Monday - Sarah Walker with Sarah Perry
With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: A Dufay motet; Artist of the Week: Tasmin Little, featured performing Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending.
Sarah sets the tone and mood of the day's programme with a range of music to intrigue, surprise and entertain.
Take part in today's musical challenge: listen to the clues and identify a musical mystery object.
Sarah's guest in the week of International Women's Day is the author, academic and journalist Sarah Perry. Sarah was born into a deeply religious household and spent her early life immersed in classical music, classic literature and the King James Bible. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway which she completed under the supervision of Andrew Motion, and she's been a writer in residence at Gladstone's Library in Wales. Her travel writing about the Philippines earned her a Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize, her debut novel was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and her second, The Essex Serpent was named Waterstones Book of the Year. As well as discussing her writing and her life, Sarah shares some of her favourite classical music by composers including Schubert, Thea Musgrave and Alma Mahler.
Music in Time: Medieval
Today Sarah's in the Medieval period exploring an intricate motet by Guillaume Dufay, written for the consecration of Florence Cathedral on 25th March 1436.
Artist of the Week: Tasmin Little
Sarah's featured artist is the English violinist Tasmin Little. After studying at the Yehudi Menuhin School and reaching the final of BBC Young Musician of the Year, Tasmin made her professional debut with the Hallé. Since then she's been a major exponent of British music, recording concertos by Ernest Moeran, Frederick Delius and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending has become something of a signature piece. As well as featuring Tasmin's interpretations of British music, Sarah's chosen a sonata by Schubert, Arvo Pärt's Fratres and a recent work by Roxanna Panufnik, written especially for Tasmin.
The Lark Ascending
Tasmin Little (violin)
Andrew Davis (conductor).