Radio 3 Young Artists Day

Monday 4 May



On May 4th Bank Holiday, Radio 3 is taking a spring moment to salute some of the new and upcoming talent active in the arts today under the age of 25. As well as hearing from young choreographers, composers, musicians and writers throughout the day, programmes including Breakfast, Essential Classics and Afternoon On 3 will be playing music of great composers in their youthful periods, alongside recordings of seminal performers made when they were young.

06:30-09:00 BBC Radio 3

Clemency Burton-Hill will have the youthful presence of teenage resident poet, Isla Anderson, who will perform new poems for the programme. Listeners will be asked to choose their favourite young performers.

Essential Classics
09:00-12:00 BBC Radio 3

Sarah Walker will feature as her guest, the 18-year-old Folu Odimayo, a young choreographer who is a passionate advocate for British dance and himself tipped to be a significant presence on the British dance scene of the future. Folu will be choosing some of his favourite classical music. Sarah’s Artist Of The Week will be the prodigiously gifted British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and, in a feature that will continue across the week, she’ll be playing recordings by top class youth orchestras as part of the regular Five Reasons To Love… slot.

Afternoon On 3
14:00-16:30 BBC Radio 3

Young composer Lloyd Coleman will be joining Ian Skelly in the studio to talk live about his journey as a composer. Lloyd graduated from the Royal Academy of Music last year and is particularly passionate about his work in the area of disability art, as he has been hearing and visually impaired since birth. Afternoon On 3 will also carry features on 22-year-old video artist, Ruth Spencer Jolly, and Michael Sluman, a young self-taught oboist and composer who is taking his instrument in new and exciting directions.

In Tune Live From The Roundhouse
16:30-18:30 BBC Radio 3

In Tune mixes classical with carnival at the iconic London venue which is dedicated to young creativity. The programme, presented by Sean Rafferty, will be a collaboration between In Tune and the Roundhouse’s own young artists.

Composer Of Tomorrow
18:30-19:30 BBC Radio 3

James MacMillan, one of the most highly regarded British classical composers of modern times, gives a composition masterclass to young composers.

Radio 3 Live In Concert
19:30-22:00 BBC Radio 3

Live from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents a concert of exciting new music composed and performed by RNCM students including Tom Harrold, Lucy Pankhurst, Aaron Breeze, Grace Mason, Sergio Cote, Jack Sheen and Carmel Smickersgill. The concert will also feature modern classics by C20th composers.

The Verb
22:00-22:45 BBC Radio 3

As part of Radio 3's celebration of young artists, The Verb presents a special cabaret of the word showcasing young writers and performers, recorded in front of an audience at BBC’s MediaCityUK.

The ever-youthful Ian McMillan's guests will include the novelist Samantha Shannon (23-year-old Samantha is the author of The Bone Season and The Mime Order. She began writing and sending her work to publishers at just 15, and was only 20 when she sold the rights to her seven book series) and the talented Manchester-based performance poet 17-year-old Isaiah Hull - a member of the Young Identity collective.

Ian will also announce the winners of this year's prestigious Verb New Voices scheme. In association with Arts Council England and a range of writing organisations, The Verb will be mentoring four new writers from across the north of England to produce innovative new work for radio. Ian will introduce the very youngest of the winners on this show.

The Essay: Sunita
22:45-23:00 BBC Radio 3

For Young Artists Day, The Essay has commissioned a brand new story from 23- year-old Chibundu Onuzo. At age 19, she became the youngest novelist to be signed up to Faber & Faber and will produce a story that speaks eloquently of youth and cultural identity in modern Britain.

Jazz On 3
23:00-00:30 BBC Radio 3

Jazz On 3 will feature the celebrated Tomorrow’s Warriors Youth Orchestra. Tomorrow’s Warriors is an organisation that sets out to develop and promote talented jazz musicians in the UK. The programme will also feature BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year, Alexander Bone, as a guest on the show, alongside one of the younger members of the Youth Orchestra, selecting some new releases. The programme will also feature a panel debate on the value of conservatoire jazz courses to the development of young talent.

As part of Young Artists Day, BBC iPlayer has commissioned five young female spoken word poets to write new work tackling a range of themes they have identified as preoccupying young people today. Available exclusively on BBC iPlayer from 4th May.

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