RVW on Radio 3

From Wednesday 2 March to Sunday 29 May as part of national RWV150 celebrations, BBC Radio 3 celebrates Ralph Vaughan Williams at 150 with Vaughan Williams Today

Three months of special programming explore the life and music of one of the most cherished figures in British classical music – putting a spotlight on the familiar as well as the lesser-known stories about his character and creative evolution, and placing him in the context of his legacy in music today.

Highlights include:

  • complete Vaughan Williams’s Symphony Cycle broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in Concert over six programmes, featuring performances by BBC Philharmonic and the Hallé (02 March – 12 May)
  • A four- week series of Composer of the Week, dedicating twenty hour-long episodes to Vaughan Williams (02 – 27 May)
  • Between The Ears: The Lark Descending featuring a new electronic re-imagining of Vaughan Williams’s beloved piece, where a sampled lark performs its renowned violin solo (29 May)
  • Breakfast exploring Vaughan Williams’s Folk Songs and Hymns (weekday 02 – 13 May & Sunday Breakfast 01 – 29 May)
  • In Tune Mixtape presenting special Vaughan Williams- inspired playlists using works by the composer, or inspired by him (09 – 13 May)
  • Record Review’s Building a Library focusing on Vaughan Williams’s Symphony No. 4 (14 May)
  • Essential Classics devotingfive Essential Moments to Vaughan Williams (23 to 27 May)
  • Opera on 3 presenting an archive performance of the opera Sir John in Love first broadcast from English National Opera in 2006 (14 May)
  • Royal Northern College of Music Brass Band Festival Highlights celebrating Vaughan Williams amongst some of Britain’s finest 20th century contributors to brass band repertoire (02 March)

Alan Davey, BBC Radio 3 Controller, says: “This Spring, and later in the Autumn, at BBC Radio 3 we will take  a moment to explore and reassess one of the UK’s musical giants: a man who we think we might know but whose creative output is astonishingly wide, varied, and frequently pushing boundaries, and whose influence on British music is perhaps yet to be fully recognised. With this special programming, we hope to stimulate curious listeners to go beyond what they think they know about Vaughan Williams, and to discover aspects of his life and music which have not yet been fully appreciated. We hope listeners will join us and be inspired through this journey of discovery , rediscovery and reassessment.”

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