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Live at Southbank Centre: British Rivers

1 hour, 15 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 23 March 2014

From the banks of the Thames, a live edition with poetry, prose and music on British rivers. Wth music by Delius, Sally Beamish and George Butterworth and words by Ted Hughes, Stevie Smith, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Alice Oswald. The readers are Stella Gonet and Robert Glenister.

Producer: Fiona McLean

Radio 3 is broadcasting live from a pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre all day every day for the last two weeks of March. If you're in the area, visit the Radio 3 studio and performance space in the Royal Festival Hall Riverside Café to listen to Radio 3, ask questions and enjoy the special events.

Music Played

27 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for George Frideric Handel

    George Frideric Handel Water Music Ouverture

    Performer: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

    EMI CDC7498102, 1

  • William Wordsworth

    Composed Upon Westminster Bridge read by Robert Glenister

  • Alice Oswald

    Another Westminster Bridge read by Stella Gonet

  • Image for Ray Davies

    Ray Davies Waterloo Sunset

    Performer: The Kinks and the Crouch End Festival Chorus.

    Decca 2703909

  • John Betjeman

    Youth and Age on the Beaulieu River, Hants read by Robert Glenister

  • Image for Gerald Finzi

    Gerald Finzi Clear and Gentle Stream

    Performer: The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge.

    Naxos 8557320, 2

  • Image for Martin Bell

    Martin Bell Life on the River

    Performer: The Albion Band.

    Road Goes on Forever RGFDCD006, 6

  • Carol Ann Duffy

    River read by Stella Gonet

  • Image for Frederick Delius

    Frederick Delius Summer Night on the River

    Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Davis.

    Teldec 4509908452, 6

  • Ted Hughes

    The West Dart read by Robert Glenister

  • Image for Sally Beamish

    Sally Beamish Cello Concerto ‘River’

    Performer: Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Robert Cohen Cello.

    Bis CD971, 1 and 2

  • Kathleen Jamie

    Springs read by Stella Gonet

  • Image for Stuart Cassells

    Stuart Cassells The Salmon and the Clyde

    Performer: Stuart Cassells.

    Footstompin’ CDFSR1733, 5

  • Image for Judith Weir

    Judith Weir Scotch Minstrelsy Bessie Bell and Mary Gray

    Performer: Susan Bickley, Andrew Kennedy, Ailish Tynan and Iain Burnside.

    Signum SigCD087, 7

  • John Burnside

    Frost Fair read by Stella Gonet

  • Image for George Benjamin

    George Benjamin At First Light

    Performer: London Sinfonietta conducted by George Benjamin.

    Nimbus NI5643, 3

  • Gerard Manley Hopkins


  • Image for John Ireland

    John Ireland Amberley Wild Brooks

    Performer: John Lenehan.

    Naxos 8570461, 15

  • George Eliot

    The Mill on the Floss

  • Image for William Blezard

    William Blezard The River

    Performer: Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Gavin Sutherland.

    ASV CDWHL2126, 4

  • Stevie Smith

    The River God

  • Image for Orlando Gibbons

    Orlando Gibbons The Silver Swan

    Performer: The Cambridge Singers conducted by John Rutter.

    Collegium ColCD105, 21

  • T.S. Eliot

    The Waste Land

  • Image for Sir George Dyson

    Sir George Dyson Sweet Thames Run Softly

    Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal College of Music Chamber Choir.

    Somm Recordings SommCD014, 2

  • Image for John Surman

    John Surman Road to St Ives - Lostwithiel

    Performer: John Surman.

    ECM1418, 6

  • Charles Causley

    Eden Rock

  • Image for George Butterworth

    George Butterworth The Banks of Green Willow

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Hickox.

    Chandos Chan9902, 1


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