Robert Worby explores the adventures undertaken by performers tackling John Cage's music.
How to Play a Cactus
Ballet and Musicians
Catherine Bott and guests on the benefits of ballet music without accompanying dance.
The Captain's Apprentice
The history of a traditional song that influenced Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes.
Simon Barnes on the sounds of the Suffolk coast, which inspired Britten's Peter Grimes.
The Last Heretic
Andrew Brown and Diarmaid MacCulloch consider why we burned heretics and why we stopped.
The Human Jukebox
Peter Curran finds out why we sing to ourselves and why sometimes we cannot stop it.
Ne'er Cast a Clout ...
David Bramwell meets natural weather forecaster David King.
From Neptune to Nixon
Adrian Mourby examines the history of the operatic plot.
The German William Morris
Lesley Chamberlain tells the story of German artist and architect Heinrich Vogeler.
Miles and Me
Soweto Kinch explores the profound impressions Miles Davis made on his fellow artists.
A Darker Shade of Green
How 1930s novelists and composers used the pastoral mode to address the legacy of WWI.
Spencer de Grey
Matthew Sweet meets architect Spencer de Grey whose designs include The Sage Gateshead.
Twenty Ways to Stuff a Cat
Ian Sansom reflects on the art of taxidermy and our need to preserve life by stuffing it.
Ronald Blythe in Conversation
Writer Ronald Blythe talks to Mark Cocker about his career and times.
The Life and Genius of Michael Rabin
Jonathan Coffey explores the life and legacy of American virtuoso violinist Michael Rabin.
Wajda: Voice of a Generation
Ian Christie explores the life and work of Polish film director Andrzej Wajda.
Distinguished pianist and teacher Katharina Wolpe talks to Martin Handley.
Sliding in at the Back
Three trombone experts talk about the life of an orchestral trombone player.
Leopold Mozart's Violin Treatise
Cliff Eisen traces the history of Leopold Mozart's influential violin treatise of 1756.
Left High and Dry
Vocal coach and voice expert Mary King charts the rise and fall of the castrati.
Katie Derham explores the history of The Vyne, a 16th-century country house in Hampshire.
Sounds of the City
A portrait in sound of Washington DC created by people who live there.
Katie Derham tours Powis Castle for a closer look at its many Baroque splendours.
The Laius Complex
Paul Allen argues that the downfall of Oedipus was the fault of his father, Laius.
Clandon Park, Surrey
Katie Derham, Lars Tharp and Katherine Sharp take a tour of the treasures of Clandon Park.
Ham House, Surrey
Katie Derham is joined by Lars Tharp and curator Victoria Bradley for a tour of Ham House.
Tredegar House, Gwent
Katie Derham tours Tredegar House in Wales with Lars Tharp and the NT's Derw Thomas.
I Predict a Riot
Ivan Hewett explores the myths that surround the first performance of The Rite of Spring.
Are You Sleeping, Brother John
Peggy Reynolds explores the story of the children's song Frere Jacques.
Petroc Trelawny experiences the compelling sounds of the London Underground.
The Trials of the Chorus Master
Chorus masters reveal how the unsung heroes feel when a star conductor receives the glory.
Suzy Klein explores composers' orchestral depictions of weather.
Roger Parker, Flora Willson and Semyon Bychkov explore Verdi's attitude to religion.
The Soviet Valkyrie
Historian Philip Bullock explores the staging of Die Walkure at the Bolshoi in 1940.
Ravel's Bolero: an early sign of dementia or a musical genius working under pressure?
When Tolkien Stole Wagner's Ring
Susan Hitch explores connections between Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Wagner's Ring.
Simon Russell Beale explores the impact of Wagner on fin-de-siecle British culture.
The Rise of the Cossacks
Alexander Kan investigates how Cossacks have been portrayed in art, literature, and music.
Wagner in France
Wagner's relationship with French music and ideas. Tim Blanning and Sarah Hibberd discuss.
Music journalist Paul Morley describes finally seeing the future in Holst's The Planets.
This Country Called Russia
Lesley Chamberlain tells the story of the Red Princess, Sofka Skipworth.
What Visions Have I Seen
Folklorist Steve Roud surveys the summer customs of Britain.
Elgar and Bantock in Birmingham
Fiona Clampin tells the story of two Birmingham professors of music: Elgar and Bantock.
The Albertopolis of the South
Lesley Chamberlain on Prince Albert's German recreation of Britain in the Great Exhibition
The Music of Radio Times
As Radio Times reaches 90, Simon Elmes explores the musical world celebrated in its pages.
Friedrich Nietzsche's Horrible Music
Tom Service finds out about the music composed by philosopher Friedrich Nietszche.
Feeding the Bears
Writer and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen explores the world of bears.
Conversations with Directors and Film Composers
Tom Service is joined by ten-time Academy Award-nominated composer James Horner.
Tom Service talks to Carter Burwell, famed for scoring the films of the Coen brothers.
Ken Loach and George Fenton
Tom Service is joined by celebrated film director Ken Loach and composer George Fenton.
Baz Luhrmann, Craig Armstrong
Tom Service talks to director Baz Luhrmann and composer Craig Armstrong.
Sound and Fury
Trevor Cox on how soundscapes and sound effects are used to create emotion in the cinema.
An Interview with Neil Tennant
Singer Neil Tennant, who grew up in North Shields, talks to Philip Dodd about his career.
Dealing with Grief
How can we deal with the pain of losing someone?
Sarah Brett with reaction to today's televised Tory leadership debate.
People with at least four decades between them, share and compare their life experiences.
In the 60s, cinemas opened their doors to the latest music sensations. With Andrew Collins
Nick Knight meets David Chipperfield
The photographer Nick Knight meets the architect David Chipperfield.