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Craft and Traditions

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch Sara investigates the state of early music instrument building in the UK, amid concerns from some of today’s makers about a missing generation of traditional craftspeople. With harpsichord builder Andrew Wooderson, maker of viols Shem Mackey, and Richard Earle, a player…

Mitsuko Uchida

Tom Service meets Mitsuko Uchida, recognised as one of the most influential pianists of her generation. Mitsuko shares her enthusiasm for the composers Debussy, Beethoven and particularly Franz Schubert, his personality and his music. The British Composer Awards were announced on Wednesday and Tom is…

Symphony of the Stones

Ancient history was not silent, so why is our study of it? The oldest-known musical instruments – bone flutes found in southern Germany – date back a little over 40,000 years. But how long humans have been making music in one form or another is…

Harassment in classical music

Tom Service looks at issues around sexual harassment in classical music and the arts in light of recent scandals to hit the worlds of entertainment and politics. We hear from Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians; Naomi Pohl, Assistant General Secretary…

Huddersfield

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch. As the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, hcmf//, celebrates its 40th edition, Sara takes a snapshot of musical life in the West Yorkshire town. Sara meets one of the festival’s featured composers, the Canadian-based Linda Catlin Smith, who since listening to records…

Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture

Presented by Tom Service. Part of Radio 3’s Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture. Tom meets Teodor Currentzis, the controversial Greek-born, Russian-nationalised conductor who has revolutionised musical life in the city of Perm, near the Ural Mountains on the edge of Siberia. Currentzis reveals…

Julian Anderson; Kenneth MacMillan tribute

Sara Mohr-Pietsch interviews the composer Julian Anderson as his music is the subject of the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Total Immersion Day, and talks to composer Brian Elias and former dancer Viviana Durante about the choreographer Kenneth MacMillan, a hugely influential figure at the Royal Ballet,…