Wednesday 29 Oct 2014
Brian Matthew continues to celebrate the golden age of British dance bands this week with a two-part profile on Lew Stone, arguably rated today as the best of the Thirties bandleaders.
Stone took charge of the band at Piccadilly's The Monseigneur Restaurant by accident when the American trumpeter/leader Roy Fox fell ill and Stone stepped up from the piano stool to take his place. He went on to set the style for one of the most successful broadcast and recording dance bands of the pre-war years, when the congenial atmosphere and unique swirl of talent that centred on the West End spread out to ballrooms and theatres nation-wide.
Tonight, Brian tells the first part of the Lew Stone story, in which his widow, Joyce, now 97, recalls the glorious musical atmosphere of the Thirties.
Presenter/Brian Matthew, Producers/Tony Staveacre and Roy Oakshott
BBC Radio 2 Publicity
Fairfield Halls in Croydon is the venue for this week's edition of Friday Night Is Music Night, presented by Ken Bruce, featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Barry Wordsworth, and guests Alfie Boe (tenor), Rebecca Evans (soprano) and the Croydon Philharmonic Choir.
The programme includes popular Viennese hits from The Merry Widow, by Franz Lehar, as well as Zadok The Priest and the choruses from Handel's Messiah.
Presenter/Ken Bruce, Producer/Bridget Apps
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Current Scottish champions The Co-Operative Funeralcare Band perform a programme of specially recorded music in this week's edition of Listen To The Band, presented by Frank Renton.
The band has been making music for over 90 years and, over that time, has proved to be the most successful band in the history of Scottish brass-band music. They have been Scottish champions 29 times and, during the Nineties, twice won the National Championship of Great Britain – the only Scottish band ever to win this prestigious championship.
Conducted by Raymond Tennant, they perform music from the hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar, A Gaelic Blessing and the classic, Prelude, Toccata And Fugue, by Philip Sparke.
Presenter/Frank Renton, Producer/Terry Carter
BBC Radio 2 Publicity
Charlie Gillett presents tonight's edition of World On 3, which features sounds from around the world and a studio session with Staff Benda Bilili – a new band from the Democratic Republic of Congo who have become something of a world music sensation.
Five members of the band are paraplegics, who perform in wheelchairs, and the others include former street kids who met the band in their home in the grounds of Kinshasa Zoo.
Benda Bilili means "look beyond appearances", literally "put forward what is hidden", and the members of Staff Benda Bilili have brought a new sound to the rich texture of Congolese music. They started in 2004, meeting in one of the regular haunts of street kids and homeless people in Kinshasa, the grounds of the city zoo.
They made money busking in the streets, before a film crew brought them to the attention of a Belgian record company. The band's first CD has just been released and they are currently on a major tour of Europe. Their music is founded on Congo's traditions of rumba and soukous, with the distinctive sound of the satonga – a home-made, one-string instrument. Their songs are mostly about social issues, such as encouraging children to have the polio vaccine and the plight of the homeless.
Presenter/Charlie Gillett, Producer/Roger Short
BBC Radio 3 Publicity
James Marsters, Fred Willard and comedian Sandra Tsing Lo star in Jeff Young's adaptation of this tragi-comic novel.
Then We Came To The End tells the story of a dysfunctional company of misfits in an advertising agency, as boom turns to bust and the lay offs begin.
Among the advertising agency staff are: disgruntled Tom Mota, who everyone fears will come back and "go postal"; Karen Woo, who everyone hates and feels guilty about hating in case they're being racist; Chris Yop, a desperate, middle-aged copywriter who keeps coming back in long after he's been fired; Carl Garbedian, who is secretly taking everyone else's medication; and Lynn Mason, the boss, whose footwear is the envy of the place but whose story provides an unexpected emotional ambush.
BBC Radio 4 Publicity
Colin Murray is joined by Pat Nevin and Perry Groves for Kicking Off With Colin Murray, previewing the weekend's football, including Chelsea versus Everton, Manchester United versus Aston Villa and Liverpool versus Arsenal.
From 9.30pm, Colin is joined by Tim Lovejoy for Murray And Lovejoy's Sports Express, in which they take a quick-fire look at the current burning issues in sport.
Murray and Lovejoy's Sports Express is also available as a podcast to download at bbc.co.uk/5live.
Presenter/Colin Murray, Producer/Louise Sutton
BBC Radio 5 Live Publicity
Tracing the lineage of electro, from pioneer Gary Numan to modern torchbearer Little Boots, BBC 6 Music brings the two artists together at the BBC's Maida Vale studio for a night of unique collaboration.
BBC 6 Music Publicity
Hollywood actress-turned-rock star Juliette Lewis joins Bruce Dickinson on his Friday Rock Show this evening.
Having turned her attention to music alongside acting, Juliette started out as a guest vocalist for the Prodigy and featured in a video by H.I.M during the early Nineties. She released her debut album five years ago and has since performed alongside acts including The Killers, Foo Fighters and Muse.
Juliette tells Bruce about her new album, Terra Incognita, which means "unknown territory". She also reveals how her European tour has been going and what it was like working with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, of the Mars Volta, who has produced the new record.
Presenter/Bruce Dickinson, Producer/Ian Callaghan
BBC 6 Music Publicity
Arun brags to Roopa about his work at the recording studio but she chastises him for getting his priorities wrong, in the final visit of the week to Silver Street. Kuljit turns up and just wishes Arun would get on with the job in hand.
Later, Kuljit tells Hassan he is leaving. Hassan has an idea about where he can go next, but what will Kuljit think?
Sway, meanwhile, packs up his things at Nadia's flat but is stopped in his tracks by a voicemail message from Nadia.
Arun is played by Naithan Ariane, Roopa by Rakhee Thakrar, Kuljit by Sartaj Garewal, Hassan by Youssef Kerkour, Sway by Nicholas Bailey and Nadia by Sohm Kapila.
BBC Asian Network Publicity
It's estimated that up to one million people were killed during Communist rule in Eastern Europe but there is no clear figure about the number of people who were imprisoned, persecuted or spied on. While few have been put on trial for those crimes, many countries have begun to open their secret police archives and some have limited the participation of former communists and informers to public office.
This new, two-part documentary examines the issue of how to deal with this past and the different approaches taken by countries across Eastern Europe.
In tonight's opener, BBC World Service's European Affairs correspondent, Oana Lungescu, goes home to Romania to investigate some of the amazing personal stories – including her own – that are only now beginning to emerge from the archives of the dreaded Securitate.
She discovers that the secret police files are vast, intimate – and incomplete. So, in part two, Oana asks what use they are in vetting today's public officials. Is it best to forget, forgive or confront the reality of what took place? Reporting from Bucharest and Prague, the series examines the issues that are being grappled with across Eastern Europe today.
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