Vocal coach and voice expert Mary King charts the rise and fall of the castrati.
Left High and Dry
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.
Book Parts and Difficulty
Matthew Sweet looks at frontispieces, titles and marginalia, and hard texts.
The Ghost of the Time
Michael Goldfarb remembers the mise-en-scène films about Vietnam and Woodstock.
Young, Desi and Into Politics
How can you find your political voice?
With Geoff Lloyd
Geoff Lloyd sits in with late night discussion on the issues that matter to you.