Broadcast from the banks of the Thames, a special edition of the programme with poetry, prose and music on British rivers. The readers are Stella Gonet and Robert Glenister.
From the banks of the Thames, a live edition with poetry, prose and music on British rivers. With 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.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Composed Upon Westminster Bridge read by Robert Glenister
Another Westminster Bridge read by Stella Gonet
Youth and Age on the Beaulieu River, Hants read by Robert Glenister
Carol Ann Duffy
River read by Stella Gonet
The West Dart read by Robert Glenister
Springs read by Stella Gonet
Frost Fair read by Stella Gonet
Gerard Manley Hopkins
The Mill on the Floss
The River God
The Waste Land
‘The source of a river, a tear duct of the earth’
This Words and Music was broadcast live from the banks of the River Thames as part of Radio 3’s residency at London’s Southbank Centre in March. The theme was British rivers and the readers in our ‘pop-up’ studio were Stella Gonet and Robert Glenister. The programme begins with the overture from Handel’s ‘Water Music’ followed by Wordworth’s ‘Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 1802’ and Alice Oswald’s contemporary ‘Another Westminster Bridge’. Moving along the river come The Kinks and a choral version of ‘Waterloo Sunset’. The programme then moves away from the Thames to Hampshire with John Betjeman’s ‘Youth and Age on the Beaulieu River’ and the River Dart in Ted Hughes’ ‘The West Dart’, heard alongside Sally Beamish’s beautiful Cello Concerto which takes its titles from Ted Hughes’ river poem collection. Stuart Cassell’s bagpipes take us north of the border with ‘The Salmon and the Clyde’ and Judith Weir’s Scotch Minstrelsy with ‘Bessie Bell and Mary Gray’. John Burnside’s ‘Frost Fair’, heard with George Benjamin’s ‘At First Light’ evokes a time when the river froze. After one last visit to London with T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’ and George Dyson’s ‘Sweet Thames, Run Softly’ we hear Charles Causley’s moving poem about his late parents beckoning to him from the other side of the river. Crossing, they say, is not as hard as you might think. The programme ends with George Butterworth’s ‘The Banks of Green Willow’, written just three years before his death on the Somme.