Is listening to a Bruckner symphony really like being crushed to death by a giant snake?
Bruckner and the Symphonic Boa Constrictors
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?
James MacMillan (b 1959)
A tryst, a grief and a dream
Music brings sharing to James’s community and solace to his family in difficult times.
Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Series: Schubert and Dvorak
Late chamber music by Dvorak and Schubert from the Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Series
BBC National Orchestra of Wales: Rachmaninov and Schubert
Kate Molleson introduces recordings by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
In Tune live at the 2019 Proms
Top-class live music from some of the world's finest musicians.
Music from the Moon
Maggie Aderin-Pocock introduces music for the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landings.