Tom Service considers drums - ancient instruments, yet capable of great sophistication.
Is Music a Universal Language?
Tom Service asks whether music really is a universal language.
How does video game music work?
Tom Service looks to discover the secrets behind our favourite video game music.
Tom Service explores why and how the sea captured the imaginations of so many musicians.
What does ancient history really sound like?
What did the music of Paleolithic caves or Roman arenas actually sound like?
Syncopation Syncopation Syncopation
What is syncopation? An off-beat edition of The Listening Service. With Tom Service.
The Listening Service recorded live at Hay Festival
The Listening Service recorded live at this year's Hay Festival.
Igor Stravinsky: Understood Best by Children and Animals
Tom Service seeks the essence of Igor Stravinsky's seemingly ever-changing musical style.
Truck Driver Modulation
Tom Service on the art of the sudden key change - and our love-hate relationship with it.
Tom Service savours the sound of the fifth - an interval with many meanings.
Beginnings - Proms 2018 Special
Music – where do we start?
Tom Service considers composers' and audiences' never-ending commitment to orchestras.
Pioneers of Sound - Proms 2018 Special
Why synths are so cool
Devilish Musical Pacts
Tom Service signs his soul to the devil to explore the Faust story in music.
Mahler's 8th Symphony - 2018 Proms Special
Dancing with the devil in the pale moonlight
Folk Music - 2018 Proms Special
Tom delves in to folk music’s mysterious history ahead of Prom 27
Britten's Sea Interludes - 2018 Proms Special
The sea in all its musical majesty
Colour and Music - 2018 Proms Special
Ahead of Prom 45, Tom investigates the link between music and colour
Endings - 2018 Proms Special
Time for the big finish. But what do endings in music mean? Should it all just fade away?
Virtuosity - 2018 Proms Special
What does it mean to be a good - a really good - musician?
Searching for Paradise - 2018 Proms Special
Exploring sacred music and how it transports us to the divine.
Maxing out on Minimalism
Minimalism in music - is less really more?
Music and technology - what do you do when everything is possible?
A rollercoaster of a show as Tom experiences how music gets our hearts racing.
The Cowpat Controversy
Calling 20th Century English music 'cowpat music' is just plain rude! And it's inaccurate.
The Magical Forest
Enter the magical musical world of the forest. Your guide is Tom Service
What are the most extreme pieces of classical music ever written?
What counts as "classical music"?
What do we actually mean when we talk about "classical music"?
Rossini - Master Chef and Maestro
A celebration of 'Signor Crescendo' Gioachino Rossini, operatic genius and gourmand.
Concertos: All for one and one for all?
What is a concerto, how do they work and what is it like to be a soloist, asks Tom Service
The Nutcracker - Strange Enchantments
Think The Nutcracker is a super-saccharine classic for the feel-good season? Think again.
How to Sing Classical -Vibrato!
Good vibrations or horrible wobbling? Why do singers use vibrato?
Who are the icons of classical music? And are they born or made?
Riffs, loops and ostinati - the art of repeating yourself!
Tom presses repeat - again and again and again ...
The Key to Keys
Tom Service asks why is western music in so many different keys and what exactly are they?
Can music be gendered?
Can you hear 'masculine' and 'feminine' in music?
The Double Bass
The elephant in the room? No, the Double Bass is much more.
Bruckner and the Symphonic Boa Constrictors
Is listening to a Bruckner symphony really like being crushed to death by a giant snake?
Anger in Music
Today at Sage Gateshead Tom finds out how music can induce, express and exorcise anger.
The Power of One
What special magic happens in music where there is no harmony?
Why are classical audiences so quiet?
Tom Service looks at why we are all so tense and silent during classical concerts. Shhhh!
Amateur musicians' vital role in music and performance over the last three centuries.
What is Sound Art? And why?
Tom Service considers the rise of Sound Art. Is it art music or something else?
Sound of the Underground
What does underground sound like? From earth-inspired music to sounds of the earth itself.
What's the point of practice?
Does practice make perfect? And what is perfect practice? Tom Service finds out.
Countertenors - classical rock gods!
A celebration of male singers who can hit those high notes!
Better than background music?
Is music for theatre more than just a prop?
Elgar: Violin Sonata
David Owen Norris recommends recordings of Edward Elgar's Violin Sonata in E minor
Wagner, Sibelius and Brahms
Tom McKinney introduces a week of concerts from the BBC Philharmonic.
Echea String Quartet, Mark Deller, Guy Johnston
Top-class live music from some of the world's finest musicians.
In Tune’s specially curated playlist: an eclectic mix of music, including a few surprises.
Classical riches from Mozart and deep tranquility from Duruflé in tonight's RLPO concert.