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Cultural Choices and Musical Chalices...

Tom Service talks to Jaap van Zweden as he begins his second season as Music Director, New York Philharmonic and to pianist Yuja Wang during her residency at the Barbican, London.

Tom Service visits conductor Jaap van Zweden in his office at the Lincoln Center in New York as he begins his second season as Music Director of New York Philharmonic. They talk about the orchestra's commitment to commissioning new music and the work he is doing on orchestral sound. Yuja Wang has been resident at the Barbican in London this week. Tom calls in on her there and learns about her love for Schubert and a new work written especially for her by John Adams. Meanwhile on the Southbank, Shakespeare's history plays are the focus for folk musician Ellie Wilson. She has composed music for Henry VI and Richard III. Tom finds Ellie at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse where she muses about writing music for Shakespeare and her new album featuring the music of Epping Forest. And, as we approach 12th December, Tom looks ahead to culture and music in the post-election landscape in the company of Ayesha Hazarika, Fraser Nelson and Fergus Linehan.

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