ALAN DAVEY, CONTROLLER BBC RADIO 3, ANNOUNCES NEW ‘AFTER DARK’ ZONE, REFRESHED WEEKEND PROGRAMMES AND NEW PRESENTER LINE-UP
In a blog post detailing the announcements today (Saturday 24 March), Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3, said: ‘BBC Radio 3 listeners are, we know, up for adventure, discovering new things and getting new angles and depths of knowledge on the familiar. So as part of our mission to continue to grow, develop and reinvent ourselves we are introducing some changes to our scheduled programmes – offering new takes on familiar subjects and giving listeners new ways to discover our rich cultural content.’
Programme and Presenter Changes Include:
World on 3 is relaunched as Music Planet, exploring classic tracks, big names and new releases from roots-based music from across the globe.
A refreshed version of Jazz Line-Up, renamed J to Z, will celebrate the best in jazz - past, present and future. Alongside Julian Joseph and Kevin Le Gendre, award-winning broadcaster and singer Jumoké Fashola will join the presenting team.
A new Saturday afternoon programme, Inside Music, replaces Saturday Classics, and will see a range of high-profile musicians join the programme to guide listeners through a selection of music.
Celebrated Baritone and composer Roderick Williams will appear as ongoing guest presenter on Choir and Organ from April.
Radio 3’s weekly drama offering, Drama on 3, to move to an earlier Sunday evening slot, beginning at 19.30.
The refreshed schedule is part of Radio 3’s ongoing aim to guide listeners to the riches on offer, and will include a new sound across week-nights for culturally minded audiences – directing them through Radio 3’s existing speech programming, in the newly titled After Dark.
Choir and Organ
Celebrated Baritone Roderick Williams joins Choir and Organ as guest host while Sara Mohr-Pietsch is on maternity leave.
Roderick Williams said: ‘This music is such an important part of our heritage as well as a constant source of joy in my life and in the lives of so many people in Britain today. I’m delighted to share with listeners this music that connects us so deeply across different centuries, different cultures and around the world.’
The first edition of Choir and Organ, guest presented by Roderick Williams, will be broadcast on Sunday 1 April.
Acclaimed baritone Roderick Williams joins Choir and Organ to present an hour of the very best organ music and performances. Today’s programme includes a dazzling improvisation on Gershwin’s famous show tune I Got Rhythm by British virtuoso organist Wayne Marshall, and works by father and son Johann Sebastian and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach.
BBC Radio 3’s new world music programme Music Planet will cover classic tracks, big names and new releases from roots-based music from across the globe. Listeners will also be able to tune into special sessions from some of the biggest international names and emerging talent and join the presenters on a weekly bespoke ‘Roadtrip’ in a different corner of the globe, taking them into the heart of its music and culture. The programme will also feature guest mixtapes and gems from the BBC archive. Music Planet will be presented by former World on 3 hosts Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell.
The first edition of Music Planet will be broadcast on Friday 6 April.
Buena Vista Social Club star Eliades Ochoa performs an acoustic session with Lopa Kothari for the first edition of Radio 3’s new world music programme, performing four classic songs as well as introducing a track by one of his personal heroes, Benny Moré. Also on the programme, TV travel presenter Simon Reeve shares some of the music he has picked up in his travels with an all-Africa mixtape. The spotlight is also placed on Zimbabwe. As the country emerges from its years under Robert Mugabe, exiled musicians are starting to return to their homeland. Singer and mbira player Hope Masike introduces music which reflects the country’s rich heritage and its lively present.
Inside Music will be the Radio 3 listener’s opportunity to explore their favourite music with new ears, guided by musicians who will open it up from the inside.
The new Saturday afternoon programme will feature a different guest presenter each week, all instrumentalists, conductors, composers and singers who are equally dedicated to discussing music as they are to performing it.
The first three editions of Inside Music will be presented by percussionist Colin Currie, violinist Tasmin Waley-Cohen and Nicholas Collon respectively.
Colin Currie said: ‘I’m thrilled to be involved in the launch of ‘Inside Music.’ The programme focusses on personal musical tastes and passions, and I’m delighted to be able to make my offerings in this inaugural episode.’
Inside Music is produced by Tandem Productions for BBC Radio 3. The first edition will air on Saturday 7 April.
The first edition of Inside Music, a series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music from The Inside. Today, world-renowned percussionist Colin Currie’s music choices include Mozart’s powerful Requiem, a dramatic work for four hands at one piano by Schubert and Steve Martland’s outrageous Horses of Instruction.
J to Z
J to Z is a new weekly programme celebrating the best in jazz; past, present and future. Award-winning broadcaster and vocalist Jumoké Fashola joins the presenting line-up alongside former Jazz Line-Up hosts Julian Joseph and Kevin Le Gendre.
Jumoké Fashola said: ‘It is a total dream come true to be presenting J to Z on BBC Radio 3. Anyone who knows me knows I am passionate about Jazz. I am looking forward to introducing our audiences to the finest jazz; incredible live sessions from some of the most uber musicians on the scene and getting a chance to delve into classic jazz archives. Jazz is an ever evolving, thrilling art form and I can't wait to share my passion with the listeners, whether they are just curious about jazz or already aficionados.’
Each week, the programme will feature the best tracks, as well as special live sessions and exclusive recordings from some of the best concerts from around Europe and the UK. Every few weeks J to Z will go on the road, presenting its own specially-curated shows around the country. The new J to Z podcast will see jazz musicians reveal the musical moments that have made them, as well as breaking down influential recordings to zoom in on the drum break, the chord sequence or the trumpet solo that changed the way these musicians approach their own music.
The first edition of the programme which celebrates the best in jazz past, present and future. J to Z presents UK band of the moment Sons of Kemet in session. Led by award-winning saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, the band features two drummers and a tuba, creating a unique sound influenced by the dancefloors of London.
Beginning in April, a new sound across weeknights for culturally minded audiences - directing them through Radio 3’s existing music and speech programming in the newly titled After Dark, every Monday - Friday at 22.00.
This new late zone will launch with a special week-long season, Night Blossoms, exploring the mysterious, counter-cultural and unexpected side of Japanese music and arts across the station’s evening programmes, running from Monday 21 - Friday 27 April. Highlights will include a dedicated edition of The Essay exploring those who have resisted ‘modernity’ and the mainstream, instead focussing on alternative, unexpected undercurrents in modern Japanese life. Radio 3’s adventurous music programme Late Junction will dedicate the week entirely to music from the country, coupled with immersive recordings of the diverse and often unexpected soundscape of Tokyo late at night, created by Late Junction presenter Nick Luscombe. The Late Junction Mixtape will be by legendary Japanese composer and musician Yoshihide Otomo. Meanwhile a dedicated Sunday Feature documentary will examine the supernatural and the role ghosts and the ghostly have played in Japanese culture. The season will also feature special editions of Music Matters recorded in Japan, Jazz Now with Japanese jazz pianist Makiko Hirabayashi and The Verb with a line-up of Japanese writers and poets. Music Planet will feature a session with Japanese drummer Joji Hirota. There will also be special editions of Between the Ears, Free Thinking and Exposure.
Drama on 3
The first edition of Drama on 3 at 19:30 will be Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece The Wild Duck starring David Threlfall. The drama will be broadcast on Sunday 8 April.