Pass The Baton! Celebrating The BBC Orchestras And Choirs

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01BBC National Orchestra of Wales20161127

01BBC National Orchestra of Wales20161127

BBC Radio 3's Pass the Baton! day celebrates the unique contributions which the BBC's Orchestras and Choirs make to British musical life. With live performances from Cardiff, Glasgow, London and Salford, plus discussions, features and recordings which demonstrate the ensembles' distinctive work in their own communities and further afield. Part of Radio 3's 70th season, celebrating seven decades of pioneering music and culture since the founding of the Third Programme.

09.00

To start the day, Nicola Heywood Thomas presents recordings of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, including music by Heinrich Biber, Havergal Brian and Leonard Bernstein. She's joined by guests in the studio for discussion and features about the orchestra's work with the deaf community in its home city of Cardiff, its recording of the soundtrack for the next series of Doctor Who, and its support of young musicians in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.

10.00

Principal conductor Xian Zhang conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in a live concert from Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff, including music which reflects the orchestra's role in the BBC's Ten Pieces and its commitment to new music. Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Handel: Zadok the Priest

Hector MacDonald: Clyw ein Llef, O Iôr (Hear my Prayer, O Lord)

Huw Watkins: Little Symphony

Debussy: Le Jet d'eau*

Debussy (orch. John Adams): Le Balcon

Prokofiev: Suite from Romeo and Juliet

*Elizabeth Atherton (soprano)

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Xian Zhang (conductor).

01BBC National Orchestra of Wales20161127

BBC Radio 3's Pass the Baton! day celebrates the unique contributions which the BBC's Orchestras and Choirs make to British musical life. With live performances from Cardiff, Glasgow, London and Salford, plus discussions, features and recordings which demonstrate the ensembles' distinctive work in their own communities and further afield. Part of Radio 3's 70th season, celebrating seven decades of pioneering music and culture since the founding of the Third Programme.

09.00

To start the day, Nicola Heywood Thomas presents recordings of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, including music by Heinrich Biber, Havergal Brian and Leonard Bernstein. She's joined by guests in the studio for discussion and features about the orchestra's work with the deaf community in its home city of Cardiff, its recording of the soundtrack for the next series of Doctor Who, and its support of young musicians in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.

10.00

Principal conductor Xian Zhang conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in a live concert from Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff, including music which reflects the orchestra's role in the BBC's Ten Pieces and its commitment to new music. Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Handel: Zadok the Priest

Hector MacDonald: Clyw ein Llef, O Iôr (Hear my Prayer, O Lord)

Huw Watkins: Little Symphony

Debussy: Le Jet d'eau*

Debussy (orch. John Adams): Le Balcon

Prokofiev: Suite from Romeo and Juliet

*Elizabeth Atherton (soprano)

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Xian Zhang (conductor).

02BBC Singers20161127

02BBC Singers20161127

BBC Radio 3's Pass the Baton! day celebrates the unique contributions which the BBC's Orchestras and Choirs make to British musical life. With live performances from Cardiff, Glasgow, London and Salford, plus discussions, features and recordings which demonstrate the ensembles' distinctive work in their own communities and further afield. Part of Radio 3's 70th season, celebrating seven decades of pioneering music and culture since the founding of the Third Programme.

11.00

The baton is passed to the BBC Singers, for a special programme exploring the group's history and role in the UK's cultural life. Presented by Fiona Talkington with guests including Judith Weir and Judith Bingham, along with interviews from Chief Conductor David Hill and his predecessors Stephen Cleobury and Simon Jolly and members of BBC Singers. There will also be a chance to hear movements from Philip Moore's Requiem, the world premiere of which BBC Singers gave earlier in November.

12.00

Sean Rafferty hosts a live BBC Singers concert from the group's home at Maida Vale Studios. Conducted by Ben Palmer, the concert will include works by composers closely associated with the group.

02BBC Singers20161127

BBC Radio 3's Pass the Baton! day celebrates the unique contributions which the BBC's Orchestras and Choirs make to British musical life. With live performances from Cardiff, Glasgow, London and Salford, plus discussions, features and recordings which demonstrate the ensembles' distinctive work in their own communities and further afield. Part of Radio 3's 70th season, celebrating seven decades of pioneering music and culture since the founding of the Third Programme.

11.00

The baton is passed to the BBC Singers, for a special programme exploring the group's history and role in the UK's cultural life. Presented by Fiona Talkington with guests including Judith Weir and Judith Bingham, along with interviews from Chief Conductor David Hill and his predecessors Stephen Cleobury and Simon Jolly and members of BBC Singers. There will also be a chance to hear movements from Philip Moore's Requiem, the world premiere of which BBC Singers gave earlier in November.

12.00

Sean Rafferty hosts a live BBC Singers concert from the group's home at Maida Vale Studios. Conducted by Ben Palmer, the concert will include works by composers closely associated with the group.

03BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra20161127

03BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra20161127

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra takes up the next lap of celebrations in Radio 3's Pass the Baton! day

13.02

Jamie MacDougall and Kate Molleson present recordings of the BBC Scottish Symphony, including music by Berlioz, Nielsen and Purcell. Joined by guests in the studio, Jamie and Kate also introduce discussion and features, including the orchestra's current principal conductor Thomas Dausgaard on musical connections with the Scottish landscape, and Ilan Volkov about his pioneering Tectonics Festival. Guests include Richard Holloway who will discuss Sistema Scotland's work building social change through orchestral music, and former conducting fellows Jessica Cottis and Holly Mathieson will talk about their time spent working with the BBC SSO.

14.00

Live from Glasgow's City Halls, James MacMillan conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a concert of works by living Scottish composers, including his own Confession of Isobel Gowdie. Presented by Jamie MacDougall.

Stuart Macrae: Stirling Choruses

Anna Meredith: Fringeflower

Judith Weir: Music Untangled

James MacMillan: The Confession of Isobel Gowdie

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

James MacMillan (conductor)

BBC Radio 3's Pass the Baton! day celebrates the unique contributions which the BBC's Orchestras and Choirs make to British musical life. With live performances from Cardiff, Glasgow, London and Salford, plus discussions, features and recordings which demonstrate the ensembles' distinctive work in their own communities and further afield. Part of Radio 3's 70th season, celebrating seven decades of pioneering music and culture since the founding of the Third Programme.

03BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra20161127

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra takes up the next lap of celebrations in Radio 3's Pass the Baton! day

13.02

Jamie MacDougall and Kate Molleson present recordings of the BBC Scottish Symphony, including music by Berlioz, Nielsen and Purcell. Joined by guests in the studio, Jamie and Kate also introduce discussion and features, including the orchestra's current principal conductor Thomas Dausgaard on musical connections with the Scottish landscape, and Ilan Volkov about his pioneering Tectonics Festival. Guests include Richard Holloway who will discuss Sistema Scotland's work building social change through orchestral music, and former conducting fellows Jessica Cottis and Holly Mathieson will talk about their time spent working with the BBC SSO.

14.00

Live from Glasgow's City Halls, James MacMillan conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a concert of works by living Scottish composers, including his own Confession of Isobel Gowdie. Presented by Jamie MacDougall.

Stuart Macrae: Stirling Choruses

Anna Meredith: Fringeflower

Judith Weir: Music Untangled

James MacMillan: The Confession of Isobel Gowdie

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

James MacMillan (conductor)

BBC Radio 3's Pass the Baton! day celebrates the unique contributions which the BBC's Orchestras and Choirs make to British musical life. With live performances from Cardiff, Glasgow, London and Salford, plus discussions, features and recordings which demonstrate the ensembles' distinctive work in their own communities and further afield. Part of Radio 3's 70th season, celebrating seven decades of pioneering music and culture since the founding of the Third Programme.

04BBC Concert Orchestra20161127

04BBC Concert Orchestra20161127

The BBC Concert Orchestra takes up the next lap of celebrations in Radio 3's Pass the Baton! day.

16.30

The BBC Concert Orchestra in concert live from the Barbican in London, as part of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Total Immersion Richard Rodney Bennett weekend.

Richard Rodney Bennett:

Partita

Four Songs

Claire Martin (singer)

BBC Concert Orchestra

Scott Dunn (conductor)

Richard Rodney Bennett:

What Sweeter Music

Puer Nobis

The Garden

BBC Singers

Anna Tilbrook (piano)

17.30

Recordings of the BBC Concert Orchestra, including music by Charles Williams and Clean Bandit. Plus features and live discussion about the orchestra's history and its work with young musicians at this year's WHY Festival, and an interview with chief conductor Keith Lockhart.

04BBC Concert Orchestra20161127

The BBC Concert Orchestra takes up the next lap of celebrations in Radio 3's Pass the Baton! day.

16.30

The BBC Concert Orchestra in concert live from the Barbican in London, as part of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Total Immersion Richard Rodney Bennett weekend.

Richard Rodney Bennett:

Partita

Four Songs

Claire Martin (singer)

BBC Concert Orchestra

Scott Dunn (conductor)

Richard Rodney Bennett:

What Sweeter Music

Puer Nobis

The Garden

BBC Singers

Anna Tilbrook (piano)

17.30

Recordings of the BBC Concert Orchestra, including music by Charles Williams and Clean Bandit. Plus features and live discussion about the orchestra's history and its work with young musicians at this year's WHY Festival, and an interview with chief conductor Keith Lockhart.

05BBC Symphony Orchestra20161127

05BBC Symphony Orchestra20161127

The BBC Symphony Orchestra takes up the next lap of celebrations in Radio 3's Pass the Baton! day

18.30

Penny Gore presents recordings of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, plus features and discussion exploring the orchestra's history and role in the UK's cultural life.

19.30

The BBC Symphony Orchestra in concert, live from the Barbican in London, as part of the BBC Total Immersion Richard Rodney Bennett weekend

Richard Rodney Bennett:

Symphony No.3

'Lady Caroline Lamb' - Elegy for viola and orchestra

Lawrence Power (viola)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Rumon Gamba (conductor).

05BBC Symphony Orchestra20161127

The BBC Symphony Orchestra takes up the next lap of celebrations in Radio 3's Pass the Baton! day

18.30

Penny Gore presents recordings of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, plus features and discussion exploring the orchestra's history and role in the UK's cultural life.

19.30

The BBC Symphony Orchestra in concert, live from the Barbican in London, as part of the BBC Total Immersion Richard Rodney Bennett weekend

Richard Rodney Bennett:

Symphony No.3

'Lady Caroline Lamb' - Elegy for viola and orchestra

Lawrence Power (viola)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Rumon Gamba (conductor).

06BBC Philharmonic20161127

06BBC Philharmonic20161127

The BBC Philharmonic takes up the last lap of celebrations in Radio 3's Pass the Baton! day.

20.30

The BBC Philharmonic, presented by Martin Handley. Live performance from MediaCityUK in Salford Quays featuring present and graduate singers from the BBC's New Generation Artist scheme, and recordings and conversation exploring the orchestra's history and role in the UK's cultural life.

Stravinsky:

Concerto in E flat 'Dumbarton Oaks'

Pulcinella

Ruby Hughes (soprano)

Robin Tritschler (tenor)

Ashley Riches (bass-baritone)

BBC Philharmonic

Jamie Phillips (conductor)

21.30

BBC Philharmonic violinist Julian Gregory reflects on key moments in the history of this ever-evolving ensemble, introducing some of the special recordings and some of the special people who have been an important part of the orchestra's life.

06BBC Philharmonic20161127

The BBC Philharmonic takes up the last lap of celebrations in Radio 3's Pass the Baton! day.

20.30

The BBC Philharmonic, presented by Martin Handley. Live performance from MediaCityUK in Salford Quays featuring present and graduate singers from the BBC's New Generation Artist scheme, and recordings and conversation exploring the orchestra's history and role in the UK's cultural life.

Stravinsky:

Concerto in E flat 'Dumbarton Oaks'

Pulcinella

Ruby Hughes (soprano)

Robin Tritschler (tenor)

Ashley Riches (bass-baritone)

BBC Philharmonic

Jamie Phillips (conductor)

21.30

BBC Philharmonic violinist Julian Gregory reflects on key moments in the history of this ever-evolving ensemble, introducing some of the special recordings and some of the special people who have been an important part of the orchestra's life.