Live at Southbank Centre: Nigel Kennedy, BBC Singers, Southbank Gamelan Players
Presented Sean Rafferty, live from Southbank Centre. With guests including violinist Nigel Kennedy, the BBC Singers and members of the Southbank Gamelan Players.
Live at Southbank Centre: Sean Rafferty with a lively mix of music and chat.
Sean's guests today include the best-selling violinist of all time, Nigel Kennedy, performing live in our special pop-up studio at the Royal Festival Hall. Also, the BBC Singers, conducted by Stephen Cleobury, will sing choral music inspired by Spring throughout the programme. The Singers, who'll be celebrating their 90th birthday later this year, hold a unique position in British musical life: performing everything from Byrd to Birtwistle, Tallis to Takemitsu, their versatility is second to none.
In 1987 Southbank Centre was privileged to receive a beautiful Javanese percussion orchestra called gamelan: the Southbank Centre Gamelan Programme has since reached out to thousands of people and provided many opportunities to learn about these amazing instruments. Sean finds out more live in the studio.
Main headlines are at 5pm and 6pm.
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.