Good vibrations or horrible wobbling? Why do singers use vibrato?
How to Sing Classical -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?
Why do babies love music?
Tom Service asks why we seem to love music from the day we're born - are we born musical?
Is complicated music better than simple music?
Tom Service looks at complexity in music - can we actually hear what's going on?
In space no-one can hear you sing
An odyssey through the musical universe, presented by Tom Service
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Portraits of a Man, Pictures of a City
Macleod explores Vivaldi’s association with the city of his birth - Venice.
Proms at ... Cadogan Hall 1: VOCES8
Live BBC Proms. VOCES8 sing works from Pérotin to Jonathan Dove and Alexia Sloane.
Prom 1 repeat: First Night of the Proms
BBC Symphony Orchestra and choral forces conducted by Karina Canellakis.
Laura van der Heijden and Jâms Coleman, Omer Meir Wellber, Jackie Oates and Hannah James
Top-class live music from some of the world's finest musicians.
Max Richter's reworking of Vivaldi, a folky dance by Schubert and Webern's Sommerabend.