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Interval programming for Performance on 3 and Opera on 3."

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20130101 (BBC7)Alaska: Highland-based writer Kenny Taylor has travelled the northern world to seek his passion - the Aurora Borealis.
20020912Christopher Cook and Jane Pavitt visit the Victoria and Albert Museum to view a silver tea service made for the Royal Pavilion at the 1951 Festival of Britain
20030817David Huckvale discovers why the sculptor Cellini was eager to promote an image of himself as a man whom Berlioz later described as a 'bandit of genius'.

David Huckvale discovers why the sculptor Cellini was eager to promote an image of himself as a man whom Berlioz later described as a 'bandit of genius'.

20030819A train journey and a mobile phone - key elements in a quirky and person viewpoint on modern day life and the problems of communication.

Ali Smith reads an extract from her short story 'Being Quick' from her latest book, The Whole Story and Other Stories.

Afternoon Morning

Evening / Ensnared With Flowers: Claire Skinner reads poems by 17th-century ENGLISH poet Andrew Marvell.

John Carey and Nigel Smith discuss his contribution to the pastoral tradition.

"A train journey and a mobile phone - key elements in a quirky and person viewpoint on modern day life and the problems of communication.

John Carey and Nigel Smith discuss his contribution to the pastoral tradition."

20030820Scottish writer Suhayl Saadi reads an extract from his forthcoming novel 'Psychoraag', which is featuring at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival.

"Scottish writer Suhayl Saadi reads an extract from his forthcoming novel 'Psychoraag', which is featuring at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival."

20030821GLASGOW writer Anne Donovan reads from her acclaimed new novel about a Glaswegian painter/decorator whose spiritual life takes an unexpected turn when he meets a Tibetan lama in Sauchiehall Street.

Afternoon Morning

Evening / Homeric Encounters Great encounters between famous characters in Homer's Iliad newly explored by contemporary scholars and poets.

Reflecting the ancient Greek theme of the Proms, this is the fourth in a series of five programmes exploring great encounters from the cornerstone of all European literature, Homer's Iliad.

Adrian Lester reads Homer's original version in translation, while a classical scholar discusses its dramatic power and a contemporary poet explores its continuing resonance in a newly commissioned poem.

Ruth Padel, herself a classicist and poet, chairs the discussion.

4.

The encounter between Hector and Achilles, interpreted by poet Michael Longley and scholar Oliver Taplin.

GLASGOW writer Anne Donovan reads from her acclaimed new novel about a Glaswegian painter/decorator whose spiritual life takes an unexpected turn when he meets a Tibetan lama in Sauchiehall Street.

Adrian Lester reads Homer's original version in translation, while a classical scholar discusses its dramatic power and a contemporary poet explores its continuing resonance in a newly commissioned poem.

Ruth Padel, herself a classicist and poet, chairs the discussion.

The encounter between Hector and Achilles, interpreted by poet Michael Longley and scholar Oliver Taplin.

"GLASGOW writer Anne Donovan reads from her acclaimed new novel about a Glaswegian painter/decorator whose spiritual life takes an unexpected turn when he meets a Tibetan lama in Sauchiehall Street.

The encounter between Hector and Achilles, interpreted by poet Michael Longley and scholar Oliver Taplin."

"GLASGOW writer Anne Donovan reads from her acclaimed new novel about a Glaswegian painter/decorator whose spiritual life takes an unexpected turn when he meets a Tibetan lama in Sauchiehall Street.

The encounter between Hector and Achilles, interpreted by poet Michael Longley and scholar Oliver Taplin."

20030822Ian Rankin, one of Edinburgh's most popular literary sons and creator of the famous DI Rebus, reads the opening of his latest novel, A Question Of Blood.

"Ian Rankin, one of Edinburgh's most popular literary sons and creator of the famous DI Rebus, reads the opening of his latest novel, A Question Of Blood."

20030826Biographer Maud Sulter talks to Bonnie Greer about the life of Jeanne Duval, love and muse of poet Charles Baudelaire.

"Biographer Maud Sulter talks to Bonnie Greer about the life of Jeanne Duval, love and muse of poet Charles Baudelaire."

20030828Architectural historian explores the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald.

Afternoon Morning

Evening / Summer Nights The Night Of The Monster Helon Habila's story takes place at the end of the Nigerian civil war in the early 1970s.

When the infamous bandit Hammadu Dangar arrives in town, the local children hold their breath with anticipation and fear.

A night-time confrontation ensues - with an unexpected resolution.

Read by Jude Akuwudike

"Architectural historian explores the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald.

Read by Jude Akuwudike"

20030930Hunter Thompson lives in NEW YORK in the kind of seedy hotel that only complete losers live in.

The day something finally does happen is the friday before Easter and Hunter's world is turned upside down by a new arrival.

Read by Mia Soteriou Translated from German by Margot Bettauer Dembo.

Abridged by Doreen Estall

20031115The ravages of time and attempts to slow, if not quell them completely, are the subject of pianist Simon Townley's interval talk.

Picking the theme up from tonight's performance he asks why it is that the impossible desire to 'stop all the clocks' has been so strong for artists from Auden to Wilde and in music theatre from Sondheim in A Little Night Music to Strauss's Rosenkavalier?

"The ravages of time and attempts to slow, if not quell them completely, are the subject of pianist Simon Townley's interval talk.

Picking the theme up from tonight's performance he asks why it is that the impossible desire to 'stop all the clocks' has been so strong for artists from Auden to Wilde and in music theatre from Sondheim in A Little Night Music to Strauss's Rosenkavalier?"

20031119Summer Again If Sibelius is Finland's leading cultural figure of international repute, then second place is surely held by Tove Janson.

Janson is best known as the author of the Moomin books but a new edition of an adult work, The Summer Book, has been a recent hit in Britain, selling over 50,000 copies in its first two months.

It's the story of a motherless six-year old and her grandmother, who while away a long summer on a tiny island in the Gulf of Finland.

Jansson's niece Sophia, who appears in the book in fictionalised form, and the writer Esther Freud, explore the enduring and universal charm of a book which has long had cult status throughout Scandinavia, with the help of readings by Phyllida Law

"Summer Again If Sibelius is Finland's leading cultural figure of international repute, then second place is surely held by Tove Janson.

Jansson's niece Sophia, who appears in the book in fictionalised form, and the writer Esther Freud, explore the enduring and universal charm of a book which has long had cult status throughout Scandinavia, with the help of readings by Phyllida Law"

20031213The first of four programmes in which writers and artists in NEW YORK evoke the scene seen from Brooklyn Bridge and other crossings in the city.

Colson Whitehead is a young black novelist who lives in Brooklyn.

In a series of vignettes and passages like shots from a film he evokes not a view from the bridge, but several views of the bridge itself.

But what he's really interested in are the thoughts and feelings of the NEW YORKers crossing it.

"The first of four programmes in which writers and artists in NEW YORK evoke the scene seen from Brooklyn Bridge and other crossings in the city.

But what he's really interested in are the thoughts and feelings of the NEW YORKers crossing it."

20031223A short story by Adam Thorpe about Bob the timpanist as he tries to cope with The Messiah.
20040101Richard Foster consults his calendars and celebrates all our New Years as he explores how the new year has been celebrated down the ages in many ways and, indeed, on many days.

Richard Foster consults his calendars and celebrates all our New Years as he explores how the new year has been celebrated down the ages in many ways and, indeed, on many days.

"Richard Foster consults his calendars and celebrates all our New Years as he explores how the new year has been celebrated down the ages in many ways and, indeed, on many days.

"Richard Foster consults his calendars and celebrates all our New Years as he explores how the new year has been celebrated down the ages in many ways and, indeed, on many days."

"Richard Foster consults his calendars and celebrates all our New Years as he explores how the new year has been celebrated down the ages in many ways and, indeed, on many days."

20040212"Jack Brymer Clarinettist Emma Johnson presents a profile of her teacher, the great Jack Brymer, who died last September at the age of 88. One of the finest wind players of the 20th century, Brymer was active as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player for over fifty years. With contributions from friends and colleagues including Andrew Marriner, Alan Hacker, John Dankworth and Basil Tschaikov. "
20040301From across the channel in Brittany, poet Kenneth White writes a political and very personal letter to a friend critiquing his mother country, Scotland.

'In a word, I'm a European Scot, and all the more Scot for being European.

Scotland has always been more Europe-minded than ENGLAND.'.

"From across the channel in Brittany, poet Kenneth White writes a political and very personal letter to a friend critiquing his mother country, Scotland.

Scotland has always been more Europe-minded than ENGLAND.'."

20040417"The Lore of the Ring

The Saga of the Volsungs says that its hero's 'name is known in all tongues north of the Greek Ocean, and so it must remain while the world endures.' Wagner's Ring Cycle has helped to make this thirteenth prophecy true. Professor Jesse Byock translated the Saga of the Volsungs into English and explores its influence on Wagner and the origins of the characters he employs in his Cycle.

Letters from the New World

A personal talk from a non-native resident of America.

The Lazarus Affair

Aleksander Hemon, born in Sarajevo and now living in Chicago, investigates the case in 1908 of a Jewish immigrant called Lazarus Averbuch who attempted to kill the Chicago Chief of Police."

20040422"No Fugues Please

A pot -pourri of Saint-Saëns's writings about his own and other composers' music, selected by Roger Nichols and read by Timothy West."

20040423A Musical History of Belfast: Cherrie McIlwaine goes on a historical tour of music-making in Belfast.
20040505"Collect the Set

As Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra approach the final instalment of their Prokofiev symphony cycle, a reflection on the vogue for musical completism: what are the advantages of hearing all a composer's symphonies or piano concertos - and nothing else - in a series of concerts?"

20040512David Huckvale reflects on the backdrop to Shostakovich's Symphony No 11, the failed Revolution of 1905 which saw hundreds of demonstrators shot by the Tsar's troops.

David Huckvale reflects on the backdrop to Shostakovich's Symphony No 11, the failed Revolution of 1905 which saw hundreds of demonstrators shot by the Tsar's troops.

"David Huckvale reflects on the backdrop to Shostakovich's Symphony No 11, the failed Revolution of 1905 which saw hundreds of demonstrators shot by the Tsar's troops.

"David Huckvale reflects on the backdrop to Shostakovich's Symphony No 11, the failed Revolution of 1905 which saw hundreds of demonstrators shot by the Tsar's troops."

"David Huckvale reflects on the backdrop to Shostakovich's Symphony No 11, the failed Revolution of 1905 which saw hundreds of demonstrators shot by the Tsar's troops."

20040526What difference does the view from our windows make to how we feel and what we think? Susannah Clapp talks to novelist Ahdaf Soueif about the worlds she sees outside her LONDON window and her memories of the Cairo windows of her childhood.
20040604"Bath and the World's First Geological Map

Bath is known for its Georgian houses and Roman spa, but another claim to fame is as the site of the first geological map in history, a map that changed our understanding of the world by charting the rocks beneath the landscape.

Geologist Richard Corfield walks the landscape depicted on the map in search of its author, William 'Strata' Smith, the man who saw an entire history of the earth in the hills around Bath."

20040608"James Joyce's Bloomsday

1: Joyce's Women

The sixteenth of June is the one hundredth anniversary of 'Bloomsday,' the day on which James Joyce set Ulysses, perhaps the most important novel of the twentieth century. To celebrate that anniversary, three Joyce enthusiasts revisit the book and its author.

In this first programme, author Edna O'Brien explores the fictional and the real women in James Joyce's life, from his mother to Molly Bloom."

20040609"Playing Our Tune

London Symphony Orchestra players from the past and present talk candidly about their experiences over the years. Contributors include the violinist Lionel Bentley who joined the orchestra in 1929 and played under Elgar and Klemperer, the trombonist Denis Wick and legendary oboist Roger Lord, who remember concerts with the firey Antal Dorati in the 1950s, and current players Rachel Gough and Colin Parris on the spirit of the orchestra today.

Presented by Richard Morrison."

20040611"Cruickshank and Aalto

Dan Cruickshank, architectural historian and broadcaster, has recently reported from the architectural sites of Iraq, Kabul and New York. Today he travels to Finland to see the work of Alvar Aalto, one of the masters of modern architecture, and to explore some of the twentieth century's most influential buildings."

20040702"Rewriting Venice

Tonight's Twenty Minutes explores how four of Thomas Mann's peers - Byron, Marcel Proust, Henry James and Ezra Pound - have looked at Venice through prisms of their own making.

In Rewriting Venice, Graham Fawcett describes the times and places in the city linked to these men, and using their novels, poems, articles and letters as illustration, he asks why writers have so often chosen not to look Venice in the face. With readings."

20040716Proms Talk

During the interval Stephanie Hughes talks to the conductor Leonard Slatkin as he embarks on his final Proms season with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and is joined by Stephen Johnson to discuss one of this year's major themes - ENGLISH music at the crossroads in 1934.

She also meets those responsible for the restoration of the Royal Albert Hall organ to its former glory.

"Proms Talk

She also meets those responsible for the restoration of the Royal Albert Hall organ to its former glory."

20040717Proms Talk: Martin Handley meets performers from tonight's concert, catches up on events backstage, looks forward to the coming week of Proms and explores what's new for this year.

"Proms Talk: Martin Handley meets performers from tonight's concert, catches up on events backstage, looks forward to the coming week of Proms and explores what's new for this year."

20040724Stephanie Hughes meets performers from tonight's concert, catches up on events backstage, looks forward to up and coming Proms and explores what's new for this year on the Proms website and DAB radio.

"Stephanie Hughes meets performers from tonight's concert, catches up on events backstage, looks forward to up and coming Proms and explores what's new for this year on the Proms website and DAB radio.

Stephanie Hughes meets performers from tonight's concert, catches up on events backstage, looks forward to up and coming Proms and explores what's new for this year on the Proms website and DAB radio."

"Stephanie Hughes meets performers from tonight's concert, catches up on events backstage, looks forward to up and coming Proms and explores what's new for this year on the Proms website and DAB radio."

20040725"The Way of the Mass

From act-of-worship to concert repertoire, music for the mass has grown in scope, over the years, to divorce itself from a purely liturgical function and take on an independent life in the concert hall. Roderick Swanston examines that process - from the gargantuan mass-settings of the early Baroque to the works of more modern composers such as Delius, Janacek and Britten who have used the form to make quite new, original and sometimes secular musical statements."

20040726"Past Masters of the King's Musick

Roderick Swanston reflects on the changing role of the royal composer, a post initiated in 1625 at the court of Charles I, who appointed Nicholas Lanier at a salary of £200, plus livery of £16 2s 6d."

20040727"The Modern Soul

By Katherine Mansfield.

Mansfield's short story is an amusing and satirical study of the eccentric characters a young Englishwoman meets whilst staying at a German boarding house.

She describes how a pretentious Fräulein and the trombone-playing Herr Professor are brought together following their performance at a charity concert.

Mansfield is now recognised as the initiator of the modern short story and is regarded as one of the pioneers of modern English literature.

The story is taken from In a German Pension, first published in 1911, and the reader is Emma Fielding."

20040728"New Nature Writing

Evelyn Waugh satirised the British tradition of writing about the countryside which harped on about plashy fens and questing voles. And maybe he was right. Now, though, a new nature writing is emerging with informed observations blended with passionate prose. An occasional series throughout the Proms brings some of the best of these open air thoughts and fresh writing to Radio 3.

In Crow Country, by Mark Cocker.

A love affair with the Rook, Corvus frugilegus."

20040729Andrew Davies reveals the audio diary he has been keeping since he began rehearsals for his first Prom of the season last week.
20040730"Letters from England

By Karl Capek.

Read by Owen Teale.

For two months in 1924 the Czech writer and playwright Karl Capek travelled throughout England, Scotland and Wales. His witty, appreciative dissections of the 'English' national character and culture quickly established themselves as masterpieces of observation - and classics of modern Czech prose.

Translated by Geoffrey Newsome.

Abridged and produced by Emma Harding."

20040731Stephanie Hughes, meets Mariss Janson and Gidon Kremer from tonight's concert, discusses the world of Tchaikovsky's symphonies with David Nice, and looks forward to the coming week of Proms.

Stephanie Hughes, meets Mariss Janson and Gidon Kremer from tonight's concert, discusses the world of Tchaikovsky's symphonies with David Nice, and looks forward to the coming week of Proms.

"Stephanie Hughes, meets Mariss Janson and Gidon Kremer from tonight's concert, discusses the world of Tchaikovsky's symphonies with David Nice, and looks forward to the coming week of Proms.

"Stephanie Hughes, meets Mariss Janson and Gidon Kremer from tonight's concert, discusses the world of Tchaikovsky's symphonies with David Nice, and looks forward to the coming week of Proms."

"Stephanie Hughes, meets Mariss Janson and Gidon Kremer from tonight's concert, discusses the world of Tchaikovsky's symphonies with David Nice, and looks forward to the coming week of Proms."

Stephanie Hughes, meets Mariss Janson and Gidon Kremer from tonight's concert, discusses the world of Tchaikovsky's symphonies with David Nice, and looks forward to the coming week of Proms.

Stephanie Hughes, meets Mariss Janson and Gidon Kremer from tonight's concert, discusses the world of Tchaikovsky's symphonies with David Nice, and looks forward to the coming week of Proms."

20040802"The Dangers of Working with Water: From the glass harmonica to Singin' in the Rain, via gongs and gargling, David Lasserson finds out if water and music can flow happily together."
20040803Thom Gunn

James Campbell remembers the British poet who died in April and presents highlights of the interviews he recorded at Gunn's San Francisco home five years ago.

20040804Antarctica: Klaus Dodds uncovers the intrigue behind Winston Churchill's plans to claim Antarctica as British Territory.
20040805"The Swooner

By Ma Jian, translated by Flora Drew

A short story from the award-winning Chinese writer Ma Jian, taken from his new collection The Noodle Maker.

A young entrepreneur uses an old pottery kiln to set up a private crematorium and is overwhelmed by demand.

Abridged and produced by Emma Harding."

20040806"The Miniature Great Wall of China

The Times writer Stephen Anderton considers Eastern influences on British gardens, visiting Biddulph Grange, home to a miniature Great Wall of China, and Tatton Park in Cheshire, which includes a Japanese garden."

20040807Proms Talk: Stephanie Hughes talks to Jan Smaczny about the essence of the Czech national spirit, and members of the National Youth Orchestra about their role in tonight's concert.

"Proms Talk: Stephanie Hughes talks to Jan Smaczny about the essence of the Czech national spirit, and members of the National Youth Orchestra about their role in tonight's concert."

20040813The Idea of Sanskrit: Dermot Clinch explores some of the many complex issues surrounding the study of this ancient Indian language in the West and in India itself.
20040814"Proms Talk: Petroc Trelawny meets performers from tonight's concert, catches up on events backstage and looks forward to the coming week of Proms."
20040815"An Unfinished Record

By Zhang Jie

Translated by W.J.F. Jenner

An elderly Chinese writer lives alone with his cat, the Grand Historian. On the day before he is due to go into hospital, he looks back on his life and recalls his unrequited love for a young colleague.

Read by Burt Kwouk."

20040816"The Warm Russian South: Russian novelist and broadcaster Zinovy Zinik travels to eastern Crimea to visit Koktebel, home of the poet and painter Maximilian Voloshin."
20040817"An Absurd Profession: Piers Burton-Page talks to Alfred Brendel, pianist and poet, about music and imagination, virtuosity and nightmares."
20040818"Use Your Ears

Armando Ianucci takes a quirky look at how we listen to music. Why is our response to music not just about

the piece of music in itself, but also about the circumstances in which we hear it - Who we're with, whether we rushed

to get there, what else is on our mind. How musically literate do you have to be to appreciate classical music? And does more music in our lives, mean that we listen less? Armando explores these questions with the social psychologist,

David Hargreaves."

20040820"Slicing the Gingerbread, by Sara Maitland: The story returns Hansel and Gretel to the forest, where Gretel recalls their dramatic childhood together. Read by Emily Woof."
20040821"Proms Talk: Stephanie Hughes meets performers from tonight's concert, catches up on events backstage, looks forward to the coming week of Proms and explores what's new."
20040822"Widow's Walk: A short story by Ronald Frame, which takes a young girl from a provincial town in prewar Scotland on an evocative life journey to the New World. Read by Janet Suzman."
20040823"Uncle Chukasha

'A writer for children must be happy without fail...'

In the time of Stalin, when words could kill, one man, Kornei Chukovsky, waged a war for the minds and dreams of children using only his imagination and love of the fantastic.

For millions, his tale of a tyrannical cockroach became a metaphor for Stalin's reign of fear. For others he simply brought joy at a time when none was on offer. Today he is still as loved as ever, but newly published diaries reveal the true nature of his struggle with the Soviet system. Michael Rosen explores his life and legacy."

20040824The Primer of Love: Ivan Bunin's story describes how Ivlev travels to a distant Russian province and is mesmerized by the secrets of a dusty library in a ramschackle house.
20040825The Bones of George Sand

In the bicentenary year of the French novelist George Sand a very French controversy has been simmering over her remains. Novelist and historian Gillian Tindall has been following the row and draws from it some intriguing thoughts about the ways in which our two countries view their dead.

20040826"And The Money Goes To

The reading of a will can be a tense, surprising and controversial occasion, the perfect basis for a plot. This programme looks at how wills have become a popular dramatic device in fiction, used by Puccini in Gianni Schichi and particularly favoured by Victorian writers such as Dickens and George Eliot."

20040828Proms Talk

Stephanie Hughes talks to some of the musicians taking part in tonight's Prom and other guests.

20040902"The Bird That Habitually Walks, written and read by Nigel Collar. A story of addiction and heartbreak amongst the great bustards of Portugal."

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The Bird That Habitually Walks, written and read by Nigel Collar. A story of addiction and heartbreak amongst the great bustards of Portugal."""

20040903"Probably the Oldest Orchestra in The World

Christopher Cook visits the home of the Dresden Staatskapelle at the start of its concert season to explore its rich and unique history, and talk to those associated with the orchestra about what has helped shape it into the great cultural and musical institution it is today."

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Christopher Cook visits the home of the Dresden Staatskapelle at the start of its concert season to explore its rich and unique history, and talk to those associated with the orchestra about what has helped shape it into the great cultural and musical institution it is today."""

20040904Stephanie Hughes talks to some of the musicians taking part in tonight's Prom plus other guests.

Stephanie Hughes talks to some of the musicians taking part in tonight's Prom plus other guests.

20040905"The Emotion Machine

What are emotions? Why do we have them? Why does music spark them off?

Marvin Minsky, the 'father of artificial intelligence' (and a big fan of Beethoven) talks to Chris Maslanka about his compelling new theory of human emotions."

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Marvin Minsky, the 'father of artificial intelligence' (and a big fan of Beethoven) talks to Chris Maslanka about his compelling new theory of human emotions."""

20040906Gwen and Augustus John

Biographer Michael Holroyd examines the curious connections between the lives and works of brother and sister painters Augustus and Gwen John.

20040907The Star

By H G Wells

Astronomers discover a bright new star in the heavens rushing headlong towards the Earth on a collision course. Patrick Stewart reads this classic short story from the father of science fiction.

20040908"A World Of My Own

To mark the centenary of Graham Greene's birth this October, we dip into his dream diary, which he kept between 1965 and 1989. Thoughts on fictitious towns, wayward popes, and difficult times in Haiti. And something comes to him from outer-space...

Read by Corin Redgrave.

Abridged and produced by Duncan Minshull."

20040909"The Princess and the Carpenter

By Michelene Wandor.

Charpentier, who wrote all the music in this evening's concert, also wrote the first sonata to be composed in France, commissioned by the Marie, the Duchess of Guise, a cousin of Loius XIV. This play imagines the encounter between the composer and the duchess in which she asks for a piece of music which will shock the court. In a flirtatious tussle, hinting of intrigue, she plans an act of cultural revenge.

Marie....Miriam Margolyes

Charpentier....Sam Dastor

Directed by Julian May."

Marie.... Miriam Margolyes

Charpentier.... Sam Dastor

20040910In From The Cold

Jim Riordan reflects on the classic Music for Pleasure recording (featuring a vast red poppy on the sleeve) of Shostakovich's Fifth - a Soviet symphony interpreted by Czech maestros - that for many came to represent the ideological struggle of the late sixties.

20040911"Proms in the Parks

A live round up of four spectacular events in Swansea, London, Glasgow and Belfast, including music from Dennis O'Neill, Kim Criswell, Ramon Vargas, Nicola Benedetti, and James Galway."

20041001Petroc Trelawny meets people who use music to heal and talks to people they have made better.

Petroc Trelawny meets people who use music to heal and talks to people they have made better.

20041002"The Silence, by Julian Barnes

An old composer, poignant and mischievous in equal measure, looks back on his career. And just what went on in Gothenburg?

Read by Ian McDiarmuid."

20041007"Listen Up!

Midlands and the North

Petroc Trelawny celebrates some of imaginative ways in which orchestras - amateur and professional - serve their local communities in the Midlands and the North of England, from work in a local Centre for the Deaf to an impromptu opera from The Nag's Head."

20041008"Listen Up!

Poems On The Brink

Recorded at the Barbican in front of an audience shortly before this evening's concert, this reading is the first programme by Radio 3's Poet in Residence, Mario Petrucci. In a selection of new poems about endangered instruments written for the Listen Up! festival, and poems from Chernobyl linked with tonight's performance of Stravinsky's Rite Of Spring, music, nature and people are all on the brink."

20041013Petroc Trelawny looks at the education, outreach and community work of the Ulster Orchestra and Camerata IRELAND.

"Petroc Trelawny looks at the education, outreach and community work of the Ulster Orchestra and Camerata IRELAND.

Petroc Trelawny looks at the education, outreach and community work of the Ulster Orchestra and Camerata Ireland."

"Petroc Trelawny looks at the education, outreach and community work of the Ulster Orchestra and Camerata IRELAND."

20041021Listen Update!

Petroc Trelawny takes a look at the wide range of activities orchestra's based in LONDON get up to when off the platform.

Discover the Rite of Spring with Pierre Boulez and the LSO, and find out how the Academy of St Martin in the Fields is working with local homeless people.

Plus Radio 3's Poet in Residence Mario Petrucci drops in to read some of his Listen Up! poems.

Petroc Trelawny takes a look at the wide range of activities orchestra's based in LONDON get up to when off the platform.

Discover the Rite of Spring with Pierre Boulez and the LSO, and find out how the Academy of St Martin in the Fields is working with local homeless people.

Plus Radio 3's Poet in Residence Mario Petrucci drops in to read some of his Listen Up! poems.

"Listen Update!

Petroc Trelawny takes a look at the wide range of activities orchestra's based in London get up to when off the platform. Discover the Rite of Spring with Pierre Boulez and the LSO, and find out how the Academy of St Martin in the Fields is working with local homeless people. Plus Radio 3's Poet in Residence Mario Petrucci drops in to read some of his Listen Up! poems."

Plus Radio 3's Poet in Residence Mario Petrucci drops in to read some of his Listen Up! poems."

Plus Radio 3's Poet in Residence Mario Petrucci drops in to read some of his Listen Up! poems."

20041026"The Secret Life of the Orchestra: Three programmes uncovering the human complexities that lie behind the symphony orchestra. 1: Private Lives, Public Performance."
20041028Listen Update! Petroc Trelawny takes a look at the audition process every music graduate faces as they attempt the jump from studying to becoming a professional orchestral musician.
20041029"Listen Up!

The Secret Life of the Orchestra.

2/3. Heat and Dust... and Disasters

Labyrinthine corridors that lead anywhere except the stage, icy rehearsals in church halls, broken strings in bar one and all the fun of touring a 100 musicians round foreign parts."

Labyrinthine corridors that lead anywhere except the stage, icy rehearsals in church halls, broken strings in bar one and all the fun of touring a 100 musicians round foreign parts...

Labyrinthine corridors that lead anywhere except the stage, icy rehearsals in church halls, broken strings in bar one and all the fun of touring a 100 musicians round foreign parts..."

20041117"The Return of Chorb by Vladimir Nabokov

A municipal German opera-house is the backdrop for a sublimely awkward evening, in this atmospheric tale of love and loss. Aging German couple the Kellers are forced to confront some unexpected news, when their son-in-law Chorb returns home early from his honeymoon. Read by David Tennant."

20041120Graham Fawcett explores the theme of imprisonment in the operas of Dallapiccola.
20041123"Vera, by Stacy Schiff. An extract from the life of Vera Nabokov, wife of the author Vladimir. She was his leading light in all matters including driving him around in America."
20050112"The Second Strongest Man

A story by David Bezmozgis.

A story from Bezmozgis's debut collection Natasha and Other Stories, set in the Russian-Jewish enclaves of Toronto.

The Russian 退migr退s of Toronto eagerly anticipate the arrival of a team of Russian weightlighters.

Read by David Jarvis."

The Russian 退migr退s of Toronto eagerly anticipate the arrival of a team of Russian weightlighters.

20050115"Inspired by Faith: Tom Service explores the place of Christian faith in contemporary classical music. Contributors include James MacMillan, Sally Beamish and Judith Bingham.

George Buchanan - The Man Who Wrote The Exorcist

He was Scotland's greatest Renaissance poet and dramatist and renowned across Europe. He was a political theorist, a literary critic, a historian, a teacher to Kings and Queens, a soldier, the first Moderator of the Church of Scotland, and a university manager. But George Buchanan is now almost completely forgotten because he wrote in the intellectual language of his and Shakespeare's day: Latin.

Poet Robert Crawford rediscovers one of our greatest poets, now unknown because he wrote in the wrong language."

Poet Robert Crawford rediscovers one of our greatest poets, now unknown because he wrote in the wrong language.

20050116Legacy of Angels

Few people can say that they have been to a church richly decorated by angels where the service itself was conducted by an angel. Art historian Anne Ellis visits the former Catholic Apostolic Church in Edinburgh and speaks to those who still remember their time in the congregation.

20050121"Made In Africa

The stone tools found at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania are some of the oldest humanly made objects found any where in the world.

On the eve of their unveiling to the public at the British Museum, its director Neil MacGregor talks to actor Hugh Quarshie about this earliest spark of creative genius to come out of Africa."

20050128"Searching for Heroes

Lord Byron created Manfred when Europe was poised between the night of the Napoleonic wars and the dawn of the Age of Revolution - a time that bred charismatic national heroes. With a little help from Thomas Carlyle and William Wallace, Richard Foster looks at the resurrection of hero-worship in the 19th century."

20050203"A View from the Bridges

The poet and writer Valerie Laws looks at one of the country's most iconic cityscapes and reflects on the vibrant new life the arts are bringing to the historic banks of the Tyne, and how the people of the North East are responding to the changes.'"

20050204"Future Music

Music has changed dramatically over the last century, but can we predict how it will sound a hundred years from now, or a thousand? Charles Shaar Murray turns to the world of Science Fiction for some suggestions."

20050212A Map of Manhattan: An occasional series exploring places in Manhattan which carry special significance for writers. Geoff Dyer describes how he found the perfect deli.
20050218"Resolution with Waterspout: Matthew Kneale paints six pictures in the life of eighteenth-century artist William Hodges, the first painter to visit Antarctica."
20050219"Escape to Bohemia: When a youthful Bernard Kops stumbled across a yellowing copy of Arthur Ransome's Bohemia in London, he found an escape route from a war-torn East End."
20050224"As a new exhibition and theatre production celebrate the work of Swedish polymath August Strindberg, this programme explores the life of an extraordinarily gifted man, a pioneer of modern art - as revolutionary in his painting as in his plays."
20050225"Zzzzzzzz

How much sleep do creative artists need? And how much use do creative artists make of sleep in their work? Professor Russell Foster, an expert in neuroscience, ponders the importance - or otherwise - of getting a good night's rest."

20050301"The Stones of the Field: Writer Owen Sheers follows in the footsteps of his poetic hero RS Thomas, as he explores the area around Manafon in the Welsh Marches."
20050304"Perfect Cousins

The Cork writing duo Edith Somerville and Violet Martin Ross produced some of the finest Irish novels of the nineteenth century, yet even their best work Irish RM tales and The Real Charlotte have faded from the Irish literary landscape.

Though second-cousins, and life-partners, it was their writing partnership which their families saw as vulgar. Robbie Meredith examines what shaped and drove their relationships, and investigates whether Cork's status as 2005's European Capital of Culture might lead to a new audience for their fiction."

20050305"A Map of Manhattan

The second in an occasional series exploring the places in Manhattan, real and metaphorical, that carry a special significance for contemporary writers. Biographer and journalist Barry Miles describes the importance in his life and work of the Chelsea Hotel and some of its extraordinary residents."

20050309Unusually for a composer, Michael Tippett wrote his own libretti for his operas and other works.

Richard Elfyn Jones, who met Tippett on several occasions, discusses some of the ideas behind Tippett's material.

"Unusually for a composer, Michael Tippett wrote his own libretti for his operas and other works.

Unusually for a composer, Michael Tippett wrote his own libretti for his operas and other works. Richard Elfyn Jones, who met Tippett on several occasions, discusses some of the ideas behind Tippett's material."

Richard Elfyn Jones, who met Tippett on several occasions, discusses some of the ideas behind Tippett's material."

20050310"Tippett and Jung: David Clarke, author of several books on Sir Michael Tippett, considers the influence of psychologist Carl Jung on the composer's life and music."
20050315Richard Schickel interviews David Mamet, who discusses his Pulitzer-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross and his brand new Faustus, both of which are soon to be broadcast on Radio 3.

"Richard Schickel interviews David Mamet, who discusses his Pulitzer-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross and his brand new Faustus, both of which are soon to be broadcast on Radio 3."

20050316Through a Glass Darkly

Britain has an enviably rich tradition of sacred stained glass spanning over a thousand years. Professor Richard Marks and artist Thomas Denny explore the factors that make medieval glass so highly regarded and the extent to which the sense of tradition influences artists today.

20050322"My Mother Used to Live on a Farm in Africa, by Abdulrazak Gurnah

In the first in Radio 3's Africa Season, a series of short stories about 'land'. Munah remembers a difficult episode from her past. Read by Ndidi Ama."

20050407"A Microphone for the People -The Charles Parker Archive

Tomorrow, Birmingham hosts a major conference about Charles Parker at the Central Library, home to his archive. In the Radio Ballads, Parker brought the microphone to people whose voices had not been heard before, but Sean Street discovers that this vast collection of tapes, scripts and papers reveals much more about the democratic impulse of this pioneering radio producer, oral historian and political activist.

He talks to Gillian Reynolds about the continuing influence of Parker's work, Paul Long about his legacy to social history, Dave Rogers of Banner Theatre which Parker helped set up 30 years ago and to archivist Sian Roberts, about the project to digitise the collection.

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He talks to Gillian Reynolds about the continuing influence of Parker's work, Paul Long about his legacy to social history, Dave Rogers of Banner Theatre which Parker helped set up 30 years ago and to archivist Sian Roberts, about the project to digitise the collection."

He talks to Gillian Reynolds about the continuing influence of Parker's work, Paul Long about his legacy to social history, Dave Rogers of Banner Theatre which Parker helped set up 30 years ago and to archivist Sian Roberts, about the project to digitise the collection."""

20050408In a new series of readings for Radio 3's Africa season, and the second of three tales themed around 'land', Adjoa Andoh reads The Eyes Of The Statue, by Camara Laye, formerly of Guinea.

A young girl battles through undergrowth that seems intent on swamping the city.

Nature is triumphant.

"In a new series of readings for Radio 3's Africa season, and the second of three tales themed around 'land', Adjoa Andoh reads The Eyes Of The Statue, by Camara Laye, formerly of Guinea.

In a new series of readings for Radio 3's Africa season, and the second of three tales themed around 'land', Adjoa Andoh reads The Eyes Of The Statue, by Camara Laye, formerly of Guinea. A young girl battles through undergrowth that seems intent on swamping the city. Nature is triumphant.

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In a new series of readings for Radio 3's Africa season, and the second of three tales themed around 'land', Adjoa Andoh reads The Eyes Of The Statue, by Camara Laye, formerly of Guinea. A young girl battles through undergrowth that seems intent on swamping the city. Nature is triumphant."

In a new series of readings for Radio 3's Africa season, and the second of three tales themed around 'land', Adjoa Andoh reads The Eyes Of The Statue, by Camara Laye, formerly of Guinea. A young girl battles through undergrowth that seems intent on swamping the city. Nature is triumphant."""

20050411Continuing the series of readings for Radio 3's Africa Season, Jude Akuwundike reads The Knife Grinder's Tale, a specially commissioned story by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, themed around 'land'.

The scene of a murder is the place where Ogwang struggles to bridge the distance between love and death in the face of violence.

"Continuing the series of readings for Radio 3's Africa Season, Jude Akuwundike reads The Knife Grinder's Tale, a specially commissioned story by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, themed around 'land'.

Continuing the series of readings for Radio 3's Africa Season, Jude Akuwundike reads The Knife Grinder's Tale, a specially commissioned story by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, themed around 'land'. The scene of a murder is the place where Ogwang struggles to bridge the distance between love and death in the face of violence."

20050412Plenty - the Land of Cockaigne: Francis Spufford contemplates the relatively modern concept of plenty and what it means to have or not to have enough.
20050413"Demon Dog: Stella Gonet reads Burmese writer Nu Nu Yi's disquieting story, translated by Anna Allott. The children report a disturbing prescence in the bushes which leads to an unexpected discovery."
20050422"Glob Girls

Forty years ago a book was published that was to give archaeology its first push out of dry and dusty academe towards the popularity it enjoys today: The Bog People, by PV Glob, about the extraordinary Iron Age bodies found in Danish peat bogs. Archaeologist Christine Finn discovers that the book may never have been written if it hadn't been for a group of convent school girls from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk."

20050429"Uncle Chukasha

In the time of Stalin, when words could kill, Kornei Chukovsky waged a war for the minds and dreams of children using only his imagination and love of the fantastic. For millions, his tale of a tyrannical cockroach became a metaphor for Stalin's reign of terror. For others he simply brought joy at a time when none was on offer.

Today, he is still as loved as ever, but diaries published last year reveal the true nature of his struggle with the Soviet system.

Michael Rosen explores his life and legacy."

20050505Living with Mahler: Armando Iannucci chronicles his relationship with Mahler's music and talks about musical personality with conductor Gilbert Kaplan and critic Hilary Finch.
20050509The Polishness of Chopin: Lesley Chamberlain explores the continuing debates over Chopin's identity. Was he really more French than Polish and why do we think it matters?
20050511"Trespass: By Julian Barnes. Geoff thinks he can impress Lynn by taking her hiking, with all the right equipment and know-how. Then things go wrong in the ferns at Froggatt Edge. Read by David Thorpe."
20050514"Electric Tippett

Tippett's deployment of a twanging electric guitar in The Knot Garden was a first for him, and he went on to include it in The Ice Break, New Year and The Songs for Dov.

Steve Martland explores whether Tippett was being genuine or just trendy in his use of the instrument from the 1970s onwards. With contributions from Sir Colin Davis, Robert Tear and guitarist Steve Smith."

20050516"The Clarinet Players, by William Palmer. A young boy's grandfather dies, leaving him facing an important decision. Read by Tobias Menzies."
20050518"Fighting for Good Music: During the Second World War, classical music was found to have more inspirational and spiritual value for the troops than other music. Graeme Kay investigates."
20050519During the concert interval, Martin Handley talks to Peter Cropper and Robin IRELAND about life after the Lindsays.

He finds out about new initiatives in music education

at the Royal Northern College of Music, and is joined by Nielsen expert David Fanning to explore aspects of the Danish composer's unique musical legacy.

"During the concert interval, Martin Handley talks to Peter Cropper and Robin IRELAND about life after the Lindsays.

During the concert interval, Martin Handley talks to Peter Cropper and Robin Ireland about life after the Lindsays. He finds out about new initiatives in music education

at the Royal Northern College of Music, and is joined by Nielsen expert David Fanning to explore aspects of the Danish composer's unique musical legacy."

20050520In a series of readings for Radio 3's Africa Season with the theme of street life, Janice Acquah reads Abidjan Blues by Veronique Tadjo.

Akissi finally returns to Cote d'Ivoire, but it's to bury her father.

It feels like she's severing her last links with the city of her birth.

Until, that is, she retraces her father's footsteps in the capital.

"In a series of readings for Radio 3's Africa Season with the theme of street life, Janice Acquah reads Abidjan Blues by Veronique Tadjo.

In a series of readings for Radio 3's Africa Season with the theme of street life, Janice Acquah reads Abidjan Blues by Veronique Tadjo.

Akissi finally returns to Cote d'Ivoire, but it's to bury her father. It feels like she's severing her last links with the city of her birth. Until, that is, she retraces her father's footsteps in the capital."

20050527"Made in Africa. Throne of Weapons

To mark the end of his country's lengthy civil war, the Mozambican sculptor Kester created the Throne of Weapons from decommissioned and dismantled AK47s. Hassan Arouni follows the Throne as it tours Britain, and meets Kester, the artist Rita Duffy and others who see the Throne on display in London, Belfast and across the UK."

20050603Bernstein Remembered

Tommy Pearson is joined by Leonard Bernstein's daughter Jamie Bernstein and his biographer Humphrey Burton to reflect on the life and legacy of one of the most dynamic and influential figures of 20th century music.

20050615"The Mythical Aviary: An exploration of the metaphorical power given to birds in poetry and fiction, including the phoenix, the nightingale, the corncrake and the hawk.

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The Mythical Aviary: An exploration of the metaphorical power given to birds in poetry and fiction, including the phoenix, the nightingale, the corncrake and the hawk."""

20050617The Tournament, by John Clarke: Extract from the novel read by Jon Glover.

"The Tournament, by John Clarke: Extract from the novel read by Jon Glover.

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The Tournament, by John Clarke: Extract from the novel read by Jon Glover."""

20050620"Writer and entertainer Joyce Grenfell was a fan of Aldeburgh, not missing a festival from 1962 until her death in 1979, and writing daily letters of her experiences to her friend Virginia Graham. Janie Hampton, Grenfell's biographer, presents a compilation of these letters, read by Maureen Lipman, revealing a candid, gossipy and surprisingly insightful portrait of the Festival, Benjamin Britten and Aldeburgh itself.

1/3. Britten

Grenfell's growing friendship with Britten led to her creating and recording a special song to celebrate the 20th Festival. Soon after, the recording was lost, only to be discovered nearly 40 years later during the research for this programme."

20050623"Joyce Grenfell at the Aldeburgh Festival: Second of three programmes in which Janie Hampton presents a compilation of Joyce's letters from the festival, read by Maureen Lipman."
20050624"Joyce Grenfell at the Aldeburgh Festival: Last of three programmes in which Janie Hampton presents a compilation of Joyce's letters from the festival, read by Maureen Lipman."
20050630Made in Africa: British Museum director Neil MacGregor talks to Hugh Quarshie about the earliest evidence of human creativity in Africa.
20050701"Bricks and Brothels: Poet and local resident, Alison Brackenbury, explores Cheltenham, introducing new poems she has written that reveal the town's sometimes hidden aspects."
20050707"The Merlin of Ghana: Hugh Quarshie visits his native country to explore the myths surrounding mystic Okomfuo Anokye, the man who gave the Ashantis a sense of nationhood."
20050715Talking Proms: Samuel West joins Stephanie Hughes in the Proms box for the first in a weekly series of programmes with news, views and features on the current season as it unfolds.

"Talking Proms: Samuel West joins Stephanie Hughes in the Proms box for the first in a weekly series of programmes with news, views and features on the current season as it unfolds.

Talking Proms: Samuel West joins Stephanie Hughes in the Proms box for the first in a weekly series of programmes with news, views and features on the current season as it unfolds."

"Talking Proms: Samuel West joins Stephanie Hughes in the Proms box for the first in a weekly series of programmes with news, views and features on the current season as it unfolds."

20050716Blow the Man Down: Tim Healey attends the Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival to find out more about the history and evolution of those salty working songs.
20050717"Andersen's Musical Tales

Hans Christian Andersen was as interested in music and drama as he was in literature. Andrew McGregor talks to musicologist, Anna Harwell Celenza, about Andersen's thoughts on music and the musicians he met, and the resultant influence on his writing. With readings from Michael Maloney."

20050718"Return to Berlin

Professor George Brandt was born in Berlin, and returned to the city as a guest of its mayor under a scheme that provides a gesture of reconciliation to exiles around the world.

The trip is a moment of emotional and intellectual reckoning, as well as an opportunity to lay the past to rest. Professor Brandt remembers his Berlin childhood which ended with his abrupt departure as a young teenager in 1933, and he reflects on the experience of the Berliner in exile."

20050719"Escape to Bohemia

When a youthful Bernard Kops stumbled across a yellowing copy of Arthur Ransome's Bohemia in London, he found an escape route from a war-torn East End to the sinful paradise of Soho and his very own Bohemia."

20050720"Plato and the Musicians

Plato's The Republic was one of Nielsen's bedside books while he was composing The Inextinguishable, but Plato ultimately decided to banish musicians from his utopia. Cultural historian and former rock musician Gary Lachman explores Plato's influence on Nielsen, and examines how some more recent forms of music - such as rock and roll, trance and rap - continue to play a subversive role in society."

20050723The Adverb: Louis de Bernieres presents a selection of his favourite writings on fairy tales in the first of a new series of literary performances based on this year's Proms themes.
20050724"Towards the Light

Three writers from three different faiths create a lyrical meditation on death and the subsequent journeys made by the soul: Hattie Naylor writes on Soka Gakkai Buddhism, Fidelma Meehan on Bahai and Father Peter Hunter on Catholicism. All address the profound mystery of the soul's migration."

20050725"The Second Strongest Man, by David Bezmozgis. A story from Bezmozgis' debut collection. The Russian emigres of Toronto eagerly await the arrival of a team of Russian weightlifters."
20050726"Tales from Russia

Philip Bullock looks at the pagan roots of traditional Russian folk practice, how it managed to survive for many centuries after Christianisation and the artistic outpourings which it inspired."

20050727"The Adverb

Poet Ian McMillan continues the series of literary performances, recorded in front of a live audience at Cadogan Hall, based on the Proms themes. Ian is joined by the acclaimed novelist, Will Self, to discuss his selection of classic and contemporary writing about the sea. Plus, a chance to hear Ian McMillan's own specially commissioned piece on the sea."

20050728The Red Balloon: Brian Blessed reads Peter Sheridan's new fairytale about a walk in the woods.
20050729"Talking Proms: Another in the weekly series of programmes with news, views and features on the current season."
20050801A short story from novelist Ronald Frame, which takes a young girl from a provincial town in pre-War Scotland on an evocative life journey to the New World, South America and back again.

"A short story from novelist Ronald Frame, which takes a young girl from a provincial town in pre-War Scotland on an evocative life journey to the New World, South America and back again.

A short story from novelist Ronald Frame, which takes a young girl from a provincial town in pre-War Scotland on an evocative life journey to the New World, South America and back again."

"A short story from novelist Ronald Frame, which takes a young girl from a provincial town in pre-War Scotland on an evocative life journey to the New World, South America and back again."

20050802The Man Who Was Ratty

Introduced by Kevin Jackson. Frederick Furnivall - eccentric Victorian scholar-gypsy - played a crucial part in launching the Oxford English Dictionary (and nearly sinking the project) and he was immortalised in the pedantic figure of the Water Rat in Wind in the Willows. But the true passions of his life were pretty young women and sculling on the river Thames - pleasures he combined by training teams of waitresses to row.

20050804"The Adverb

Poet Ian McMillan continues the series of literary performances, recorded in front of a live audience at Cadogan Hall, based on the Proms themes. This week, Ian is joined by the writer Geoff Dyer to discuss his selection of classic and contemporary writing about the sea; plus, a chance to hear his own specially commissioned piece on the sea."

20050806"The Magician's Wand: Peggy Reynolds investigates the connection between the magic wand and the conductor's baton, with the help of Kevin Jackson, Tanya Peixoto and Marina Warner."
20050807"The Secrets of the Off-stage Musician

Some performers at the Proms find themselves playing in the corridors, gallery or stairways of the Albert Hall. David Lasserson investigates the role of off-stage musicians, who may wait for hours, far away from the conductor and his beat, and invisible to the audience.

End of Skill

By Mamle Kabu, read by Chuk Iwuji, and part of the BBC's Africa Lives Season.

Descended from a long line of distinguished master weavers, Jimmy is expected to follow tradition. Instead, he leaves his village home behind him and heads for the streets of Accra where he plans to make his fortune, and break with his past.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard."

Some performers at the Proms find themselves playing in the corridors, gallery or stairways of the Albert Hall. David Lasserson investigates the role of off-stage musicians, who may wait for hours, far away from the conductor and his beat, and invisible to the audience.

20050808"Future Music: Music has changed dramatically over the last century, but can we predict how it will sound a hundred years from now, or a thousand? Charles Shaar Murray investigates."
20050809"Now Wakes the Sea: In JG Ballard's short story, a man lives far from the coast, yet dreams that a mass of water approaches. Who will believe him? Read by David Rintoul."
20050810"The Adverb

Poet Paul Farley continues the series of literary performances, recorded in front of a live audience at Cadogan Hall, based on the Proms themes, in which leading writers choose their favourite writings about the sea or fairytales. Plus, a chance to hear specially commissioned original writing about fairytales and the sea."

20050811Ouagadougou

Emmanuel Dangola's story forms part of a series of tales about 'home'. Dangola asks - why eat imported foods when the local town can provide white worms and grilled grasshoppers? Both are delicious with ginger!

Read by Damian Lynch and abridged and produced by Duncan Minshull. Part of the Africa Lives on the BBC season.

20050813"Dancing to the Jazz Goblin and his Rhythm

By Brian Chikwava, read by Maynard Eziashi, and part of the BBC's Africa Lives Season.

Tafi carries his guitar all over Harare. This has nothing to do with his love for his craft, but it's to do with a housing issue. He persuades Jabu to let him stay for a night, and several months later, he is still there. How will Jabu deal with his unwelcome guest?

Produced by Elizabeth Allard."

20050814"Living with Mahler

Armando Iannucci chronicles his relationship with Mahler's music and his changing perception of a personality through music. Armando first discovered Mahler aged ten when he joined his local library, and over time he has developed an idea of the composer as a sort of invisible friend, sometimes a companion sometimes an enemy.

Armando talks about musical personality with the businessman turned conductor Gilbert Kaplan and the music critic Hilary Finch."

20050815"Seeing the Blind: Sue Arnold discusses the portrayal of blindness in literature and drama, from Greek Tragedy via Milton to Jamie Foxx's Oscar-winning performance in Ray."
20050816The Committee on Evil Literature: Robbie Meredith explores the origins and work of the Committee which cast a shadow over Irish writing throughout the 20th century.
20050817Plenty. The Land of Cockaigne: Francis Spufford contemplates the relatively modern concept of plenty and what it means to have or not to have enough.
20050818The Modern Soul: Katherine Mansfield's short story is an amusing and satirical study of the eccentric characters a young Englishwoman meets while staying at a German boarding house.
20050820"Poems from the Proms

The poet Sean Street, who recently edited a book of radio poems, presents a selection inspired by the Promenade Concerts. This includes an anonymous salute to Sir Henry Wood, a satire to the tune of Jerusalem, as well as poems by Jo Shapcott, Peter Porter and Seamus Heaney. The reader is Tom Durham."

20050821"The Adverb

Poet Ian McMillan continues the series of literary performances, recorded in front of a live audience at Cadogan Hall, based on the Proms themes. Ian is joined by Wales' first national poet, Gwyneth Lewis, to discuss her selection of classic and contemporary writing about the sea; plus, a chance to hear her own specially commissioned piece on the sea."

20050822Three months before VE Day, the Allied bombing of Dresden in February 1945 proved a highly controversial act.

It remains so to this day.

Historian Dr David Stafford, of the University of Edinburgh, charts the significance of the event, and the changing ways in which it has been viewed since then.

"Three months before VE Day, the Allied bombing of Dresden in February 1945 proved a highly controversial act.

Three months before VE Day, the Allied bombing of Dresden in February 1945 proved a highly controversial act. It remains so to this day. Historian Dr David Stafford, of the University of Edinburgh, charts the significance of the event, and the changing ways in which it has been viewed since then."

Historian Dr David Stafford, of the University of Edinburgh, charts the significance of the event, and the changing ways in which it has been viewed since then."

20050823'In states unborn and accents yet unknown'

An illustrated talk by Mark Lawson about the plays, novels, poems and music inspired by Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

"'In states unborn and accents yet unknown'

Letter from Rome

Tobias Jones, author of the Dark Heart of Italy, takes the Viale Mazzini headquarters of the Italian state broadcaster RAI as his starting point for an exploration of the complex role played by the company in contemporary Italian life.

An illustrated talk by Mark Lawson about the plays, novels, poems and music inspired by Shakespeare's Julius Caesar."

An illustrated talk by Mark Lawson about the plays, novels, poems and music inspired by Shakespeare's Julius Caesar."

An illustrated talk by Mark Lawson about the plays, novels, poems and music inspired by Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

20050824Einstein's Violin: Ivan Hewett travels to Bern to investigate how the great scientist's passion for music affected his life and work.
20050825"The Violin: Novelist Christopher Hope narrates his new short story about Fred, a Parisian janitor whose life is suddenly transformed by the exotic Yuliah, a Russian violinist."
20050827"The Adverb: Poet Paul Farley continues the series of literary performances, recorded in front of a live audience at Cadogan Hall. Paul is joined by writer Jackie Kay."
20050829At the Royal Albert Hall, audiences come and go.

But the stewards could be considered as the native population.

Once a uniformed helper at the Old Vic under Olivier, Simon Callow takes us in front of closed doors at the Hall and looks back on his own experiences as an usher, unearthing along the way other well-known voices who have performed the same role.

"At the Royal Albert Hall, audiences come and go.

At the Royal Albert Hall, audiences come and go. But the stewards could be considered as the native population. Once a uniformed helper at the Old Vic under Olivier, Simon Callow takes us in front of closed doors at the Hall and looks back on his own experiences as an usher, unearthing along the way other well-known voices who have performed the same role."

Once a uniformed helper at the Old Vic under Olivier, Simon Callow takes us in front of closed doors at the Hall and looks back on his own experiences as an usher, unearthing along the way other well-known voices who have performed the same role."

20050903"Fuelled with Fantasy

Medical historian Mike Jay sheds light on the role that opium played in Berlioz's composition of the Symphonie fantastique - and on how, in turn, his work contributed to its increasingly lurid image as a recreational rather than medicinal drug in the later 19th Century."

20050904"The Adverb

Poet Paul Farley continues the series of literary performances, recorded in front of a live audience at Cadogan Hall, based on the Proms themes. Paul is joined by the writer Adam Nicolson to discuss his selection of classic and contemporary writing about the sea; plus, a chance to hear his own specially commissioned piece on a sea theme. The actress Sian Phillips reads Adam's selection."

20050905Plenty More Fish: Philip Marsden reports from a survey ship off the coast of Lundy Island as he mourns our over-fished seas and asks whether we can turn the tide.
20050906"The View from Yves Hill

By William Boyd, read by Oliver Ford Davies and Harry Myers.

Playful, grumpy, kindly, bitter - what do we really know about the once grand man of letters who lives in a flat near Hyde Park and feasts on tinned mandarins with condensed milk? Well, perhaps he will tell us if he's in the right mood.

Abridged and produced by Duncan Minshull."

20050907"The Adverb

Novelist Helen Dunmore presents a selection of her favourite writings about the sea, in the last of this series of literary performances, recorded in front of a live audience at Cadogan Hall, based on the Proms themes. She talks to Ian McMillan about both classic and contemporary writings, and also reads from her own work in progress."

20050910Proms in the Park: A taste of the Proms in the Park festivities around the country.
20050923The Wild Card: Nature writer Richard Mabey moves from living among Chiltern beeches to living beside a Norfolk marsh and reflects on the significance of the wetland in his life.
20050924"Errand: Julian Evans introduces Raymond Carver's powerful short story, which evokes the death of Anton Chekhov during a heat wave in 1904."
20050929"The Importance of Elsewhere

When Philip Larkin arrived in Belfast in the autumn of 1950 to join the staff at Queen's University Library, he began a five-year period of unprecedented creativity, which saw a promising writer blossom into one of the pre-eminent poets of his generation.

Simon Callow, himself a former student at Queen's University, visits Larkin's Belfast and finds the people and places behind the poems of The Less Deceived, published to great acclaim 50 years ago."

20050930"Mago

By Sefi Atta, read by Anthony Ofoegbu. In a series of readings for Radio 3's Africa Season, myth is the theme.

The newspapers in Lagos report that assailants are roaming the streets, slapping innocent people on the chest and stealing from their hypnotised victims. This is Mago. Terrified of Mago, Fidelis falls victim to a petty theft and must rely on his own imaginative myth-making to get himself out of trouble."

20051007"Eureka! A look at the Eureka moment, the mysterious and unpredictable instant at which a work of art begins. Contributors include composer Jonathan Harvey and neuroscientist Daniel Glaser."
20051014Applause! Applause! Richard Foster asks why we clap our hands to show our approval.
20051020Isle of the Dead: David Huckvale explores the appeal of the painting by Arnold Bockliln which inspired Rachmaninov's tone poem.
20051021An Unlikely Friendship: Haydn and Nelson. Alyn Shipton looks at the unexpected friendship between the composer and the naval hero.
20051026"Piecing Together the Ice Museum

Joanna Kavenna was so swept away by stories of the lost land of Thule, she left her job to go in search of it, journeying through Greenland, Iceland, the Baltic States and Scandinavia.

Greek explorer Pytheas claimed to have sighted this mystery land in the oceans north of Britain, but its exact location has remained unknown - captivating generations of explorers, archaeologists and writers."

20051027"The Last Communard

He fired the last shot, on the last barricade, on the last day of the tragic Paris Commune, or did he? Chris Dolan and Gavin Bowd unravel the true tale of unlikely Socialist hero, Adrien Lejeune and his martyr's grave in Père Lachaise cemetery."

20051103"The Ghost Ship: Artist Dorothy Cross looks out to sea from her home in Connemara, Ireland, every morning, where lightships, jellyfish and beached whales have inspired her."
20051104"Marvell in Rome

Andrew Marvell's Daphnis and Chloe is the most sophisticated treatment in English literature of the pastoral lovers who inspired Ravel. Marvell wrote his poem after a trip in the 1640s to Rome, where he came face to face with the rich architecture, art and literature that would inspire much of his verse.

Critic and writer Nigel Smith looks back at Marvell's Roman holiday and the great houses, gardens, paintings and sculptures that left a mark on his verse."

20051123Part of a series of readings for Radio 3's Africa Season, where 'myth' is the theme.

Nana

By Margaret Busby.

Nana is a title that means Chief.

When a British woman enjoying a holiday in Ghana is ritually ambushed, she has to confront some age-old traditions that come of being born into a royal family.

Read by Glenna Foster-Jones.

Produced by Pam Fraser Solomon

"Part of a series of readings for Radio 3's Africa Season, where 'myth' is the theme.

By Margaret Busby.

Nana is a title that means Chief. When a British woman enjoying a holiday in Ghana is ritually ambushed, she has to confront some age-old traditions that come of being born into a royal family.

Produced by Pam Fraser Solomon."

Produced by Pam Fraser Solomon"

20051210"Billy Budd, a Song of Innocence

Tim Healey has been interested in Britten's work ever since singing on the first recording of the composer's War Requiem as a choirboy. He considers the sources of Britten's inspiration when he wrote this nautical opera, mainly Herman Melville's novella of the same name, which itself referred back to mutinies in both the US Navy and the Royal Navy."

20051215My Childhood on Funen: David Fanning introduces extracts from Nielsen's memoire of his boyhood on the Danish island of Funen.
20060113Elliott Carter reflects on his life and work with Ivan Hewett, and explains how he has drawn on elements of both the American and European traditions in his music.

"Elliott Carter reflects on his life and work with Ivan Hewett, and explains how he has drawn on elements of both the American and European traditions in his music.

Elliott Carter reflects on his life and work with Ivan Hewett, and explains how he has drawn on elements of both the American and European traditions in his music."

"Elliott Carter reflects on his life and work with Ivan Hewett, and explains how he has drawn on elements of both the American and European traditions in his music."

20060114Publish and Be Damned

Sarah Walker investigates the changing world of music publishing in the UK. Do emerging composers face walking the same routes as their predecessors?

20060119"Poem for a Concert Hall

To mark the opening of the City Halls, Glasgow's poet laureate Liz Lochhead reads her new specially composed poem to celebrate the changing face of the city. Set against her words are the voices of other Glaswegians who remember the past and what life was like in the tenements and back streets."

20060120"The Scottish Adverb: Ian McMillan celebrates the opening of the City Halls in Glasgow in the company of writer and poet, Professor Robert Crawford."
20060124"The Shostakovich Credo: Shostakovich's attitude to religion, and the impact of his beliefs on his music."
20060126Shostakovich and the Muse: Marina Frolova-Walker ponders Shostakovich's relationships with women.
20060127Nommo: Writer Rommi Smith ponders the rich cosmology of names in African cultures.
20060201"This Morning a Letter Arrived: A short story by Joseph Roth, an elegy to the narrator's Russian hometown which was destroyed in the First World War. Read by David Horovitch."
20060202Historian Bettany Hughes, author of the recent book Helen of Troy, looks at the fictional Helen through the eyes of British poets: from Christopher Marlowe to Carol Ann Duffy, Dante Gabriel Rossetti to Rupert Brooke.

Do her fictional incarnations bear any resemblance to historical fact? And why does she continue to fascinate contemporary British poets?

Historian Bettany Hughes, author of the recent book Helen of Troy, looks at the fictional Helen through the eyes of British poets: from Christopher Marlowe to Carol Ann Duffy, Dante Gabriel Rossetti to Rupert Brooke.

"Historian Bettany Hughes, author of the recent book Helen of Troy, looks at the fictional Helen through the eyes of British poets: from Christopher Marlowe to Carol Ann Duffy, Dante Gabriel Rossetti to Rupert Brooke.

Do her fictional incarnations bear any resemblance to historical fact? And why does she continue to fascinate contemporary British poets?"

"Historian Bettany Hughes, author of the recent book Helen of Troy, looks at the fictional Helen through the eyes of British poets: from Christopher Marlowe to Carol Ann Duffy, Dante Gabriel Rossetti to Rupert Brooke.

Historian Bettany Hughes, author of the recent book Helen of Troy, looks at the fictional Helen through the eyes of British poets: from Christopher Marlowe to Carol Ann Duffy, Dante Gabriel Rossetti to Rupert Brooke.

20060208Claude Debussy was born in the outskirts of Paris at Saint Germain en Laye.

His birthplace is now a museum.

Artur Pizarro journeys through the house to find out more about the man and his music.

Claude Debussy was born in the outskirts of Paris at Saint Germain en Laye. His birthplace is now a museum. Artur Pizarro journeys through the house to find out more about the man and his music.

20060209"Glob Girls

Forty years ago, a book was published that was to give archaeology its first push out of a dry and dusty academic world towards the popularity it enjoys today: The Bog People, by PV Glob.

It was about the extraordinary Iron Age bodies found in Danish peat bogs. Archaeologist Christine Finn discovers that the book may never have been written if it hadn't been for a group of convent school girls from Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk."

20060211"Tart with a Heart

Poet and writer Ruth Padel explores how Verdi flouted 19th-century convention in his life and in the music of La Traviata, in which he made Violetta, this supposedly 'fallen woman', into a strong, loving and noble heroine who rises above the petty bourgeois society that crushes her."

20060215Such Good Taste: Armando Ianucci explores the notion of 'good taste' in music. He also reveals his own surprising musical tastes.
20060218"Frank Gardner's Cairo

BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner, paralysed in an Al Qaeda attack 18 months ago, returns for the first time since his accident to the city where he spent happy years, first as a student and later as head of the BBC's Cairo Bureau."

20060223Letters to Isaak Glikman: Lesley Chamberlain presents excerpts from letters written by Shostakovich to his great friend Isaak Glikman.
20060224"The Song of the Earth

The words of Mahler's song-symphony come not from a 19th-century German Romantic poet, but from more than a millennium earlier and rather further away. Jonathan Bate, whose book The Song of the Earth explores the relationship between literature and the natural world, reveals the attractions for Mahler of the lyrics of Li Po, the great nature poet and drinker - of the Tang dynasty."

20060225"Saint-Saens, In Search of Everything but Originality

Historian Graeme Fife explores the social and cultural context of Samson et Dalila, especially how the opera reflects the much satirised carnival of Second Empire Paris and echoes the calamitous humiliation of France itself during the Franco-Prussian War."

20060302"I Love a Piano: Sir Richard Rodney Bennett is known as a composer and pianist, but he has another side as well - as a cabaret performer. His regular partner is singer/Radio 3 presenter Claire Martin."
20060306In the cultural wasteland of 1960s Belfast, a small creative writing group met every Monday evening.

Robbie Meredith tells the remarkable story of how the group nurtured future prize winners.

"In the cultural wasteland of 1960s Belfast, a small creative writing group met every Monday evening.

In the cultural wasteland of 1960s Belfast, a small creative writing group met every Monday evening. Robbie Meredith tells the remarkable story of how the group nurtured future prize winners."

Robbie Meredith tells the remarkable story of how the group nurtured future prize winners."

"In the cultural wasteland of 1960s Belfast, a small creative writing group met every Monday evening. Robbie Meredith tells the remarkable story of how the group nurtured future prize winners.

20060310Christine Finn reflects on the art of mosaic, and how it inspired WB Yeats' poetry.

"Christine Finn reflects on the art of mosaic, and how it inspired WB Yeats' poetry.

Christine Finn reflects on the art of mosaic, and how it inspired WB Yeats' poetry."

"Christine Finn reflects on the art of mosaic, and how it inspired WB Yeats' poetry."

"Christine Finn reflects on the art of mosaic, and how it inspired WB Yeats' poetry.

20060311"Verdi in Russia

The version of Verdi's La Forza del Destino most often heard is his revised score, first given at La Scala, Milan, in 1869. But the opera was originally written for, and first performed in, St Petersburg in 1862, at which point the city was in the grip of Verdi mania.

Piers Burton-Page tells the fascinating story of Verdi in Russia, with the help of Roger Parker and Rosamund Bartlett."

20060323"Montfort l'Amaury

In April 1921 at the age of 41, Maurice Ravel purchased his first and only house; a picturesque and idiosyncratic building called Le Belv退dère, about 30 kilometres from Paris. Ravel's delightful and unusual house has now become the Mus退e Ravel. Artur Pizarro journeys through the house, endeavouring to find out more about the man and his music."

In April 1921 at the age of 41, Maurice Ravel purchased his first and only house; a picturesque and idiosyncratic building called Le Belv退dère, about 30 kilometres from Paris. Ravel's delightful and unusual house has now become the Mus退e Ravel. Artur Pizarro journeys through the house, endeavouring to find out more about the man and his music."

20060408"Do My Ears Deceive Me

Like optical illusions, aural illusions can be great fun. But more than that, they can tell us all sorts of things about how the human brain works, and how we

appreciate music. Psychology professor Diana Deutsch, a world expert in the field, joins Chris Maslanka to play a few tricks with your ears - and reveal their secrets."

20060415"A big hand please for Richard Foster, as he looks into the power of applause. Why do we clap our hands to show our approval?"
20060422"Re-writing the Easter Rising

90 years after the Easter Rising, Robbie Meredith introduces the fascinating story behind one of the most famous poems in the English speaking world: Easter 1916 by WB Yeats.

Its haunting refrain: all is changed, changed utterly; a terrible beauty is born hides a web of deception, politics and lust."

20060506"The Quare Fellow

Fifty years ago, Joan Littlewood's production of Brendan Behan's prison drama The Quare Fellow introduced the playwright to the wider world. Marie-Louise Muir presents a profile of this outlandish and outspoken genius, taking us back to the 1950s, when The Quare Fellow became the subject of hot debate - in a country where capital punishment was hitting the headlines."

20060511"Idols of the Marketplace: Francis Spufford explores the roots of our current admiration for markets, as embodiments of wisdom and knowledge suggest this is, in fact, a kind of religious fervour."
20060512"How She Brought the Novel from Moscow: Lesley Chamberlain tells the story of Constance Garnett, the first translator of Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Turgenev and Chekhov."
20060519"The Trouble with Flags

Simon Mundy reveals the emerging tensions between culture and nationalism within the changing context of Europe and asks whether national culture is becoming a real threat to political and artistic progress.

With contributions from artists and musicians from Kosovo, Turkey and Bosnia."

20060524"The Bride from Odessa

Edgardo Cozarinsky's story, translated by Nick Caistor, describes the lives of some bold 退migr退s.

This dramatic port is the starting point, but what about the life to come in Argentina?

Read by Sam Dastor.

Abridged and produced by Duncan Minshull."

Edgardo Cozarinsky's story, translated by Nick Caistor, describes the lives of some bold 退migr退s.

20060612"Featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Barry Wordsworth.

Falla: 3 dances from The Three Cornered Hat

Rodrgio: Concerto de Aranjuez

Bizet: Carmen suite no.2

8.35pm - 8.55pm Twenty Minutes: The Adverb - with Paul Farley (rpt)

Ravel: Pavane pour une infante defunte

Falla: Nights in the Garden of Spain"

20060614"The Violin: Novelist Christopher Hope, father of violin star Daniel, narrates his short story about Fred the Parisian janitor, whose life is suddenly transformed by the exotic Yuliah."
20060701Summoned by Bells

Alyn Shipton explores how bells were used in past centuries to indicate everything from prayer to mealtimes, the curfew hour, or a death in the community - in fact to reflect the human experience from cradle to grave.

He visits Oxford, London's Whitechapel Bell Foundry and HMS Victory in Portsmouth, and talks to French historian Alain Corbin, author of Village Bells.

Alyn Shipton explores how bells were used in past centuries to indicate everything from prayer to mealtimes, the curfew hour, or a death in the community - in fact to reflect the human experience from cradle to grave.

"Summoned by Bells

Summoned by Bells

Alyn Shipton explores how bells were used in past centuries to indicate everything from prayer to mealtimes, the curfew hour, or a death in the community - in fact to reflect the human experience from cradle to grave.

He visits Oxford, London's Whitechapel Bell Foundry and HMS Victory in Portsmouth, and talks to French historian Alain Corbin, author of Village Bells.

"

He visits Oxford, London's Whitechapel Bell Foundry and HMS Victory in Portsmouth, and talks to French historian Alain Corbin, author of Village Bells."

"Summoned by Bells

Alyn Shipton explores how bells were used in past centuries to indicate everything from prayer to mealtimes, the curfew hour, or a death in the community - in fact to reflect the human experience from cradle to grave.

He visits Oxford, London's Whitechapel Bell Foundry and HMS Victory in Portsmouth, and talks to French historian Alain Corbin, author of Village Bells.

20060704"The Sounds of Bradford

Asian Network presenter Adil Ray takes in the sights and sounds of the bustling city of Bradford, birthplace of composer Delius. He meets some lively local luminaries, including writer Joolz Denby and musician Aki Nawaz.

"

20060706A Game of Cards: Ronald Pickup reads a new story by Rose Tremain describing the life of a hotelier in Switzerland and his enduring friendship with a talented pianist.
20060707Singing in the Dark, Back to Brigg Fair

A radio poem, drama and memoir about the power of traditional songs and their allure for writers and composers.

Alison Brackenbury draws connections between Frederick Delius, Percy Grainger and Edward Thomas, via Joseph Taylor, the Lincolnshire farm worker whom Grainger first heard singing Brigg Fair in 1905.

Grainger collected the tune, made a choral arrangement of it and gave it to Delius who recast it as Brigg Fair: English Rhapsody.

Alison Brackenbury draws connections between Frederick Delius, Percy Grainger and Edward Thomas, via Joseph Taylor, the Lincolnshire farm worker whom Grainger first heard singing Brigg Fair in 1905.

"Singing in the Dark, Back to Brigg Fair

Singing in the Dark, Back to Brigg Fair

A radio poem, drama and memoir about the power of traditional songs and their allure for writers and composers.

Alison Brackenbury draws connections between Frederick Delius, Percy Grainger and Edward Thomas, via Joseph Taylor, the Lincolnshire farm worker whom Grainger first heard singing Brigg Fair in 1905. Grainger collected the tune, made a choral arrangement of it and gave it to Delius who recast it as Brigg Fair: English Rhapsody.

"

Grainger collected the tune, made a choral arrangement of it and gave it to Delius who recast it as Brigg Fair: English Rhapsody."

"Singing in the Dark, Back to Brigg Fair

A radio poem, drama and memoir about the power of traditional songs and their allure for writers and composers.

Alison Brackenbury draws connections between Frederick Delius, Percy Grainger and Edward Thomas, via Joseph Taylor, the Lincolnshire farm worker whom Grainger first heard singing Brigg Fair in 1905. Grainger collected the tune, made a choral arrangement of it and gave it to Delius who recast it as Brigg Fair: English Rhapsody.

20060708"Homer in a Dudley Accent: Poet Paul Farley visits Birmingham to follow in the footsteps of his poetic hero, Louis MacNeice. The Belfast-born poet lived in the city during the early 1930s."
20060714"Talking Proms: Stephanie Hughes hosts the first in a weekly series of programmes with news, views and features on the current season as it unfolds."
20060718Robert Spaethling's translation of Mozart's letters have vividly brought to life aspects of the composer's world, including his relationship with his father.

"Robert Spaethling's translation of Mozart's letters have vividly brought to life aspects of the composer's world, including his relationship with his father."

20060723"Side on Side

Real stories about amateur and professional classical musicians making music together, side by side. Find out who's doing it, and where, and why! Whether you sing or play, there are opportunities out there for everyone. Presented by Mathew Barley.

Belshazzar in Leeds

As a prelude to tonight's performance of Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, Miguela Gonzalez looks back at the many tales surrounding the world premiere of the work, which took place in Leeds almost 75 years ago, with Malcolm Sargent on the podium, and a nervous composer in the audience."

20060724"Piano War Horses: Why is it that from the 19th century the piano concerto seem to grow bigger, bolder and more self-important? Writer Harriet Smith investigates."
20060725"Summer Nights In Spain

The writer Chris Stewart is well-known for his books about moving to a mountain farm in Andalucia, where he still lives. In this interval talk, he reflects on the very special atmosphere and experiences of Spanish summer nights."

20060726"Homer in a Dudley Accent

Louis MacNeice lived in Birmingham in the early 1930s, teaching Classics at the university. Despite his ambivalent relationship with the city, the years he spent there were to prove critical in both his personal and poetic life. The poet Paul Farley goes in search of MacNeice's 'hazy city'."

20060727The Adverb

Second in the series of literary performances in which authors present a selection of their favourite writings on music. Recorded in front of a live audience at Cadogan Hall and presented by Ian McMillan.

20060728"Talking Proms: Stephanie Hughes hosts a weekly series of programmes with news, views and features on the current season as it unfolds."
20060729"Russian Travellers: Teresa Cherfas talks to Lesley Blanch, author of Journey in the Mind's Eye and The Sabres of Paradise, two of the finest books of the last 50 years about Russia.

A Profile of The Shout: Sara Mohr-Pietsch investigates the phenomenon that is The Shout, one of the most innovative and exciting vocal groups currently working in Britain."

20060730Juliet Stevenson reads Muriel Spark's short story The Ormolu Clock. It's a tale about the rivalries of two hotel owners on the Austrian-Yugoslavian border.
20060731"Frank Gardner's Cairo: The BBC Security Correspondent, paralysed in an al-Qaeda attack 18 months ago, returns to the city where he spent happy years as a student, and later headed BBC's Cairo Bureau."
20060801Graeme Kay looks at the career of Gottfried van Swieten, who did more than anybody to open 18th century ears to the music of the past.

"Graeme Kay looks at the career of Gottfried van Swieten, who did more than anybody to open 18th century ears to the music of the past."

20060802"I Hear You Say So: Elizabeth Bowen's classic tale, read by Elizabeth Bell, takes place on a warm summer evening as different people are brought together in a local park to listen to the nightingale."
20060803The Adverb

Ian McMillan continues the series of literary performances recorded in front of an audience at Cadogan Hall. This week novelist Hanif Kureishi presents a selection of his favourite writings on music and reads his own specially commissioned piece on the same theme.

20060804"Talking Proms: Sarah Walker presents this week's programme of news, views and features on the current season as it unfolds."
20060805"Proms Quiz: Stephanie Hughes puts proms-related posers to violinist Tasmin Little, publisher Sally Groves and writer and broadcaster David Mellor."
20060806"The Shaw Bequest

To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of George Bernard Shaw, William Crawley explores Shaw's Dublin, including a visit to the National Gallery of Ireland, the home of Shaw's early education.

In the late 1950s, Shaw left a third of his posthumous royalties to the gallery which has helped enhance its art collection as well as the building of the gallery's millennium wing."

20060807"Mozart's Journey to Prague

By Eduard Morike

1/5. Setting Off

In David Luke's translation of this fictional classic, the maestro and his wife undertake a delightful journey from Vienna to Prague, with many adventures to be had, and much thought on creativity and family life.

Abridged in five episodes by Alison Joseph and narrated by Jack Klaff."

20060808The Interview: Gbemisola Ikumelo reads Helon Habila's short story. A small-town jobhunter comes to Lagos with high hopes of a new life but gets lost in the sprawling metropolis.
20060809When Scotland Was Welsh: The vanished Welsh-speaking peoples of Scotland boast a remarkable cultural history. Gaelic poet Angus Macneacail investigates.
20060810The Adverb

Ian McMillan continues the series of literary performances recorded in front of an audience at Cadogan Hall in which writers present a selection of their favourite writings on music and read their own specially commissioned piece on the same theme. This week's featured writer is William Fiennes.

20060811Talking Proms: Sarah Walker presents the latest news and views from the current Proms season.
20060812"Mozart's Journey To Prague

By Eduard Morike.

2/5. Eating the Orange. In David Luke's translation of this fictional classic, the Maestro and his wife undertake a delightful journey from Vienna to Prague, with many adventures to be had, and much thought on creativity and family life.

Narrated by Jack Klaff."

20060813"The Real War of the Worlds

Robbie Meredith investigates the radical political ideas of H G Wells, who died 60 years ago today. Feminists, socialists and dictators alike warmed to Wells' ideas of globalisation and a world state, elitist multiculturalism and eugenics. Former leader of the Labour Party Michael Foot and author Fay Weldon reveal why Wells remains a hero, and why his radical ideas still have relevance today.

Mozart's Journey to Prague. 3/5. Walking Sticks: Jack Klaff reads from Eduard Morike's account of Mozart's journey to Prague in David Luke's new translation."

20060814"A Favour Returned

Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra has been regarded as one of the seminal works of the twentieth century. But without the friendship between its composer and the conductor Fritz Reiner, the work might never have been created. Bartok had been one of Reiner's mentors when the aspiring conductor was studying in Hungary. Now, with his teacher and friend in the US, ill and in need of money, it was Reiner who helped return the favour and secure the Concerto's commission. Professor David Cooper tells the story of the relationship between Bartok and Reiner and considers the importance of their connection."

20060815The Lost Gospels of the Picts: Does the real truth about the Picts lie in their glorious lost gospel books? Author Stuart Kelly investigates.
20060816Music and arts news.
20060817The Adverb

John Mullan continues the series of literary performances recorded in front of an audience at Cadogan Hall. This week the novelist Andrew O'Hagan presents a selection of his favourite writings on music and reads his own specially commissioned piece on the same theme.

20060818"Talking Proms

Fiona Talkington is joined live at the Royal Albert Hall by the writer and director Armando Ianucci. Mark Russell reveals the lure of the screen for Shostakovich. Sean Rafferty and Simon Thurley continue their tour of blue plaques in South Kensington, London, visiting the home of former prime minister Andrew Bonar Law."

20060819"The Lucky Thirteen

Yevgeny Yevtushenko recalls the impact of his controversial poem Babi Yar in the Soviet Union, and how it became the genesis for Shostakovich's 13th Symphony.

Read by John Rowe."

20060821"It Must Be Witchcraft

In 1662, a young housewife called Isobel Gowdie made a series of confessions for which she became known as Queen of the Scottish Witches. Yet what was the truth surrounding her case? Was she actually tortured or executed for her crimes? Gary Lachman, writer, musician and ex-member of Blondie, examines the latest evidence surrounding the case that inspired James Macmillan's The Confessions of Isobel Gowdie, and explores some of the misconceptions about her dramatic tale."

20060822How She Brought the Novel from Moscow: Lesley Chamberlain tells the story of Constance Garnett, the first translator of Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Turgenev and Chekhov.

"How She Brought the Novel from Moscow: Lesley Chamberlain tells the story of Constance Garnett, the first translator of Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Turgenev and Chekhov.

20060823"Poe the Poet: Taking his cue from Edgar Allan Poe's The Bells which inspired Rachmaninov, poet Lemn Sissay goes in search of Poe the poet. Readings by Kerry Shale."
20060824The Adverb: Theatre director Jatinder Verma presents a selection of his favourite writings on music and reads his own specially commissioned piece on the same theme.
20060825
20060826Music

By Vladimir Nabokov.

The emotions of a painful break-up are captured in exquisite detail in this short story set during a music recital in Berlin.

Read by Ben Miles and translated by Dmitri Nabokov.

20060827Mozart's Journey to Prague: Readings by Jack Klaff from David Luke's translation of Eduard Morike's account of Mozart's journey from Vienna to Prague. 4/5. Helping Shopgirls.
20060828"Reunion, by Richard Ford. A man in Grand Central Station sees a husband he cuckolded and walks over to say hello. Read by Stuart Milligan.

Mozart's Journey to Prague: Readings by Jack Klaff from David Luke's translation of Eduard Morike's account of Mozart's journey from Vienna to Prague. 5/5. Burning Out."

20060829Music for the Masses

Alexandra Wilson talks to Russian culture expert Rosamund Bartlett about the fascinating story behind the Moscow People's Conservatoire - established in the wake of the 1905 Revolution to provide musical education for Russia's working classes.

20060830Just Let Go: American satirist Joe Queenan offers a parent's view on how mobile phone technology is changing us all.
20060831The Adverb: Writer Janice Galloway presents a selection of her favourite writings on music and reads her own specially commissioned piece on the same theme.
20060901Talking Proms: Stephanie Hughes presents the latest news and views from the current Proms season.
20060902"This Morning a Letter Arrived: A short story by Joseph Roth, read by David Horovitch. It's an elegy to the narrator's Russian hometown, destroyed in the First World War, and its inhabitants."
20060903"Swan Moving

In Elizabeth Taylor's classic story, read by Anna Massey, a visitor comes to a scruffy, neglected village at the end of summer and in his splendour, has a mysterious effect on all its inhabitants.

Abridged and produced by Duncan Minshull."

20060904"The Right Thing To Say

A specially-commissioned story from Canada in which the 20 minutes of the Prom interval form the fateful hinge of two peoples lives. For Marcia, it's the revelation of a genetic secret; for Don, it's a very personal challenge.

Written by Kathy Page and read by Tim Beckmann."

20060905"In Front of Closed Doors

At the Royal Albert Hall, audiences come and go. But the stewards are, one might say, the native population. Once a uniformed helper at the Old Vic under Olivier, Simon Callow takes us in front of closed doors at the Hall and looks back on his own experience as an usher, unearthing along the way other well-known voices who have performed the same role."

20060907The Adverb: Poet Jo Shapcott presents a selection of her favourite writings on music and reads her own specially commissioned piece on the same theme.
20060908Talking Proms: Fiona Talkington presents a final round up of news and views from this Proms season.
20060909A taste of the Proms in the Park festivities from around the country.
20060923Hungary Uncovered

In 1958 Danish diplomat Povl Bang Jensen was fired by the UN. He'd worked as part of a special UN committee investigating the events of the Hungarian uprising. Fearing their names would be leaked to the Russians he'd refused to hand over to his superiors at the UN the names of 81 witnesses to the Hungarian revolution. A year later Bang Jensen's body was found in a New York park. He had been shot in the head.

The Hungarian philosopher and playwright Andras Nagy was born in 1956 and has spent the last 13 years on a personal quest to clear up the mystery of Povl Bang Jensen's death. Was it suicide? Or was he killed by Soviet agents?

20060929Tom Service looks at the history of BBC commissioning policy, hearing from some of those responsible, and sampling some of the results.

"Tom Service looks at the history of BBC commissioning policy, hearing from some of those responsible, and sampling some of the results.

Tom Service looks at the history of BBC commissioning policy, hearing from some of those responsible, and sampling some of the results."

"Tom Service looks at the history of BBC commissioning policy, hearing from some of those responsible, and sampling some of the results."

"Tom Service looks at the history of BBC commissioning policy, hearing from some of those responsible, and sampling some of the results.

20061110"The Whole Brain: Tales Told in Central Asia

To complement the Central Asian and nomadic themes of this evening's concert, storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton, who has travelled widely in the region, uncovers the secrets of the highly developed art of storytelling in Central Asia with recordings made on the steppes and stories that she learned there.

So important is storytelling in Central Asia that one tale from Kazakhstan involves God sending a storyteller to humanity to 'tell and sing wisdom into foolish human hearts': before this, people did not have 'whole brains'. And one epic, the Manas, spans three generations in more than two million verses."

20061113"Owen's Anthem

Jon Stallworthy, the editor of the Wilfred Owen's poems, looks closely at the drafts and revisions of Anthem for Doomed Youth, to reveal Owen's poetic methods, the influence of Siegfried Sassoon and the development of this great sonnet from the earliest idea to the finished poem."

20061114"After the Guns

The poet Alison Brackenbury looks at work by Wilfred Owen that has been largely neglected, the poems not directly about conflict, and concludes that as well as being a great war poet Owen was a great poet of lust."

20061116"Your Own Wilfred

Wilfred Owen was, like his hero Keats, a prolific correspondent, and 673 of his letters survive. Some of these inspired Judith Bingham's new piece in the evening concert.

Dominic Hibberd, Wilfred Owen's most recent biographer, has read them all and reveals what they tell us about Owen's character and concerns, and assesses the quality of the poet's epistolatory prose."

20061117"To Break Earth's Sleep: Wilfred Owen and Landscape

Wilfred Owen's subject was 'War and the pity of war'. Writer Lavinia Greenlaw considers Owen's relationship with landscape, arguing that this pity extends beyond people to the environment in which they fought, to creation itself."

20061123Spem in Alium

David Oyelowo reads a short story by Graeme Fife that evokes the sensuality of Tallis' music and reflects the complexities and contradictions in a composer who has come to be regarded as one of the fathers of English church music.

20061124"White Noise?

Jonny Greenwood's Popcorn Superhet Receiver in tonight's Performance on 3 is based on white noise. Robert Sandall quizzes Greenwood, natural world sound recordist Chris Watson and Professor Eric Clarke about this ostensibly unpromising musical material.

How do we separate ideas of music and noise? And how has the enhanced clarity of sound to which we've become accustomed in the digital age blunted or helped our appreciation of white and other colourful noise?"

20061130"The Sicilian Connection

Many visitors have left their mark on Sicily, from the Carthaginians to the Normans and Aragonese. Among the lesser-known are the 18th-century British merchants and travellers.

Joe Farrell explores the unlikely but long-standing connections between Sicily and Britain."

20061204Britten and Literature: Valentine Cunningham examines some of the literature that inspired Britten.
20061205In Search of Mozart's Grave

Many mysteries surround Mozart's death on 5 December 1791. Nobody attended his funeral and he was buried in a pauper's grave somewhere in Vienna's St Mark's Cemetery. Or was he? Dermot Clinch visits Vienna to investigate with the help of Jane Glover and Cliff Eisen.

20061208"The Pianist: An extract from Conrad Williams's recent novel, narrated by Robert Bathurst.

Concert pianist Philip Morahan has a problem - he can no longer play the piano. He can do everything else, but there are too many distractions ? his agent, his girlfriend, his protege and his reviews. All overwhelm him in a poignant and comic way."

20061209"The Last Jew on Crete

Rory Maclean tells the story of Nicholas Stavroulakis

In the 1950s Stavroulakis, whose roots are in Crete, arrived on the island after the Jewish community had been destroyed by the Nazis during the Second World War. He recalls how he restored the crumbling Etz Hayyim Synagogue in Hania and has acted as the city's rabbi, despite frequently being the only member of his congregation."

20061216"Richard Bonynge: the Complete Magpie.

Conductor Richard Bonynge gives Martin Handley a guided tour around his collection of musical memorabilia, including original manuscript scores, composers' letters and portraits of singers."

20061223"Let Distant Lands Converse

On Christmas Eve 1906, Reginald Aubrey Fessenden transmitted the first planned radio programme. Sean Street investigates the story of the broadcast from Brant Rock, Massachusetts, which consisted of a speech, a gramophone record and a live violin solo.

He reveals the impact this had on listeners, some of whom thought the human voice they heard was a ghost, and the cultural significance of this major technological advance."

20070101The Ormolu Clock: Muriel Spark's tale features the rivalries of two hotel owners on the Austrian-Yugoslavian border as they battle for guests and territory. Read by Stella Gonet.
20070106"Rescuing a Threatened Species

Irving Finkel, whose day job is to look after the numerous Mesopotamian clay tablets at the British Museum, talks about his hobby of collecting old diaries that would otherwise have been thrown away."

20070112"Sofia Gubaidulina: The Soviet Years (1931-1992)

Sofia Gubaidulina was born in 1931 in the Tatar Republic to a Tatar Muslim father and Russian Orthodox mother. Gerard McBurney explores her cultural heritage and musical development, and discovers how, while earning her living writing commercial film scores in Moscow, Gubaidulina was able to compose the visionary music that was to make her name."

20070113Arts feature.
20070118"Gleanings from a Navvy's Scrapbook

Robbie Meredith traces the remarkable life and career of Patrick McGill, poet, soldier, navvy and journalist, who provided the 20th Century with one of its few authentic working-class literary voices."

20070202"Russian Travellers: Teresa Cherfas talks to Lesley Blanch, author of Journey in the Mind's Eye and The Sabres of Paradise, two of the finest books of the last 50 years about Russia."
20070203"Leaving Home: When Christine Finn's parents died within a year of each other, it fell to her to clear out and sell the family home in Deal, Kent. As an archaeologist, she found she could best handle the project as one of excavation and restoration - a process aimed at enabling her finally to let go"
20070208"Music, by Vladimir Nabokov, translated by Dmitri Nabokov.

The emotions of a painful break-up are captured in exquisite detail in this short story set during a music recital in Berlin.

Read by Ben Miles."

20070209"The Real War of the Worlds

Robbie Meredith investigates the radical political ideas of H G Wells. Feminists, socialists and dictators alike warmed to Wells's ideas of globalisation and a world state, elitist multi-culturalism and eugenics. Former leader of the Labour party Michael Foot and author Fay Weldon reveal why Wells remains a hero and why his ideas are still relevant today."

20070217
20070303"Beyond the Gilded Stage

1/6. Origins

Daniel Snowman explores the social history of opera, revealing a tale of of patronage, money, audiences, architecture, and political and social change. He begins with an examination of opera's origins in the 17th and 18th centuries."

20070331As soon as men began to write, they made Helen of Troy their subject.

Historian Bettany Hughes, author of the recent book 'Helen of Troy', looks at the fictional Helen through the eyes of British poets: from Christopher Marlowe to Carol Ann Duffy, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Rupert Brooke.

Do her fictional incarnations bear any resemblance to historical fact? And why does she continue to fascinate contemporary British poets?

Historian Bettany Hughes, author of the recent book 'Helen of Troy', looks at the fictional Helen through the eyes of British poets: from Christopher Marlowe to Carol Ann Duffy, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Rupert Brooke.

"As soon as men began to write, they made Helen of Troy their subject.

As soon as men began to write, they made Helen of Troy their subject. Historian Bettany Hughes, author of the recent book 'Helen of Troy', looks at the fictional Helen through the eyes of British poets: from Christopher Marlowe to Carol Ann Duffy, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Rupert Brooke.

Do her fictional incarnations bear any resemblance to historical fact? And why does she continue to fascinate contemporary British poets?"

"As soon as men began to write, they made Helen of Troy their subject. Historian Bettany Hughes, author of the recent book 'Helen of Troy', looks at the fictional Helen through the eyes of British poets: from Christopher Marlowe to Carol Ann Duffy, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Rupert Brooke.

20070428"The Heart of Saturday Night

Shena Mackay's new story for Radio 3 takes a look at campus life, where a put-upon poet in residence is struggling with his verse, his girlfriend and an ill-advised crush. Strangely, he ponders his predicament astride a fairground horse.

Read by David Thorpe."

20070522"A Royal Russian Polymath

Philip Bullock presents a portrait of Russian grand duke Konstantin Romanov and asks what light he sheds on our understanding of 19th-century Russia. A member of the ruling Romanov dynasty, he was a poet, a champion of the arts and a friend of Tchaikovsky and, like the composer, he was homosexual."

20070523"Ol'ga Berggol'ts

Philip Bullock discusses the life and work of Soviet Russian poet Ol'ga Berggol'ts (1910-75) who is remembered not only for some of the loveliest Russian lyric poetry of the 20th century but also for the inspiring and historic radio broadcasts she made during the Siege of Leningrad, which gave hope and comfort to the city's desperate inhabitants."

20070524"Love Song to the Rocks

By Maren Bodenstein.

This specially commissioned short story by the South African writer continues Radio 3's commitment to writing from Africa. A storyteller is searching for inspiration in the harsh dry veld when, unexpectedly, she finds love."

20070713"Beethoven's Double Bass

At the heart of Beethoven's Choral Symphony is the famous recitative dialogue between double bass and orchestra. It's a moment that lies at the heart of the double bass players' repertoire and, according to bassist Rodney Slatford, was inspired by perhaps the greatest bass player of them all, Dominico Dragonetti.

With the help of Dragonetti's diaries and other memorabilia he's collected over the years, Rodney puts forward the case for putting a Dragonetti footnote into the story of the creation of Beethoven's masterpiece."

20070714"Adventures in Film Music

Film critic Sukhdev Sandhu talks about the idea of film music, especially in relation to the classic 1953 post-war English comedy Genevieve, with its unforgettable score by Hollywood-blacklisted composer Larry Adler."

20070715"Marie Salle

Catherine Bott charts the life of the revolutionary French dancer Marie Salle in the 300th anniversary year of her birth. Leading Salle experts Dr Sarah McCleave of Queen's University, Belfast, and Baroque dancer and choreographer Jane Gingell access the legacy of a figure who inspired composers including Handel and Rameau."

20070716Tom Service talks to tonight's Proms conductor Antonio Pappano about what it means to be the musical director of the orchestra and an active academician of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome.

"Tom Service talks to tonight's Proms conductor Antonio Pappano about what it means to be the musical director of the orchestra and an active academician of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome.

Tom Service talks to tonight's Proms conductor Antonio Pappano about what it means to be the musical director of the orchestra and an active academician of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome."

"Tom Service talks to tonight's Proms conductor Antonio Pappano about what it means to be the musical director of the orchestra and an active academician of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome."

"Tom Service talks to tonight's Proms conductor Antonio Pappano about what it means to be the musical director of the orchestra and an active academician of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome.

20070717"The Bargain, by Truman Capote

A recently discovered gem, The Bargain takes us into the apartment of affluent New Yorker Mrs Chase. An old acquaintance is due to arrive for lunch and Mrs Chase is entertaining the possibility of purchasing a mink coat from her, for her forthcoming trip to Paris. But when her guest arrives, some remarkable revelations call up hitherto unstirred emotions.

Read by Lorelei King."

20070718"Vive la Difference

This evening's Prom is a collaboration between leading French and English orchestras. Adam Thorpe, an English novelist who lives in France, considers the differences in the two countries' approaches to performance, teaching and music, and indeed life itself."

20070719"The Adverb

Ian McMillan presents a series of literary performances recorded in front of an audience at London's Cadogan Hall.

His guest is poet and novelist Fred D'Aguiar, who selects his favourite writings on the Shakespearean theme of 'the search for home', and introduces his own specially commissioned piece on the same theme."

20070720Proms Talk: Louise Fryer goes behind the scenes of tonight's Proms concert and talks to some of the participants.
20070721"Fathoming the Lake

Llangorse Lake has always been an important, and sometimes frightening, presence in the life of writer Horatio Clare, whose childhood was spent on a hill farm nearby. In a programme recorded in his canoe on the lake at dusk, Clare salutes its legendary birds, mud-loving eels and infamous pike, and dives into the lake's myths and history. Is it bottomless, a door to another world or does it hide a drowned town?

Clare also chronicles life in South Wales, from the Ice Age, Henry IV and Owain Glyndwr to today, and shows how these times exist together, barely below the surface of the lake."

20070722Shirley Hughes at 80: Art critic Richard Cork talks to children's book author and illustrator Shirley Hughes about her life and work as she celebrates her 80th birthday.

A Game of Cards

Ronald Pickup reads a story by Rose Tremain describing the life of a hotelier in Switzerland and his enduring friendship with a talented pianist who might not make the grade because his surname is Onion.

20070723"60 Degrees North

Poet Raman Mundair reads from her latest collection of poetry, inspired by Fair Isle's landscape and elements.

In the extreme north of Scotland, half way between Orkney and Shetland, Fair Isle forms part of Shetland's archipelago and is the most isolated inhabited island within the British Isles. For centuries, Fair Isle's crofters have battled against ferocious salt laden gales and fogs to live off the island, but today their whole way of living is under threat from economic influences and climate change."

20070724"The Lady of the Loch

Accompanied by historians, Dr Fiona Watson sets out in the footsteps of Shakespeare's much maligned Lady Macbeth to find the Scottish birthplace of the Macbeth legend, a real woman who chose a Celtic island monastery to say prayers for herself and her husband."

20070725Proms Talk: Christopher Cook goes behind the scenes of the evening's Proms concert and talks to some of the participants.
20070726"The Adverb

Ian McMillan presents his summer showcase of literary performance recorded in front of an audience at Cadogan Hall. His guest is writer Toby Litt who selects his favourite writings on the Shakespearean theme of conspiracies, double-dealing and skulduggery, and introduces his own specially commissioned piece on the same theme."

200707271/2. This Green Plot: Michael Dobson explores the history of outdoor productions of Shakespeare.
20070728"Where There's Muck

Lynn Walker explores the world of brass bands in contemporary Britain.

Despite the decline of Britain's manufacturing and mining industries from which they sprang, do brass bands still have a part to play in high quality music-making? Contributors include composer Philip Wilby, whose Dove Descending will be heard during the Proms Brass Day.

The Great British Summertime

2007 marks the centenary of William Willet's pamphlet The Waste of Daylight, which paved the way for the introduction of British Summer Time. Richard Foster takes a light-hearted look at energy saving and the great British summer.

Proms Talk: Petroc Trelawny goes behind the scenes of tonight's Prom and talks to some of the participants."

20070729I Hear You Say So

By Elizabeth Bowen.

Elizabeth Bell reads this classic tale which takes place on a warm summer evening as different people are brought together in their local park to listen to the song of the nightingale.

20070730"This Green Plot

Michael Dobson takes his exploration of the history of outdoor Shakespeare productions into the realms of the amateur theatre company, where low budgets and high ambition vie in a search for the spirit of England as embodied in the Bard."

20070731"Summer Nights in Spain

Writer Chris Stewart is well-known for his books about moving to a mountain farm in Andalucia, where he still lives. In this interval talk, he reflects on the very special atmosphere and experiences of Spanish summer nights."

20070801"Prayer

By Istvan Orkeny.

Hungarian-born actress and writer Mia Nadasi introduces and reads her own translation of a moving short story by Istvan Orkeny, one of the most significant figures in post-war Hungarian literature.

Prayer is a story told by a mother who must identify the body of her dead son, an emotional journey from denial to acceptance that unfolds with quiet passion."

20070802"The Adverb

Ian McMillan presents a summer showcase of literary performance recorded in front of an audience at Cadogan Hall, London.

His guest is Louise Welsh, one of the rising stars of crime writing. She explores the nature of horror, as inspired by Shakespeare's work and introduces her own specially commissioned piece on the same theme."

20070803"Doors to Heaven

Does the sacred icon have anything to offer a secular world? Art critic Sarah Kent visits the Shropshire studio of Aidan Hart, a New Zealand-born Orthodox iconographer with more than 20 years experience of painting icons. His commissioners have included the Prince of Wales and the Iviron Monastery in Greece, and with him Sarah explores the concepts behind modern iconography and the icon's place in today's culture."

20070804"The Pianist

By Conrad Williams.

We meet concert pianist Philip Morahan, who can no longer play the piano. There are just too many distractions - his agent, his girlfriend, his protege, his reviews. All overwhelm him in a poignant and comic way.

Narrated by Robert Bathurst."

20070805"Just a Sliver of Cane

Before Alexei Ogrintchouk performs the Oboe Concerto by Richard Strauss, Hayley Walters - with oboists Olivia Duque and Richard Simpson - explores that close and intense relationship all oboe players nurture - with their reeds."

20070806"Rebellion

By Joseph Roth.

This excerpt from Roth's novel, translated by Michel Hoffman, is set in Berlin after the First World War. It features marvellous anti-hero Andreas Pum, who attempts to woo the widow Blumich with his barrel-organ.

Read by Tom Goodman-Hill."

20070807"Vienna

By Eva Menasse.

An extract from the critically acclaimed first novel by the Austrian author. During a game of bridge in wartime Vienna, one of the players re-assesses his love of taking risks.

Read by Tracy-Ann Oberman and translated by Anthea Bell."

20070808"The Song, Not the Singer

For many, the voice is central to the history of jazz, but not for jazz critic Miles Kington. What was it, he asks, about otherwise stunning virtuoso jazz instrumentalists, such as Dizzy Gillespie, that convinced them they could sing? Big mistake!"

20070809"The Adverb

Paul Allen presents the summer showcase of literary performance recorded in front of an audience at Cadogan Hall, London.

His guest is diplomat and writer Rory Stewart, whose work includes an account of his journey on foot from Turkey to Bangladesh. He chooses some of his favourite writing on the theme of returning from war, from Shakespeare to the present day, and introduces his own specially commissioned piece on the same theme."

20070810Lucy Duran goes behind the scenes of tonight's Prom and talks to some of the participants.
20070811"The Quiet Carriage

Amidst the racket of MP3 players, ringtones and raised voices, Geoff Dyer seeks tranquility on Britain's rail network in the supposed calm of the Quiet Carriage.

Designed as a place of refuge from the relentless din of 21st-century life, the Quiet Carriage is a place where Scandinavian notions of civic behaviour might take root in rowdy modern Britain. As he sways through the aisles, Geoff explores changing ideas of privacy, personal space and good manners and discovers that peace and quiet is hard to find."

20070813"The First BBC Prom

The first Prom after the BBC took over the concerts was broadcast 80 years ago on this day. Radio historian Sean Street explores the significance of this moment of musical and broadcasting history, for which one listener was so grateful that he sent the BBC 25 shillings. He also talks to Proms director Nicholas Kenyon, and Jenny Doctor, editor of a new history of the Proms."

20070814"Leonard Bernstein

At the end of his life, Leonard Bernstein considered his education work his crowning achievement as a musician. His hugely energetic Young People's Concerts were shown on prime-time American television throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and syndicated all over the world.

Tom Service looks back to these landmarks of televised music education with help from people close to Bernstein, including his daughter Jamie who inspired much of their content."

20070815"A Journey into the Heart of Finnish Music

As Finland celebrates not only its ninetieth year of independence and also marks the fiftieth anniversary of Sibelius's death, Tom Service travels to Helsinki to get to the heart of what drives the extraordinary Finnish music scene.

There are few countries whose identities are as bound up with classical music as Finland's, symbolised by the composer Jean Sibelius. His music inspires images of frozen landscapes, of dark forests and of midnight sun, and he was the catalyst for a musical culture that has produced an array of great composers and performers."

20070816"The Adverb

Paul Allen presents the summer showcase of literary performance recorded in front of an audience at the Cadogan Hall, London. His guest is Aminatta Forna, the British-West African author of The Devil That Danced on the Water, her memoir of life as the daughter of a dissident cabinet minister in Sierra Leone. She chooses some of her favourite writing on the theme of envy, from Shakespeare to the present day, and introduces her own specially commissioned piece on the same theme."

20070817Proms Talk: Christopher Cook goes behind the scenes of tonight's Prom and talks to some of the participants.
20070818"Letters from England

By Karl Capek.

Translated by Geoffrey Newsome, and read by Owen Teale.

For two months in 1924, Czech writer and playwright Karl Capek travelled throughout England, Scotland and Wales. His witty, appreciative dissections of the 'English' national character and culture quickly established themselves as masterpieces of observation and classics of modern Czech prose."

20070819"Venezuela - El Sistema

Fiona Talkington explores the remarkable success of Venezuela's El Sistema, the system which lifts children out of poverty and deprivation by teaching them to play classical music."

20070820"Face Off

Inspired by Thomas Ades' Powder Her Face, this feature weaves together the voices of portrait photographer Jane Bown, consultant plastic surgeon Peter Butler, actor Matt Chambers and Susanna Hancock who is blind. All have a fascination with faces and some unexpected threads of shared experience are revealed."

20070821Proms Talk: Andrew McGregor goes behind the scenes of tonight's Prom and talks to some of the participants.
20070823"The Adverb

Ian McMillan presents the summer showcase of literary performance recorded in front of an audience at Cadogan Hall, London. His guest is historian Tristram Hunt, who explores Shakespeare's vision of kingship and chooses some of his favourite writing on the theme right up to the present day."

20070825"Klingsor and Monsieur Croche

When Debussy entered the magic garden of Wagnerian music drama as a young man, he was aware of the danger of being enslaved by Wagner's genius. David Huckvale investigates the influence of Wagner on Debussy's music."

20070826"Tempo: Concert pianist and writer Susan Tomes considers matters of pace in musical performances, and the fact that tempo also refers to the 'weather' of a piece."
20070827Next Door

By Kurt Vonnegut

Vonnegut's sardonic outlook on life is evident in this cautionary tale about the perils of eavesdropping. A well-intentioned act by a young boy who overhears the couple next door arguing unleashes chaos. Read by Mark Bazeley.

20070828"What Can Russia Teach Us?: Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who is writing a book on Dostoyevsky, talks to Lesley Chamberlain about his interest in Russian literature."
20070829"The Angelic Anarchist

Historian Roy Foster and author Nicholas Allen join Robbie Meredith to explore the life and works of mystical Irish writer and artist George Russell.

Also known as AE, Russell played a key part as Ireland redefined itself through mythology and revolution at the dawn of the 20th century, and was known as a man of the people as his magnetic blend of mysticism and practicality attracted politicians, poets, and pig farmers alike."

20070830"The Adverb

Ian McMillan presents the summer showcase of literary performance recorded in front of an audience at Cadogan Hall, London.

His guest is children's writer Jamila Garvin who chooses some of her favourite writing on the theme of 'other worlds' from Shakespeare to the present day. She also introduces her own specially written exploration of the topic."

20070831A Dill Pickle

By Katherine Mansfield.

Susannah Harker reads an excerpt from this famous story which describes two former lovers meeting again in a London restaurant.

20070901The Importance of Being a Hellenist

Iain Ross explores how Oscar Wilde's lifelong interest in the archaeology and literature of ancient Greece influenced even his most popular work.

20070903"Swan Moving

By Elizabeth Taylor.

At the end of summer a visitor arrives in a scruffy, neglected village and has a mysterious effect on all its inhabitants. Anna Massey reads this classic story."

20070904"Thirsting for Music

Paul Bailey tells the story of Mihail Sebastian, the Romanian Jewish playwright, novelist and lover of music, a contemporary of the composers in the evening's Prom. His poignant Journal 1935-44 charts the dark days of Romania's anti-Semitic collaboration with the Nazis.

In conversation with those who knew and wrote about him, Bailey explores Sebastian's love of people and world literature, and how he harnessed classical music to overcome the horrors of wartime Romania."

20070905Idols of the Marketplace: Francis Spufford offers a thoughtful and thought-provoking meditation on the roots of the contemporary culture of the marketplace.
20070906"The Adverb

Before an audience at London's Cadogan Hall, Paul Allen talks to Kate Mosse, bestselling author of Labyrinth.

Kate's chosen theme is leadership and she'll be introducing a series of extracts on this subject, including one from Shakespeare as well as reading a new piece of her own."

20070907Ivan Hewett goes behind the scenes of the evening's Prom and talks to some of the participants.

Ivan Hewett goes behind the scenes of the evening's Prom and talks to some of the participants.

20080718On Life and Picnics

1/3. Culinary expert Ivan Day explores the history of British picnics while cooking up a heritage hamper of goodies in his Lakeland kitchen

20080719"Auld Fergie

Philip Hammond explores the friendship between composer, pianist and teacher Howard Ferguson, and composer Gerald Finzi, 100 years since the Northern Irishman's birth. With particular reference to their extensive and revealing correspondence, published in 2001, he also assess their place in British musical life. With contributions from leading Finzi biographers Diana McVeagh and Stephen Banfield, and Ferguson's Musical Exectuor Hugh Cobbe.

Ferguson was a highly versatile musical figure, who, as a pianist, performed in partnership with Dennis Matthews and violinist Yfrah Neaman; as a composer, his well-regarded orchestral and chamber works were taken up by performers such as Kathleen Ferrier and Henry Wood. Later on in life, he focused on editing a wide range early keyboard music as well as teaching at the Royal College of Music, where his pupils included Richard Rodney Bennett and Cornelius Cardew."

20080720"Proms Literary Festival

Ian McMillan and his orchestra present a cabaret of words and music, and with the help of the audience explore the connections between folk music, poetry and the art of storytelling.

A discussion recorded in front of a Proms audience at the Royal College of Music in which critic and biographer Professor Hermione Lee discusses English Romantic poetry, from Wordsworth to Thomas Hardy. With contributions from Romantic literature expert Professor Duncan Wu as well as Kate Kennedy and poet Paul Farley.

The programme draws on excerpts of music and poetry to illustrate the influence of William Wordsworth and other Romantic poets on their Victorian and Edwardian successors such as Thomas Hardy. It includes reflections on how Hardy's poems in particular pays homage to Wordsworth and on some of the musical settings of their poems by English composers such as Finzi.

Bard of Ireland - Irish Melodies

Robbie Meredith marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of the Irish poet and musician Thomas Moore's Irish Melodies. This collection of songs reverberated for over 100 years after their first publication and, according to some, came to define not only Irish music by also the sentimental and romantic Irish character. With contributions from Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, musicologist Una Hunt and biographer Ronan Kelly.

Often compared in style to contemporaries like Walter Scott and Robert Burns, Moore was regarded as one of the most important poets of his era. Moore used melodies from traditional Irish music collections, collaborated on arrangements and added his own patriotic and popular lyrics, and as a result gained himself the title 'Bard of Ireland'."

20080721Tom Service talks to distinguished French organist Olivier Latry about his role as a titulaire des Grandes Orgues at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

He also finds out about Latry's work on five continents as torchbearer for the great tradition of French organist-improvisers which stretches back to the time of Widor and Vierne.

Tom Service talks to distinguished French organist Olivier Latry about his role as a titulaire des Grandes Orgues at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. He also finds out about Latry's work on five continents as torchbearer for the great tradition of French organist-improvisers which stretches back to the time of Widor and Vierne.

20080722Proms Plus: Martin Handley talks to Roger Norrington.
20080723"Twists and Turns: The Shape of Tune

Artist Jonathon Brown offers some personal thoughts on the shape of melody over the centuries, from the middle ages to Brahms, Mahler - and beyond.

The Bell, by Iris Murdoch.

To tie in with this evening's Prom re-creation of a concert programme from 1958, Liz Sutherland reads an extract from Iris Murdoch's famous novel of that year. It takes up the story, which is set in a lay community near a convent, when Dora and Toby hatch a bizarre plan to replace the newly-arrived bell in order to convince the residents of the existence of miracles.

Proms Literary Festival

Matthew Sweet revisists the cultural events of 1958 with historian Dominic Sandbrook and two of the most prominent writers at that time - Alan Sillitoe and Anthony Thwaite."

20080724"Fantasia on a Theme - Bushes and Briars

1/3. Roy Palmer explores the songs and tunes Vaughan Williams collected, revealing how when a farm labourer once sang Bushes and Briars, he changed the composer's life and art."

20080725"The Great Irish Controversy: The Hugh Lane Gallery

William Crawley explores the controversy surrounding the ownership of 39 French impressionist piantings that once belonged to Dublin gallery owner Hugh Lane. With contributions from Lane's biographer Robert O'Bynre, gallery director Barbara Dawson and historian Lucy McDiarmid."

20080726"Pasternak and Creativity

John Rowe reads Evening by Boris Pasternak - a prose poem about a young poet, found among other unfinished jottings long after the writer's death and translated for the first time into English by Angela Livingston, Research Professor at Essex University.

Written in Moscow in 1910, nearly 40 years before Doctor Zhivago, Evening bears the influences of the impressionist paintings of Pasternak's father as well as the Symbolist movement in Russian poetry. It centres on a poet named Reliquimini - Latin for 'you are left behind' - and is said to suggest compassion for the things of the inanimate world which are neglected.

On Life and Picnics

2/3. Series on that most British institution - the picnic.

A specially-commissioned short story by novelist Jane Feaver, exploring the disintegration of a family as seen through the eyes of a teenage girl during a long, uncomfortable summer holiday in the 1970s.

Sent to spend the holidays with her grandparents while her mother has a baby, the narrator both relishes and feels trapped by the orderly life which her grandparents lead. After their picnic by a river, a dare almost leads to disaster. Scotch eggs will never taste the same again and the first phase of childhood is left behind forever."

20080727"Let's Do the Timewarp Again

Doctor Who has remained a fixed but ever-changing point in the British imagination since 1963. Science fiction writer Justina Robson explores the many meanings of the Time Lord, asking what his trips through time and space tell us about our own country's dreams and nightmares."

20080728"Ba Ba Ba Bum: The Art of the Riff

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony boasts the most famous riff in the classical canon. Curate, keyboardist and Radio 3 reviewer Richard Coles investigates the power of the repeated phrase, talking to classical and film composer Jocelyn Pook about how she conjures, finds and uses them, and to musician Tom Robinson, who has written a few, about the importance - and the burden - of the riff to him. Richard also ponders whether there is much difference in musical intent and practice between the opening of Beethoven's Fifth and the opening of Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple."

20080729"Proms Literary Festival

As part of this year's Proms Literary Festival, Ian McMillan and Professor Christopher Ricks discuss the life and poetry of AE Housman. Best known now for A Shropshire Lad, Housman was one of the most widely read poets of his time and was praised by TS Eliot for his 'masterful, witty, controversial talent'."

20080730Lucy Duran presents an edited tribute, recorded at this evening's Proms Plus event at the Britten Theatre, to Radio 3 World Music Americas Award winner Andy Palacio, a singer and guitarist from Belize who died earlier this year.

She is joined by Palacio's producer Ivan Duran and Chair of the Awards Jury Rita Ray

Mary Ann Kennedy talks to Spanish group Son de la frontera about their particular style of flamenco, while Lucy Duran chats to Justin Adams and Chinese musicians Sa Dingding about their own perspectives on world music.

"Lucy Duran presents an edited tribute, recorded at this evening's Proms Plus event at the Britten Theatre, to Radio 3 World Music Americas Award winner Andy Palacio, a singer and guitarist from Belize who died earlier this year.

Mary Ann Kennedy talks to Spanish group Son de la frontera about their particular style of flamenco, while Lucy Duran chats to Justin Adams and Chinese musicians Sa Dingding about their own perspectives on world music.

Lucy Duran presents an edited tribute, recorded at this evening's Proms Plus event at the Britten Theatre, to Radio 3 World Music Americas Award winner Andy Palacio, a singer and guitarist from Belize who died earlier this year. She is joined by Palacio's producer Ivan Duran and Chair of the Awards Jury Rita Ray."

Mary Ann Kennedy talks to Spanish group Son de la frontera about their particular style of flamenco, while Lucy Duran chats to Justin Adams and Chinese musicians Sa Dingding about their own perspectives on world music."

"Mary Ann Kennedy talks to Spanish group Son de la frontera about their particular style of flamenco, while Lucy Duran chats to Justin Adams and Chinese musicians Sa Dingding about their own perspectives on world music.

20080731"Bernardo Buontalenti - The Florentine Potter

Ceramics expert Lars Tharp explores the work of designer, architect and artist Bernardo Buontalenti, a contemporary of Monteverdi's, who, under the patronage of the Medici, was responsible for producing the first European porcelain in the 16th century."

20080801"Faberge's Eggs

John Rowe reads an extract from Toby Faber's new book about jewellery designer to the Romanovs Carl Faberge, in which he explores the inspiration behind the designs of the famous Faberge eggs.

The setting is early 20th Century St Petersburg, where we travel to Faberge's workshop, meet the man as he instructs his workers and hear from famous tourists who visited him at this time, including British diplomat Harold Nicolson and Consuelo Vanderbilt. The extract captures the edgy excitement of the period - the artistic community is thriving, St Petersburg is rivalling Paris on the global stage and yet signs of the growing dissatisfaction with the ruling elite are emerging."

20080802"German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, who died in December last year, was an icon of the avant-garde. Tom Service talks to Stockhausen's family, friends and collaborators - including Pierre Boulez, his son Markus Stockhausen, comedian and writer John Bird and pianist Nicolas Hodges - to find out just what it was that marked him out as such a pioneering and influential figure in 20th and 21st century music."
20080803"Proms Literary Festival

Susan Hitch discusses nature, wilderness and gardens with two poets for whom the pastoral is an important source of inspiration: Kathleen Jamie and Sarah Maguire."

20080804
20080805"Rebellion

Tom Goodman-Hill reads an excerpt from Joseph Roth's novel, translated by Michael Hoffman. Set in Berlin after the First World War, it features the anti-hero Andreas Pum, who attempts to woo the widow Blumich with his barrel-organ."

20080806"Memories of Messiaen

As part of the Proms's celebration of Olivier Messiaen's 100th anniversary, three of the his former pupils, Pierre Boulez, Tristan Murail and George Benjamin, recall their studies with him. As well as being one of the most important composers of the 20th century, Messiaen was one of the foremost teachers of composition, and in his famous classes in Paris he taught many of the most prominent contemporary composers."

20080807"Proms Literary Festival

Matthew Sweet is joined by writer and critic John Sutherland and TV dramatist Andrew Davies to examine image we have of the Victorians at play in novels, films and television."

20080808"Fantasia on a Theme - Dives and Lazarus

2/3. Roy Palmer explores Vaughan Williams's intense love of the folksong Dives and Lazarus and the way he used it in one of his finest works, which was played at his funeral. He uncovers a recording made by Alan Lomax of Aunt Molly Jackson singing the song in Kentucky in 1939, another made for the BBC in 1952, featuring Emily Bishop in Herefordshire, as well as a recent version by Martin Simpson. A talented guitar player and singer, who will be performing at the Proms Folk Day, Simpson telly Roy about his approach to the song."

20080809"The Bargain

By Truman Capote.

A gem from an American classic, The Bargain takes us into the apartment of affluent New Yorker Mrs Chase. An old acquaintance is due to arrive for lunch and Mrs Chase is entertaining the possibility of purchasing a mink coat from her, for her forthcoming trip to Paris. But when her guest arrives, some remarkable revelations call up hitherto unstirred emotions.

Read by Lorelei King."

20080811Suzy Klein discusses Puccini's opera Il tabarro - which is performed after the interval - with musicologists Roger Parker and Alexandra Wilson

Suzy Klein discusses Puccini's opera Il tabarro - which is performed after the interval - with musicologists Roger Parker and Alexandra Wilson

Suzy Klein discusses Puccini's opera Il tabarro - which is performed after the interval - with musicologists Roger Parker and Alexandra Wilson.

20080812Artist Akram Zaatari explores the photographic archives of Studio Shehrazade - half a million images that document 50 years of life in southern Lebanon through the lives of the people of Saida.

Both surprising and revealing, Shehrazade's archive tells stories of Lebanese society, its underlying tensions and changing conventions since the 1950s.

"Artist Akram Zaatari explores the photographic archives of Studio Shehrazade - half a million images that document 50 years of life in southern Lebanon through the lives of the people of Saida.

Artist Akram Zaatari explores the photographic archives of Studio Shehrazade - half a million images that document 50 years of life in southern Lebanon through the lives of the people of Saida. Both surprising and revealing, Shehrazade's archive tells stories of Lebanese society, its underlying tensions and changing conventions since the 1950s."

"Artist Akram Zaatari explores the photographic archives of Studio Shehrazade - half a million images that document 50 years of life in southern Lebanon through the lives of the people of Saida. Both surprising and revealing, Shehrazade's archive tells stories of Lebanese society, its underlying tensions and changing conventions since the 1950s.

20080813Andrew Brown explores the slave-raiding culture of the Viking-era British isles and finds that our own ancestors were not so innocent either.

With contributions from historians Alex Woolf, Clare Downham and David Wyatt.

"Andrew Brown explores the slave-raiding culture of the Viking-era British isles and finds that our own ancestors were not so innocent either.

Andrew Brown explores the slave-raiding culture of the Viking-era British isles and finds that our own ancestors were not so innocent either. With contributions from historians Alex Woolf, Clare Downham and David Wyatt."

"Andrew Brown explores the slave-raiding culture of the Viking-era British isles and finds that our own ancestors were not so innocent either. With contributions from historians Alex Woolf, Clare Downham and David Wyatt.

20080814"Final Exposure

Journalist Christine Finn explores the private world of late British landscape photographer Fay Godwin, who left London in 1995 and moved permanently to the family's former holiday home in a remote, secret location on the Sussex coast. Godwin found a new direction for her work and introduced colour for the first time.

After her death in 2005, Godwin's family offered her considerable archive to the British Library. Finn, the first journalist to be allowed to visit, was shown round Godwin's home by her friend film-maker Maggie Taylor, gaining an insight into the power of the place to inspire Godwin."

20080815As conductor Pierre Boulez takes on a complete Janacek programme with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in tonight's Prom, a chance to hear his views on the master Czech composer's works in conversation with Proms director Roger Wright.

From the Britten Theatre in the Royal College of Music.

As conductor Pierre Boulez takes on a complete Janacek programme with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in tonight's Prom, a chance to hear his views on the master Czech composer's works in conversation with Proms director Roger Wright.

"As conductor Pierre Boulez takes on a complete Janacek programme with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in tonight's Prom, a chance to hear his views on the master Czech composer's works in conversation with Proms director Roger Wright.

As conductor Pierre Boulez takes on a complete Janacek programme with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in tonight's Prom, a chance to hear his views on the master Czech composer's works in conversation with Proms director Roger Wright. From the Britten Theatre in the Royal College of Music."

"As conductor Pierre Boulez takes on a complete Janacek programme with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in tonight's Prom, a chance to hear his views on the master Czech composer's works in conversation with Proms director Roger Wright.

"As conductor Pierre Boulez takes on a complete Janacek programme with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in tonight's Prom, a chance to hear his views on the master Czech composer's works in conversation with Proms director Roger Wright. From the Britten Theatre in the Royal College of Music.

20080816"Proms Plus

Handel composed Belshazzar during a period when he was focusing on putting on English oratorios in London theatres. Catherine Bott presents a discussion with critic, writer and broadcaster Roderick Swanston and theatre historian Sarah Lenton exploring why Handel had turned away from Italian opera at this time, examining the circumstances of the creation of Belshazzar and its dramatic content."

20080817"Fantasia on a Theme - The Captain's Apprentice

3/3. Roy Palmer's series on the folksongs Vaughan Williams collected concludes with The Captain's Apprentice, quoted in Flos Campi, performed in this evening's Prom and which provides the haunting melody in the Norfolk Rhapsody. Roy explains the social as well as musical significance of this song of an apprentice destroyed by a brutal ship's captain.

Vaughan Williams heard the song, uncannily close to the plot of Peter Grimes, from 'Duggie' Carter, a King's Lynn fisherman and, in the very pub where he sat in the corner and noted it down, historian Dr Paul Richards explains the social as well as musical significance of the song. And Roy also unearths recordings from North America and the Norfolk traditional singer Harry Cox."

20080818"Proms Literary Festival

Matthew Sweet goes on urban safari with travel writers Iain Sinclair and Robert Macfarlance. Iain is a chronicler of London and south east England, while Robert sought out the UK's remaining wildernesses for his latest book. They discuss their favourite passages of writing about the urban landscape and how they try to evoke in their writing the wilderness and nature that they say can be found even in our most crowded cities."

20080819Ivan Hewett looks at the career of Edgar Varese, one of the musical world's great outsiders, with reminiscences from his friends and colleagues.

Varese was a very original musical figure, following no school and recognising no tradition.

His music outraged his contemporaries, and even today his works have the capacity to astound listeners.

"Ivan Hewett looks at the career of Edgar Varese, one of the musical world's great outsiders, with reminiscences from his friends and colleagues.

Jonathan Harvey and the IRCAM Factor

To coincide with its first visit to the UK, Sara Mohr-Pietsch explores the work of IRCAM, the French organisation dedicated to contemporary musical research and production, hearing the music and thoughts of composer Jonathan Harvey as well as various musical personalities associated with it. With Gilbert Nouno, one of their finest electronic musicians/technicians, director Frank Madelener, composers Sally Beamish and Martin Suckling, who attended the IRCAM workshops in Glasgow, as well as Hugh MacDonald, formerly the Director of the SSO.

The programme features Harvey's second string quartet as well as excerpts from Mortuos Plangos, Bird concerto for pianosong and Wagner Dream.

Ivan Hewett looks at the career of Edgar Varese, one of the musical world's great outsiders, with reminiscences from his friends and colleagues. Varese was a very original musical figure, following no school and recognising no tradition. His music outraged his contemporaries, and even today his works have the capacity to astound listeners."

"Jonathan Harvey and the IRCAM Factor

20080820"Proms Literary Festival

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, joins Susan Hitch to consider conflicting ideas about spiritual regeneration and existentialism as embodied in the characters of his literary hero, the Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky, on whom he has written a study."

20080821Richard Foster takes a light-hearted look at energy saving and the great British summer.

Richard Foster takes a light-hearted look at energy saving and the great British summer.

20080822Andrew Mcgregor travels to Cologne where he explores the rich and distinguished legacy of the Gurzenich Orchestra, one of Germany's leading symphony orchestras.

With music director Markus Stenz, manager Birgit Heinemann and journalist Sabine Weber.

"Andrew Mcgregor travels to Cologne where he explores the rich and distinguished legacy of the Gurzenich Orchestra, one of Germany's leading symphony orchestras.

Prayer

By Istvan Orkeny.

Hungarian-born actress and writer Mia Nadasi introduces and reads her own translation of a moving short story by Istvan Orkeny, one of the most significant figures in post-war Hungarian literature.

Prayer is a story told by a mother who must identify the body of her dead son, an emotional journey from denial to acceptance that unfolds with quiet passion.

Andrew McGregor travels to Cologne where he explores the rich and distinguished legacy of the Gurzenich Orchestra, one of Germany's leading symphony orchestras. With music director Markus Stenz, manager Birgit Heinemann and journalist Sabine Weber."

"Prayer

20080823"Proms Literary Festival

Ian McMillan and guests explore the portrayal of classical music in fiction. Ian is joined by novelist Conrad Williams, who has written a book about the competitive, selfish world of the concert pianist where emotional and personal lives have to take second place to the demands of endless rehearsals and spectacular performances."

20080825"Proms Literary Festival

A bank holiday treat for families, with Michael Morpurgo, author of Private Peaceful, and Julia Donaldson, creator of The Gruffalo joining Ian McMillan to read from their work as well as discussing storytelling and the role of music in children's fiction."

20080826"Vaughan Williams at the Royal College of Music

To mark 50 years since the death of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Steven Johnson visits the Royal College of Music to investigate the composer's time there. Although Vaughan Williams encountered difficulties there as a student, he eventually found his feet and his many years spent as a professor of composition helped build a considerable legacy."

20080827The Pattern of Lanes

An exploration of the ancient heart of the Parisian Latin Quarter through the family history that drew novelist and historian Gillian Tindall to the same streets that her great-great-grandfather discovered when he walked from Scotland to Paris in 1814 to study the new medical science flourishing in the city.

20080828"Proms Literary Festival

Ian McMillan is joined on stage by nature writer Mark Cocker, author of Crow Country and editor of Birds Britannica, as well as poet Katrina Porteous, whose work is firmly rooted in the natural history of her home county of Northumberland. They discuss the rich vein of literature which has been inspired by birds and select some of their favourite passages of avian writing."

20080829A profile of the New York Philharmonic, one of the world's oldest and most famous orchestras, which features in two Proms this week.

The programme explores what the orchestra means to New Yorkers and the city of New York, particularly bearing in mind the appointment of Alan Gilbert as its first ever music director to be born and raised in New York.

With contributions from Zarin Mehta, President and Executive Director of the Orchestra, some of the orchestral players as well as current music director Lorin Maazel.

Plus James Jolly and Rob Cowan live in the Royal Albert Hall provding critics' perspectives on the orchestra.

"A profile of the New York Philharmonic, one of the world's oldest and most famous orchestras, which features in two Proms this week.

A profile of the New York Philharmonic, one of the world's oldest and most famous orchestras, which features in two Proms this week. The programme explores what the orchestra means to New Yorkers and the city of New York, particularly bearing in mind the appointment of Alan Gilbert as its first ever music director to be born and raised in New York.

With contributions from Zarin Mehta, President and Executive Director of the Orchestra, some of the orchestral players as well as current music director Lorin Maazel. Plus James Jolly and Rob Cowan live in the Royal Albert Hall provding critics' perspectives on the orchestra."

Plus James Jolly and Rob Cowan live in the Royal Albert Hall provding critics' perspectives on the orchestra."

"A profile of the New York Philharmonic, one of the world's oldest and most famous orchestras, which features in two Proms this week. The programme explores what the orchestra means to New Yorkers and the city of New York, particularly bearing in mind the appointment of Alan Gilbert as its first ever music director to be born and raised in New York.

20080830"The End of Summer

Helen Dunmore's specially-commissioned story, read by Jonathan Firth, is set aboard a ferry where a young traveller on his way to Stockholm encounters the intriguing teenager Sophie, just as strange storm clouds begin to appear over the water. Does this just herald the end of summer or is there something more complex at work?"

20080901"Franco Zeffirelli

Norman Lebrecht talks to the celebrated opera and film director Franco Zeffirelli. He speaks candidly of the early loss of his mother, his relationship with the film director Luchino Visconti and the experience of directing singers Joan Sutherland and Maria Callas, as well as the reasons behind Callas's volatile temper."

20080902"The Power of the Ondes

Thomas Bloch explores the little-known ondes martenot, an instrument that features in Messiaen's Turangalila Symphony in the second part of this evening's Prom. A keyboard-like instrument with a distinctive sound, it was first built in the 1920s in France and was used by classical composers such as Messiaen and Boulez. Since its creation, other composers from the worlds of film music and pop have also written for it.

A distinguished player of the ondes himself, Thomas talks to multi-instrumentalist and ex-Pogues player David Coulter about its history, its range and power and why it has been an inspiration to composers from many different musical fields."

20080903The Quiet Carriage

Amidst the racket of MP3 players, ringtones and raised voices, Geoff Dyer seeks tranquility on Britain's rail network in the supposed calm of the Quiet Carriage.

Designed as a place of refuge from the relentless din of 21st-century life, the Quiet Carriage is a place where Scandinavian notions of civic behaviour might take root in rowdy modern Britain. As he sways through the aisles, Geoff explores changing ideas of privacy, personal space and good manners and discovers that peace and quiet is hard to find.

"The Quiet Carriage

20080904"Proms Literary Festival

Susan Hitch is joined by the BBC's Diplomatic Correspondent Bridget Kendall to discuss how classic and contemporary Russian literature relates to issues and themes in the country's current affairs, focusing on writer Lermontov's views about what changes and what remains the same in Russian life and Russian attitudes.

A former BBC Moscow Correspondent, Bridget kept abreast not merely of the political situation in Russia but also the literary scene. She was an enthusiastic reader of the Russian classics and also has an enthusiasm for the more feisty contemporary literature, dipping briefly into the lighter end of the market with a very Russian take on chick lit."

20080905"Proms Literary Festival

Robert Chandler, who has edited a new fairytale anthology, and Russian-born writer Zinovy Zinik discuss the tradition of Russian fairytales and their influence on music and literature. They take a glimpse at some of the extraordinary characters - from Baba Yaga, the old witch who lives in a house on chicken legs and eats children, to Koschey the Deathless, who rides naked through mountains on his magic steed in search of prey."

20080906"Proms Literary Festival

Winner of the 2007 Costa Poetry Award, Jean Sprackland sees water as the guiding 'elemental force' in her work, while Julie Myserson was inspired by the sea off the coast of East Anglia for her recent thriller Something Might Happen. They discuss writing about the sea with Ian McMillan."

20080907Tom Service is joined by Messiaen scholars Peter Hill and Nigel Simeone, and the artistic director of the Netherlands Opera Pierre Audi to discuss Messiaen's opera Saint Francis of Assisi.

Tom Service is joined by Messiaen scholars Peter Hill and Nigel Simeone, and the artistic director of the Netherlands Opera Pierre Audi to discuss Messiaen's opera Saint Francis of Assisi.

"Tom Service is joined by Messiaen scholars Peter Hill and Nigel Simeone, and the artistic director of the Netherlands Opera Pierre Audi to discuss Messiaen's opera Saint Francis of Assisi.

"Tom Service is joined by Messiaen scholars Peter Hill and Nigel Simeone, and the artistic director of the Netherlands Opera Pierre Audi to discuss Messiaen's opera Saint Francis of Assisi."

"Tom Service is joined by Messiaen scholars Peter Hill and Nigel Simeone, and the artistic director of the Netherlands Opera Pierre Audi to discuss Messiaen's opera Saint Francis of Assisi."

Tom Service is joined by Messiaen scholars Peter Hill and Nigel Simeone, and the artistic director of the Netherlands Opera Pierre Audi to discuss Messiaen's opera Saint Francis of Assisi.

"Tom Service is joined by Messiaen scholars Peter Hill and Nigel Simeone, and the artistic director of the Netherlands Opera Pierre Audi to discuss Messiaen's opera Saint Francis of Assisi.

20080908"Next Door

Mark Bazeley reads Kurt Vonnegut's cautionary tale about the perils of eavesdropping. A work which exhibits its author's noted sardonic outlook on life, it centres on the chaos unleashed by the good intentions of a young boy who overhears the couple next door arguing."

20080909From his apartment overlooking the Kremlin, playwright and director Stephen Poliakoff's father had a first-hand view of the events of the Russian Revolution.

Poliakoff tells Susan Hitch about his father's experiences as a youth in Russia, and looks at how his family history and some of the greats of Russian literature, from Dostoevsky to Chekhov, have influenced his own work.

"From his apartment overlooking the Kremlin, playwright and director Stephen Poliakoff's father had a first-hand view of the events of the Russian Revolution.

From his apartment overlooking the Kremlin, playwright and director Stephen Poliakoff's father had a first-hand view of the events of the Russian Revolution. Poliakoff tells Susan Hitch about his father's experiences as a youth in Russia, and looks at how his family history and some of the greats of Russian literature, from Dostoevsky to Chekhov, have influenced his own work."

"From his apartment overlooking the Kremlin, playwright and director Stephen Poliakoff's father had a first-hand view of the events of the Russian Revolution. Poliakoff tells Susan Hitch about his father's experiences as a youth in Russia, and looks at how his family history and some of the greats of Russian literature, from Dostoevsky to Chekhov, have influenced his own work.

20080910"The Whale Road

All around the coast of the British Isles, and also in some remarkable inland places, the remains of whales can be found - slowly rotting skulls and arches made from huge bones. Kathleen Jamie tries to discover what these monuments signal.

Proms Literary Festival

To accompany this evening's Proms performance of Holst's Planets Suite, poet Lavinia Greenlaw and astronomer Paul Murdin join Ian McMillan to contemplate the various ways in which writers have responded to astronomical ideas."

20080911"On Life and Picnics

Series on that most British institution - the picnic.

3/3. Art critic Louisa Buck explores the reasons why artists down the centuries have painted picnics. Taking in Cranach and Titian, Manet and Picasso and moving right up to artists such as Matt Collishaw today, art critic Louisa Buck gives a virtual guided tour of some key works of art in which picnics are depicted."

20080912"Thirsting for Music

Paul Bailey tells the story of the Romanian Jewish playwright, novelist and music lover Mihail Sebastian. He talks to those who knew and have written about Sebastian, who wrote a journal from 1935 to 1944 charting the days of Romania's collaboration with the Nazis, and which also detailed his love of people, the best of world literature as well as classical music."

20080918Petroc Trelawny talks to BBC Singers chief conductor David Hill, associate composer Judith Bingham and other members of the group to find out more about the wide range of their activities in the studio and outside, and about their plans for the coming months.

"Petroc Trelawny talks to BBC Singers chief conductor David Hill, associate composer Judith Bingham and other members of the group to find out more about the wide range of their activities in the studio and outside, and about their plans for the coming months."

20080919Petroc Trelawny and guests discuss the recent portrayal of conductors in BBC TV's Maestro series.
20080926"Beethoven's Double Bass

At the heart of Beethoven's Choral Symphony is the famous recitative dialogue between double bass and orchestra. It's a moment that lies at the heart of the double bass player's repertoire and, according to bassist Rodney Slatford, was inspired by perhaps the greatest bass player of them all, Dominico Dragonetti.

With the help of Dragonetti's diaries and other memorabilia he has collected over the years, Rodney puts forward the case for putting a Dragonetti footnote into the story of the creation of Beethoven's masterpiece."

20081015
20081024"Fiesta

A portait of the Fiesta del Pilar, a traditional celebration held annually in the Spanish city of Zaragoza in honour of the country's female patron saint. Held on October 12, the date is also marked across Spain as Dia de la Hispanidad, a national celebration of Columbus's discovery of the Americas.

We hear the various elements of this year's celebrations, from the religious processions, to the bands, bullfights, fireworks, flamenco dancing and the traditional parades of gigantes y cabezudos, featuring carnival figures made of papier mache."

20081029"The Bell

By Iris Murdoch.

Liz Sutherland reads an extract from the famous 1958 novel. It takes up the story, which is set in a lay community near a convent, when Dora and Toby hatch a bizarre plan to replace the newly-arrived bell in order to convince the residents of the existence of miracles."

20081113Stephen Johnson explores the parallel lives of Rachmaninov and Stravinsky as Russian emigres, and selects some highlights from the forthcoming BBCSSO Russian Winter series.

Like many other Russian migrants, Stravinsky and Rachmaninov ended up in Southern California in the 1940s and were near-neighbours in Beverly Hills.

They dined together once and Rachmaninov followed up that meeting with a gift of Stravinsky's favourite honey.

It might have become a good friendship, but Rachmaninov was already terminally ill.

It is unlikely, had he lived longer, that he would have influenced Stravinsky's music, but the reverse is not necessarily true given the neo-classical tendencies in Rachmaninov's later work.

"Stephen Johnson explores the parallel lives of Rachmaninov and Stravinsky as Russian emigres, and selects some highlights from the forthcoming BBCSSO Russian Winter series.

Stephen Johnson explores the parallel lives of Rachmaninov and Stravinsky as Russian emigres, and selects some highlights from the forthcoming BBCSSO Russian Winter series.

Like many other Russian migrants, Stravinsky and Rachmaninov ended up in Southern California in the 1940s and were near-neighbours in Beverly Hills. They dined together once and Rachmaninov followed up that meeting with a gift of Stravinsky's favourite honey. It might have become a good friendship, but Rachmaninov was already terminally ill. It is unlikely, had he lived longer, that he would have influenced Stravinsky's music, but the reverse is not necessarily true given the neo-classical tendencies in Rachmaninov's later work."

"Stephen Johnson explores the parallel lives of Rachmaninov and Stravinsky as Russian emigres, and selects some highlights from the forthcoming BBCSSO Russian Winter series.

20081121Stephen Critchlow reads Alexander Solzhenitsyn's short story Matryona's House.

Stephen Critchlow reads Alexander Solzhenitsyn's short story Matryona's House.

20081210In a programme from the foyer of St David's Hall, Cardiff, Petroc Trelawny is joined by Messiaen scholars Christopher Dingle and Caroline Rae to celebrate the composer's centenary day.

They ask whether it is time to reassess our view of the composer, whose interests in nature and religious beliefs have been focused on to the exclusion of almost everything else.

Plus Messiaen at the organ, performing the movement which he totally reworked from the orchestral version of L'Ascension.

"In a programme from the foyer of St David's Hall, Cardiff, Petroc Trelawny is joined by Messiaen scholars Christopher Dingle and Caroline Rae to celebrate the composer's centenary day.

Plus Messiaen at the organ, performing the movement which he totally reworked from the orchestral version of L'Ascension."

In a programme from the foyer of St David's Hall, Cardiff, Petroc Trelawny is joined by Messiaen scholars Christopher Dingle and Caroline Rae to celebrate the composer's centenary day.

20090108Catherine Bott looks at what 2009 has in store for the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Catherine Bott discusses what 2009 has in store for the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

It's going to be a busy year with concerts at the Barbican, touring and the BBC Proms.

She talks to Jiri Belohlavek, the BBCSO's chief conductor and David Robertson, principal guest conductor, along with the orchestra's general manager Paul Hughes.

"Catherine Bott looks at what 2009 has in store for the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Catherine Bott looks at what 2009 has in store for the BBC Symphony Orchestra."

She talks to Jiri Belohlavek, the BBCSO's chief conductor and David Robertson, principal guest conductor, along with the orchestra's general manager Paul Hughes."

Catherine Bott looks at what 2009 has in store for the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Catherine Bott discusses what 2009 has in store for the BBC Symphony Orchestra. It's going to be a busy year with concerts at the Barbican, touring and the BBC Proms.

She talks to Jiri Belohlavek, the BBCSO's chief conductor and David Robertson, principal guest conductor, along with the orchestra's general manager Paul Hughes.

20090906Celebrated choral director Simon Halsey joins Penny Gore to talk about why singing matters, Georgia Mann reports from the Proms Singing Day and there's a chance to hear from singing enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes.

"Celebrated choral director Simon Halsey joins Penny Gore to talk about why singing matters, Georgia Mann reports from the Proms Singing Day and there's a chance to hear from singing enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes."

Celebrated choral director Simon Halsey joins Penny Gore to talk about why singing matters, Georgia Mann reports from the Proms Singing Day and there's a chance to hear from singing enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes.

Simon Halsey joins Penny Gore to discuss why singing matters.

20090909The Visitors' Book, by Sophie Hannah.

The Visitors' Book, by Sophie Hannah.

20090918From the foyer stage at St David's Hall, Cardiff, Petroc Trelawny discusses the art of 'period performance' on modern instruments.

Plus news from the United States on ground-breaking research on the musicians who first performed Haydn's masses, a report from Eisenstadt on the work known originally as the Mass for Troubled Times, and how Lord Nelson made his mark on musical history.

Petroc Trelawny discusses 'period performance' on modern instruments.

"From the foyer stage at St David's Hall, Cardiff, Petroc Trelawny discusses the art of 'period performance' on modern instruments.

Petroc Trelawny discusses 'period performance' on modern instruments."

From the foyer stage at St David's Hall, Cardiff, Petroc Trelawny discusses the art of 'period performance' on modern instruments.

Petroc Trelawny discusses 'period performance' on modern instruments.

20091009Jiri Belohlavek presents a feature on Martinu's Symphony No 2, and there is a taster of the new music in the BBCSO's Barbican season.

Jiri Belohlavek presents a feature on Martinu's Symphony No 2.

"Jiri Belohlavek presents a feature on Martinu's Symphony No 2, and there is a taster of the new music in the BBCSO's Barbican season.

Jiri Belohlavek presents a feature on Martinu's Symphony No 2."

Jiri Belohlavek presents a feature on Martinu's Symphony No 2.

20100219A talk by Robert Hanks on what George Orwell called "good bad books" - novels (loosely interpreted) that set out to entertain, but which one way or another do something rather more impressive.

Some books that might be mentioned:

1.

The Daffodil Affair by Michael Innes (1942).

On the surface, The Daffodil Affair an extravagant and elaborate detective story-cum-thriller, set against the background of the Blitz and featuring, alongside Innes's regular protagonist, the intellectual Inspector Appleby, a mathematical horse, a witch-girl, a paedophilia-obsessed policeman and a tribe of Amazonian headhunters.

But Innes was also J.

I.

M.

Stewart, author of the final volume of the Oxford History of English Literature and a leading authority on modernism; and under this novel's fantastical surface is a portrait of a civilisation suffering a collective nervous breakdown, retreating from war and the threat of apocalypse into superstition - a portrait that drew inspiration from T.

S.

Eliot and in its turn inspired Graham Greene.

2.

Gamesmanship, Oneupmanship and Lifemanship by Stephen Potter (1947-52).

Most people wouldn't regard Potter's trilogy (I do not speak of Supermanship - the Godfather Part III of his oeuvre) as a novel at all; they take the form of a set of comic manuals on achieving sporting and social success.

But the books do almost everything you demand of a sophisticated novel: there are vividly drawn characters (Gatling-Fenn, Godfrey Plaste of "Plaste's Placid Salutation", the obnoxious Odoreida); there is plot - there are far too many plots, in fact - and incident; and there is a thoroughly modern and promiscuous mingling of the real and the fictional.

Above all, there is an over-arching satirical vision - Potter is a moralist, who detects and despises in our a society a willingness to believe that being good is only a matter of persuading other people you are good.

3.

The Shield Ring by Rosemary Sutcliff (1956).

It's a truism that historical novels say more about the time they're written than the time they supposedly portray: and Rosemary Sutcliff's novels together form one of the most vivid meditations on what it meant to be British in the years after the Second World War.

Dawn Wind and The Silver Branch, set in the dying years of the Roman Empire, are about the agonies of imperial retreat, seen from the point of view of a colonial power; The Shield Ring, about a colony of Vikings in the Lake District holding out against the Norman yoke, sees colonialism from another angle: in the era of the Malaysian emergency, the Mau-Mau rebellion and the first stages of the Vietnam War, it is a sympathetic portrayal of asymmetric warfare.

But it is also, in an age when "You've never had it so good", a lament for a people exhausted by conflict, resigning themselves to a new world that promises to prove infinitely drearier and more wearing than the old.

4.

Saturn's Children by Charles Stross (2008).

On the one hand, it's a fast-paced space-opera about a sex-robot zipping about a solar system denuded of human life - and what's a girl to do without the man for whom she's been hardwired to go weak at the titanium knees? On the other hand, it's an examination of free will and the difficulty of human existence in a universe where god is dead; it's a warning of the emptiness and hostility of the galaxy beyond our doorstep; and it's a beehive of allusions, from The Perils of Pauline to Isaac Asimov via P.

G.

Wodehouse and Raymond Chandler.

5.

Swamp Thing, issues 21-64, by Alan Moore (1983-87).

To begin with, the Swamp Thing was a scientist, Alec Holland, transformed by radiation into a dripping green monster, part man, part vegetable, haunting the swamps of Louisiana: then along came Alan Moore, a Northampton-born writer, best known for writing science-fiction strips in the British comic 2000AD, to reinvent the Swamp Thing as a spirit - often a vengeful one - of the earth.

Over the next four years, he transformed a moderately popular American horror comic into a wildly inventive, ironic, mystical contemplation of nature, sexuality and the necessity of evil; and with a cast of fully-realised characters and a rhythmic, descriptive prose style, he transformed the understanding of what comics could do.

"A talk by Robert Hanks on what George Orwell called ""good bad books"" - novels (loosely interpreted) that set out to entertain, but which one way or another do something rather more impressive.

But the books do almost everything you demand of a sophisticated novel: there are vividly drawn characters (Gatling-Fenn, Godfrey Plaste of ""Plaste's Placid Salutation"", the obnoxious Odoreida); there is plot - there are far too many plots, in fact - and incident; and there is a thoroughly modern and promiscuous mingling of the real and the fictional.

But it is also, in an age when ""You've never had it so good"", a lament for a people exhausted by conflict, resigning themselves to a new world that promises to prove infinitely drearier and more wearing than the old.

Over the next four years, he transformed a moderately popular American horror comic into a wildly inventive, ironic, mystical contemplation of nature, sexuality and the necessity of evil; and with a cast of fully-realised characters and a rhythmic, descriptive prose style, he transformed the understanding of what comics could do."

"A talk by Robert Hanks on what George Orwell called ""good bad books"" - novels (loosely interpreted) that set out to entertain, but which one way or another do something rather more impressive.

Eliot and in its turn inspired Graham Greene.

The Shield Ring by Rosemary Sutcliff (1956).

It's a truism that historical novels say more about the time they're written than the time they supposedly portray: and Rosemary Sutcliff's novels together form one of the most vivid meditations on what it meant to be British in the years after the Second World War.

On the one hand, it's a fast-paced space-opera about a sex-robot zipping about a solar system denuded of human life - and what's a girl to do without the man for whom she's been hardwired to go weak at the titanium knees? On the other hand, it's an examination of free will and the difficulty of human existence in a universe where god is dead; it's a warning of the emptiness and hostility of the galaxy beyond our doorstep; and it's a beehive of allusions, from The Perils of Pauline to Isaac Asimov via P.

Wodehouse and Raymond Chandler.

Swamp Thing, issues 21-64, by Alan Moore (1983-87).

To begin with, the Swamp Thing was a scientist, Alec Holland, transformed by radiation into a dripping green monster, part man, part vegetable, haunting the swamps of Louisiana: then along came Alan Moore, a Northampton-born writer, best known for writing science-fiction strips in the British comic 2000AD, to reinvent the Swamp Thing as a spirit - often a vengeful one - of the earth.

20100911Around the parks - musical contributions from Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Salford and Hyde Park in London.

Musical contributions from N Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Salford and Hyde Park in London.

"Around the parks - musical contributions from Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Salford and Hyde Park in London.

Musical contributions from N Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Salford and Hyde Park in London."

20101013Rossini's return to Paris in the 1850s led to an Indian summer of composition for him, with the composition of the pieces he dubbed 'My Sins of Old Age'.

And yet this wasn't just an Indian summer of composition.

Hand-in-hand with this went Rossini's social life and his famous 'Saturday Soir退es' at his apartment in Paris.

Many of these 'Sins of Old Age' were written for performance at these soir退es or other salons throughout Paris.

Rossini's reputation as a gourmand also held true at these events with his gastronomic legacy still being felt in the dishes he inspired.

Igor Toronyi-Lalic explores Rossini's role in the salons of mid-19th century Paris and the legacy of these salons today.

Producer: Rosie Childs.

Igor Toronyi-Lalic explores Rossini's role in the salons of mid-19th century Paris.

"Rossini's return to Paris in the 1850s led to an Indian summer of composition for him, with the composition of the pieces he dubbed 'My Sins of Old Age'.

Rossini's return to Paris in the 1850s led to an Indian summer of composition for him, with the composition of the pieces he dubbed 'My Sins of Old Age'. And yet this wasn't just an Indian summer of composition. Hand-in-hand with this went Rossini's social life and his famous 'Saturday Soir退es' at his apartment in Paris. Many of these 'Sins of Old Age' were written for performance at these soir退es or other salons throughout Paris. Rossini's reputation as a gourmand also held true at these events with his gastronomic legacy still being felt in the dishes he inspired. Igor Toronyi-Lalic explores Rossini's role in the salons of mid-19th century Paris and the legacy of these salons today.

Igor Toronyi-Lalic explores Rossini's role in the salons of mid-19th century Paris."

Hand-in-hand with this went Rossini's social life and his famous 'Saturday Soir退es' at his apartment in Paris.

Many of these 'Sins of Old Age' were written for performance at these soir退es or other salons throughout Paris.

Rossini's return to Paris in the 1850s led to an Indian summer of composition for him, with the composition of the pieces he dubbed 'My Sins of Old Age'. And yet this wasn't just an Indian summer of composition. Hand-in-hand with this went Rossini's social life and his famous 'Saturday Soir退es' at his apartment in Paris. Many of these 'Sins of Old Age' were written for performance at these soir退es or other salons throughout Paris. Rossini's reputation as a gourmand also held true at these events with his gastronomic legacy still being felt in the dishes he inspired. Igor Toronyi-Lalic explores Rossini's role in the salons of mid-19th century Paris and the legacy of these salons today.

20101105What's hot and what's not in Paris this autumn? Journalist Agnès Poirier divides her time between London and the French capital and is ideally placed to report on the most coveted tickets on both banks of the Seine.

Is the so-called 'beacon exhibition' at the Grand Palais, "Claude Monet 1840-1926" all it's cracked up to be? At the other end of the artistic scale, Agnès learns more about the French national obsession with 'BD' - bande dessin退e or strip cartoon at a show in the Bibliothèque Forney.

And - parlons gastronomie - no report from Paris could possibly be complete without news of the culinary arts...

a new bistro that, says Agnès, "marries conviviality with political utopia..." Bon appetit!

Producer Simon Elmes.

Agnes Poirier reports on big autumn events in Paris, including exhibitions and a new cafe.

"What's hot and what's not in Paris this autumn? Journalist Agnès Poirier divides her time between London and the French capital and is ideally placed to report on the most coveted tickets on both banks of the Seine.

What's hot and what's not in Paris this autumn? Journalist Agnès Poirier divides her time between London and the French capital and is ideally placed to report on the most coveted tickets on both banks of the Seine. Is the so-called 'beacon exhibition' at the Grand Palais, "Claude Monet 1840-1926" all it's cracked up to be? At the other end of the artistic scale, Agnès learns more about the French national obsession with 'BD' - bande dessin退e or strip cartoon at a show in the Bibliothèque Forney. And - parlons gastronomie - no report from Paris could possibly be complete without news of the culinary arts... a new bistro that, says Agnès, "marries conviviality with political utopia..." Bon appetit!

Agnes Poirier reports on big autumn events in Paris, including exhibitions and a new cafe."

Is the so-called 'beacon exhibition' at the Grand Palais, "Claude Monet 1840-1926" all it's cracked up to be? At the other end of the artistic scale, Agnès learns more about the French national obsession with 'BD' - bande dessin退e or strip cartoon at a show in the Bibliothèque Forney.

What's hot and what's not in Paris this autumn? Journalist Agnès Poirier divides her time between London and the French capital and is ideally placed to report on the most coveted tickets on both banks of the Seine. Is the so-called 'beacon exhibition' at the Grand Palais, "Claude Monet 1840-1926" all it's cracked up to be? At the other end of the artistic scale, Agnès learns more about the French national obsession with 'BD' - bande dessin退e or strip cartoon at a show in the Bibliothèque Forney. And - parlons gastronomie - no report from Paris could possibly be complete without news of the culinary arts... a new bistro that, says Agnès, "marries conviviality with political utopia..." Bon appetit!

"

20101126The American poet Emily Dickinson was very reclusive and spent most of her adult life in her room in Amherst, Massachusetts where, after her death, her extraordinary poems were discovered.

When Aaron Copland was composing the settings of her poems that are being performed in this evening's concert, he spent many hours there trying to capture something of the spirit of Emily Dickinson.

Someone who knows the room well is the poet Fred D'aguiar, who lived in Amherst for several years.

In tonight's Twenty Minutes he reflects on Emily Dickinson's room, the place where he himself writes, and the significance of "The Poet's Room".

Fred D'aguiar reflects on the room in which Emily Dickinson wrote her poetry.

"The American poet Emily Dickinson was very reclusive and spent most of her adult life in her room in Amherst, Massachusetts where, after her death, her extraordinary poems were discovered.

The American poet Emily Dickinson was very reclusive and spent most of her adult life in her room in Amherst, Massachusetts where, after her death, her extraordinary poems were discovered. When Aaron Copland was composing the settings of her poems that are being performed in this evening's concert, he spent many hours there trying to capture something of the spirit of Emily Dickinson. Someone who knows the room well is the poet Fred D'Aguiar, who lived in Amherst for several years. In tonight's Twenty Minutes he reflects on Emily Dickinson's room, the place where he himself writes, and the significance of "The Poet's Room".

Fred D'Aguiar reflects on the room in which Emily Dickinson wrote her poetry."

Fred D'aguiar reflects on the room in which Emily Dickinson wrote her poetry."

"

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20120719Judas Maccabeus used to be one of Handel's most popular oratorios. But in modern times it's been deplored as tub-thumping, bellicose, militaristic. It lent itself all too readily to an aryanised Nazi version, Der Feldherr. It caused distress when it featured in the 2009 Edinburgh Festival, for it appears to celebrate the wipeout of the Scottish rebels at Culloden. But when it was first performed, that rebellion was long past and Britain was in the eighth year of a draining intercontinental war against stronger, larger, more successful France. The Scottish rebellion was the most frightening of several French invasion attempts, exposing British disunity, threatening annexation to a foreign Catholic power. The oratorio was written and performed in the shadow of continual British losses against the French axis. It is suffused with grief and fear; it is an exhortation to unity and communal effort; it is a prayer for peace; in its own time, its upbeat end was rather poignant wishful thinking. And in its original form, it didn't include 'See the conquering hero comes'.

Pre-eminent Handel revisionist Ruth Smith looks at the autograph score of Judas Maccabeus, which doesn't include See the Conquering hero, and looks at contemporary newspaper accounts of the notorious (and contemporary) trial of the traitor Lord Lovat - the last man to be beheaded in England and the real reason why Handel revised the piece.

"Judas Maccabeus used to be one of Handel's most popular oratorios. But in modern times it's been deplored as tub-thumping, bellicose, militaristic. It lent itself all too readily to an aryanised Nazi version, Der Feldherr. It caused distress when it featured in the 2009 Edinburgh Festival, for it appears to celebrate the wipeout of the Scottish rebels at Culloden. But when it was first performed, that rebellion was long past and Britain was in the eighth year of a draining intercontinental war against stronger, larger, more successful France. The Scottish rebellion was the most frightening of several French invasion attempts, exposing British disunity, threatening annexation to a foreign Catholic power. The oratorio was written and performed in the shadow of continual British losses against the French axis. It is suffused with grief and fear; it is an exhortation to unity and communal effort; it is a prayer for peace; in its own time, its upbeat end was rather poignant wishful thinking. And in its original form, it didn't include 'See the conquering hero comes'.

Pre-eminent Handel revisionist Ruth Smith looks at the autograph score of Judas Maccabeus, which doesn't include See the Conquering hero, and looks at contemporary newspaper accounts of the notorious (and contemporary) trial of the traitor Lord Lovat - the last man to be beheaded in England and the real reason why Handel revised the piece."

20130720Roger Parker chairs a round-table discussion about Verdi's idea of God, the Church and Religion.

The Four Sacred Pieces were Verdi's final work and he said he wanted to be buried with the manuscript of the Te Deum. But Verdi was an agnostic, who refused to accompany his wife to church, and his religious music was described as 'opera in ecclesiastical clothing'.

In Verdi's God, Roger Parker and his guests explore the composer's spiritual life and its impact on his music, relationships and politics. Taking part in the discussion are Flora Willson from the University of Cambridge, who takes a special interest in the culture and society of Italy in the 19th century, and one of the pre-eminent Verdi conductors of today, Semyon Bychkov, whose performance of the Requiem was a highlight of the 2011 Proms season, and who will be bringing to bear his experience of the religious music in Verdi's operas and the operatic element in his religious music.

These three great Verdi experts will attempt to answer a very difficult question: who was Verdi's God?

"Roger Parker chairs a round-table discussion about Verdi's idea of God, the Church and Religion.

These three great Verdi experts will attempt to answer a very difficult question: who was Verdi's God?"

20130725Is Ravel's Bolero an early sign of dementia or a musical genius working under pressure? Can neurological testing reveal the mysteries of creativity?

Bolero is probably Ravel's most famous work, noted for its insistent repetition. It has been suggested that this repetition was not a musical device consciously adopted by the composer, but an early sign of the dementia that led to his death. An alternative view is that Bolero is an example of a musical genius simply writing under great pressure to finish a piece of music when another commission fell though at short notice.

Ravel died following neurosurgical treatment in 1937, after a period of gradual decline over a period of five years or more. His condition has fascinated doctors since the first scientific paper was written on Ravel's decline in 1948, and a steady flow of scientific papers has followed since, trying to establish a precise diagnosis and the effect his condition had on his music.

Broadcaster and writer Stephen Johnson looks at the final years of Ravel's life, and the extent to which his creativity may have been affected by the loss of his mental faculties, not just in Bolero but in his two late piano concertos.

Frustratingly, we have no brain scans or autopsy records for Ravel. But even if diagnostic tests such as MRI scans had been available, would we now be in a position to establish a clear diagnosis for his decline, and crucially whether it had any effect on his music?

With contributions from Ravel biographer Roger Nichols, writer and former consultant psychiatrist Eva Cybulska, and Dr Jason Warren, a neurologist at the Dementia Research Centre, University College London.

"Is Ravel's Bolero an early sign of dementia or a musical genius working under pressure? Can neurological testing reveal the mysteries of creativity?

With contributions from Ravel biographer Roger Nichols, writer and former consultant psychiatrist Eva Cybulska, and Dr Jason Warren, a neurologist at the Dementia Research Centre, University College London."

1934 In History20090717Historian Juliet Gardiner analyses the political, social and cultural events of 1934 using clips from the BBC sound archive of the period.

She uses the archive to take us through the story of Ramsay MacDonald's national coalition, the Gresford Disaster (one of the worst tragedies in Welsh mining history) and, in passing, the expeditions to Antarctica, the beginning of road-safety advice with the Belisha beacon and the impact of literature and architecture in that year. This history contextualises the world in which Delius, Elgar and Holst end their days and into which Maxwell Davies and Birtwistle are born.

Historian Juliet Gardiner analyses the political, social and cultural events of 1934.

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32 Fouettes20110815"Any ballerina preparing the role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake will be acutely aware that, as well as a long evening of intense dancing, they'll be facing one of 'those' theatrical moments.

The execution of 32 'fouettes en tournant', spins requiring the dancer to move from a flat foot to a point and turn a complete 360 degrees, is a massive physical and psychological challenge.

So how can you stop it preying on the mind and disrupting the rest of your performance? Is it one of those frustrating showpieces that have crept in to performances as part of the less savoury 'showing off' element of theatrical performance and become a crude measure of an artist's ability?

These theatrical Everests also crop up in opera and classical theatre.

Hamlets know that huge chunks of their audience will be measuring them on their ability to deliver the famous soliloquies; opera singers playing roles like the Queen of the Night in Mozart's Magic Flute or the Calaf in Puccini's Turandot are horribly aware that one climactic moment - Holle Rache and Nessun Dorma respectively - will decide the success or failure of their evening's work.

Samantha Bond, who trained as a ballerina herself, is joined by the former Royal Ballet principal Deborah Bull and the celebrated actor Sir Derek Jacobi to discuss their experience of scaling these theatrical summits.

They might be a stumbling block for the successful performance, but, equally, they might be the difference between the very good performer and performance, and the truly outstanding.

More particularly, their importance is bound up with the business of what an often very well-informed audience expects of its performers.

Clear the bar, jump through the hoop of flames and you are sovereign of all you survey, re-establishing the magic of theatrical show.

Fail and, like the ice dancer who has clattered to the floor after failing to land the triple toe loop, you have to pick yourself up and re-assemble the audience's trust and involvement in the performance.

Producer: Tom Alban.

Samantha Bond leads a discussion about the mixed blessings of theatrical challenges."

A Country Doctor2009111920100319Franz Kafka's fantastical story, translated by poet Michael Hoffman, centres on a weary doctor called out at midnight in a blizzard to attend to a young boy. It is then that strange things start to happen.

Read by Dermot Crowley.

Story about a weary doctor called out at midnight in a blizzard to attend to a young boy.

""

A Darker Shade Of Green20121025In 'A Darker Shade of Green' Twenty Minutes examines how 1930s writers, artists and composers, including Ralph Vaughan Williams, used the pastoral mode to address the legacy of World War One.

"In 'A Darker Shade of Green' Twenty Minutes examines how 1930s writers, artists and composers, including Ralph Vaughan Williams, used the pastoral mode to address the legacy of World War One."

A Herball For The 21st Century20120731"A mysterious discovery prompts Anna Pavord to celebrate her botanical hero William Turner.

A genuinely mysterious story of a 17th century memorial bust, which ""disappeared"" during the London Blitz only to be rediscovered seventy years later, leads the popular gardening writer and broadcaster Anna Pavord to celebrate her botanical hero, the sadly neglected William Turner.

According to the popular gardening writer and broadcaster Anna Pavord, the 16th century botanical writer William Turner has been neglected for far too long. It is her belief that his ""New Herball"" - the first plant book ever to be written in English - deserves much wider recognition today. She tells his story in the garden of the church where he is buried in the City of London - St Olave's, Hart Street - linking it in with the more recent and genuinely mysterious tale of the memorial bust of his son, Peter, which disappeared from the same church during the Blitz, only to re-emerge 70 years later.

As the church restores this bust, Anna explains why she hopes that its reinstallation will create the opportunity to remember not just the younger but also the older Turner, and all he has done for gardeners past and present.

Producer: Beaty Rubens."

A genuinely mysterious story of a 17th century memorial bust, which "disappeared" during the London Blitz only to be rediscovered seventy years later, leads the popular gardening writer and broadcaster Anna Pavord to celebrate her botanical hero, the sadly neglected William Turner.

According to the popular gardening writer and broadcaster Anna Pavord, the 16th century botanical writer William Turner has been neglected for far too long. It is her belief that his "New Herball" - the first plant book ever to be written in English - deserves much wider recognition today. She tells his story in the garden of the church where he is buried in the City of London - St Olave's, Hart Street - linking it in with the more recent and genuinely mysterious tale of the memorial bust of his son, Peter, which disappeared from the same church during the Blitz, only to re-emerge 70 years later.

As the church restores this bust, Anna explains why she hopes that its reinstallation will create the opportunity to remember not just the younger but also the older Turner, and all he has done for gardeners past and present.

A genuinely mysterious story of a 17th century memorial bust, which ""disappeared"" during the London Blitz only to be rediscovered seventy years later, leads the popular gardening writer and broadcaster Anna Pavord to celebrate her botanical hero, the sadly neglected William Turner.

According to the popular gardening writer and broadcaster Anna Pavord, the 16th century botanical writer William Turner has been neglected for far too long. It is her belief that his ""New Herball"" - the first plant book ever to be written in English - deserves much wider recognition today. She tells his story in the garden of the church where he is buried in the City of London - St Olave's, Hart Street - linking it in with the more recent and genuinely mysterious tale of the memorial bust of his son, Peter, which disappeared from the same church during the Blitz, only to re-emerge 70 years later.

A History Of The Interval2011051020120123"We know that the dramatists of Ancient Greece presented their work in a festival that lasted days and was both competitive and religious. But, following the inexorable horror of Oedipus's tragedy, did the audience have a break? Some dramas of the Middle Ages actually began in the interval, inasmuch as they were performed during pauses in the liturgy. Shakespeare's plays were originally performed without a break, though members of the audience came and went as they pleased. But by the middle of the 19th century full curtain calls were taken at the end of the first act. Today, at Glyndebourne, no matter how urgent the drama, the performance stops long enough for everyone to have a full meal and a snooze, before returning to the opera. But the National Theatre's current production of 'Frankenstein', which lasts two hours, is played straight through, to the discomfort of some of those not forewarned.

In this interval feature the writer and broadcaster Paul Allen explores the interval itself. He talks to a conductor, a director, performers, a bar person and audience members to find out how and when the interval came about; its purpose, physical, social and economic; and its dramatic and musical effect.

Producer: Julian May.

Paul Allen on the history of the interval, from Ancient Greece to today's concert halls."

We know that the dramatists of Ancient Greece presented their work in a festival that lasted days and was both competitive and religious. But, following the inexorable horror of Oedipus's tragedy, did the audience have a break? Some dramas of the Middle Ages actually began in the interval, inasmuch as they were performed during pauses in the liturgy. Shakespeare's plays were originally performed without a break, though members of the audience came and went as they pleased. But by the middle of the 19th century full curtain calls were taken at the end of the first act. Today, at Glyndebourne, no matter how urgent the drama, the performance stops long enough for everyone to have a full meal and a snooze, before returning to the opera. But the National Theatre's current production of 'Frankenstein', which lasts two hours, is played straight through, to the discomfort of some of those not forewarned.

Paul Allen on the history of the interval, from Ancient Greece to today's concert halls.

A Nice Pair Of Handstitched English Shoes20110728"In 1886, Vincent Van Gogh visited a Paris flea market and bought a pair of worn-out boots. They didn't fit. So he painted them instead.

Writer Ian Sansom investigates the artistic, cultural and philosophical history of shoes - from God instructing Moses to take off his sandals in front of the burning bush, to the cult of the Louboutin - and goes in search of a nice pair of handbenched English shoes.

He explores the Freudian shoe, fairy tale shoes, Van Gogh's boots (as interpreted by Heidegger and Derrida), Holocaust shoes, Jesus sandals, killer heels and poems and images of people traipsing and fleeing.

Producer Sara Davies.

Writer Ian Sansom reflects on the literary significance of footwear."

He explores the Freudian shoe, fairy tale shoes, Van Gogh's boots (as interpreted by Heidegger and Derrida), Holocaust shoes, Jesus sandals, killer heels and poems and images of people traipsing and fleeing.

A Postillion Struck By Lightning20130806"Ian Sansom has been waiting 50 years to be struck by lightning. It is a noble aspiration for a writer: hoping that the electrical bolt of inspiration will hit and that the next book will be easy.

But is it really ever like that?

Ian says: ?Maybe it?s just me. Writers are inspired, of course. All the time. Kissed by the gods. Beloved by their muses. Seduced by their characters. Overwhelmed by plots. Overcome with ideas. I?ve not been overcome with an idea since... I don?t know when. And the closest I?ve come to inspiration is a slight physical discomfort.?

Here Ian Sansom and Belfast?s Wireless Mystery Theatre explore the life of a writer and the nature of inspiration."

A Russian Bloomsbury2011080620120118"Lesley Chamberlain explores the 'aesthetic Bolsheviks,' the modernist artistic community of 1920s Moscow and Petersburg who embraced socialism. These 'Bloomsberries' were leading intellectuals before and after the revolution. They lived unconventionally, guided by a love of pleasure, a sexual openness and a passionate formal interest in art. The critic (and later reluctant secret policeman) Osip Brik and his dancer wife Lili were the social centre of the group. The poet Mayakovsky and the photographer Rodchenko were key figures too. For a year or so the future was bright. Then it arrived in the dark shape of Stalin.

Producer: Tim Dee.

Lesley Chamberlain on the 'aesthetic Bolsheviks', a 1920s Russian artistic community."

Lesley Chamberlain on the 'aesthetic Bolsheviks', a 1920s Russian artistic community.

A Soundscape Of Colour: The World Of Alun Hoddinott (1929-2008)20090123Donald Macleod presents a profile of one of Wales's most influential creative forces, the composer Alun Hoddinott, after whom the BBC Hoddinott Hall is named.

Donald Macleod presents a profile of Welsh composer Alun Hoddinott.

A String To Your Bow20100817"Join Andrew McGregor as we step inside the bow maker's workshop, following the master craftsman who needs to be engineer, woodcarver and silversmith. We reveal how precision and technical skill are only the foundation of the art and examine the modern day issues facing bow makers - such as how Pernambuco, a rare Brazilian hardwood which has been used in the making of string bows for over 250 years, has been driven to the point of extinction. With insights from violinists Rachel Podger and Daniel Hope we discover the difference a good bow can make and how the bow continues to evolve today.

Andrew McGregor explores the intricate craft of making a violin bow.

"

Andrew McGregor explores the intricate craft of making a violin bow."

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A Tale Told By Moonlight20090529By Leonard Woolf, read by Alex Jennings.

An English novelist visiting Ceylon falls hopelessly in love with a beautiful native prostitute and buys her out of the brothel where she works. An acutely observed story of desire, expectation and colonial life at the beginning of the 20th century.

By Leonard Woolf. An English novelist visiting Ceylon falls in love with a prostitute.

A Walk Around Camden20110325"Thousands of visitors flock to Camden Market in London each weekend. It is one of the capital's most popular visitor attractions. Likewise the streets of Camden Town vibrate with energy on Fridays and Saturdays, as revellers enjoy the music and nightlife.

Many associate Camden's enduring appeal with the 1960s counter-culture movement. But 'rough around the edges' Camden has a rich cultural heritage, as Alan Dein discovers in A Walk Around Camden.

Alan Dein explores the rich cultural heritage of Camden Town in London.

"

A Warning To The Curious20110613"A classic spine-chilller by M. R James, the 'father' of the modern ghost story, set on the windswept Suffolk coast, in which an amateur archaeologist pays the ultimate price for his curiousity.

In 'A Warning to the Curious', an amateur archaelologist from London, arrives in the seaside town of Seaburgh to search for the legendary silver Crown of Anglia which is believed to be hidden along the sandy shores of the North Sea. His research uncovers the tale of the late William Ager, the guardian of the crown, which leads him to unearth the ancient relic on a remote beach. However, having made his discovery, he becomes convinced that he is being followed, and desperate to escape the ghostly presence, decides his only hope is to return the crown to the desolate beach where it was unearthed - with tragic and terrifying consequences.

M R James (1862-1936) was a writer and scholar whose ghost stories are widely regarded as some of the best in English literature. He spent much of his childhood on the East Anglian coast, and the fictional town of 'Seaburg', in which this story is set, is based on the Suffolk coastal town of Aldeburgh.

Read by Alex Jennings

Produced and abridged by Justine Willett.

Alex Jennings reads M R James's spine-chilller set on the windswept coast of East Anglia."

A Woman Without A Country20100823""I saw her that spring between the third and fourth races at Campino with the Conte de Capra - the one with the mustache"

John Cheever's classic short story is about a young woman whose moment of scandal in suburban America causes her to flee to Europe, starting with Genoa. But she later turns up at all the best watering-holes across the continent. She is restless. She is homesick. Then a momentous decision to return to America seems best for her, until that song is heard at Idlewild Airport...

The story of a young American woman, who graces the

best watering holes of Europe, ever restless...

Read by Nathan Osgood

Producer Duncan Minshull.

John Cheever's story about a young American woman who graces Europe's glamour spots.

"

The story of a young American woman, who graces the

John Cheever's story about a young American woman who graces Europe's glamour spots."

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All I Have Is A Voice20020911All I Have Is a Voice: Dana Gioia reflects on how Auden's poem `September 1, 1939' became an affecting commentary on the feelings of the world after the events of September 11
Almost Like Literature

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Among Animals And Plants20101217"Andrey Platonov is perhaps the greatest Russian writer to have written of the worst years of Stalin's dictatorship. Robert Chandler, his translator, introduces a major lost talent. Platonov's novels (like The Foundation Pit) and stories (like Among Animals and Plants) tell of a whole country undergoing extraordinary changes. The impact of revolutionary upheaval is registered by Platonov in his remaking of the very language of his storytelling. In a world where utopia was promised the masses as they toiled in ghastly conditions in fear of what they thought let alone what they said or did, language is set adrift. Platonov noticed this and made stories from the terrfiying new world that manage to sound as if the world itself had been started again. 'Scum' Stalin wrote on the manuscript of one of Platonov's stories and he near disappeared from view and wasn't published properly in Russia until after the end of the USSR. And only now is he arriving in English, but his is a revelation worth waiting for.

Rober Chandler introduces the work of Russian writer Andrey Platonov.

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An Interview With Neil Tennant20131025"Singer Neil Tennant, who grew up in North Shields, talks to Philip Dodd about his career."

To accompany BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking festival in Gateshead, Philip Dodd talk to the singer Neil Tennant who grew up in the fishing port of North Shields and went to a Catholic school in Newcastle. He talks to Philip about the influence of the North East on his career, which began in publishing and magazines. Last year the Pet Shop Boys performed at the closing ceremony of the London Olympics and they have just returned from a tour which has taken them to 29 countries.

Producer: Neil Trevithick.

"To accompany BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking festival in Gateshead, Philip Dodd talk to the singer Neil Tennant who grew up in the fishing port of North Shields and went to a Catholic school in Newcastle. He talks to Philip about the influence of the North East on his career, which began in publishing and magazines. Last year the Pet Shop Boys performed at the closing ceremony of the London Olympics and they have just returned from a tour which has taken them to 29 countries.

Angelology20111223"This is the time of year when we are surrounded by images of angels, many looking rather benevolent, friendly musical creatures, or appearing as sweet chubby cherubs.

But in the biblical tradition angels are rather more alarming, and there is a strange and wonderful hierarchy of heavenly creatures to be found, including those with four faces (human, ox, lion and griffin), huge shining beings with flaming swords, and those with no human aspect whatsoever, looking like great wheels covered in eyes. And as for cherubs - well, Thomas Aquinas believed Lucifer to be a fallen angel of that very rank.

The Revd Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James's, Piccadilly, takes a look at the heavenly host in all its strange and alien glory. Christmas cards may never be the same again.

The Rev Lucy Winkett explores traditional images of angels."

Are You Musical?20120728"Exploring how in Edwardian Britain Tchaikovsky became a symbol of male homosexuality.

Are you 'musical'? Tchaikovsky's Pathetique and the making of the modern homosexual...

In a scene in E. M. Foster's novel, ""Maurice"", a group of pre-war Cambridge undergraduates enjoy a performance of Tchaikovsky's Pathetique Symphony on a pianola in one of their rooms. Later on, Maurice Hall, the hero, learns that the composer was gay. In the novel, the music of Tchaikovsky, like the literature of Ancient Greece, becomes a private symbol of male homosexuality to be shared and understood by a group of like-minded initiates.

Other writers and artists felt the influence of the composer too. A group of social radicals embraced Tchaikovsky and his music as an instance of how creativity and sexuality were intimately linked. The popular use of the word 'musical' to mean ""homosexual"" shows just how intimate this link was.

In this interval feature, the writer and musicologist Dr. Philip Bullock looks at what was known about Tchaikovsky in Britain before the Great War, tracing his changing reputation through popular biographies, programme notes and the gay subculture of late Victorian and Edwardian Britain.

Producer: Emma Kingsley."

In a scene in E. M. Foster's novel, "Maurice", a group of pre-war Cambridge undergraduates enjoy a performance of Tchaikovsky's Pathetique Symphony on a pianola in one of their rooms. Later on, Maurice Hall, the hero, learns that the composer was gay. In the novel, the music of Tchaikovsky, like the literature of Ancient Greece, becomes a private symbol of male homosexuality to be shared and understood by a group of like-minded initiates.

Other writers and artists felt the influence of the composer too. A group of social radicals embraced Tchaikovsky and his music as an instance of how creativity and sexuality were intimately linked. The popular use of the word 'musical' to mean "homosexual" shows just how intimate this link was.

Are You Sleeping, Brother John20130523"Frère Jacques"" is among the most widely-known songs on earth - existing in a huge variety of languages, from Finnish (""Jaako Kulta"") to Mandarin (""Liang Zhi Lao Hu""). Its origins, meaning and influence on global musical culture belie its childish simplicity; it's been used as a political protest song, an emblem of ""la bonne France"" after the Second World War, and is parodied today by schoolchildren in playgrounds across France. Even Gustav Mahler famously referenced the rhyme in his First Symphony, transforming it into a minor-key funeral march, and warping the song's flavour of innocence and childhood.

Peggy Reynolds takes us on a journey through the lavish lifestyle of snoozy Dominican friars at Matins, the blood and gore of the surgeon's table, and the religious persecutions and migrations of the 17th century."

"Frère Jacques" is among the most widely-known songs on earth - existing in a huge variety of languages, from Finnish ("Jaako Kulta") to Mandarin ("Liang Zhi Lao Hu"). Its origins, meaning and influence on global musical culture belie its childish simplicity; it's been used as a political protest song, an emblem of "la bonne France" after the Second World War, and is parodied today by schoolchildren in playgrounds across France. Even Gustav Mahler famously referenced the rhyme in his First Symphony, transforming it into a minor-key funeral march, and warping the song's flavour of innocence and childhood.

"""Frère Jacques"" is among the most widely-known songs on earth - existing in a huge variety of languages, from Finnish (""Jaako Kulta"") to Mandarin (""Liang Zhi Lao Hu""). Its origins, meaning and influence on global musical culture belie its childish simplicity; it's been used as a political protest song, an emblem of ""la bonne France"" after the Second World War, and is parodied today by schoolchildren in playgrounds across France. Even Gustav Mahler famously referenced the rhyme in his First Symphony, transforming it into a minor-key funeral march, and warping the song's flavour of innocence and childhood.

Arne's Olympic Flop20120528The only known setting of Metastasio's L'Olimpiade by an English composer is one by Thomas Arne - and it has disappeared. Piers Burton-Page tells the story of one of the lesser-known catastrophes of English music.
As I Went To Walsingham20090227Sean Street is joined by Eamon Duffy, Professor of the History of Christianity at Cambridge University, to tell the story of the Norfolk village of Walsingham and explore its reputation as 'The English Nazareth'. Its name was given to the famous song of Pilgrimage As I Went to Walsingham.

Through music, poetry, prayers and 16th-century accounts, they explore the historical and contemporary significance of pilgrimage, and also talk to monks, pilgrims, shopkeepers and the landlord of the pub that once was set on fire - by pilgrims. The duo also visit the site of Richeldis' original shrine, the Slipper Chapel - where people still come today to cast off their shoes to complete their journey barefoot - and the Anglican shrine with its replica of the Holy House.

Walsingham first came to prominence in 1061, when Richeldis de Faverches, wife of the lord of the manor, was taken in a vision to Nazareth and commanded by the Virgin to build a replica in Norfolk of the Holy House of the Annunciation. Just under a century later, Augustinian canons built a priory beside the 'Holy House' and the cult of Walsingham grew up, with visits from monarchs such as Edward I, Queen Anne and Henry VIII.

Sean Street and Eamon Duffy go to Walsingham, a place of pilgrimage for almost 1,000 years

Bach On Screen20100212The music of Bach has inspired film makers as far back as the silent era up to the present day. Film historian Professor Ian Christie traces the composer's impact on films including The Battleship Potemkin, Disney's Fantasia of 1940, which featured Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, and the switched-on synthesised Bach of Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange.

During World War Two the morale-boosting Listen To Britain short films were accompanied by Myra Hess playing Bach at the National Gallery, the nationality of the composer notwithstanding. The timelessness of the music detached viewers from its German heritage.

In 1964 Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Gospel According to St Matthew, an interpretation of the life of Christ based on the writings of the Apostle Matthew, combined Bach with Billie Holiday to towering effect while Daniele Huillet and Jean Marie Straub's famous film biography of the composer told through his wife's journals, Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach, transported the film to soaring heights.

Christie celebrates Bach's influence on film through genres and generations and also considers how mood and performance enhance the stories on screen.

Cinema historian Professor Ian Christie explores the impact of Bach's music on film.

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Ballet And Musicians20120822"Catherine Bott challenges balletomane Jonathan Keates and former prima ballerina Deborah Bull to argue with the contention, shared by a number of orchestral musicians, that the clatter, sound and fury of dance isn't always an asset when it comes to the performance of ballet music. Is a Prom which puts the music centre-stage actually the best way to appreciate the composer's work? Or on the contrary, denuded of its dance narrative, athleticism and movement does the music struggle for impact?

Fierce argument, irreverent anecdote and engaging enthusiasm are all in the mix as Catherine risks the wrath of the ballet world.

Catherine Bott and guests on the benefits of ballet music without accompanying dance."

Catherine Bott challenges balletomane Jonathan Keates and former prima ballerina Deborah Bull to argue with the contention, shared by a number of orchestral musicians, that the clatter, sound and fury of dance isn't always an asset when it comes to the performance of ballet music. Is a Prom which puts the music centre-stage actually the best way to appreciate the composer's work? Or on the contrary, denuded of its dance narrative, athleticism and movement does the music struggle for impact?

"Catherine Bott challenges balletomane Jonathan Keates and former prima ballerina Deborah Bull to argue with the contention, shared by a number of orchestral musicians, that the clatter, sound and fury of dance isn't always an asset when it comes to the performance of ballet music. Is a Prom which puts the music centre-stage actually the best way to appreciate the composer's work? Or on the contrary, denuded of its dance narrative, athleticism and movement does the music struggle for impact?

Barcarolle20101125"Polly Samson's new short story about a frustrated piano tuner captures in exquisite detail the pressures of growing up as a child prodigy.

Richard's career as a concert pianist was cut short when he suffered a terrible case of stage fright. He now tunes pianos for a living but still dreams of performing Chopin's Barcarolle in front of an audience.

Polly Samson is one of Britain's finest contemporary short story writers. Her new collection, Perfect Lives, comes out in November.

Reader: Rory Kinnear is currently playing Hamlet at the National Theatre.

Abridger: Viv Beeby

Producer: Gemma Jenkins.

Polly Samson's new short story about a pianist whose career was cut short by stage fright.

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Reader: Rory Kinnear is currently playing Hamlet at the National Theatre.

Abridger: Viv Beeby

Baroque Busted20130306Sara Mohr-Pietsch and guests live from Broadcasting House answer any questions you have about Baroque music as part of Radio 3's Baroque Spring. Email us your questions: baroquespring@bbc.co.uk.
Baroque Busted20130311Sara Mohr-Pietsch and guests are in front of a live audience in London's Roundhouse, answering your questions about Baroque music. Email us your questions: baroquespring@bbc.co.uk.

"Sara Mohr-Pietsch and guests are in front of a live audience in London's Roundhouse, answering your questions about Baroque music. Email us your questions: baroquespring@bbc.co.uk."

Bartok And The Good Master20100822"Before a performance of Bartok's Canatata Profana, the writer Meg Rosoff recalls The Good Master, a classic children's novel by the Hungarian-American writer Kate Seredy.

Kate Seredy wrote The Good Master after she emigrated to America. A vivid evocation of life on the Hungarian plains at the beginning of the twentieth century, it is also a lament for the end of a traditional way of life which Bartok himself explores in his music. The writer Meg Rosoff loved the book as a child and remembers in particular the attractions of a simple, seasonal lifestyle - horse-riding, spinning and weaving, country fairs and gypsy dancing, cooking and feasting - to a girl such as herself, who grew up in the suburbs and shopped in supermarkets. Returning to the book as an adult, she finds new depths in it and new links with the powerful music of Bartok.

Reader: Christine Kavanagh

Producer: Beaty Rubens.

Meg Rosoff celebrates a Hungarian children's classic novel by a contemporary of Bartok.

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Meg Rosoff celebrates a Hungarian children's classic novel by a contemporary of Bartok."

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Beastly London20090802

Richard Foster explores the exotic animals of London's past, including lions in the Tower, an elephant with toothache in the Strand and a camel dancing on London Bridge.

In Darwin's day, before the roar of traffic drowned the streets of London, it might well have been possible to hear the roar of jungle animals. From medieval times, the city has been home to exotic captive creatures from around the world. Many were presented to kings and queens as symbols of royal power, while others were tortured and killed for the entertainment of a bloodthirsty public.

Richard Foster learns about the exotic animals found in London in Darwin's time.

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Beethoven: Grosse Fuge20111003"It's adored for its logic, beauty, and total honesty, but Beethoven's 'Grosse Fuge' has also been branded one of the most mystifying of all the composer's works. Stephen Johnson pulls apart this string quartet masterpiece, which Beethoven himself subtitled 'somewhat free, somewhat scholarly', and explores how on earth we should go about listening to it.

Stephen Johnson offers an insight into the mechanics of Beethoven's Grosse Fuge."

Bittersweet Symphony20120509"'Symphonies are a lot of work to write. Too much. One has to have something really appalling happen to one, that lets loose the fount of inspiration.' (William Walton)

Walton can be a composer who divides opinion but his First Symphony is generally acknowledged as a masterpiece. But what was his ""appalling"" inspiration for this turbulent and deeply felt work?

Louise Fryer visits some landmarks of Walton's 1930s London and talks to Walton expert Stephen Johnson and conductor Andrew Litton to tell a story of love, heartache, struggle and triumph."

Walton can be a composer who divides opinion but his First Symphony is generally acknowledged as a masterpiece. But what was his "appalling" inspiration for this turbulent and deeply felt work?

British Wagnerism20130728Simon Russell Beale explores the impact of Wagner on turn-of-the-century British culture, from the works of Aubrey Beardsley and George Bernard Shaw to Elgar, Bantock and Rutland Boughton. He talks to Emma Sutton and David Huckvale.

"Simon Russell Beale explores the impact of Wagner on turn-of-the-century British culture, from the works of Aubrey Beardsley and George Bernard Shaw to Elgar, Bantock and Rutland Boughton. He talks to Emma Sutton and David Huckvale."

Celebrating St Nicolas20081218Louise Fryer uncovers the story behind Britten's cantata St Nicolas.

Louise Fryer retraces the genesis of Britten's St Nicolas, talking to some of those who took part in the premiere at Lancing College in 1948, as well as more recent performers, to find out how it came to be written and how it stands up today.

The cantata is one of Britten's most creative and inventive scores, bringing together amateur and professional forces, parts for the audience to sing, as well as giving a highly theatrical treatment of its subject matter, creating a model that Britten drew upon in many later works.

Louise Fryer uncovers the story behind Britten's cantata St Nicolas.

Chance Would Be A Fine Thing20101022"John Sessions reads Chance Would be a Fine Thing, an unpublished short story by Anthony Burgess about two middle-aged women and their ill-fated experiments with Tarot cards.

The story was discovered among the author's unpublished papers in Monaco after his death in November 1993. Written in the early 1960s and partly inspired by T.S. Eliot's Aristophanic melodrama, Sweeney Agonistes, Burgess's story is about two middle-aged women and their ill-fated experiments with Tarot cards.

Burgess himself was fascinated by the idea of cartomancy (or predicting the future with cards). He designed his own set of Tarot cards for domestic use, and, when working as a schoolmaster in Oxfordshire in the 1950s, he disguised himself as 'Professor Sosostris the famous clairvoyant' and told fortunes at a village fete.

Although he is best known for his full-length novels such as A Clockwork Orange, Earthly Powers and Inside Mr Enderby, Anthony Burgess was frequently attracted to the short story form. He wrote more than 40 short stories throughout his literary career. A volume of his Collected Short Stories, edited by Andrew Biswell who has written a biography of Burgess, is due for publication in 2013.

John Sessions reads Chance Would be a Fine Thing, an unpublished story by Anthony Burgess.

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John Sessions reads Chance Would be a Fine Thing, an unpublished story by Anthony Burgess."

Chance Would Be A Fine Thing20110831"John Sessions reads Chance Would be a Fine Thing, an unpublished short story by Anthony Burgess about two middle-aged women and their ill-fated experiments with Tarot cards.

The story was discovered among the author's unpublished papers in Monaco after his death in November 1993. Written in the early 1960s and partly inspired by T.S. Eliot's Aristophanic melodrama, Sweeney Agonistes, Burgess's story is about two middle-aged women and their ill-fated experiments with Tarot cards.

Burgess himself was fascinated by the idea of cartomancy (or predicting the future with cards). He designed his own set of Tarot cards for domestic use, and, when working as a schoolmaster in Oxfordshire in the 1950s, he disguised himself as 'Professor Sosostris the famous clairvoyant' and told fortunes at a village fete.

Although he is best known for his full-length novels such as A Clockwork Orange, Earthly Powers and Inside Mr Enderby, Anthony Burgess was frequently attracted to the short story form. He wrote more than 40 short stories throughout his literary career. A volume of his Collected Short Stories, edited by Andrew Biswell who has written a biography of Burgess, is due for publication in 2013.

John Sessions reads Anthony Burgess's short story Chance Would be a Fine Thing."

Children Of The Revolution20100730"Lesley Chamberlain tells the stories of some of the millions of children displaced by the Russian Revolution. The impact of the Bolshevik Revolution, the Civil War and above all the Famine of 1919-21 not only devastated the Russian population but left millions of children without care. An American relief organisation put the number at five million as early as 1918. Through the 1920s unofficial Russian estimates rose to as much as nine million. This figure was put forward by the Culture Commissar Lunacharsky who was among many top Soviet dignitaries of the day who, away from the front line of revolutionary politics, tried to relieve the problem of the gangs of sick and feral children who were in evidence across the country. Leading figures in the campaign to do something about the 'bezprezornye' included the wives of leading Bolsheviks Lenin, Zinoviev and Kalinin. Many troubled articles appeared in the Soviet press through the 1920s. The sting in the tale of this story is the use Communist ideology made of children in general and the feral children in particular. While investing heavily in the image of the child as the promise of a golden future, the more ardent ideologists felt that 'the deserted children, not having grown up in family homes, and therefore free of bourgeois ideas of morality, offered magnificent human material for the work of creating a new Communist generation.' These were the words of the only observer of the situation ever to have written a book about the subject, an emigre and former Duma member from tsarist days, Vladimir Zenzinov. Zenzinov, a friend of the novelist Nabokov, wrote the book in his first years in exile. This talk brings this subject to the attention of British audiences for the first time.

Lesley Chamberlain tells the stories of children displaced by the Russian Revolution.

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Lesley Chamberlain tells the stories of children displaced by the Russian Revolution."

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Clandon Park, Surrey20130317Katie Derham is joined by Antiques Roadshow expert Lars Tharp and the National Trust's curator at Clandon Park Katherine Sharp on a tour of Clandon Park, a Palladian mansion built just outside Guildford in the 1730s as a lavish entertainment space for the wealthy Onslow family. Its treasures include the Marble Hall itself, as well as a luxurious state bed, some stunning 18th-century wallpaper, an orchestra of Meissen monkeys, and a richly decorated grotto.

"Katie Derham is joined by Antiques Roadshow expert Lars Tharp and the National Trust's curator at Clandon Park Katherine Sharp on a tour of Clandon Park, a Palladian mansion built just outside Guildford in the 1730s as a lavish entertainment space for the wealthy Onslow family. Its treasures include the Marble Hall itself, as well as a luxurious state bed, some stunning 18th-century wallpaper, an orchestra of Meissen monkeys, and a richly decorated grotto."

Concerning Franklin And His Gallant Crew20100520It was on this day, 20th May in 1845, that Lord Franklin's ships the Erebus and Terror cleared the mouth of the Thames on their voyage to find the Northwest Passage. A traditional song recounts the story 'of Franklin and his gallant crew' and through this Julian May explores Franklin's fateful, indeed fatal, voyage, and reveals how folk song, as well as beautiful and inspiring, can be history.

"With a hundred seamen he sailed away

To the frozen ocean in the month of May

To seek that passage around the pole

Where we poor sailors do sometimes go."

The ships were lost (the wrecks are still to be located) - with all hands.They were locked in the Arctic ice. Eventually the crew abandoned them and headed overland to Great Slave Lake, almost 1,000 miles away. They all perished on the journey; before they died they resorted to cannibalism.

"Through cruel hardship his men did go

His ship on mountains of ice was drove

Where the Eskimo in his skin canoe

Was the only one who ever came through."

Recent discoveries have revealed that they may have been early victims of modern food packaging. Franklin's expedition was the first to rely on tinned food and it appears their supplies were shoddily manufactured and sealed with lead solder, which poisoned them. The French navigator, Aubert Bellot, set out in search of Franklin, and disappeared too. Lady Franklin also paid for an expedition to search for her husband, but that failed and what really happens remains a mystery.

"And now my burden it gives me pain

For my long lost Franklin I'd cross the main

Ten thousand pounds would I freely give

To know on earth that my Franklin do live."

Julian May's interest was kindled when he heard someone singing the song which tells the story with extraordinary vividness and accuracy. He went on to research both the history and the song itself. The narrator is aboard a ship and dreams 'concerning Franklin and his gallant crew'. Some think the author was Lady Franklin herself. The song is sung by many people - for instance England's foremost folk musician, Martin Carthy - and it has inspired artists in other disciplines, such as Michael Donaghy, who incorporates it in a poem.

On the anniversary of their setting sail Julian May traces story of Franklin and his gallant crew story through the song, via Greenwich, where there is a monument to Bellot, the National Maritime Museum, which recently mounted an exhibition about the Northwest passage that included items recovered from Franklin's expedition, and an interview with Martin Carthy, who sang the song that so intrigued him.

"In Baffin bay where the whale-fish blow

The fate of Franklin, no man may know;

The fate of Franklin, no tongue may tell,

Where Franklin along with his sailors does dwell."

Produced and presented by Julian May.

Julian May on Lord Franklin's voyage to the Northwest Passage and the song about it.

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Concert Number One20121114November 14th is the 90th anniversary of BBC Radio. Using extensive archive, Simon Elmes recaptures the spirit of the pioneering music broadcasts around 1922 and examines the technical and artistic challenges of transporting the living sound of an orchestra into the mechanised world of the wireless.

"November 14th is the 90th anniversary of BBC Radio. Using extensive archive, Simon Elmes recaptures the spirit of the pioneering music broadcasts around 1922 and examines the technical and artistic challenges of transporting the living sound of an orchestra into the mechanised world of the wireless."

Cosmic Scotland20130802To tie in with tonight's Prom which includes Naresh Sohal's new BBC commission The Cosmic Dance performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Janice Forsyth is joined by Scottish novelist A L Kennedy and actor Maureen Beattie to illuminate ideas about the universe from a uniquely Scottish perspective. Including readings from Edwin Morgan's poetry, which often traces the relationship between Scotland and the universe, as in his landmark work From Glasgow to Saturn.

"To tie in with tonight's Prom which includes Naresh Sohal's new BBC commission The Cosmic Dance performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Janice Forsyth is joined by Scottish novelist A L Kennedy and actor Maureen Beattie to illuminate ideas about the universe from a uniquely Scottish perspective. Including readings from Edwin Morgan's poetry, which often traces the relationship between Scotland and the universe, as in his landmark work From Glasgow to Saturn."

Czeslaw Milosz: Poet-witness20120316"To complement a concert featuring Lutoslawski's Double Concerto, poet Fiona Sampson considers the poetic mission of his exact contemporary, Czeslaw Milosz, through a selection of poems from his most haunting collection, Rescue (1945).

The Lithuanian-born, Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet and novelist Czeslaw Milosz was arguably the twentieth century's pre-eminent poet-witness. He was to see his home country invaded, witness the Nazi occupation of Warsaw, the destruction of the ghetto, the doomed uprising of the Poles against the Germans, and the Soviet clamp-down in Poland and Lithuania.

Milosz saw it as his poetic responsibility to give voice to the dead and to the still-suffering - "What is poetry which does not save / Nations or people?" (from his poem, 'Dedication')

But importantly, he saw his task not as an elegist, but as a poet who should keep the dead alive and remind the living of earthly joys. The defining theme of his poetry is a sense of the writer's responsibility to humankind: 'I attend to matters I have been charged with".

Presented by Fiona Sampson

Produced by Emma Harding.

Fiona Sampson considers the work of the Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz."

Dance Of The Daleks20100724"How do you make a sink-plunger seem scary? Matthew Sweet, who spent the Saturday tea-times of his youth peering at the television from behind the sofa, time-travels through Doctor Who's 47-year history to investigate the weird and wonderful soundworld of its incidental music. He talks with some of the composers who have contributed, in very different musical styles, to the enduring success of the programme over the decades.

Matthew Sweet investigates the weird and wonderful incidental music of Doctor Who.

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Matthew Sweet investigates the weird and wonderful incidental music of Doctor Who."

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David Thomson20110304"A talk on the life and work of radio producer and writer David Thomson by Tim Dee. Thomson, who died in 1988 wrote brilliant and original books on hares and seals and made radio programmes on the same subjects. He also wrote three separate volumes of an autobiography - one set in Nairn, one in Ireland and one in Camden Town. His books are still known, some of his radio programmes survive in the BBC archives, but his achievements, Tim Dee (also a radio producer and writer on the natural world) argues, deserve to be more widely celebrated.

Tim Dee celebrates the life and work of radio producer and writer David Thomson.

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Day Of Wrath20100129

The Dies Irae chant originated in the 13th Century and served as a potent reminder of the impending Day of Judgement, much feared in the Medieval mindset. For centuries, it held its place in the Requiem Mass, but with the dawning of the Romantic age in the 19th Century, Hector Berlioz employed the melody of the chant in his Symphonie Fantastique and began a secular trend which was to preoccupy and fascinate composers. So, Liszt revelled in its macabre associations in his Totentanz and Rachmaninov incorporated the distinctive four-note motif into many of his works. When the Dies Irae became an optional part of the Requiem Mass in the mid-20th Century, its grim foreboding found a new home in horror film scores, perhaps most famously in Wendy Carlos' electronic rendition of the melody in the opening sequence to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch traces the journey of this chant with the help of Jeremy Summerly, David Nice and David Huckvale and discovers that the ear-worm of the Dies Irae is hard to shake off.

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The Dies Irae chant originated in the 13th Century and served as a potent reminder of the impending Day of Judgement, much feared in the Medieval mindset. For centuries, it held its place in the Requiem Mass, but with the dawning of the Romantic age in the 19th Century, Hector Berlioz employed the melody of the chant in his Symphonie Fantastique and began a secular trend which was to preoccupy and fascinate composers. So, Liszt revelled in its macabre associations in his Totentanz and Rachmaninov incorporated the distinctive four-note motif into many of his works. When the Dies Irae became an optional part of the Requiem Mass in the mid-20th Century, its grim foreboding found a new home in horror film scores, perhaps most famously in Wendy Carlos' electronic rendition of the melody in the opening sequence to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch on music from across the centuries inspired by the Dies Irae chant.

"The Dies Irae chant originated in the 13th Century and served as a potent reminder of the impending Day of Judgement, much feared in the Medieval mindset. For centuries, it held its place in the Requiem Mass, but with the dawning of the Romantic age in the 19th Century, Hector Berlioz employed the melody of the chant in his Symphonie Fantastique and began a secular trend which was to preoccupy and fascinate composers. So, Liszt revelled in its macabre associations in his Totentanz and Rachmaninov incorporated the distinctive four-note motif into many of his works. When the Dies Irae became an optional part of the Requiem Mass in the mid-20th Century, its grim foreboding found a new home in horror film scores, perhaps most famously in Wendy Carlos' electronic rendition of the melody in the opening sequence to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.

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Denglisch No More?2010061820100810"Award-winning German broadcasters Thomas Franke and Gesine Dornbluth explore the seemingly unstoppable rising tide of English language being used today in German, and recent - not entirely successful - attempts to mount a resistance.

When Deutsche Bahn, the German railway operator, announced in February that no longer would their stations have "Kiss and Ride Zones" or offer a "Call-a-Bike" service, it became a minor international news item. Because, for generations now, contemporary German has become littered with forms of English words. And they're not just those ubiquitous neologisms such as "Handy" for mobile phone and "Beamer" for projector. Says Thomas "in daily German you find a "dating agentur", where "singles" are looking for partners, um ein "Date" zu haben. If they are successful they maybe have a "candlelightdinner" and later they hopefully practise "safer sex". In the morning they go to the "Back shop" around the corner to buy bread." And, he adds, when he recently called someone at the topically Germanising Deutsche Bahn, his secretary regretted that he was "in einem Meeting". So much for new German brooms.

Producer Simon Elmes.

Thomas Franke on the growth of English language being used today in German.

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Thomas Franke on the growth of English language being used today in German."

Thomas Franke on the growth of English language being used today in German.

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Dimanche20120425"In Dimanche by Irène N退mirovsky a mother and daughter confront the vagaries of love, and womanhood. Dimanche is selected from Irène N退mirovsky's, Dimanche and Other Stories which is the first collection of her short stories to appear in English.

Irène N退mirovsky is best known for her celebrated novel series, Suite Française, which was first published, posthumously, in French in 2004. She was born in Kiev in 1903, the daughter of a successful Jewish banker. In 1918 her family fled the Russian Revolution for France where she became an established novelist. When the Germans occupied France during WWII she was prevented from publishing her work. She died in Auschwitz in 1942.

Her novels, Suite Francaise, Dolce and Fire in the Blood have all been serialised on Radio 4.

Reader Emma Fielding.

Translated by Bridget Patterson.

Abridged and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Irene Nemirovsky's story of a mother and daughter confronting the vagaries of love."

Dr Rowan Williams On Dostoevsky20090409The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams joins Susan Hitch to consider conflicting ideas about spiritual regeneration and existentialism as embodied in the characters of his literary hero, the Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky, on whom he has written a study.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams discusses Dosotoevsky, his literary hero.

Dracula's Guest20120418"

The great Irish writer Bram Stoker died 100 years ago today. Celebrated now for his great gothic masterpiece, 'Dracula', in his lifetime he was best known as the stage manager of the stage actor Henry Irving.

In commemoration of his centenary, this high-gothic tale, set in the Austrian Alps, features the enigmatic Count himself.

Reader: Bertie Carvel.

Abridged and produced by: Justine Willett.

Bram Stoker's classic story featuring his great gothic creation Count Dracula."

Dusk Walk20100908""Walking at dusk means walking at the magic hour of transformation and metamorphosis, that charged time when the underworld opens up, the mysterious time of transition, of hauntings and sightings. The French call dusk l'heure bleue, and it can be the most beautiful time of day..."

The novelist Michele Roberts closes the iron gate behind her and takes to the streets of Kiev, as things are starting to lose their daytime definition. It's still boiling though, as darkness comes. And in the next half hour she encounters packs of dogs, inspirational saints and pretty girls boldly dressed for their own evening stolls.

It all happens on the streets of Kiev.

In this specailly commissioned essay, novelist Michele Roberts

takes to the streets of Kiev, to find out what happens in the transforming

hour of dusk...

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Novelist Michele Roberts takes to the streets of Kiev to observe the city at dusk."

In this specailly commissioned essay, novelist Michele Roberts

takes to the streets of Kiev, to find out what happens in the transforming

Edwin Morgan20101209"Edwin Morgan was considered Scotland's national poet. He lived almost his entire life in Glasgow, and much of his poetry reflected his love of the city. Morgan's work also stretched beyond the city boundaries, and his imagination took him around the world and into the realms of science and space travel.

Edwin Morgan died in August 2010, and this programme is Liz Lochhead's tribute to the man and his work.

Liz Lochhead presents a tribute to the late Morgan, regarded as Scotland's national poet.

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Elgar And Bantock In Birmingham20130821Edward Elgar was first Peyton Professor of Music at the University of Birmingham, and he was succeeded in 1908 by Granville Bantock. Elgar's stint wasn't much of a success, his lectures were considered embarrassing. By contrast Bantock held the post for more than 20 years and made Birmingham into a real centre for music. Fiona Clampin tells the story of the passing of this chair from one to the other illustrated with the extensive collection of letters written by both men held in the archives of the Elgar Birthplace Museum near Worcester and material from the University of Birmingham's special collections.

Producer: James Cook.

"Edward Elgar was first Peyton Professor of Music at the University of Birmingham, and he was succeeded in 1908 by Granville Bantock. Elgar's stint wasn't much of a success, his lectures were considered embarrassing. By contrast Bantock held the post for more than 20 years and made Birmingham into a real centre for music. Fiona Clampin tells the story of the passing of this chair from one to the other illustrated with the extensive collection of letters written by both men held in the archives of the Elgar Birthplace Museum near Worcester and material from the University of Birmingham's special collections.

Producer: James Cook."

Elgar's Coronation Ode20120713Stephen Johnson explores Elgar's Coronation Ode, written for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902.

"Stephen Johnson explores Elgar's Coronation Ode, written for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902."

Entertaining Toscanini2012072520130412"Suzy Klein looks at the drama engendered by Toscanini's visits to the BBCSO in the 1930s.

Many of the world's great conductors have stood on the podium in front of the BBC Symphony Orchestra but perhaps none has been quite as starry as Arturo Toscanini who conducted them in the 1930s. Suzy Klein sifts through memos and letters preserved at the BBC Written Archive Centre to reveal the BBC's attempts to lure the great man back to its Symphony Orchestra for a series of concerts in 1938.

As the Maestro's visit grows closer, memos, telegrams and letters begin to fly, exposing a range of preoccupations among the Corporation's top brass. Will Toscanini be tempted away from the BBC to American rivals, the NBC? Why won't the temperamental Maestro meet the King and Queen? And, most curiously, what sort of party would Toscanini be willing to attend? Among the BBC staff expending their efforts on these important questions are Director General Sir John Reith and his Director of Music, Dr Adrian Boult. Including contemporary recordings with the BBC SO conducted by Toscanini and readings of primary-source, never-before-broadcast material from Jonathan Keeble.

David Papp, producer.

First broadcast in July 2012.

David Papp, producer."

Many of the world's great conductors have stood on the podium in front of the BBC Symphony Orchestra but perhaps none has been quite as starry as Arturo Toscanini who conducted them in the 1930s. Suzy Klein sifts through memos and letters preserved at the BBC Written Archive Centre to reveal the BBC's attempts to lure the great man back to its Symphony Orchestra for a series of concerts in 1938.

David Papp, producer

"Many of the world's great conductors have stood on the podium in front of the BBC Symphony Orchestra but perhaps none has been quite as starry as Arturo Toscanini who conducted them in the 1930s. Suzy Klein sifts through memos and letters preserved at the BBC Written Archive Centre to reveal the BBC's attempts to lure the great man back to its Symphony Orchestra for a series of concerts in 1938.

Entrance To The Underworld2009081420100526Historian Domhnall Uilleam Stiubhart, of Edinburgh University's Celtic department, is joined by archaeologists Steven Birch and Martin Carruthers, as well as National Museum of Scotland curator Fraser Hunter, to explore the mysterious High Pasture Cave on the island of Skye.

This man-made feature dating from the Bronze and Iron Ages contains a dark underground river, as well as the bones of piglets, a woman, a young baby and a foetus, left as apparent sacrifices to the gods. What light can this shed on the fate of the Iron Age dead?

The programme also features music performed on replica Bronze Age instruments by Scottish musicologist John Purser.

Domhnall Uilleam Stiubhart explores the mysterious High Pasture Cave on the island of Skye

High Pasture Cave on the island of Skye is one of an entirely new category of archaeological site - shedding light on the life, death and thinking of Iron Age people. It's marked by fire and feasting. In mid-winter, sacrifices of as many as 50 piglets could be made, their bones deposited in the cave, along with many other gifts for the gods, even what are possibly the bone pegs from a lyre. But there was also death here, in this cave with its underground stream. The bones of a woman, a very young baby and a foetus were offered up, covered by stones on a ritual stairway to the depths. The foetal bones had been mixed with the bones of a fetal pig. Isotope analysis showed that the woman and the babies were related. Archaeologists have long been puzzled about the fate of the Iron Age dead. What light can the cave, its offerings and its underground stream shed on this mystery?

Historian Dòmhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart of Edinburgh University's Celtic department explores the site with archaeologist Steven Birch. Fraser Hunter, a curator of the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and Orcadian archaeologist Martin Carruthers, help us understand the fascinating lives and afterlives of our Iron Age ancestors. We'll also hear music on replica Bronze age instruments from Scottish musicologist John Purser.

Domhnall Uilleam Stiubhart explores the High Pasture Cave on the island of Skye.

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Everything's Ok20080119Travelling conductor Gheorghe Iliu receives curious family telegrams.

Eclectic arts magazine programme, exploring a range of fascinating subjects

Eyeing The Spymaster20090410Poet Alison Brackenbury explores John de Critz's portrait in the National Portrait Gallery of Sir Francis Walsingham, whose writings composer Judith Bingham incorporated in her work See and keep silent. She responds to the famous spymaster with a new piece, illustrated by some of Walsingham's own writing, that reveals his importance and captures his character.

Walsingham developed the subtle art of international espionage in the service of Elizabeth I. He was very successful, uncovering the Throckmorton and Babington Plots. He maintained contacts as far afield as Aleppo and pioneered 'secondary spying' - sending diplomats to one foreign court whose real purpose was to gain information not about that country's intentions but those of others who also has delegations there.

Poet Alison Brackenbury responds to John de Critz's portrait of Sir Francis Walsingham.

Falstaff: The Bad Man We All Need20101008"Before the broadcast of Elgar's 'Falstaff' Paul Allen, who is writing a book about the character, reflects on the fascination of composers and writers with this larger than life figure.One of the first composers to use Falstaff as a subject was the much-maligned Salieri. Nicolai, Verdi, Vaughan Williams and Elgar followed. What makes a character who's not even the official protagonist of two of the three plays he's in so irresistible? Paul Allen finds the answer in two contemporary plays where Falstaff reappears under a different name and in different circumstances: Alan Bennett's 'The History Boys' and Jez Butterworth's 'Jerusalem'. In this illustrated talk he argues that Falstaff, perhaps Shakespeare's greatest invention, is the bad man we all need in order to grow up, to be - in the broadest sense of the word - educated. But there is a price to be paid for this attachment to the young. Falstaff must always die.

prod: Julian May.

Paul Allen on the fascination of composers and writers with the figure of Falstaff.

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Paul Allen on the fascination of composers and writers with the figure of Falstaff."

Farewell Symphony, By Stephen Wyatt20090910Richard Briers plays Haydn in a short play about the last days of the composer's life. In May 1809, as French troops take Vienna, Napoleon arranges for one of his officers to visit Joseph Haydn.

Joseph Haydn.... Richard Briers

Johann Elssler.... Ben Askew

Nannerl.... Annabelle Dowler

French Officer.... Matt Addis

Written by Stephen Wyatt

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.

Richard Briers plays Haydn in a short play about the last days of the composer's life.

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Feeding The Bears20130901In the interval to his Big Bear Hunt at the Proms this afternoon, writer and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen pursues his ursine quarry from the world of music into the real-life beary environment of Whipsnade Zoo at feeding time. He hears from Steph Baker, Whipsnade's "bear presenter", the grizzly facts of bear-life and from visitors about the eternal fascination the animals hold for humans.

"In the interval to his Big Bear Hunt at the Proms this afternoon, writer and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen pursues his ursine quarry from the world of music into the real-life beary environment of Whipsnade Zoo at feeding time. He hears from Steph Baker, Whipsnade's ""bear presenter"", the grizzly facts of bear-life and from visitors about the eternal fascination the animals hold for humans."

Fiddler In The Tower20111026"Award-winning British violinist Daniel Hope visits the Tower of London with violin, and tells the little-known story of German/Brazilian Fernando Buschman (1890-1915) the virtuoso violinist and engineer held and executed there when charged with espionage in World War One.

Buschman's wartime existence comprised of a string of still-born entrepreneurial adventures from aircraft design to cheese and vegetable export, with, allegedly, spying on the Royal Navy also thrown in! His big love was his violin and when, in 1915, he was arrested and condemned to face a firing squad at the Tower he asked for his instrument to be brought to his cell. The night before his execution Buschman played away, the violin echoing and keening round the Tower.

In the Chapel of the Tower at night-time, beside the tombs of famed Tower victims Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard and Sir Thomas More, Daniel performs the music Buschman played, tries to fathom what motivated this man and imagines himself facing those final fated hours.

* This is the first time the story has been told on the BBC.

* Daniel performs especially for the programme the Sarabande from Bach's D Minor Partita BWV1004, Braga's Angel's Serenade, and music from Leoncavallo's Pagliacci - all works Buschman had with him at the time.

* Daniel interviews Bridget Clifford of the Royal Armouries at the Tower of London, and Dr Nicholas Hiley of the University of Kent puts in context German espionage at the beginning of World War I.

* Daniel Hope is still searching for Buschman's violin and would welcome any clues.

Daniel Hope tells the story of Fernando Buschman a violinist executed for spying in WWI."

Final Exposure20090128Journalist Christine Finn explores the private world of late British landscape photographer Fay Godwin, who left London in 1995 and moved permanently to the family's former holiday home in a remote, secret location on the Sussex coast. Godwin found a new direction for her work and introduced colour for the first time.

After her death in 2005, Godwin's family offered her considerable archive to the British Library. Finn, the first journalist to be allowed to visit, was shown round Godwin's home by her friend film-maker Maggie Taylor, gaining an insight into the power of the place that inspired Godwin.

Christine Finn explores the private world of British landscape photographer Fay Godwin.

Fresh Bait, By Joe Dunthorne20130531Joe Dunthorne's original short story, commissioned by Radio 3, is about two Welsh non-identical twin sisters who learn about what makes them different when they encounter an unsavoury character in Tenby.

Readers: Catrin Stewart and Carys Eleri

Writer: Joe Dunthorne

Producer: Robert Howells.

"Joe Dunthorne's original short story, commissioned by Radio 3, is about two Welsh non-identical twin sisters who learn about what makes them different when they encounter an unsavoury character in Tenby.

Producer: Robert Howells."

Friedrich Nietzsche's Horrible Music20130830"The awe-inspiring thinker who declared 'God is dead' was also, unexpectedly, a composer.

The first time Richard Wagner heard a composition by his closest friend he had to leave the room, crying with laughter. The leading conductor of the day dismissed Nietzsche brutally. 'Several times', von Bülow wrote, 'I had to ask myself: is the whole thing a joke? You yourself describe your music as ""horrible""- it is, actually, more horrible than you realise...'

And yet, Tom Service discovers, the music written by the young philosopher is not all that bad.

The author of Also sprach Zarathustra produced piano pieces, songs and even sketches for symphonies. Had he not been comparing himself with the greatest living composer, he might well have pursued a career as a professional musician. Instead he became the philosopher who shaped the modern world.

Produced by Hannah Sander."

The first time Richard Wagner heard a composition by his closest friend he had to leave the room, crying with laughter. The leading conductor of the day dismissed Nietzsche brutally. 'Several times', von Bülow wrote, 'I had to ask myself: is the whole thing a joke? You yourself describe your music as "horrible"- it is, actually, more horrible than you realise...'

From Buddenbrooks2011082220120919"An enormous brick-red, boiled ham appeared, strewn with crumbs and served with a sour brown onion sauce, and so many vegetables that the company could have satisfied their appetites from that one dish.

Lebrecht Kroger undertook the carving, and skillfully cut the succulent slices, with his elbows slightly elevated and his two long forefingers laid out along the back of the knife and fork. With the ham went the Frau Consul's celebrated "" Russian jam"" - a pungent fruit conserve flavoured with spirits.""

From Thomas Mann's classic German novel, set in the mid 1800s, comes this evocation of a sumptuous dinner party, presided over by old Johann Buddenbrooks and his son, the Consul. Father and his cronies stand for the Old Order, whilst the Consul sees change in the wind. Whatever, the family are close and much merriment is had, even when Dr Grabow is called to deal with a pressing case of... well, what exactly?

Read by Adrian Scarborough.

Translated by HT Lowe-Porter.

Producer Duncan Minshull.

First broadcast in August 2011.

"An enormous brick-red, boiled ham appeared, strewn with crumbs and served with a sour brown onion sauce, and so many vegetables that the company could have satisfied their appetites from that one dish.

Lebrecht Kroger undertook the carving, and skillfully cut the succulent slices, with his elbows slightly elevated and his two long forefingers laid out along the back of the knife and fork. With the ham went the Frau Consul's celebrated " Russian jam" - a pungent fruit conserve flavoured with spirits."

Adrian Scarborough reads from Thomas Mann's classic novel set in the mid-1800s."

"""An enormous brick-red, boiled ham appeared, strewn with crumbs and served with a sour brown onion sauce, and so many vegetables that the company could have satisfied their appetites from that one dish.

"An enormous brick-red, boiled ham appeared, strewn with crumbs and served with a sour brown onion sauce, and so many vegetables that the company could have satisfied their appetites from that one dish.

Lebrecht Kroger undertook the carving, and skillfully cut the succulent slices, with his elbows slightly elevated and his two long forefingers laid out along the back of the knife and fork. With the ham went the Frau Consul's celebrated " Russian jam" - a pungent fruit conserve flavoured with spirits."

"""An enormous brick-red, boiled ham appeared, strewn with crumbs and served with a sour brown onion sauce, and so many vegetables that the company could have satisfied their appetites from that one dish.

From Neptune To Nixon20120905"Adrian Mourby examines the history of the operatic plot.

Adrian Mourby examines the history of the operatic plot - from gods and emperors, kings and queens, to lovers, lowlife, terrorists and presidents

With expert commentary from eighteenth century opera specialist Dr Suzanne Aspden, music historian Roderick Swanston and music journalist Shirley Apthorp."

Fruits Of The Pomegranate20110530"The potent symbolism of the pomegranate in contemporary poetry in which this most exotic of fruits has taken on a range of new meanings.

In Classical mythology, the only food that Persephone was unable to resist in the dark halls of Hades was six seeds of the golden-red pomegranate. From this story came the explanation for the division of the year into death-like winter and fertile summer, and the common symbolism of the pomegranate as a fruit of fertility, love and resurrection.

This is the story on which the poet Algernon Swinburne drew in 'The Garden of Proserpine'. In turn, Vaughan Williams was inspired to compose his version, the world premiere of which is being performed in the second half of this evening's concert.

During this interval, Beaty Rubens explores a whole new range of meanings which the fruit of the pomegranate has assumed over the last few decades. With extensive illustrations from the poetry of Eavan Boland and Mimi Khalvati, Sarah Maguire, Dunja Mikhail and Zulfikar Ghose, she looks at the way that this fruit has come to represent bloodshed and a powerful sense of exile and longing for home, particularly amongst poets born in the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.

Along the way, she also tells a story of a pomegranate tree grown in a small garden in Oxfordshire and of how the ruby-red seeds of the fruit continue to inspire a thriving sense of optimism.

Producer: Julian May.

Beaty Rubens explores the potent symbolism of the pomegranate in contemporary poetry."

Gallery Going20110807Lesley Chamberlain looks at people looking at paintings. Last year Tate Modern had six million visitors. It was the biggest tourist attraction in the country. Why is gallery-going so popular? Art has shifted from being the material of high culture towards art as provocation. It still speaks to experts but its real attention is on the responsive passer by. Why should this be so and does it matter?

Producer: Tim Dee.

Lesley Chamberlain explores why people look at paintings in galleries.

Going Underground201307042013 marks the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, and to celebrate this illustrious milestone, Twenty Minutes explores the lesser-known music of the tube - not just the buskers and the classical music in ticket halls, but the strange music of the machinery involved in the world's first underground railway. Train enthusiast Petroc Trelawny experiences the compelling and sometimes overwhelming soundworld of the tube, with writer Jonathan Glancey and Robert Elms.

"2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, and to celebrate this illustrious milestone, Twenty Minutes explores the lesser-known music of the tube - not just the buskers and the classical music in ticket halls, but the strange music of the machinery involved in the world's first underground railway. Train enthusiast Petroc Trelawny experiences the compelling and sometimes overwhelming soundworld of the tube, with writer Jonathan Glancey and Robert Elms."

Goodbye, Goodbye20120813"Amanda Root reads Elizabeth Taylor's tale of forbidden love.

Amanda Root reads Elizabeth Taylor's 1954 tale of forbidden love - of a very English kind.

When two lovers vow never to see each other again, they believe it is for ever. But one summer's day, in a Brief Encounteresque meeting on a summer's beach, they are reunited. But, with the woman's children playing nearby, simmering emotions must remain hidden.

Reader: Amanda Root

Abridged and produced by: Justine Willett

Writer: Elizabeth Taylor Elizabeth Taylor (1912-75) was a British novelist and short story writer, now regarded as one of the most underrated of British writers. Kingsley Amis described her as 'one of the best English novelists born in this century'; Antonia Fraser called her 'one of the most underrated writers of the 20th century'."

Amanda Root reads Elizabeth Taylor's 1954 tale of forbidden love - of a very English kind.

Gramophones At The Front20140629

How soldiers kept sane during World War I listening to gramophone recordings from home.

The manufacturers of gramophone records and players thought war would be a disaster for business. But by 1916 sales had doubled with the largest captive market in the world. Patriotic songs quickly gave way by 1915 to sentimental tunes about girlfriends and home. How did soldiers in the alienated landscape of the trenches maintain an emotional connection to happier times and places? ('If you were the only girl in the world' was the biggest selling tune of the war.) Soldiers loved to subvert songs with their own robust words and themes. As for recordings being made on the front, only one exists and is almost certainly a fake.

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"How soldiers kept sane during World War I listening to gramophone recordings from home.

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Grinke Recalled20110518"A personal celebration of the hugely charismatic violin teacher, Frederick Grinke - perhaps the single most influential figure in 20th century British string playing

Before Fiona Sampson became a poet and Editor of Poetry Review, she was a foundation scholar at the Royal Academy of Music and almost became a professional violinist. Like many other top fiddle players of her generation - the leaders of the Alberni, Arditti, Coull, Fairfield and Earle Quartets to name but a few - she was taught by Frederick Grinke, known and loved as a teacher long after ill-health stopped him performing.

A hundred years on from Grinke's birth, Fiona Sampson recalls her own experience of this special teacher-pupil relationship, and explores how one great teacher can produce an artistic genealogy which transmits musical understanding down the generations.

Producer: Beaty Rubens.

Fiona Sampson with a personal tribute to influential violin teacher Frederick Grinke."

Ham House, Surry20130324Katie Derham is joined by Lars Tharp of Antiques Roadshow and National Trust curator Victoria Bradley for a tour of the treasures of Ham House, which include an ivory cabinet, some stunning painted ceilings, and one of England's earliest teapots.

"Katie Derham is joined by Lars Tharp of Antiques Roadshow and National Trust curator Victoria Bradley for a tour of the treasures of Ham House, which include an ivory cabinet, some stunning painted ceilings, and one of England's earliest teapots."

Handel Week - The Mouth Of The Lord20090414Richard Coles, Simon Heighes and Ruth Smith discuss the real meaning of the text Handel set in the Messiah as well as the way succeeding generations have viewed the piece.

A discussion about the real meaning of the text Handel set in Messiah.

"Richard Coles, Simon Heighes and Ruth Smith discuss the real meaning of the text Handel set in the Messiah as well as the way succeeding generations have viewed the piece.

A discussion about the real meaning of the text Handel set in Messiah."

Richard Coles, Simon Heighes and Ruth Smith discuss the real meaning of the text Handel set in the Messiah as well as the way succeeding generations have viewed the piece.

A discussion about the real meaning of the text Handel set in Messiah.

Handel's Henry V20110825Ruth Smith explores the intriguing parallels between Rinaldo and Shakespeare's Henry V.

Ruth Smith explores the parallels between Rinaldo and Shakespeare's Henry V.

Happy Endings20090220Paul Allen explores the allure of the happy ending, looking at the story of the Prokofiev's original version of Romeo and Juliet with composer Gerard McBurney and dance critic Debra Craine. The composer's intended ending of the ballet saw the lovers survive, but Stalin wouldn't countenance this and it was never publicly performed until 2008.

Sonia Massai, Reader in Shakespeare Studies at King's College, London, examines why for 150 years the only version of King Lear theatregoers saw was Nahum Tate's version - in which the old king and Cordelia both survive.

Should a classic always remain untouched, or do such stories have a life - and endings - that can change with the times, tastes and expectations?

Paul Allen explores happy endings, looking at Prokofiev's original Romeo and Juliet.

Happy Families20110901"AL Kennedy writes: "It's the summer of 1971 and I am in Paris with my parents. It's a time of firsts. I've never met people who don't speak English before: I'd worked out that people in my house speak differently from people in my school who speak differently again from the people in my home city, but French is another thing entirely - I'm not sure if human beings are always going to suddenly become incomprehensible. It's my first - and I hope only - major loss of teeth. My milk teeth are dropping out in handfulls, usually whenever I eat a baguette, which I'm doing a lot. These are also my first baguettes, but I don't take against them - I just accidentally swallow a lot of teeth and find - as we sit on the boulevards and I smile gappily - that Parisians love nothing better than a gappy little kid. I am doted upon with regularity, just for grinning. We are a middle class family - anxiously so, given that both my parents weren't born that way - so we have to engage in strenuous educational activities. This might be pleasant if it weren't so hot, we didn't get lost so often and my father were not biologically unable to ask for directions. I grow used to long, long marches between pale walls and pavements, all humming with heat. I get thirsty. My parents are uneasy with each other because they are always uneasy with each other. If they are not uneasy, they will fight. The French seem nicer and kiss each other a lot. I also get drunk for the first time - France being the land of rhum babas and rhum baba being one of the few things I say in French at this stage. It wasn't a happy holiday, my parents didn't have a happy marriage and have not endeared the institution to me - but Paris was wonderful and has been ever since."

Producer: Mark Smalley.

AL Kennedy recalls her first holiday abroad, aged six, arriving in Paris with her parents."

Haydn And The Enlightenment20090603Haydn joined the Masonic Lodge Zur wahren Eintracht in Vienna in1785, but he was not a member for very long, and was reputedly not particularly interested in Freemasonry. Dermot Clinch investigates Haydn's connections with Masonic ideas, and talks to scholars of the 18th century Enlightenment, including Professor David Schroeder who feels that the Enlightenment had a strong influence on the composer's music.

Dermot Clinch looks at the influence of Freemasonry and the Enlightenment on Haydn.

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Haydn And The Enlightenment20091023Haydn joined the Masonic Lodge Zur wahren Eintracht in Vienna in 1785, but he was not a member for very long, and was reputedly not particularly interested in Freemasonry. Dermot Clinch investigates Haydn's connections with Masonic ideas, and talks to scholars of the 18th-century Enlightenment, including Professor David Schroeder, who feels that the Enlightenment had a strong influence on the composer's music.

Dermot Clinch explores the influence of Enlightenment ideas and Freemansonry on Haydn.

He Played It Left-hand20100820"After losing his right hand in the First World War the pianist Paul Wittgenstein commissioned several composers to write pieces specifically for the left hand, including Ravel, whose Concerto for the Left Hand is performed in tonight's Prom concert. But why, as 10% of the population is left-handed, should it take such a loss for composers to consider doing this? Why (especially as the incidence of left-handedness is even higher among musicians) are musical instruments designed by right-handers, for right-handers?

The novelist Louise Doughty is left-handed and she feels this has had considerable bearing on her becoming a writer. There is a preconception that left-handers are more creative than most of the population, more likely to develop as artists. Louise enquires into the truth of this, talking to Chris McManus, Professor of Psychology and Medical Education at University College London and an expert on left-handedness and asymmetry.

She meets the pianist Chris Steed, who commissioned a left-handed piano, and tries the instrument herself. She considers how left-handedness is not merely mechanical but an approach to the world - a world which pays scant regard to left-handers. Popular opinion even discriminates against left-handness, it being historically associated with evil, and depicted as such in art. Why should Christ sit 'on the right hand of the Father'?

David Bowie's guitarist alter ego Ziggy Stardust 'played it left hand' and this marked him out as special. And Louise hears from the late Robert Sandall about how the great originality of Jimi Hendrix as an electric guitarist was due to his being left-handed.

Producer: Julian May.

Novelist Louise Doughty investigates the influence of left-handedness on creativity.

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Novelist Louise Doughty investigates the influence of left-handedness on creativity."

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Her First Ball20110526"Her First Ball: Katherine Mansfield's story charting the heady thrill of a young woman's first formal ball. Leila is approached by an older, fat dancing partner who warns that this is the beginning of the end of her young life, that now she will merely age, regretting her lost youth and beauty. For a moment, the magic is broken, but when another handsome young partner whisks her away, she returns to the thrill of the moment, to the joy of being young and free.

Katherine Mansfield's story charting the heady thrill of a young woman's first formal ball"

Herschel Grynszpan, The Forgotten Assassin2012080120130501"Michael Tippett's oratorio A Child of Our Time was partly inspired by the story of Herschel Grynszpan, a young Polish-German Jew whose assassination of Nazi foreign service officer Ernst vom Rath in Paris on 7 November 1938 provided the excuse for the vicious pogrom that became known as Kristallnacht.

Despite his key role, Grynszpan remains an obscure figure. He was taken into French custody and remained alive throughout much of the war, a prisoner in various Nazi institutions. But his ultimate fate is unknown.

This feature tells the intriguing story of 17 year old Herschel Grynszpan and speculates on his fate, and on why his name has been largely forgotten by history.

Contributors: David Cesarani, Ron Roizen, Gerald Schwab and John Najam.

Readings by Susie Riddell, Joe Sims and Patrick Brennan.

Produced by Emma Harding.

The story of Herschel Grynszpan, whose actions provided the pretext for Kristallnacht.

Contributors: David Cesarani, Ron Roisen, Gerald Schwab and John Najam."

Michael Tippett's oratorio A Child of Our Time was partly inspired by the story of Herschel Grynszpan, a young Polish-German Jew whose assassination of Nazi foreign service officer Ernst vom Rath in Paris on 7 November 1938 provided the excuse for the vicious pogrom that became known as Kristallnacht.

Despite his key role, Grynszpan remains an obscure figure. He was taken into French custody and remained alive throughout much of the war, a prisoner in various Nazi institutions. But his ultimate fate is unknown.

Readings by Susie Riddell, Joe Sims and Patrick Brennan.

"Michael Tippett's oratorio A Child of Our Time was partly inspired by the story of Herschel Grynszpan, a young Polish-German Jew whose assassination of Nazi foreign service officer Ernst vom Rath in Paris on 7 November 1938 provided the excuse for the vicious pogrom that became known as Kristallnacht.

Produced by Emma Harding."

Holst's School Days20100115

Petroc Trelawny visits St Paul's Girls School in Hammersmith, West London, where Holst taught music from 1905 until his retirement in 1934. In his music room overlooking Brook Green, the composer wrote some of his most famous works, including The Planets and Brook Green suites. The school still reveres its eccentric teacher as recent music students testify and one of Holst's own pupils, Margaret Eliot, recalls what Holst was like as a teacher and a man. And there is revealing archive from Holst's composer-colleagues and friends, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Herbert Howells, as well as from Holst's late daughter, Imogen.

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Petroc Trelawny visits St Paul's Girls School in West London, where Holst taught.

"Petroc Trelawny visits St Paul's Girls School in Hammersmith, West London, where Holst taught music from 1905 until his retirement in 1934. In his music room overlooking Brook Green, the composer wrote some of his most famous works, including The Planets and Brook Green suites. The school still reveres its eccentric teacher as recent music students testify and one of Holst's own pupils, Margaret Eliot, recalls what Holst was like as a teacher and a man. And there is revealing archive from Holst's composer-colleagues and friends, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Herbert Howells, as well as from Holst's late daughter, Imogen.

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Horrible Histories20110730"When Terry Deary wrote his first Horrible Histories book in the nineties, little did he know that he would spawn a monstously successful childrens' publishing brand. Now translated around the world, Terry's anarchic history books with titles like "Awesome Egyptians", "Groovy Greeks" and "Vile Victorians" are on the bookshelves in kids' bedrooms everywhere.

The historian, Professor Justin Champion meets the creative team behind the successful TV series of the books who are staging their first Prom concert based on the TV show. Joining Terry and Justin to discuss the popularity of the programmes are Caroline Norris, the exec producer, comedy writer and Horrible History lyricist, Dave Cohen and the composer, Rich Webb who has penned such classics as the Charles II rap and the viking rock anthem - literally!

Producer: Sarah Taylor.

Justin Champion talks to the creators of the children's TV series Horrible Histories."

How To Play A Cactus20120817"Robert Worby explores the adventures undertaken by performers tackling John Cage's music.

As the BBC Proms marks John Cage's centenary, Robert Worby explores the adventures undertaken by performers tackling his music, with contributions from Ilan Volkov and John Tilbury.

John Cage re-defined what a performance could be: experiments with silence, everyday objects as instruments, early electronics, chance procedures and irreverent subterfuge. As performances are mounted around the world to mark John Cage's centenary Robert Worby - himself a noted interpreter of Cage's music - goes behind the scenes of rehearsals as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov rehearse for performances of Cage's works in Glasgow and at the BBC Proms.

He explores the adventures they undertake tackling the unusual requirements of pieces such as those to be heard at this evening's Prom, listening-in to the orchestra's interpretation of scores generated from the marks on a star chart in 'Atlas Eclipticalis', John Tilbury's meticulous piano manipulation for the Concerto for Prepared Piano and Ilan Volkov's solo performance of 'Child of Tree' for amplified cactus plants."

Hull In A Handcart20020913Sean O'Brien on Hull and how it has inspired him and fellow poets Douglas Dunne, Philip Larkin and Maurice Rutherford
I Predict A Riot20130516Ivan Hewett explores the myths that surround the infamous first performance of the Rite of Spring.

The scene that surrounded the first performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring on 29 May 1913 in Paris has been described as 'a battleground', a 'full-scale riot' and the aftermath of 'an earthquake' that had struck the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

Ivan Hewett tries to unravel what really happened.

"Ivan Hewett explores the myths that surround the infamous first performance of the Rite of Spring.

Ivan Hewett tries to unravel what really happened."

I Will Wear The Green Willow20130817

The second half of this afternoon's Prom concert begins with the Willow Song from Otello. But it is not Verdi's, nor Shakespeare's work. The song Desdemona sings is a folksong of some antiquity. Its earliest appearance in print was in1583, when Thomas Dallis included the tune in his Lute Book. Willow, Willow is one of a number of folksongs that Shakespeare knew well and incorporated into his plays. His audience knew them, too, and understood their motifs and symbols. Dr Fay Hield, ethnomusicologist and singer, explores the way the willow as a badge of forsaken love appears in traditional song - remember Steeleye Span's hit All Around My Hat? - with quotations and musical illustrations drawn from recordings and performed by her and Jon Boden, fiddle player and singer with the hugely successful folk big band, Bellowhead.

Producer: Julian May.

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The second half of this afternoon's Prom concert begins with the Willow Song from Otello. But it is not Verdi's, nor Shakespeare's work. The song Desdemona sings is a folksong of some antiquity. Its earliest appearance in print was in1583, when Thomas Dallis included the tune in his Lute Book. Willow, Willow is one of a number of folksongs that Shakespeare knew well and incorporated into his plays. His audience knew them, too, and understood their motifs and symbols. Dr Fay Hield, ethnomusicologist and singer, explores the way the willow as a badge of forsaken love appears in traditional song ? remember Steeleye Span?s hit All Around My Hat? ? with quotations and musical illustrations drawn from recordings and performed by her and Jon Boden, fiddle player and singer with the hugely successful folk big band, Bellowhead.

"The second half of this afternoon's Prom concert begins with the Willow Song from Otello. But it is not Verdi's, nor Shakespeare's work. The song Desdemona sings is a folksong of some antiquity. Its earliest appearance in print was in1583, when Thomas Dallis included the tune in his Lute Book. Willow, Willow is one of a number of folksongs that Shakespeare knew well and incorporated into his plays. His audience knew them, too, and understood their motifs and symbols. Dr Fay Hield, ethnomusicologist and singer, explores the way the willow as a badge of forsaken love appears in traditional song ? remember Steeleye Span?s hit All Around My Hat? ? with quotations and musical illustrations drawn from recordings and performed by her and Jon Boden, fiddle player and singer with the hugely successful folk big band, Bellowhead.

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I'm Sorry I Killed Your Fish2010042320110429"Shostakovich's Fifth symphony was published with the tag "A Soviet artist's reply to justified criticism," and was widely seen as an apology to Stalin authorities for his opera Lady Macbeth. Russian apologies are very different from English ones. Overwhelmingly the most common way for a Russian to apologise is to say "forgive me": a formulation that demands forgiveness from the listener. English apologies, by contrast, almost always use the word "sorry": a word full of ambiguity since it expresses regret but not necessarily culpability.

The ambiguity has frequently been exploited by Anglo-Saxon politicians who have apparently apologised for historic wrongs which they were not responsible for.

Poles use the formula: "I apologise" - what linguists call a "a performative" - which is situated somewhere between the English and Russian formula. Eva Ogiermann from Portsmouth University is a Polish linguist, fluent in all three languages; she has carried out extensive research in how people apologise in the three languages. In one scenario she asked people how they would apologise for letting a neighbour's pet fish die while supposedly looking after them. A typical British apology is "Some of your fish died while you were away. I fed them an everything but turned up one day and some had died" (admitting facts but denying responsibility) or when accepting blame only using careful formulation such as "I think I might not have fed them properly". Russians and Poles would tend to the more florid, such as "I neglected your fish. I know now that there is nothing to be done", or "I have not lived up to your trust".

Using many other scenarios, not just fish, Eva Ogiermann constructs a complete typology of apology, and argues that the differences are more than linguistic - they reflect different notions of politeness in the respective cultures. The British emphasise "negative politeness" - not encroaching on someone else's space. Russians are far more interested in "positive politeness" - making the hearer feel good about themselves.

Linguist Eva Ogiermann considers how different cultures apologise and what this means.

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Linguist Eva Ogiermann considers how different cultures apologise and what this means."

Linguist Eva Ogiermann considers how different cultures apologise and what this means.

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In Memoriam 193420090725David Owen Norris looks through the newspapers of 1934 to find out how obituary writers and the public responded to deaths of Elgar, Holst and Delius.

Much was made of the importance of Elgar's contribution to English music. Henry Wood wrote to The Times, saying 'he was such a mighty figure that one cannot think of him dead. It is the greatest loss to music that could have possibly happened, and a loss from which this country will take many years to recover, for there is no one else to touch him'. A telegram was also sent by the King and Queen to Elgar's daughter proclaiming their 'true sympathy in your bereavement'.

The deaths of Holst and Delius later in the year attracted far fewer newspaper inches but Delius's death did make the front page of the Daily Express, unlike Elgar's. Opinion at the time was divided over Holst and Delius's contribution to British music and in Delius's case, much was made of his blindness and loneliness. The tabloids at the time reported that 'tragic' Delius was buried without a funeral but when David explores contemporary accounts, he reveals that even back in 1934, one shouldn't always believe what one reads in the newspapers.

David Owen Norris the response to the deaths of Elgar, Holst and Delius in 1934.

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Incident On Lake Geneva20120906"Stefan Zweig's story about the discovery on Lake Geneva of a man clinging to driftwood.

""On the banks of Lake Geneva, close to the small Swiss resort of Villeneuve, a fisherman who had rowed into the lake one summer night in the year 1918, noticed a strange object in the middle of the water...""

In Stefan Zweig's famous story, translated by Anthea Bell, a man clings to driftwood out on the lake. When he's brought ashore the townsfolk react to his arrival in different ways. Just who is he, this stranger, talking in an odd language!

Reader Dermot Crowley

Producer Duncan Minshull."

Inextinguishable20130222"Lucy Caldwell's new short story takes its inspiration from Carl Nielsen's Symphony No 4 and is about the deep consolations that music can bring.

Lucy Caldwell was born in Belfast and currently lives in London. She has published two novels, Where They Were Missed (2006) and The Meeting Point (2011). The Meeting Point was awarded the 2011 Dylan Thomas Prize. Lucy is also a playwright whose stage plays have won numerous awards including the George Divine Award and the Imison Award. In 2011, Lucy was awarded the prestigious Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for her body of work to date. Lucy's third novel, All the Beggars Riding, was published in January and will be Book at Bedtime on Radio 4 in March 2013.

Producer: Elizabeth Allard."

Lucy Caldwell's new short story takes its inspiration from Carl Nielsen's Symphony No 4 and is about the deep consolations that music can bring.

"Lucy Caldwell's new short story takes its inspiration from Carl Nielsen's Symphony No 4 and is about the deep consolations that music can bring.

Inside The Orchestra20100807"Horn player and humourist Ian Fisher reveals what really happens off the concert platform. From the chaos of the bandroom to the highly defined etiquette of the coach journey home, Ian reveals the struggles performers go through to get on and off stage in good shape.

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Horn player and humourist Ian Fisher reveals what really happens off the concert platform."

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Inside The Revolution200911121989: Twentieth Anniversary

Nick Thorpe, the BBC's Central Europe correspondent, reads from his book '89: The Unfinished Revolution, with excerpts from audio tapes he made in the final days of communism in Prague and East Germany.

Having moved to Budapest as a peace activist three years earlier, Thorpe spent 1989 'revolution-hopping' - reporting on the dying days of communist regimes among the people of Budapest, Prague, East Germany and Romania.

He recounts his experiences in the heart of the revolutions in the former Czechoslovakia and East Germany - from Prague's famous student protests to the Leipzig church where the East German revolution kick-started, providing a moving insight into the people and places behind the protests. And he gives a unique view of the environmental problems facing both countries, including the wood-carvers in the Ore Mountains for whom communist policies had had a disastrous effect on the local forest.

BBC correspondent Nick Thorpe reads from his book '89: The Unfinished Revolution.

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James Macmillan20050114talks to John Tusa about his life and career, and some of the composers who have influenced him.

"talks to John Tusa about his life and career, and some of the composers who have influenced him.

James MacMillan

James MacMillan talks to John Tusa about his life and career, and some of the composers who have influenced him."

"talks to John Tusa about his life and career, and some of the composers who have influenced him."

Janacek's Beliefs20110715"The first concert of the 2011 Proms features a performance of Leos Janacek's 'Glagolitic Mass'. The liturgy he chose to set was in Old Church Slavonic, rather than Latin, and Glagolitic refers to the script in which it was written.

But that Janacek should compose a mass at all is strange. He declared himself an atheist refused to, as he said, 'even go into church to shelter from the rain' and he dismissed organised religion as 'concentrated death. Tombs under the floor, bones on the altar, pictures full of torture and dying. Rituals, prayers, chants - death and nothing but death. I don't want to have anything to do with it'.

But he had grown up in an Augustinian monastery where he took charge of its choir. That's a musical legacy not easily jettisoned. In the letters he wrote to Kamila Stosslova he refers to God constantly, to her Jewish God and his Catholic one. Janacek's letters to Kamila document the impassioned relationship between the 74 year old composer and a married woman 37 years younger. He emerges as something of a pantheist, seeing something of God in every living creature.

The playwright Paul Allen has used these 'Intimate Letters' in a monologue he has written, premiered recently by Daniel Evans. In the interval feature before the performance of the Glagolitic Mass in the first Prom Concert of 2011 Paul explores the contradictory nature of Janacek's beliefs, with readings from the 'Intimate Letters' and a contribution from Janacek's biographer, John Tyrrell.

Producer: Julian May.

Paul Allen explores the contradictory nature of Janacek's beliefs."

Judas20120810Richard Holloway explores the myth of Judas Iscariot and his depiction through the ages.

Judas is a name synonymous with betrayal and evil. Remembered for his act of betrayal that set in motion the story of the Passion, Judas the man is himself only briefly sketched in the Gospels and the Church portray him simply as a figure of hate. Richard Holloway explores the myth of Judas Iscariot and discusses some of the many representations of the character in history and fiction including Philip Pullman in his novel The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ; Anthony Payne in Elgar's Apostles; and historian Herb Krosney in the apocryphal Gospel of Judas.

Presented by Richard Holloway

"Richard Holloway explores the myth of Judas Iscariot and his depiction through the ages.

Presented by Richard Holloway"

Richard Holloway explores the myth of Judas Iscariot and his depiction through the ages.

Judas is a name synonymous with betrayal and evil. Remembered for his act of betrayal that set in motion the story of the Passion, Judas the man is himself only briefly sketched in the Gospels and the Church portray him simply as a figure of hate. Richard Holloway explores the myth of Judas Iscariot and discusses some of the many representations of the character in history and fiction including Philip Pullman in his novel The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ; Anthony Payne in Elgar's Apostles; and historian Herb Krosney in the apocryphal Gospel of Judas.

Presented by Richard Holloway.

"Richard Holloway explores the myth of Judas Iscariot and his depiction through the ages.

Presented by Richard Holloway."

Judith Weir - Songs And Texts20080120Judith Weir talks to Iain Burnside about her songs and the texts she likes to use.

Eclectic arts magazine programme, exploring a range of fascinating subjects

Judith Weir: Stories From Life20080118A self-portrait of Judith Weir in words and music.

Eclectic arts magazine programme, exploring a range of fascinating subjects

Judith Weir: Stories from Life. A self-portrait of Judith Weir in words and music.

Jung's Red Book20100904"Bidisha looks at Carl Jung's remarkable Red Book, recently made available to the public for the first time, in which he developed his theories and also created a beautiful work of art.

The early part of the 20th Century was a time of great spiritual, intellectual and artistic upheaval in Western Europe. In Vienna, Arnold Schoenberg and his pupils Anton Webern and Alban Berg, whose music we will hear in the second half of tonight's Prom, were rewriting the rules of classical music. Sigmund Freud was practising psychoanalysis in Vienna, and Jung was developing his theories of analytical psychology; the two worked closely together for several years.

Europe was heading for the First World War and on the eve of the war Jung had an almost catastrophic spiritual crisis which led him to enter in to a long and complex period of self-analysis.

Jung recorded his psychological experiments on himself in a beautiful manuscript which he called Liber Novus (the New Book). Bound in red leather, it became known as the Red Book.

The Red Book contains fine calligraphy, with illuminated capital letters like a medieval manuscript. Jung also created several full-page paintings - some fairly naturalistic, others which appear to be abstract patterns. Jung used these images to help him analyse his own unconscious and to develop some of his most important theories in analytical psychology.

The Red Book remained hidden by Jung's family after he died, first in the family home then in a Swiss bank vault. It was not until late in 2009 that a facsimile of the Book was finally published and made available to the public.

Bidisha talks to Professor Sonu Shamdasani, Editor of the published edition of the Red Book, and to the artist Bettina Reiber about this extraordinary artefact.

Bidisha on Carl Jung's Red Book, where the psychiatrist recorded experiments on himself.

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Bidisha on Carl Jung's Red Book, where the psychiatrist recorded experiments on himself."

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Katharina Wolpe20130123

The distinguished pianist and teacher Katharina Wolpe talks to Martin Handley and shares some memories of a remarkable life.

Kenny Taylor - My Northern Lights20090903A programme following Kenny Taylor, a Highland-based writer, musician and broadcaster as he sits outside his house, watching the night sky, contemplating the science, myth and magic of the Northern Lights.

Kenny is passionate about natural history but is also obsessive about auroras. He has travelled from Alaska to Scandinavia to seek them, but enjoys a huge northern view from his highland garden, which boosts the chances of dancing sky appreciation at home.

Following musician and writer Kenny Taylor as he contemplates the Northern Lights.

Kew Gardens2011081420120820Lindsay Duncan reads Virginia Woolf's sumptuous story of a sweltering summer's day at Kew.

Lindsay Duncan reads Virginia Woolf's classic story celebrating the link between nature and humanity set on a sweltering summer's day in Kew Gardens.

'One couple after another with much the same irregular and aimless movement passed the flower-bed and were enveloped in layer after layer of green blue vapour, in which at first their bodies had substance and a dash of colour, but later both substance and colour dissolved in the green-blue atmosphere. How hot it was! So hot that even the thrush chose to hop, like a mechanical bird, in the shadow of the flowers. Instead of rambling vaguely the white butterflies danced one above another, making with their white shifting flakes the outline of a shattered marble column above the tallest flowers.'

Likened to an impressionist painting, memories are stirred and snapshots of lives filter through the gentle hum of the garden as couples flit like butterflies past Kew's sumptuous flowerbeds, their conversations dissolving into flashes of colour, shape and movement into the steamy atmosphere.

Author: Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) is regarded as one of the foremost literary figures of the twentieth century, one of the greatest innovators in the English language.

Reader: Lindsay Duncan

Producer: Justine Willett

First broadcast in August 2011.

"Lindsay Duncan reads Virginia Woolf's sumptuous story of a sweltering summer's day at Kew.

First broadcast in August 2011."

Lindsay Duncan reads Virginia Woolf's sumptuous story of a sweltering summer's day at Kew.

Lindsay Duncan reads Virginia Woolf's classic story celebrating the link between nature and humanity set on a sweltering summer's day in Kew Gardens.

Likened to an impressionist painting, memories are stirred and snapshots of lives filter through the gentle hum of the garden as couples flit like butterflies past Kew's sumptuous flowerbeds, their conversations dissolving into flashes of colour, shape and movement into the steamy atmosphere.

Author: Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) is regarded as one of the foremost literary figures of the twentieth century, one of the greatest innovators in the English language.

Reader: Lindsay Duncan

Producer: Justine Willett

Producer: Justine Willett.

"Lindsay Duncan reads Virginia Woolf's sumptuous story of a sweltering summer's day at Kew.

Lindsay Duncan reads Virginia Woolf's sumptuous story of a sweltering summer's day at Kew."

Konstantin Melnikov2008121120091106"Iain Glen reads travel writer and novelist Bruce Chatwin's account of his trip to Moscow to see the reclusive architect Konstantin Melnikov at his famous house.

Iain Glen reads Bruce Chatwin's story of his trip to see the architect Konstantin Melnikov

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Iain Glen reads travel writer and novelist Bruce Chatwin's account of his trip to Moscow to see the reclusive architect Konstantin Melnikov at his famous house.

Iain Glen reads Bruce Chatwin's story of his trip to see the architect Konstantin Melnikov

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Land Of Music20090729To mark a Proms 2009 concert by the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra from Bavaria, Scottish-born horn player Fergus McWilliam reports on the respect classical music still commands in Germany, and on the riches of regional music-making in a country which still has around 130 symphony orchestras and numerous chamber ensembles.

After decades playing with the Berlin Philharmonic, where he also sits on the orchestra's board, Fergus is these days less surprised by the abundance of classical bands in Germany. And he says that still it's only the very best that boast the very best conductors and standards. Joining him to discuss the depth of talent and sheer exuberance of the country's classical output are the principal conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra Jonathan Nott and veteran Berlin music critic Klaus Geitel.

Fergus McWilliam discovers just why music-making is so rich and so revered in Germany.

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Learning To Swim2010083020110930"Taking his children to swimming lessons, Ian Sansom calculates that he has probably spent more time taking them to swimming lessons over the years than he has spent reading to them, playing with them or tending to their maths homework. What does it all mean? Of course it's useful as a means of avoiding drowning. In a very few cases it might result in a satisfying career path. It's an enjoyable leisure activity, and a way of keeping fit. But Ian suspects there's something more to it, and his reflections lead him to speculate on the wider meaning of swimming, on the many instances of significant swims and swimmers in film and literature, and on some of the figures who have swum through the pages of our literary canon. Taking his cue from WH Auden, Ian finds analogies between the act of swimming and the act of poetic organisation, and recognises in other writers and philosophers the impulse to swim as an escape into the imagination.

Writer Ian Sansom reflects on the role of swimming in life and literature.

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Writer Ian Sansom reflects on the role of swimming in life and literature."

Writer Ian Sansom reflects on the role of swimming in life and literature.

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Left High And Dry20130227"In 18th Century Italy, the craze for castrati singers reached its zenith and the boudaries of vocal music were forever changed. Thousands of pre-pubescent boys underwent the risky operation of castration to preserve their pure, high voice in the hope of finding fame and fortune as a celebrated virtuosi.

For 1% of those boys like Senesino, the gamble paid off and their families secured a comfortable future. But what of the remaining 99%?

Left High and Dry will chart the rise and fall of the Castrati to paint a portrait of Italian society at a time of extraordinary change. Looking beyond the well known tales of on stage diva antics and off stage sexual prowess as relayed by the likes of Casanova, Mary King explores the contradictory role that the church played in denying, encouraging and protecting the Castrati, the economic climate that encouraged families to effectively sell their sons into a life of music and the changes brought about by the Risorgimento which sounded the death knell for the Castrati.

Presented by vocal coach and voice expert Mary King, artist in residence at the Southbank Centre and director of Voicelab."

For 1% of those boys like Senesino, the gamble paid off and their families secured a comfortable future. But what of the remaining 99%?

Leopold Mozart's Violin Treatise20130212Mozart scholar Cliff Eisen and violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch trace the history of Leopold Mozart's influential violin treatise of 1756 and assess its worth. Did the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart benefit from his father's book both as performer and composer?
Let The Peoples Sing20111016"During the interval of the Let the Peoples Sing Grand Final, Louise Fryer takes a closer look at this international competition for amateur choirs, and talks to some of the participants.

Producer: Martin Williams and Amy Wheel.

Louise Fryer explores the Let the Peoples Sing competition and talks to participants."

Producer: Martin Williams & Amy Wheel.

Letter From The New World Duelling Nationalities20040228American-ENGLISH poet and novelist, James Lasdun, reports from New ENGLAND on the business of becoming a citizen of the UNITED STATES.

"American-ENGLISH poet and novelist, James Lasdun, reports from New ENGLAND on the business of becoming a citizen of the UNITED STATES."

Light Music/roger Roger20091013Martin Handley talks to the BBC Concert's Orchestra's conductor laureate Barry Wordsworth and members of the orchestra about light music.

With an update on the BBC CO's learning and outreach activities, and a look at the revival of interest in the work of pioneering French composer Roger Roger.

Martin Handley talks to Barry Wordsworth about light music.

Plus the Roger Roger revival.

Martin Handley talks to the BBC Concert's Orchestra's conductor laureate Barry Wordsworth and members of the orchestra about light music.

Martin Handley talks to Barry Wordsworth about light music.

"Martin Handley talks to the BBC Concert's Orchestra's conductor laureate Barry Wordsworth and members of the orchestra about light music.

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Plus the Roger Roger revival."

"Martin Handley talks to the BBC Concert's Orchestra's conductor laureate Barry Wordsworth and members of the orchestra about light music.

Martin Handley talks to the BBC Concert's Orchestra's conductor laureate Barry Wordsworth and members of the orchestra about light music. With an update on the BBC CO's learning and outreach activities, and a look at the revival of interest in the work of pioneering French composer Roger Roger.

Martin Handley talks to Barry Wordsworth about light music. Plus the Roger Roger revival.

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Liszt: Piano Sonata In B Minor20110927"Wagner was an enthusiast, but it apparently sent Brahms to sleep. These days, Liszt's Piano Sonata in B minor is regarded as one of the pinnacles of the piano repertoire, difficult for listeners and monumentally challenging for the pianist. There has been 150 years of disagreement about its structure and its form - is it in one section? Three sections? Four sections? What's it about? Some suggest it's based on the Faust legend. Others say it represents the story of the Garden of Eden. Or perhaps it's biographical. It's one of the most discussed and analyzed pieces of music ever written. This week on Discovering Music, Stephen Johnson gets to grips with Liszt's masterpiece, before a live performance by Nelson Goerner at Wigmore Hall.

Stephen Johnson investigates the mysteries of Liszt's Piano Sonata in B minor."

Little Episode20130121"

Morven Christie reads a newly discovered story from 1909 by the great writer Katherine Mansfield, which sheds new light on one of the most painful periods of her life. Rejected by her musician lover while pregnant, Mansfield married for convenience, but subsequently lost her baby.

In this story, the young Yvonne has married for money, but encounters her great love at a piano recital. Despite having become something of a pillar of society, she can't help but try to rekindle the romance.

The story will be introduced by Dr Gerri Kimber, editor of Mansfield's collected letters.

Producer: Justine Willett

Reader: Morven Christie is an acclaimed actor in film, theatre and TV. Her most recent TV roles have been in the highly acclaimed comedy series Twenty Twelve, and the drama series, Hunted.

"Morven Christie reads a newly discovered story from 1909 by the great writer Katherine Mansfield, which sheds new light on one of the most painful periods of her life. Rejected by her musician lover while pregnant, Mansfield married for convenience, but subsequently lost her baby.

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Live From Vienna20100101Behind the scenes at the traditional New Year's Day Concert, presented from Vienna by Brian Kay.

Includes Georges Pretre talking about his preparations for the 2010 concert, following his sensational debut in 2008, and Roderick Swanston exploring the origins of the world-famous concert.

Behind the scenes at the New Year's Day Concert, presented from Vienna by Brian Kay.

Behind the scenes at the traditional New Year's Day Concert, presented from Vienna by Brian Kay. Includes Georges Pretre talking about his preparations for the 2010 concert, following his sensational debut in 2008, and Roderick Swanston exploring the origins of the world-famous concert.

Includes Georges Pretre talking about his preparations for the 2010 concert, following his sensational debut in 2008, and Roderick Swanston exploring the origins of the world-famous concert.

"Behind the scenes at the traditional New Year's Day Concert, presented from Vienna by Brian Kay.

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Behind the scenes at the New Year's Day Concert, presented from Vienna by Brian Kay."

Behind the scenes at the New Year's Day Concert, presented from Vienna by Brian Kay.

"Behind the scenes at the traditional New Year's Day Concert, presented from Vienna by Brian Kay. Includes Georges Pretre talking about his preparations for the 2010 concert, following his sensational debut in 2008, and Roderick Swanston exploring the origins of the world-famous concert.

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Lizzie's Tiger20120629'The tiger walked up and down, up and down; it walked up and down like Satan walking about the world and it burned. It burned so brightly, she was scorched.'

It is 1864, and the Borden family are living in a poor way in River Fall, Massachusetts, when, one day, the circus comes to town. Defying her grave undertaker father, the squat, square infant, Lizzie Borden, who will one day take an axe to her parents, slips out illicitly to the circus. Dazzled by the bawdy sights and sounds around her, the four-year-old girl finds herself in the animal enclosure. A magnificent tiger is pacing up and down his tiny cage, when, for one extraordinary moment, their eyes meet, and Lizzie's destiny is sealed...

Angela Carter died 20 years ago, and is remembered as one of the great literary figures of the 20th century. 'Lizzie's Tiger', one of the last pieces she wrote, was originally commissioned for BBC Radio 3, and published posthumously in a collection, American Ghosts and Old World Wonders. It is one of her many short stories in which she reimagines the lives of certain historical figures; in this case the young life of the notorious Lizzie Borden, who would one day be tried for murdering parents.

Reader: Debora Weston

Abridged and produced by: Justine Willett.

"'The tiger walked up and down, up and down; it walked up and down like Satan walking about the world and it burned. It burned so brightly, she was scorched.'

Abridged and produced by: Justine Willett."

Making Friends20130320Laura Dockrill celebrates the first day of Spring with a new short story about a young woman making a fresh start at The Spring Meadow Home For The Elderly.

Laura Dockrill is the author of two short story collections and has been described by The Times as one of the UK's top ten literary talents. She has performed her work on all of the BBC's national radio networks, including readings on Radio 3's The Verb and Radio 4's Afternoon Reading slot.

Producer: Robert Howells.

"Laura Dockrill celebrates the first day of Spring with a new short story about a young woman making a fresh start at The Spring Meadow Home For The Elderly.

Producer: Robert Howells."

Matryona's House20090619Stephen Critchlow reads Alexander Solzhenitsyn's short story from 1953, centring on Matryona, an impoverished but generous peasant woman living in a remote Russian village called Peatproduce. The narrator describes how, after serving a ten-year prison sentence, he takes lodging with Matryona, who endures her drab life with cheerfulness and fortitude, until tragedy strikes.

The story's depiction of the miseries of village life, essentially unchanged by Communism, offended Soviet critics in its 'pessimism'.

Stephen Critchlow reads Solzhenitsyn's short story about an impoverished peasant woman.

Mazepa20110204

Marina Frolova-Walker explores two very different aspects of 17th Century Cossack Hetman Ivan Mazepa: a historically important and controversial figure who continues to cause friction between Russia and Ukraine; and muse to a wealth of 19th century romantic artists, including Byron, Victor Hugo, Delacroix, Tchaikovsky and Liszt. Includes extracts from Byron's epic poem read by Sam Dale.

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Marina Frolova-Walker explores two very different aspects of 17th Century Cossack Hetman Ivan Mazepa: a historically important and controversial figure who continues to cause fractions between Russia and Ukraine; and romantic muse to a wealth of 19th century artists, including Byron, Victor Hugo, Delacroix, Tchaikovsky and Liszt. Includes extracts from Byron's epic poem read by Sam Dale.

Marina Frolova-Walker explores two very different aspects of Cossack Hetman Ivan Mazepa.

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"Marina Frolova-Walker explores two very different aspects of 17th Century Cossack Hetman Ivan Mazepa: a historically important and controversial figure who continues to cause friction between Russia and Ukraine; and muse to a wealth of 19th century romantic artists, including Byron, Victor Hugo, Delacroix, Tchaikovsky and Liszt. Includes extracts from Byron's epic poem read by Sam Dale.

Mendelssohn20090730Louise Fryer is joined by Prof John Deathridge and Mendelssohn's great-great-great-great niece Sheila Hayman to discuss the composer's life and work.

Louise Fryer and guests discuss the life and works of Felix Mendelssohn.

Louise Fryer is joined by Prof John Deathridge and Mendelssohn's great-great-great-great niece Sheila Hayman to discuss the composer's life and work.

Louise Fryer and guests discuss the life and works of Felix Mendelssohn.

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Mendelssohn At Buckingham Palace20090509Sean Rafferty visits Buckingham Palace's picture gallery to discover details of the various visits Mendelssohn made to the royal residence to see the young Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, among whom he was a favourite. Aided by the deputy surveyor of the Queen's works of art, Jonathan Marsden, who has researched the composer's visits, Sean views excerpts from Mendelssohn's and Victoria's letters and journals, and finds out why he was so popular there.

With recollections of the rooms they stayed in, the music played, the works of art the composer saw and gifts exchanged in the form of the Scottish Symphony dedication and Victoria's ring. There are also accounts of Mendelssohn's improvisational skills and the shared interests among the three of them, including Shakespeare and British history.

Sean Rafferty finds out about Mendelssohn's visits to Buckingham Palace.

Michael Goldfarb On 9/1120110905"Where were you on 9/11?

By chance, writer and broadcaster Michael Goldfarb was live on the air in America. In this Twenty Minutes he recalls the difficulty of broadcasting news when rumour has replaced fact, and asks what music is appropriate at a time of unprecedented national tragedy.

Michael Goldfarb gives a personal recollection of where he was on September 11, 2001."

Michael Longley At 7020090719The renowned Belfast poet and professor of poetry for Ireland celebrates his seventieth birthday in 2009 with a look back over his life, reading a poem from each decade, including Wounds, his World War I homage to his father, Ceasefire, written after the IRA ceasefire in 1994, and Cloudberries, his most recent Scandinavian inspired love poem.

The renowned Belfast poet and professor of poetry for Ireland celebrates his 70th birthday

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Michelangelo The Poet20090515Mario Petrucci, who was Radio 3's first poet in residence, looks at the original Italian manuscripts and surveys the various translations to reveal the qualities of the 300 or so sonnets and other poems that Michelangelo wrote, asking what drew Shostakovich to them. He discovers a writer of considerable range, formal accomplishment and intelligence, qualities which are considered as marking his genius as a visual artist.

When he died in 1564, Buonarroti Michelangelo was regarded as one of the leading poets of his age, a great lyrical voice. But his colossal achievement in other fields has cast a shadow over his contribution to literature. Yet, down the generations, major artists such as Wordsworth have always engaged with his poetry.

Mario Petrucci considers the much-neglected poetry of Michelangelo.

Miklos Radnoti: Poet Of My Heart2009081820091211Actress and writer Mia Nadasi discusses the life and work of celebrated Hungarian poet Miklos Radnoti, who died in 1944. His life ended tragically when he was killed by the Nazis as his labour unit was driven on a forced march from a camp in Serbia to Austria. When his body was later exhumed, a notebook of poems was found hidden in his clothing containing some of his greatest and most memorable poems.

Like most Hungarians of her generation, Mia remembers studying Radnoti's poems at school, and her imagination being fired both by the story of his sad and premature death and by the revolutionary, tender lyricism of his writing.

The talk includes readings of some of Radnoti's most moving poetry.

Actress and writer Mia Nadasi discusses the life and work of Hungarian poet Miklos Radnoti

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Miles And Me20121017"Working with Miles Davis, meeting him, seeing him perform or just listening to his music; all these have made profound impressions on fellow artists. The jazz saxophonist Soweto Kinch speaks to musicians their 'Miles moment', finds interesting reflections on him in the archives and considers his own relationship with the enigmatic Davis who once said, ""If you could understand everything I say you'd be me.""

Producer: Julian May."

Working with Miles Davis, meeting him, seeing him perform or just listening to his music; all these have made profound impressions on fellow artists. The jazz saxophonist Soweto Kinch speaks to musicians their 'Miles moment', finds interesting reflections on him in the archives and considers his own relationship with the enigmatic Davis who once said, "If you could understand everything I say you'd be me."

"Working with Miles Davis, meeting him, seeing him perform or just listening to his music; all these have made profound impressions on fellow artists. The jazz saxophonist Soweto Kinch speaks to musicians their 'Miles moment', finds interesting reflections on him in the archives and considers his own relationship with the enigmatic Davis who once said, ""If you could understand everything I say you'd be me.""

Monsieur Rose2010042920100818"In Monsieur Rose by Irène N退mirovsky a well heeled Parisian is forced to flee and leave his old life behind as chaos and panic gather pace at the onset of the second world war. Monsieur Rose is selected from Irène N退mirovsky's collection Dimanche and Other Stories which is the first collection of her short stories to appear in English.

Irène N退mirovsky is best known for her celebrated novel, Suite Française which was first published, posthumously, in French in 2004. She was born in Kiev in 1903, the daughter of a successful Jewish banker. In 1918 her family fled the Russian Revolution for France where she became an established novelist. When the Germans occupied France during WWII she was prevented from publishing her work. She died in Auschwitz in 1942.

Read by David Horovitch

Translated by Bridget Patterson.

Abridged and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Irene Nemirovsky's story about a dislocated Parisian at the onset of the Second World War.

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Irene Nemirovsky's story about a dislocated Parisian at the onset of the Second World War."

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Moon Enterprises Inc And The Door2009043020091002Stuart McLoughlin reads two stories by award-winning German author and poet Michael Kruger about eccentric grandfathers and the power they wield over their respective families.

Two playful stories by award-winning writer Michael Kruger about eccentric grandfathers.

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Moscow During The War2011082320121010"Sasha Dugdale unpackages the official Soviet myths which helped sustain the Russian people during World War Two and celebrates the personal poetry which later gave a more truthful reflection of their experience.

Linking in with the twentieth century Russian music in the first part of the concert, the poet and translator Sasha Dugdale explores how the Soviet government promulgated a complex blend of truth and lies in order to sustain the Russian people during the darkest hours of what they called The Great Patriotic War.

Drawing on oral testimony, journalism and broadcasting, she considers the continuing psychological impact of these stories on the Russian people, even today.

By contrast, Sasha celebrates the poetry which was written at the time and which provides a more truthful picture of real Russian heroism.

Readers: Gerard McDermott and Elaine Claxton

Producer: Beaty Rubens

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Sasha Dugdale unpackages the official Soviet myths which helped sustain the Russian people during World War Two and the personal poetry which later reflected their true experience.

Prokoviev's Fifth Symphony, which features in the second half of this evening's Prom, was premiered in 1945 as Russia came to terms with the aftermath of the the war. During the interval, the poet and translator Sasha Dugdale explores how the Soviet government wove a complex web of true heroism and myth in order to sustain the Russian people during their darkest hour. Drawing on oral testimony, journalism and broadcasting, she reveals the long unravelling of this web and, over half a century later, considers its continuing psychological impact on the Russian people who lived through what they called The Great Patriotic War. In contrast to these unreliable myths, Sasha celebrates the poetry which was written at the time and which provides a truer picture of real Russian heroism.

Sasha Dugdale on the official Soviet myths that sustained the country during World War II."

Linking in with the twentieth century Russian music in the first part of the concert, the poet and translator Sasha Dugdale explores how the Soviet government promulgated a complex blend of truth and lies in order to sustain the Russian people during the darkest hours of what they called The Great Patriotic War.

Drawing on oral testimony, journalism and broadcasting, she considers the continuing psychological impact of these stories on the Russian people, even today.

By contrast, Sasha celebrates the poetry which was written at the time and which provides a more truthful picture of real Russian heroism.

Producer: Beaty Rubens

Producer: Beaty Rubens.

Mouche2010081220110916"By Guy de Maupassant.

A group of young men lead a care-free life, idling away their summer in a sailing boat on the Seine. Events take an unexpected turn when one of them introduces a girlfriend into the group.

Read by Bill Nighy.

Produced by Sasha Yevtushenko.

A PRECURSOR TO "JULES ET JIM" AND A VIVID SNAPSHOT OF LIFE ON THE SEINE.

"She was a sweet girl but not really pretty, a rough sketch of a woman with a little of everything in her, one of those silhouettes which artists draw in three strokes on the tablecloth in a cafe after dinner, between a glass of brandy and a cigarette."

Our narrator recalls the days when he and four friends shared a little rowing boat (the Feuille-a-I' Envers), and spent their summers idling on the Seine. When one of them introduces a girlfriend into the group, the story takes an unexpected turn, and each embarks on their own affair with the care-free Mouche...a sort of menage-a-cinq. When harmony is threatened, their collective friendship steers them clear of certain tragedy.

This is one of Maupassant's best stories - it shimmers with summer, and although the tone's light-hearted, it is incredibly poignant and touching.

Bill Nighy reads a summery tale of love and friendship by Guy de Maupassant.

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Bill Nighy reads a summery tale of love and friendship by Guy de Maupassant."

Bill Nighy reads a summery tale of love and friendship by Guy de Maupassant.

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Move Over Darling...20090809Sarah Walker explores the personal and sometimes intense world of the piano duo. When performers spend so much time sitting side by side, musical and personal relationships can collide.

Kenneth Hamilton describes the historical roots of the piano duet and looks at how two pianos can be better than one, and six even better. Professional duo partners Katia and Marielle Labeque talk about the perils of practising (having once driven their neighbour Dirk Bogarde to distraction), Isabel Beyer and Harvey Dagul reminisce about a shared life of nearly 60 years together at the piano, and Simon Crawford-Philips and Philip Moore discuss the business of finding the right instruments.

Sarah Walker reveals the world of the piano duo, where music and friendships collide.

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Moving Pianos20090717A behind-the-scenes peek at the process of moving pianos onto the stage of the Royal Albert Hall during the BBC Proms - and what can go wrong.

A Victorian building, live broadcasts, large audiences, hot television lights, world-class performers and instruments each worth in the region of 100,000 pounds all add to the pressure on the team moving multiple pianos at the Proms. Various people involved in the extensive preparations that hopefully ensure a glitch-free night share the secrets of their trade.

Nothing fazes Julian Rout, the specialist piano removal company that moves 15,000 pianos each year. But Proms co-ordinator at the Royal Albert Hall Jacqui Kelly is having sleepless nights despite the minute-by-minute plans she has been making.

Ulrich Gerhartz deals with the challenge of matching and preparing four pianos and ensuring that they stay in top condition throughout the Proms season - but even when he turns up at the Royal Albert Hall for a quiet session at dawn, he finds a cohort of vacuum cleaners already hard at work.

A behind-the-scenes peek at the process of moving pianos onto the stage during the Proms.

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Mozart And The English20110101"'I am, you know, an out and out Englishman!'

So declared Mozart in a letter to an English friend. Mozart visited London when he was 8 on a concert tour, staying for nearly a year, and picked up a liking for English manners and dress which he retained for the rest of his life.

Historian Sarah Lenton traces Mozart's development as an Englishman, placing it in the context of his English tour, his English friends and pupils, his father's passion for England and the impact of Anglomania on 1790s Viennese culture as a whole.

Historian Sarah Lenton explores the influence of England and the English on Mozart.

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Multiple Pianos20090809From the Royal Albert Hall, Sarah Walker explores the world of multiple pianos and talks with performers from Prom 33.

Sarah Walker explores the world of multiple pianos and talks with performers from Prom 33.

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Music At Crystal Palace20110121"Matthew Sweet takes a journey back in time to investigate the musical legacy of the Crystal Palace Saturday Concerts. Delving through the past he learns more about the once widely-celebrated conductor Sir August Manns who is argued to have changed the face of British concert-going. Speaking with experts Steve Grindlay and Sarah Lenton we learn more about how the Crystal Palace affected the development of our modern understanding of concert etiquette, orchestral management and the music we now regard as 'mainstream' repertoire.

Producer Claire Wass.

Matthew Sweet investigates the musical legacy of the Crystal Palace Saturday Concerts.

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Music Planet Remix20110723"Andy Kershaw with his pick of the best of Music Planet, including gospel music from a South African prison choir, songs from a refugee camp on the Burmese border, and a visit to a rocket festival in Thailand.

Andy Kershaw picks the best of the BBC Radio 3 Music Planet series."

My First Prom20100830"Whether experienced on Radio 3 or on television, or, better still, live in the vast amphitheatre of the Royal Albert Hall, a BBC promenade concert has a very special magic. The gorgeous pomp of the decorated arena, the galaxy of mushroom sound-reflectors in the dome, the mob of prommers shouting 'Heave!' in unison as the piano is shifted... all go to make up a concert experience unlike any other.

And that's before a note is played. In this interval feature, a first-time prommer threads his way through a collection of memories from performers and broadcasters, front-of-house staff and ordinary music lovers of what it was like for them on that unique occasion - My First Prom...

Producer: Debbie Kilbride.

A first-timer attends his first ever Prom concert.

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A first-timer attends his first ever Prom concert."

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Myth And Reality Of Queen Elizabeth I20090721Rana Mitter hosts a discussion about the myth and reality of Queen Elizabeth I with best-selling historian Alison Weir and literary critic John Carey.

The discussion opens the 2009 Proms Literary Festival, where writers, poets and public figures explore the cultural themes behind the season's BBC Proms concerts. Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

Rana Mitter hosts a discussion about the myth and reality of Queen Elizabeth I.

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National Baroque20130303Like many English country houses, The Vyne in Hampshire is a building upon which both successive owners and the wider march of history have left their mark. Originally a large Tudor establishment constructed on medieval foundations, in the 1650s it gained a classical portico inspired by Inigo Jones - the first such at any English country house - and a century later played an important role in the Gothic Revival. And the house is still full of the artefacts and mementos which John Chute, its then owner, brought back from his Grand Tour of Italy in the 1740s. During the interval of this afternoon's concert, in National Baroque, Katie Derham, in conversation with Lars Tharp, finds traces of the Baroque in this charming house and explores its fascinating history.

"Like many English country houses, The Vyne in Hampshire is a building upon which both successive owners and the wider march of history have left their mark. Originally a large Tudor establishment constructed on medieval foundations, in the 1650s it gained a classical portico inspired by Inigo Jones - the first such at any English country house - and a century later played an important role in the Gothic Revival. And the house is still full of the artefacts and mementos which John Chute, its then owner, brought back from his Grand Tour of Italy in the 1740s. During the interval of this afternoon's concert, in National Baroque, Katie Derham, in conversation with Lars Tharp, finds traces of the Baroque in this charming house and explores its fascinating history."

National Baroque20130310Katie Derham tours Powis Castle with Baroque expert Lars Tharp and William Brown of The National Trust for a closer look at its many baroque splendours.
Ne'er Cast A Clout ...2012090420130507"Late August when three Kestrels fly - Autumn will be dry.""

David King is something of a phenomenon in the world of weather forecasting.

Having spent the last 50 years watching the signs of nature, he believes his cross-referencing system has now reached 90% accuracy rate - up to 9 months ahead of time. His close study of the natural world around his home in Kent has enabled him to trust in sayings, some of which go back hundreds of years, and some of which he has created himself.

""If the first week of August is unusually hot, the winter will be white and long.""

To find out about how David King works and walks, David Bramwell, takes to the fields and hedgerows armed with a keen eye, a pair of stout boots and a sheaf of country weather sayings, to find out how we can all learn from the flies, ants, apples and mists to read nature better for ourselves, and which sayings are based in fact.

""N'er Cast A Clout till May is Out""

Producer: Sara Jane Hall

First broadcast in September 2012."

"""Late August when three Kestrels fly - Autumn will be dry.""

Ne'r Cast A...20120904"David Bramwell meets natural weather forecaster David King.

""Late August when three Kestrels fly - Autumn will be dry.""

David King is something of a phenomenon in the world of weather forecasting.

Having spent the last 50 years watching the signs of nature, he believes his cross-referencing system has now reached 90% accuracy rate - up to 9 months ahead of time. His close study of the natural world around his home in Kent has enabled him to trust in sayings, some of which go back hundreds of years, and some of which he has created himself.

""If the first week of August is unusually hot, the winter will be white and long.""

To find out about how David King works and walks, David Bramwell, takes to the fields and hedgerows armed with a keen eye, a pair of stout boots and a sheaf of country weather sayings, to find out how we can all learn from the flies, ants, apples and mists to read nature better for ourselves, and which sayings are based in fact.

""N'er Cast A Clout till May is Out""

Producer: Sara Jane Hall""Late August when three Kestrels fly - Autumn will be dry.""

Producer: Sara Jane Hall."

"Late August when three Kestrels fly - Autumn will be dry."

David King is something of a phenomenon in the world of weather forecasting.

Having spent the last 50 years watching the signs of nature, he believes his cross-referencing system has now reached 90% accuracy rate - up to 9 months ahead of time. His close study of the natural world around his home in Kent has enabled him to trust in sayings, some of which go back hundreds of years, and some of which he has created himself.

To find out about how David King works and walks, David Bramwell, takes to the fields and hedgerows armed with a keen eye, a pair of stout boots and a sheaf of country weather sayings, to find out how we can all learn from the flies, ants, apples and mists to read nature better for ourselves, and which sayings are based in fact.

Producer: Sara Jane Hall"Late August when three Kestrels fly - Autumn will be dry."

""Late August when three Kestrels fly - Autumn will be dry.""

Producer: Sara Jane Hall""Late August when three Kestrels fly - Autumn will be dry.""

Oblomov2009090120100415A discussion about Ivan Goncharov's novel Oblomov, published in 1859 featuring a hero who is considered to be the greatest couch-potato in literature.

A discussion about Ivan Goncharov's novel Oblomov.

Ivan Goncharov's novel Oblomov" was published in 1859 and depicted, in its hero, the greatest couch-potato in literature.

So appealing is Oblomov's habit of never really getting up that his name has become synonymous with a sort of fatalistic laziness.

So prevalent a character trope did Oblomovism become in Russia that Lenin said that three revolutions had not been able to defeat it.

Lesley Chamberlain explores the book and its legacy.

Producer Tim Dee (rpt)."

Ivan Goncharov's novel "Oblomov" was published in 1859 and depicted, in its hero, the greatest couch-potato in literature.

Lesley Chamberlain explores the book and its legacy.

Producer Tim Dee (rpt).

"A discussion about Ivan Goncharov's novel Oblomov, published in 1859 featuring a hero who is considered to be the greatest couch-potato in literature.

Ivan Goncharov's novel Oblomov"" was published in 1859 and depicted, in its hero, the greatest couch-potato in literature.

Producer Tim Dee (rpt).""

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Producer Tim Dee (rpt)."""

A discussion about Ivan Goncharov's novel Oblomov.

Ivan Goncharov's novel "Oblomov" was published in 1859 and depicted, in its hero, the greatest couch-potato in literature. So appealing is Oblomov's habit of never really getting up that his name has become synonymous with a sort of fatalistic laziness. So prevalent a character trope did Oblomovism become in Russia that Lenin said that three revolutions had not been able to defeat it. Lesley Chamberlain explores the book and its legacy.

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On Planet Hoffnung20090905Rainer Hersch, stand-up comedian and classical music specialist, remembers the brilliant and eccentric contribution to the comic side of classical music from Gerard Hoffnung.

Hoffnung, who died in 1959 at the age of 34, was a cartoonist and wit whose mocking of the solemn rituals of classical music created a sensation in the 1950s. At a time when the symphony concert was a matter of great seriousness for music-lovers, Hoffnung loved to see the funny side of those formalities. His famous cartoons took the instruments of the orchestra - and the characters of the people who played them - and sent them up mercilessly.

In 1956 Hoffnung had the idea of translating the cartoons into real life. With a combination of realisations of his weird cartoon instruments and suitably eccentric compositions to showcase them, the first Hoffnung Music Festival took place at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Rainer Hersch delves into the BBC archives to meet Hoffnung and those who were part of those first concerts, while on the South Bank he encounters two musicians who had to grapple with these memorable, yet oddball orchestral occasions.

Rainer Hersch reviews Gerard Hoffnung's contribution to the comic side of classical music.

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Once Upon A Time...2009100820120608
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"An exploration of the dark, sinister and enchanted world of fairy tales. Michael Rosen, AS Byatt and Richard Mabey take us into the woods - the realm where magic lurks, stange things happen, evil is vanquished and (usually) good prevails. Why do these tales and myths continue to exert such a powerful fascination for children and adults alike?

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An exploration of the dark, sinister and enchanted world of fairy tales. Michael Rosen, AS Byatt and Richard Mabey take us into the woods - the realm where magic lurks, stange things happen, evil is vanquished and (usually) good prevails. Why do these tales and myths continue to exert such a powerful fascination for children and adults alike?

"An exploration of the dark, sinister and enchanted world of fairy tales. Michael Rosen, AS Byatt and Richard Mabey take us into the woods - the realm where magic lurks, stange things happen, evil is vanquished and (usually) good prevails. Why do these tales and myths continue to exert such a powerful fascination for children and adults alike?

Michael Rosen, AS Byatt and Richard Mabey explore the world of fairy tales.

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Our Lady Of Paris20090817By Daniyal Mueenuddin and abridged by Richard Hamilton.

This love story about bridging the cultural divide, set mainly in Paris, centres on Sohail, the young heir to an industrial empire in Pakistan, and his American girlfriend. Helen, brought up by her single mother, is working her way through university. Although the pair are deeply in love, they are culturally and socially poles apart, and when Sohail's elegant and chic mother Rafia meets Helen for the first time, a power struggle ensues.

Read by Shiv Patel.

Daniyal Mueenuddin's story focusing on the cultural divide between two people in love.

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Park Life20100909"Just before the BBC Philarmonic plays a Prom in the Park in Salford, the poet Anjum Malik brings to life the historic and beautiful Buile Park. Drawing on her own childhood picnics in the parks of Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Bradford, she reflects on the importance of parks in city life and what Buile Hill Park means to the different cultures of Salford. Walking in the footsteps of Lowry, this first person essay recorded on location defines what the city has lost and more importantly found.

Producer: Rebecca Stratford.

Poet Anjum Malik reflects on the historic and beautiful Buile Park in Salford."

Pasternak And Creativity20090319

Synopsis

John Rowe reads Evening by Boris Pasternak - a prose poem about a young poet found among other unfinished jottings long after the writer's death and translated for the first time into English by Angela Livingstone, research professor at Essex University.

Written in Moscow in 1910, nearly 40 years before Doctor Zhivago, Evening bears the influences of the impressionist paintings of Pasternak's father as well as the Symbolist movement in Russian poetry. It centres on a poet named Reliquimini - Latin for 'you are left behind' - and is said to suggest compassion for the things of the inanimate world which are neglected.

John Rowe reads Evening by Boris Pasternak - a prose poem about a young poet.

Paying The Ferryman20111021"In anticipation of tonight's concert of Haydn's 'Orfeo ed Euridice', Paul Farley considers poetic treatments of the River Styx and the cadaverous figure of Charon, ferryman to the Underworld. He travels to Merseyside to take two rather different kinds of ferry, in the company of poets Jeffrey Wainwright and Deryn Rees-Jones. Together they explore poetry's fascination with the voyage to Hades and with the handful of mythical characters who've made the return journey.

Produced by Emma Harding.

Paul Farley considers poetic treatments of the River Styx and Charon, ferryman of Hades."

Piano20091014An extract from Jean Echenoz's best-selling French novel about a boozy concert pianist, facing up to his big night on stage. Read by David Horovitch.

An extract from Jean Echenoz's best-selling French novel about a boozy concert pianist.

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Piano, By Jean Echenoz20090213David Horovitch reads an excerpt from Jean Echenoz's prize-winning comic novel celebrating the life and times of a concert pianist.

Although Max Delmarc lives quietly in Paris with his wife, his life is in chaos - he has begun to fear performing and has started to drink to forget his problems.

Max's cynical agent employs a minder to look after him, and a strange and touching relationship blossoms between the two as each evening, seconds before the curtain rises, there are new terrors to deal with.

David Horovitch reads from Jean Echenoz's novel celebrating the life of a concert pianist.

"David Horovitch reads an excerpt from Jean Echenoz's prize-winning comic novel celebrating the life and times of a concert pianist.

David Horovitch reads from Jean Echenoz's novel celebrating the life of a concert pianist."

David Horovitch reads an excerpt from Jean Echenoz's prize-winning comic novel celebrating the life and times of a concert pianist.

Although Max Delmarc lives quietly in Paris with his wife, his life is in chaos - he has begun to fear performing and has started to drink to forget his problems. Max's cynical agent employs a minder to look after him, and a strange and touching relationship blossoms between the two as each evening, seconds before the curtain rises, there are new terrors to deal with.

David Horovitch reads from Jean Echenoz's novel celebrating the life of a concert pianist.

Pictures Re-arranged20090830Composer and producer Gabriel Prokofiev looks at arrangements of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

The original piano suite has been arranged hundreds of times, not just for classical orchestra but for a wide range of instruments and ensembles including accordion, double bass, brass, harpischord, heavy metal band, prog-rock band, organ, percussion and synthesiser.

Gabriel comes from a family that has a close association with the piece: his grandfather, the composer Sergei Prokofiev, regularly played the original version in his piano recitals.

Gabriel looks at the enduring appeal of Pictures at an Exhibition for the composer/arranger, and considers some of the many and varied arrangements that have been made.

Playlist:

All original pieces composed by Modest Mussorgsky for piano.

Excerpts as follows:

Promenade (original version)

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

The Sofia Recital

Philips 454 167-2 Tr 1

Catacombs (original version)

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Philips 420 156-2 Tr 13

Catacombs arr. Ravel: Berlin Philharmonic

Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

DG 469 626-2 Tr 12

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Decca 414 386-2 Tr 1

Promenade arr. Stokowski

BBC Philharmonic

Matthias Bamert (conductor)

Chandos CHAN 9445 Tr 9

Promenade arr. Ravel

Promenade arr. Ashkenazy

Philharmonia Orchestra

Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)

Decca 414 386-2 Tr 7

Promenade arr. Ralf Hubert and Uwe Baltrusch

Mekong Delta

Zardoz Music 200212 Tr 1

Promenade arr. Isao Tomita

The Best of Tomita

RCA PD89381 Tr 7

Promenade arr. Emerson Lake and Palmer

Victory 828 466-2 Tr 3

The Great Gate of Kiev arr. Douglas Gamley

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin (conductor)

BBC recording

The Gnome arr. Emerson Lake and Palmer

Victory 828 466-2 Tr 2

Gnomus arr. James Crabb and Geir Draugsvoll

James Crabb and Geir Draugsvoll (accordions)

EMI classics 7243 5 69705 2 6 Tr 7

Bydlo arr. Elgar Howarth

The Wallace Collection

John Wallace (conductor)

Collins Classics 12272 Tr 8

Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks original version

Sergei Prokofiev - piano (piano roll)

Laserlight 14 203 Tr 11

Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks arr. Lucien Cailliet

Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks arr. Kazuhito Yamashita

Kazuhito Yamashita (guitar)

RCA RCD14203 Tr 12

Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks arr. Ralf Hubert and Uwe Baltrusch

Zardoz Music 200212 Tr 9

Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks arr. Arthur Wills

Arthur Wills (organ)

Helios CDH88017 Tr 9

Ballet of Unhatched Chicks arr. Elgar Howarth

Collins Classics 12272 Tr 10

Ballet of Unhatched Chicks arr. Isao Tomita

The Best of Tomita

RCA PD89381 Tr 9

The Old Castle arr. Ravel

DG 469 626-2 Tr 4.

Gabriel Prokofiev looks at arrangements of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

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Poetry Prom20020910Poet Hugo Williams and Proms poet in residence Ruth Padel respond to the Proms themes of Spain and the Old Testament
Pop Culture Pilgrims20110503"Matthew Sweet examines the purpose of pilgrimage and how deeply rooted it is in the human psyche. As society becomes ever more secular, Matthew explores our continuing need to use places as points of focus for storytelling and connection with the past. Matthew will visit Blackpool Tower, for years a site of social pilgrimage for the working classes, to learn more about its appeal and discover if he can draw parallels with the pilgrims journeying en masse to Lourdes or Mecca.

Visitors to Abbey Road in St John's Wood, London, explain why they are drawn from all over the world to walk the famous zebra crossing, recreating The Beatles' iconic album cover of the same name. As they walk in the footsteps of the Fab Four, stories of teenage dreams, lifelong relationships with music and first experiences of travel emerge.

For centuries, Rosslyn Chapel outside Edinburgh has been entwined in myth, legend and secrecy. When it was featured in the final scenes of Dan Brown's blockbuster The Da Vinci Code hundreds of thousands of visitors descended on the village of Roslin to visit the chapel. Many came to photograph a film set but as visitors explain in their own words, this complicated and compelling building's powerful atmosphere pulls many of them in to form a much deeper relationship.

Matthew Sweet travels to Blackpool to examine the purpose of pilgrimage."

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John Rogan reads from John Banville's book on Prague, which features architecture, street life, political reminiscence and some fruit dumplings at a 'literary pub'.

John Rogan reads from John Banville's book on Prague.

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Prague Pictures20101001"John Banville's lyrical account of his first visit to this great city takes in the architecture, street life, political reminiscence and some fruit dumplings at a 'literary' pub.

Reader John Rogan

Producer Gemma Jenkins.

John Banville's lyrical account of his first visit to this great city in the early 1980s."

Private Views20040217A look at how views from windows affect moods and emotions.

Susannah Clapp explores her own view of a LONDON square and how that view has changed.

Susannah Clapp explores her own view of a LONDON square and how that view has changed.

Proms Plus: Cambridge University At 80020090722From the international renown of King's College Choir to the many graduates of the university's choral, music and organ scholar system, Cambridge continues to produce some of the best musicians, composers and conductors in the world. Louise Fryer hosts a discussion with past and present Directors of Music at King's College - David Willcocks and Stephen Cleobury - alongside the university's professor of music - Nicholas Cook, and composer Ryan Wigglesworth.

Louise Fryer hosts a discussion to mark Cambridge University's 800th anniversary.

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Pump And Circumstance20130111"

Andrew McGregor takes to the saddle, riding in the tyre tracks of Edward Elgar to explore the role of cycling in Edwardian England and how the composer's own relationship with his bicycle influenced his music.

"Andrew McGregor takes to the saddle, riding in the tyre tracks of Edward Elgar to explore the role of cycling in Edwardian England and how the composer's own relationship with his bicycle influenced his music.

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Quakers Don't Sing20110828"Many creative people have found a spiritual home amongst the Quaker movement in our noisy modern world but one thing seems to be missing from this most peaceful of all gatherings - music. Dame Judi Dench, novelist Margaret Elphinstone and the composer Sally Beamish contribute to a montage of thoughts, akin to a Quaker meeting discussion, and reveal their own relationships with silence and music.

A montage of thoughts on the Quaker movement's relationship to music and silence."

Ragtime To Riches20120207"Abigail Williams uncovers the lost story of Walter Harding, a British-born Chicagoan ragtime pianist who amassed the world's largest collection of popular songbooks and then left them to the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

In 1974 Walter Harding's gift of his extensive collection of music, drama and poetry was the largest donation ever made to the Bodleian Library in Oxford. It is all the more remarkable because Walter Newton Henry Harding was not an academic, a book dealer or a millionaire bibliophile, but the son of a bricklayer from the East End of London who emigrated to Chicago in the 1900s.

Harding earned his living playing ragtime music - despite having had no formal musical education. His ability to collect on such a scale, despite modest means, was due to a lack of scholarly interest in popular music at the time, and also to the flood of books on the American market during the Great Depression.

Gradually, Harding assembled the world's largest collection of popular songbooks and miscellanies in a modest townhouse in a shabby suburb of Chicago. By the time he died, the house contained some 30,000 rare books.

The story of Harding's collection is one of obsession, and of a passionate desire to reconnect with the past through its music and writing.

Abigail Williams tells this largely unknown story with the help of members of the Bodleian Library and those who knew Harding himself, as well as with readings from the correspondence between Harding and the Bodleian, and the journalistic coverage that accompanied this extraordinary bequest.

Dr Williams is a Fellow of St Peter's College, Oxford with a special interest in the Harding Collection and in 18th century miscellanies.

Producer: Beaty Rubens.

Bricklayer's son, ragtime pianist, major philanthropist: the lost story of Walter Harding."

Rain20100829"Poet and archaeologist Peter Didsbury extols the joys of rain.

In trying to find the genesis of his pluviophilia, he concludes that it wasn't nostalgia for rain sheeted caravan holidays with John Buchan and Fred Astaire for company that sparked his passion.

It's no coincidence that his love of rain blossomed at the same time as his love of poetry. "As it has a habit of doing, poetry drew out of me much that was latently there, helped to elucidate my loves. Arnold and Hopkins, in particular, released me into fertile relationships with landscape and weather which have so far proved inexhaustible."

His pluviophile's bible includes Hopkins, Pepys and Edith Sitwell, and a line from a love poem by ee cummings addressing a mistress's effortless yet powerful fragility : "nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands."

He is fascinated by the idioms and dialectic variations of language used to talk about rain. Not only does it rain cats and dogs, but also stair-rods, cobblers' knives, tractors and wheelbarrows, depending on where you are in the world. In parts of Northern England it can still be 'siling down'. Peter also pays homage to the creators of another favourite word from his lexicon of rain - petrichor: the distinctive scent released when rain falls upon dry ground.

Producer: Sarah Langan.

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Poet and archaeologist Peter Didsbury extols the joys of rain."

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Ravel In Paris20100802"Barbara Kelly goes in search of composer Maurice Ravel in the 9th arrondissement of Paris.

The famous Sacre Coeur Basilica is a short walk up the hill, yet Paris's 9th is an often overlooked district of Montmartre. Known as the musician's quarter of the city, it's an area in which Ravel spent much of his life composing and socialising. Barbara Kelly takes a tour of the 9th to explore the connections between Ravel's music and the environment which meant so much to him.

On the way Barbara talks to the pianist Roy Howat at Ravel's first Paris ho