Bulloch

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5 Live Sport

Live event/outside broadcast
Wednesday 15 April
7.00-10.00pm BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Mark Saggers presents the day's sports news, in tonight's edition of 5 Live Sport, and, from 7.45pm, there's live Champions League quarter-final, second-leg commentary.

Presenter/Mark Saggers, Producer/Mark Williams

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BBC 6 MUSIC Wednesday 15 April 2009


Wednesday 15 April
1.00-4.00pm BBC 6 MUSIC

Dublin-born singer Sinead O'Connor joins Chris Hawkins, who's sitting in for Nemone, to discuss the re-release of her critically acclaimed album, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, first released in 1990.

Presenter/Chris Hawkins, Producer/Jax Coombes

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Gideon Coe

Wednesday 15 April
9.00pm-12.00midnight BBC 6 MUSIC

Vintage U2, from 1982, and Malcolm Middleton at the Summer Sundae Festival in Leicester are Gideon Coe's featured concerts this week.

In session are former New Pornographer, Neko Case And The Boyfriends; Wizz Jones, from a 1973 Bob Harris session; Nineties slowcore outfit Codeine; and pocket musical frontiersman Beck, from his Hub session of 2006.

Presenter/Gideon Coe, Producer/Mark Sheldon

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6 Music Plays It Again – The Thin Lizzy Story Ep 1/2

Wednesday 15 April
12.00midnight-12.30am BBC 6 MUSIC

There's another chance for listeners to hear Midge Ure recall Thin Lizzy, the unique band fronted by Phil Lynott, as he features interviews with Bono and Phil's mother, Philomena.

Part two can be heard tomorrow night.

Presenter/Midge Ure, Producer/Frank Wilson

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BBC ASIAN NETWORK Wednesday 15 April 2009

Silver Street

Wednesday 15 April

Sandra is on the phone to Brian, unaware that Kenny is trying to get through, in today's midweek visit to Silver Street. Later, Kenny isn't impressed when Sandra serves paella for dinner.

Darren, meanwhile, is off to the pub with some friends but Sandra wants to know exactly who they are. Kenny lays into Sandra for interrogating Darren, so she heads upstairs in need of comfort and tearfully phones Brian, wishing she could be in Spain, too.

Sandra is played by Anita Dobson, Brian by Gerard McDermott, Kenny by Brian Croucher and Darren by Samuel Kindred.

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BBC WORLD SERVICE Wednesday 15 April 2009

The Secret Scientists Ep 1/3

New series
Wednesday 15 April

According to the popular notion of science history, the period between the ninth and 13th centuries was what has come to be called the Dark Ages. Scientific advance ground to a halt and the world languished in an intellectual backwater. Then the Renaissance happened, the world woke up and great science got going again – picking up where the ancient Greeks and Romans had left off.

But, as Professor Jim Al-Khalili shows listeners in this new, three-part series, that simply isn't true. While Europe may have been less productive during this period, elsewhere in the world a vast Islamic empire was buzzing with intellectual activity. A massive movement to translate the work of other cultures allowed scholars working in Arabic to understand, build on and then surpass the scientific achievements of the past – leaving a valuable legacy to the scientists of the European Renaissance. Today, however, these men are hardly household names. They are "the Secret Scientists".

In today's opener, Jim meets Professor Peter Pormann, a specialist in the history of medicine, at the great library of the medical charity the Wellcome Trust in London. He introduces listeners to the great physician, Mohammed Ibn Zakariya ar-Razi, whose ground-breaking work on differential diagnosis, specifically with measles and smallpox, was still being quoted in English and French texts hundreds of years after his death.

Jim also goes to the chemistry laboratory of chemist Dr Andrea Sella, who talks about Jabir ibn Hayyan. Jim believes that Jabir was the true father of chemistry – responsible for elevating previous work to the status of a science. Andrea talks about the process of sublimation, which was invented during this period and is still in use today – for example, in the production of freeze-dried food.

Presenter/Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Producer/Kevin Dawson

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