Saturday 12 Jul 2014
Elaine Paige presents her annual Christmas special, with in-studio performances from classical cross-over group Blake and the cast of A Christmas Carol, now playing at the Arts Theatre in London.
Elaine plays a selection of Broadway's finest seasonal music and there's a festive Big One from the musical Pickwick.
Presenter/Elaine Paige, Producer/Malcolm Prince
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Brian D'Arcy looks forward to Christmas with a celebratory programme of carols and readings, recorded in St Peter's Cathedral, Belfast.
Award-winning singers The Priests are joined by acclaimed choir Cappella Caeciliana, BBC Young Choristers of the Year 2009 Jacquelyne Hill and Laurence Kilsby, along with a suitably festive congregation to tell again the story of the nativity.
Favourite carols include Once In Royal David's City, Silent Night and It Came Upon A Midnight Clear.
Presenter/Brian D'Arcy, Producer/Janet McLarty
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Fiona Talkington presents a day of concerts to celebrate Christmas Around Europe, beginning live from the Radiokulturhaus in Vienna for a concert of chamber music by Mozart, Haydn, Albrechtsberger and Schmidt.
The afternoon's other highlights include a live broadcast from Tallinn, with the Estonian National Men's Chorus performing traditional Estonian songs alongside music by Bach, Gabrieli and English Christmas carols; and at 4pm Choral Evensong comes from St James's Roman Catholic Church, Spanish Place, London.
The evening features live concerts from Munich at 5pm with the Bavarian Radio Chorus and Orchestra performing two contrasting Christmas choral works, Arvo Part's 2 Christmas Lullabies and Saint-Saens' mighty Christmas Oratorio. At 6pm from Warsaw there's a concert of Renaissance motets for Christmas, featuring works by Josquin Desprez, Victoria, Tallis, Lasso and Mikolaj Zielenski performed by The Subtilior Ensemble.
BBC Radio 3 rounds off the evening in Prague from 7pm with music from the Kromeriz Archives (1750-1800), performed in the Mirror Chapel by the Ensemble Inegal.
Presenter/Fiona Talkington, Producer/Ellie Mant
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In a first production for radio, Tom Murphy's modern classic drama is set in Coventry in the early Sixites. Michael Carney (Aidan McCardle) has come over from Ireland to work. He is married to Betty (Emma Amos) and has his three brothers staying in their house. They are awaiting the arrival of their father Dada (John Kavanagh) and their younger brother Des (Martin McCann). But this isn't an ordinary reunion, Dada wants the brothers to fight against the Mulryans, a rival Irish immigrant clan. Michael wants to stop them and save Des from a legacy of violence.
The play explores the tensions between the past and present in an evolving industrial society. As the world increasingly passes him and most of the brothers by, Dada wants his family to hold on to a vestige of primitive pride. Michael, on the other hand, wants himself and Des to take advantage of the opportunities in the new industrial world. The struggle between them has tragic consequences for all the family.
A Whistle In The Dark was first produced at The Theatre Royal, Stratford, London, in 1961. Over the last 48 years, subsequent productions, especially by Druid Theatre Company and The Abbey, have contributed to making the play a modern Irish classic, a play that was ahead of its time with its raw depiction of working-class family tension, gang warfare and the passionate voice it gives to the marginalised.
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Kevin Le Gendre has an in-depth chat with guitarist John Scofield in an interview recorded at this year's London Jazz Festival.
A diverse collaborator and former Miles Davis side-man, Scofield has prominently led his own groups in the international jazz scene, recording more than 30 albums as a leader, including collaborations with Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Bill Frisell, Jack DeJohnette and Joe Lovano. He has also played and recorded with Tony Williams, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson and Dave Holland, among many other jazz legends.
Presenter/Kevin Le Gendre, Producer/Keith Loxam
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Matilda is one of Roald Dahl's greatest creations – a cool, calm, pint-size genius, and she's only five years old. Narrated by Lenny Henry with Nicola McAuliffe as Miss Trunchbull, this modern children's classic is a Christmas treat.
Matilda, an extraordinary little girl who at the age of five reads Dickens and does long division in her head, is put down and ignored by her crooked used-car salesman father and bingo-addicted mother. Matilda decides not to let herself be a victim, so each time her parents make her miserable, she gets even. But at Crunchem Primary School, Matilda comes face to face with a truly worthy opponent. The head, Miss Trunchbull, is an ex-hammer-throwing champion. By the end of part one, Miss Trunchbull turns her full anger on one of her pupils, Bruce Bogtrotter. He eats his way out of trouble but Matilda is determined to save the school and Miss Honey, her favourite teacher, from Trunchbull's insanity.
Dramatised by award-winning writer Charlotte Jones, Matilda stars Lauren Mote (the West End production of Oliver) as Matilda; Nicola McAuliffe as Miss Trunchbull; Claire Rushbrook as Mrs Wormwood; John Biggins as Mr Wormwood; Emerald O'Hanrahan as Miss Honey; Kate Layden as Mrs Phelps the librarian; Ryan Watson as Matilda's brother Michael; Joshua Swinney as Bruce Bogtrotter; and Rhys Jennings as Nobby. Other children are played by Sinead Michael, Bertie Gilbert and Lizzy Watts.
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The exceptional Irish-American poet and essayist, Thomas Lynch presents this poignant and insightful programme featuring poetry that has been inspired by children.
Thomas says: "The winter holidays in all cultures – the solstice, Christmas, Hanukka – involve light and darkness, the year's end, the reckoning we make of ourselves and those we are close to. We feel absences and losses more keenly at that time. So I'd like to consider some of the great poems inspired by winter and examine how deeply the season connects us with our children."
In this programme, Thomas meditates on the late, great poet Michael Donaghy's poem Haunts, as it has always haunted him. The poem is addressed to his son, Ruairi, aged three, at Christmas time. He talks to poets Robin Robertson, Matthew Sweeney and Carol Ann Duffy to discuss the poetry they've written that has been sparked off by their own or other children.
Full Moon And Little Frieda is a remarkable short poem written by Ted Hughes to his daughter Frieda Hughes. Thomas talks to her about her own memories of the poem. She also discusses her own poetry, which has been inspired by the relationship between adults and children.
The programme features contributions from Carol Ann Duffy, Matthew Sweeney, Frieda Hughes and Robin Robertson.
Presenter/Thomas Lynch, Producer/Kate Bland
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Colin Murray presents an afternoon of live sport with live Championship commentary on the Tyne-Tees derby between Newcastle and Middlesbrough at St James's Park from 1.45pm, and updates from Hearts against Celtic in the Scottish Premier League, which kicks off at 12.30pm.
From 2.45pm there's second-half commentary on Wolves versus Burnley in the Premier League, reports from the final day of the first Test between South Africa and England at Centurion Park, Pretoria and updates from the day's European Rugby Cup matches, including Sale versus Harlequins.
From 4pm, there's Premier League commentary on West Ham United versus Chelsea, live from Upton Park.
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Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe join Dave Pearce in a special edition of Dance Anthems, discussing their favourite dance music tunes from the past 25 years and explaining how club music influenced their careers.
In this two-hour programme, the duo, who won the lifetime achievement accolade at this year's Brit Awards, tell Dave how a trip to New York in 1983 started their journey into the dance world, leading them to work with the likes of Frankie Knuckles, David Morales and Shep Pettibone. They share their memories of clubbing to tunes by Bobby O, Brothers In Rhythm and Felix Da Housecat and discuss how their contribution to dance music has often been overlooked.
Neil and Chris also tell Dave about their new single and world tour and share their memories of tracks by Grandmaster Flash, Tomkraft and Rollo; tunes which helped them shape their unique sound.
Presenter/Dave Pearce, Producer/Rowan Collinson
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