BBC Radio 3 announced today that Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace prize winner and Burmese opposition politician, will be immortalised in music in a new classical piece the station has commissioned from Jonathan Dove.

Jonathan Dove was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to be “composer in residence” as part of a special day of programming celebrating musical portraits. On Bank Holiday Monday, he invited Radio 3 listeners to help him find inspiration for a new work to be based on a 21st Century public figure as a major reflection of a personality of our time. Listeners e-mailed, tweeted and texted BBC Radio 3 their suggestions and Dove drew inspiration from these; Aung San Suu Kyi was a popular choice from BBC Radio 3 listeners with other suggestions ranging from director Quentin Tarantino to scientist Tim Berners-Lee and actress Meryl Streep.

Commenting on the new work Dove said, “I am delighted to be able to portray someone so influential and admirable, who shows such steadfastness in the face of opposition. Her peaceful and powerful demeanour has already allowed me to imagine how a musical form might portray her. Portraits Day was wonderful – an incredible way to engage with an audience.”

Controller of BBC Radio 3, Roger Wright said, “Radio 3 is the home of classical music and the most significant commissioner of new musical works and we never fail to enjoy the way in which our audiences engage with us. We really look forward to the first performance and broadcast of Jonathan’s musical portrayal of this inspirational woman, later in the year.”

 

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