Singer Neil Tennant, who grew up in North Shields, talks to Philip Dodd about his career.
Claire Messud's new story about a mother and daughter also marks the end of summer.
Trevor Cox on how soundscapes and sound effects are used to create emotion in the cinema.
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Imogen Stubbs and David Seddon read Marina Tsvetaeva's The Poem of the End.
Writer and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen explores the world of bears.
Tom Service finds out about the music composed by philosopher Friedrich Nietszche.
As Radio Times reaches 90, Simon Elmes explores the musical world celebrated in its pages.
Lesley Chamberlain on Prince Albert's German recreation of Britain in the Great Exhibition
Excerpt from Sarah Quigley's novel about Shostakovich writing The English Poets project.
Fiona Clampin tells the story of two Birmingham professors of music: Elgar and Bantock.
Fay Hield explores how the willow as a badge of forsaken love appears in traditional song.
Folklorist Steve Roud surveys the summer customs of Britain.
Lesley Chamberlain tells the story of the Red Princess, Sofka Skipworth.
Music journalist Paul Morley describes finally seeing the future in Holst's The Planets.
Ian Sansom and Belfast's Wireless Mystery Theatre reflect on writing and inspiration.
Evie Wyld's short story about a couple looking for answers in the Great Barrier Reef.
Wagner's relationship with French music and ideas. Tim Blanning and Sarah Hibberd discuss.
Alexander Kan investigates how Cossacks have been portrayed in art, literature, and music.
Janice Forsyth, AL Kennedy and Maureen Beattie discuss the universe from a Scottish view.
Simon Russell Beale explores the impact of Wagner on fin-de-siecle British culture.
A new sequence of poems by Lavinia Greenlaw, inspired by Wagner's Tristan and Isolde.
Susan Hitch explores connections between Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Wagner's Ring.
Ravel's Bolero: an early sign of dementia or a musical genius working under pressure?
Historian Philip Bullock explores the staging of Die Walkure at the Bolshoi in 1940.
Roger Parker, Flora Willson and Semyon Bychkov explore Verdi's attitude to religion.
Suzy Klein explores composers' orchestral depictions of weather.
Chorus masters reveal how the unsung heroes feel when a star conductor receives the glory.
Petroc Trelawny experiences the compelling sounds of the London Underground.
Writer Rob Cowen travels to the Abernethy Forest in Scotland in search of rare ospreys.