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01The Essay20180416

Radio 3 presenter Penny Gore celebrates the Czech composer Leos Janacek.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

02The Essay20180417

Radio 3 presenter Tom McKinney celebrates French composer Olivier Messiaen.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

03The Essay20180418

Radio 3 presenter Kathryn Tickell celebrates composer and folksong fanatic Percy Grainger.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

04Andrew McGregor on Thomas Tallis - The Essay20180419

Radio 3 presenter Andrew McGregor celebrates Thomas Tallis's powerful Lamentations.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

04The Essay20180419

Radio 3 presenter Andrew McGregor celebrates Thomas Tallis's powerful Lamentations.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

05Kate Molleson on Eliane Radigue - The Essay20180420

Radio 3 presenter Kate Molleson celebrates French composer Eliane Radigue.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

05The Essay20180420

Radio 3 presenter Kate Molleson celebrates French composer Eliane Radigue.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

Radio 3 presenter Kate Molleson celebrates French composer Eliane Radigue.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

01Fiona Talkington On Joseph Canteloube20160118

Radio 3 presenter Fiona Talkington celebrates the French composer Joseph Canteloube, whose famous Songs of the Auvergne have become particularly important to her during her experience of cancer.

This is the first of five editions of The Essay in which Radio 3 classical music presenters celebrate composers whose 'secret admirers' they are.

Coming up from Tuesday to Friday:

Ian McMillan on Ralph Vaughan Williams

Clemency Burton-Hill on George Enescu

John Toal on Maurice Ravel

Petroc Trelawny on Lennox Berkeley.

Radio 3 presenter Fiona Talkington celebrates the French composer Joseph Canteloube, whose famous Songs of the Auvergne have become particularly important to her during her experience of cancer.

This is the first of five editions of The Essay in which Radio 3 classical music presenters celebrate composers whose 'secret admirers' they are.

Coming up from Tuesday to Friday:

Ian McMillan on Ralph Vaughan Williams

Clemency Burton-Hill on George Enescu

John Toal on Maurice Ravel

Petroc Trelawny on Lennox Berkeley.

01Sarah Walker On John White2014031720150323 (R3)

Radio 3 presenter Sarah Walker celebrates a composer whose music has particularly inspired her: 'English Experimentalist' John White - who, as well as being a dedicated opponent of "seriosity" in classical music, is the spitting image of Hollywood actor Jack Nicholson.

This is the first of five editions of The Essay in which Radio 3 classical music presenters celebrate lesser-known composers whose 'secret admirers' they are. Coming up from Tuesday to Friday:

Tom Service on Arnold Bax

Lucie Skeaping on Thomas Ravenscroft

Martin Handley on Malcolm Arnold

Sara Mohr-Pietsch on Hildegard of Bingen.

Radio 3 presenter Sarah Walker celebrates a composer whose music has particularly inspired her: 'English Experimentalist' John White - who, as well as being a dedicated opponent of "seriosity" in classical music, is the spitting image of Hollywood actor Jack Nicholson.

This is the first of five editions of The Essay in which Radio 3 classical music presenters celebrate lesser-known composers whose 'secret admirers' they are. Coming up from Tuesday to Friday:

Tom Service on Arnold Bax

Lucie Skeaping on Thomas Ravenscroft

Martin Handley on Malcolm Arnold

Sara Mohr-pietsch on Hildegard of Bingen.

Radio 3 presenter Sarah Walker celebrates a composer whose music has particularly inspired her: 'English Experimentalist' John White - who, as well as being a dedicated opponent of "seriosity" in classical music, is the spitting image of Hollywood actor Jack Nicholson.

This is the first of five editions of The Essay in which Radio 3 classical music presenters celebrate lesser-known composers whose 'secret admirers' they are. Coming up from Tuesday to Friday:

Tom Service on Arnold Bax

Lucie Skeaping on Thomas Ravenscroft

Martin Handley on Malcolm Arnold

Sara Mohr-pietsch on Hildegard of Bingen.

02Ian Mcmillan On Ralph Vaughan Williams20160119

Radio 3 presenter and poet Ian McMillan celebrates the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, whose music has been particularly special to him ever since he first heard The Lark Ascending at the age of eight.

Radio 3 presenter and poet Ian McMillan celebrates the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, whose music has been particularly special to him ever since he first heard The Lark Ascending at the age of eight.

02Tom Mckinney On Olivier Messiaen20180417

Radio 3 presenter Tom McKinney celebrates French composer Olivier Messiaen.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

02Tom Service On Arnold Bax2014031820150324 (R3)

Radio 3 presenter Tom Service celebrates a composer whose music has particularly inspired him - Arnold Bax, whose music reflects his love of the remarkable landscape of northwest Scotland, where Tom spent his childhood summer holidays.

Radio 3 presenter Tom Service celebrates a composer whose music has particularly inspired him - Arnold Bax, whose music reflects his love of the remarkable landscape of northwest Scotland, where Tom spent his childhood summer holidays.

Radio 3 presenter Tom Service celebrates a composer whose music has particularly inspired him - Arnold Bax, whose music reflects his love of the remarkable landscape of northwest Scotland, where Tom spent his childhood summer holidays.

03Clemency Burton-hill On George Enescu20160120

Radio 3 presenter Clemency Burton-Hill celebrates the Romanian composer George Enescu, whose philosophy of the profound importance of music in all areas of life has been a particular inspiration to her.

Radio 3 presenter Clemency Burton-Hill celebrates the Romanian composer George Enescu, whose philosophy of the profound importance of music in all areas of life has been a particular inspiration to her.

03Kathryn Tickell On Percy Grainger20180418

Radio 3 presenter Kathryn Tickell celebrates composer and folksong fanatic Percy Grainger.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

03Lucie Skeaping On Thomas Ravenscroft2014031920150325 (R3)

Radio 3 presenter Lucie Skeaping celebrates a composer whose music has particularly inspired her: the Elizabethan Thomas Ravenscroft, a contemporary of Shakespeare who wrote songs that became incredibly popular - or, like Shakespeare, borrowed from the popular imagination and made it his own.

Radio 3 presenter Lucie Skeaping celebrates a composer whose music has particularly inspired her: the Elizabethan Thomas Ravenscroft, a contemporary of Shakespeare who wrote songs that became incredibly popular - or, like Shakespeare, borrowed from the popular imagination and made it his own.

Radio 3 presenter Lucie Skeaping celebrates a composer whose music has particularly inspired her: the Elizabethan Thomas Ravenscroft, a contemporary of Shakespeare who wrote songs that became incredibly popular - or, like Shakespeare, borrowed from the popular imagination and made it his own.

04John Toal On Maurice Ravel20160121

Radio 3 presenter John Toal the French composer Maurice Ravel, whose music had a special place in his life long before he discovered an unexpected connection.

04Martin Handley On Malcolm Arnold2014032020150326 (R3)

Radio 3 presenter Martin Handley celebrates a composer whose music has particularly inspired him: Malcolm Arnold, creator of symphonies of great emotional depth and complexity - as Martin discovered as a teenage violinist, playing Arnold's Second Symphony with the composer conducting.

Radio 3 presenter Martin Handley celebrates a composer whose music has particularly inspired him: Malcolm Arnold, creator of symphonies of great emotional depth and complexity - as Martin discovered as a teenage violinist, playing Arnold's Second Symphony with the composer conducting.

Radio 3 presenter Martin Handley celebrates a composer whose music has particularly inspired him: Malcolm Arnold, creator of symphonies of great emotional depth and complexity - as Martin discovered as a teenage violinist, playing Arnold's Second Symphony with the composer conducting.

05Petroc Trelawny On Lennox Berkeley20160122

Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny celebrates a composer whose fascinating life story and music are particularly special to him: the Englishman Lennox Berkeley.

Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny celebrates a composer whose fascinating life story and music are particularly special to him: the Englishman Lennox Berkeley.

05Sara Mohr-pietsch On Hildegard Of Bingen2014032120150327 (R3)

Radio 3 presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch celebrates a composer whose music has particularly inspired her: the remarkable twelfth-century abbess and mystic Hildegard of Bingen - perhaps the earliest actual "composer" in the history of Western music.

Radio 3 presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch celebrates a composer whose music has particularly inspired her: the remarkable twelfth-century abbess and mystic Hildegard of Bingen - perhaps the earliest actual "composer" in the history of Western music.

05 LASTSara Mohr-pietsch On Hildegard Of Bingen20140321

Radio 3 presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch celebrates a composer whose music has particularly inspired her: the remarkable twelfth-century abbess and mystic Hildegard of Bingen - perhaps the earliest actual "composer" in the history of Western music.

Radio 3 presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch celebrates a composer whose music has particularly inspired her: the remarkable twelfth-century abbess and mystic Hildegard of Bingen - perhaps the earliest actual "composer" in the history of Western music.