Listen Up!

The Listen Up! Festival of Orchestras will showcase the talent, diversity and sheer vibrant energy of Britain's professional and amateur orchestras in a five-week extravaganza of broadcasts, concerts and educational events.

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20040926

Radio 3 continues its Listen Up series with a concert from the Westmorland Hall in Kendal.

The Northern Sinfonia under their music director Thomas Zehetmair perform a programme of Baroque and Classical music, beginning with Jean-Fery Rebel's simfonie Les Elemens.

The orchestra are then joined by soloist Stephen Varcoe for a performance of Bach's Cantata No 82 Ich habe genug.

The final piece in the programme is Mozart's exuberant Sinfonia Concertante, for which Thomas Zehetmair dons his violin-playing hat, alongside the viola-player Ruth Killius.

Presented by Martin Handley.

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Live from the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, the Hallé Orchestra and Music Director Mark Elder are joined by mezzo-soprano Alice Coote for Elgar's haunting evocations of the sea, Wagner's stormy overture and Rachmaninov's ever-popular Second Symphony.

Continues at 8.30pm, after Twenty Minutes.

Wagner: Overture 'Rienzi'

Elgar: Sea Pictures

Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)

Hallé Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor).

20041015

Warwick Thompson presents a concert from the Corn Exchange in Cambridge, home town of the Britten Sinfonia, reflecting the orchestra's creative association with the pianist Angela Hewitt.

During the concert, Warwick also looks at the important role that the orchestra plays in the life of people in the East of England.

Bach: Concerto for keyboard and orchestra in E, BWV 1053

Haydn: Symphony No 49 in Fm (La Passione)

Bach: Concerto for keyboard and orchestra in G, BWV 1058

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 15 in B flat, K450

Angela Hewitt (piano/director)

Britten Sinfonia.

20041017

As part of Radio 3's Listen Up! Festival of Orchestras, Chris de Souza presents a concert of Mozart and Mendelssohn from Manchester Camerata.

Mendelssohn: Overture Hebrides

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 20 in Dm

Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3 Scottish

Manchester Camerata

Melvyn Tan (piano)

Douglas Boyd (conductor).

20041019

Petroc Trelawny is at the Palace Theatre in Mansfield for a concert of music given by the locally based Sinfonia ViVA, conducted by Nicholas Kok.

The East Midlands can boast a proud and diverse artistic heritage - Byron lived here as did DH Lawrence, and similarly it has wide tradition of music making.

Between concert items Petroc explores how Sinfonia ViVa and others meet the needs of region.

Mozart: Symphony No 33

Beethoven: Piano Concetro No 2

Bach: Suite No 3

Haydn: Symphony No 95

Sinfonia ViVA

Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano)

Nicholas Kok (conductor).

20041025

Sir Charles Mackerras conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in works by Haydn and Mozart in a concert given at the Usher Hall.

Presented by Christopher Cook.

Haydn: Symphony No 104 'London'

Mozart: Mass in Cm

Rosemary Joshua (soprano)

Sarah Fox (soprano)

Mark Le Brocq (tenor)

Andrew Foster-Williams (bass baritone)

SCO Chorus

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Sir Charles Mackerras

(conductor).

20041026

Tommy Pearson presents a concert recorded at St John's Smith Square last week.

The London Mozart Players are joined by former BBC Young Musician of the Year, the celebrated cellist Natalie Clein, playing Tchaikovsky's scintillating Rococo Variations and Andante Cantabile in a programme which also includes Mozart's dramatic overture and Schubert's majestic Symphony.

Mozart: Overture: The Magic Flute

Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations in A

Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile

London Mozart Players

Andrew Parrot (conductor)

Natalie Clein (cello)

Continues at 8.35pm, after Twenty Minutes.

20041027

A celebration of the many ways in which the CBSO serve the wide-ranging Midlands community not least with a concert of Romantic favourites from the city's Symphony Hall.

Wagner: Tannhauser Overture

Strauss: Four Last Songs

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Victoria Nava (sporano)

Sir Edward Downes (conductor).

20041029

John Lubbock conducts the Orchestra of St John's, Smith Square in a continuation of Radio 3's Listen Up series.

Haydn's ebullient Symphony No.

30 kicks off the programme, then the orchestra are joined by Michael Collins for performances of two English Clarinet Concertos - by Finzi and Arnold.

The concert ends with Schubert's magnificent Symphony No.5.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

Continues at 8.40pm, after Twenty Minutes.

Haydn: Symphony No 30

Finzi: Clarinet Concerto

Michael Collins (Clarinet)

Orchestra of St John's

John Lubbock (conductor).

20041031

Radio 3 continues its Listen Up! series with a concert from the 2008 European Capital of Culture, Liverpool.

Under the baton of their music director Gerard Schwarz, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra perform a programme from the Philharmonic Hall which begins with Delius' nature-inspired works On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring and Summer Night on the River and ends with Beethoven's electrifying and ever-popular Eroica Symphony.

In between these two works, Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum joins the orchestra for Walton's finely crafted Cello Concerto.

Gareth Wood: Fanfare (premiere)

Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring; Summer Night on the River

Walton: Cello Concerto

Beethoven: Symphony No 3

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Ralph Kirschbaum (cello)

Gerard Schwarz (conductor).

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Sarah Walker introduces a concert given at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.

James Gilchrist (tenor)

Manchester Camerata

Douglas Boyd (conductor)

Bartok: Divertimento

Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings

Beethoven: String Quartet, Op 131.

20061031

Petroc Trelawny presents a concert recorded at Ipswich Corn Exchange.

Kathryn Stott (piano)

City of London Sinfonia

Douglas Boyd (conductor)

Elgar: Introduction and Allegro

Mozart: Piano Concerto No 27

Britten: Sinfonietta

Beethoven: Symphony No 8.

Bbc National Orchestra And Chorus Of Wales20041024

Listen Up! visits the Swansea Festival for a performance of Brahms's poetic Violin Concerto, played by Janine Jansen, and Beethoven's confident but serene Mass in C.

Recorded last Wednesday at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea and introduced by Sarah Walker.

Brahms: Violin Concerto *

Beethoven: Mass in C

Janine Jansen (violin) *

Rebecca Evans (soprano)

Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano)

Mark Padmore (tenor)

Stephen Varcoe (bass)

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales *

Richard Hickox (conductor) *.

Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales20041003

Mahler's titanic First Symphony is brought to life in the BBC National Orchestra of Wales' first concert of the Listen Up! Season, given on Friday at St David's Hall in Cardiff and presented by Sarah Walker.

Tadaaki Otaka (conductor)

Mahler: Symphony No 1 in D.

Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20040928

Ilan Volkov conducts a performance Gyorgy Kurtag's double concerto for piano, cello and two chamber ensembles.

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Nicholas Hodges (piano)

Rudi de Groote (cello)

Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano)

National Youth Choir of Scotland

Gyorgy Kurtag: Double concerto for piano, cello and two chamber ensembles, Op 27-2.

Bbc Symphony Orchestra20041028

Live from the Barbican.

The BBC SO bring their South American Tour programme to London, with the light-hearted overture to Nielsen's comic opera, Sibelius's broodingly intense Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky's deeply personal fourth symphony, which takes us on an epic journey of the soul.

Continues at 8.35pm, after Twenty Minutes.

Nielsen: Maskarade Overture

Sibelius: Violin Concerto

Leonidas Kavakos (violin)

Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor).

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra20040930

Following last season's highly-acclaimed interpretations of the four Brahms symphonies, Marin Alsop launches her third season as Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with two of the composer's most resounding works, including his most personal and intimate statement of faith and beliefs - the Deutsches Requiem.

Brahms: Triumphlied

Brahms: Deutsches Requiem

Bournemouth Symphony Chorus

Marin Alsop (conductor)

Susan Gritton (soprano)

Sebastian Noack (baritone).

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra20041010

The opening concert in the orchestra's 80th Anniversary Season (and their first broadcast on Radio 3) is conducted by Barry Wordsworth, only the 3rd Principal Conductor in the orchestra's history.

Recorded at the Brighton Dome.

Janacek: Sinfonietta

Smetana: 3 Dances from The Bartered Bride

Dvorak: Slavonic Dances Op 72 Nos 1, 2 & 7

Dvorak: Cello Concerto

Johannes Moser (cello)

London Brass

Barry Wordsworth (conductor).

City Of London Sinfonia20041018

Warwick Thompson introduces a concert given last week as part of the Canterbury Festival, launching Encore, a new initiative from the Royal Philharmonic Society and BBC Radio 3, which sets out to re-discover significant orchestral works by living British composers which have had too little public exposure.

Nigel Osborne: Zansa

Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1 in Gm

Beethoven: Symphony No 3 in E flat 'Eroica'

Chloe Hanslip (violin)

Richard Hickox (conductor).

London Chamber Orchestra20041103

John Shea introduces a concert live from St John's, Smith Square in London given by the London Chamber Orchestra.

Britain's oldest chamber orchestra, it was founded in 1921, and now divides its time between concerts, international tours, the recording studio and education and outreach work.

There's a chance to hear the fruits of one of their education projects tonight, as twenty young violinists, aged 5-10, perform a piece by Peter Maxwell Davies, accompanied by the LCO.

Continues at 8.35pm, after Twenty Minutes.

Maxwell Davies: Stramash

Mozart: Overture: Cosi fan tutte, K588

Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in Am

Christopher Warren-Green (conductor)

Antje Weithaas (violin)

Paul Watkins (cello).

London Philharmonic Orchestra20041005

Christopher Cook introduces a concert recorded earlier this week at London's Royal Festival Hall by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under their Principal Conductor Kurt Masur.

Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lynn Harrell are soloists in Brahms's mighty Double Concerto and there's also a chance to hear Dvorak's New World Symphony and Mendelssohn's dramatic Ruy Blas overture.

Mendelssohn: Overture - Ruy Blas

Brahms: Double Concerto

Dvorak: Symphony No 9

Kurt Masur (conductor)

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Lynn Harrell (cello).

London Symphony Orchestra20040929

Tonight's live performance from the Barbican Hall concludes with Dvorak's Symphony No 6.

London Symphony Orchestra20040929

The London Symphony Orchestra's centenary season continues with another world premiere written for the orchestra, this

time by Richard Bissill.

Maxim Vengerov is soloist in Beethoven's mighty Violin Concerto, and the orchestra star in Dvorak's energetic 6th Symphony.

Live from the Barbican Hall, London.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

Sir Colin Davis (conductor)

Andrew Marriner (clarinet)

Rod Franks (trumpet)

David Pyatt (horn)

Maxim Vengerov (violin)

Richard Bissill: LSO Centenary Concertante (for Clarinet, Horn and Trumpet).

World premiere.

Beethoven: Violin Concerto.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra20041011

Distinguished violinist Tasmin Little joined the orchestra's Associate Guest Conductor Mattias Bamert for this opening concert in the RPO's London Season, recorded at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

Sibelius: Finlandia

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

Holst: The Planets

Ladies of the Philharmonia Chorus

Tasmin Little (violin)

Matthias Bamert (conductor).

The Orchestra Of St John's20041029

, Smith Square/John Lubbock conclude tonight's concert with Arnold's Clarinet Concerto No 1 (Michael Collins, soloist) and Schubert's Symphony No 5.

The Ulster Orchestra20040927

under Principal Conductor Thierry Fischer performs two works inspired by Irish mythology - Wagner's powerful resolution of the love story of Tristan and the Irish princess Isolde, and Hamilton Harty's romantic retelling of the legend of 'The Children of Lir'.

In between comes the Violin Concerto by Sibelius, a composer who drew much inspiration from the mythology of his own country, Finland.

Presented by John Toal.

Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from 'Tristan und Isolde'

Sibelius: Violin Concerto

Harty: The Children of Lir

Franzita Whelan (soprano)

Ilya Gringolts (violin).

Verdi - Sacred And Profane20041006

The Halle Orchestra maintains strong links with the wider community in Manchester and the North of England through its choral concerts.

In this all-Verdi concert, Mark Elder and the orchestra are joined by the Halle Choir and the Leeds Festival Chorus to savour the intense emotions, the energy and passion that runs through the composer's dramatic and sacred music.

Introduced by Petroc Trelawny.

Verdi:

Overture - Luisa Miller

Ballet Music from Macbeth

Ave Maria (Otello)

Overture - La forza del destino

Madre, pietosa Vergine (La forza del destino)

Stabat Mater

Prelude to Act 1from La Traviata

Prelude to Act 1 from Aida

Te Deum

Nuccia Focile (soprano)

Halle Choir

Leeds Festival Chorus

Halle Orchestra

Mark Elder (conductor).

LAST-120041104

On the penultimate night of the Listen Up! season, two final orchestral masterpieces take centre stage: Tippett's Rose Lake pictures a serene Senegalese lake from dawn to dusk, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was already a cultural beacon within a generation of its 1824 premiere.

Live from St David's Hall, Cardiff, introduced by Sarah Walker.

Continues at 8.20pm, after Twenty Minutes.

Tippett: The Rose Lake

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Richard Hickox (conductor).

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Mozart: Don Giovanni - opera in 2 acts, K527

Overture

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Charles Mackerras (conductor)

Concerto for clarinet and orchestra, K 622 in A

Antony Pay (clarinet)

Mozart: Bella mia fiamma...

Resta, o cara - recitative and aria for soprano and orchestra, K528

Hillevi Martinpelto (soprano)

La Clemenza di Tito - opera in 2 acts, K621

Act 2, No 23; Non, piu di fiori vaghe catene (Rondo)

Beethoven: Scena and aria for soprano and orchestra, Op 65

Vorisek: Symphony, Op 24 in D.

200420041105

Radio 3's Listen up festival draws to a close.

Anne Dudley: London Flourishes (world premiere)

Malcolm Arnold: Electra (world premiere of concert version)

Elizabeth Maconchy: Proud Thames

Elgar: Cockaigne (In London town) overture

BBC Concert Orchestra

Kensington Symphony Orchestra

Joel C Link (violin)

Barry Wordsworth (conductor).

200420041105

The closing gala concert continues.

For this piece, a Radio 3 commission, the BBC Concert Orchestra are joined on stage by the Kensington Symphony Orchestra

Errollyn Wallen: Spirit Symphony - Speed-dating for two orchestras (world premiere)

Kensington Symphony Orchestra

BBC Concert Orchestra

Russell Keable (conductor).

200420041105

BBC Concert Orchestra

Live from the Royal Festival Hall in London, Petroc Trelawny presents the closing gala concert in Radio 3's Listen Up! festival, given in partnership with the Association of British Orchestras and Making Music.

Continues at 8.15pm, after Twenty Minutes.

Stravinsky: Fireworks

Saint-Saens: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso

Joel C Link (violin)

Handel (arr Baines/Mackerras): Music for the Royal Fireworks

Barry Wordsworth (conductor).

2004Bbc Philharmonic20041004

Recorded last Friday at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

Dvorak: The Water Goblin; Violin Concerto; Symphony No 7

James Ehnes (violin)

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

2004London Symphony Orchestra20041008

The LSO perform an exhilarating programme live from the Barbican in London.

Pierre Boulez conducts his own serial work Livre pour Cordes, followed by Bartok's 3rd Piano Concerto performed by the French pianist Helene Grimaud.

The 2nd half is Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, a once shocking ballet which still has the power to surprise.

Live from the Barbican Hall, London.

Presented by Penny Gore.

Continues at 8.30pm, after Twenty Minutes.

Boulez: Livre pour cordes

Bartok: Piano Concerto no.3

Helene Grimaud (piano)

Pierre Boulez (conductor).

2004Royal Scottish National Orchestra20041014

Alexander Lazarev conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the Caird Hall in Dundee, with music by Shostakovich and James MacMillan.

They're joined by Swedish mezzo-soprano Katarina Karneus for songs by Mahler.

Presented by Christopher Cook.

Gareth Wood: Listen Up Fanfare

James MacMillan: Confession of Isobel Gowdie

Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Shostakovich: Symphony No 12, 'The Year 1917'

Katarina Karneus (mezzo-soprano)

Alexander Lazarev (conductor).

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The opening concert of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's 2004-2005 Barbican Season with Principal Guest Conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

The superb American soprano Christine Brewer gives the UK premiere of Kaija Saariaho's erotically-charged songs of love.

And she joins mezzo Petra Lang and the BBC Symphony Chorus for Mahler's monumental symphony of judgement and redemption, Symphony No.

2 "Resurrection".

Kaija Saariaho: Quatre instants

Christine Brewer (Soprano)

Petra Lang (Mezzo-Soprano)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor).

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The opening concert of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's 2004-2005 Barbican Season with Principal Guest Conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

Mahler: Symphony No 2 "Resurrection"

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor).

200620061006

A concert from Aberdeen by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, under their Music Director Stéphane Denève.

It's an evening of music inspired by mighty rivers and turbulent seas.

Cellist Han-na Chang makes her RSNO début with one of the most popular concertos of the repertoire.

Alexander Mccall Smith reads part three of his specially commissioned story about the orchestra, and Dermot Clinch continues his orchestral A-Z.

Presented by Sarah Walker.

Smetana: Vltava (Ma Vlast)

Britten: Four Sea Interludes

Knussen: The Way to Castle Yonder

Dvorak: Cello Concerto

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Stéphane Denève (conductor)

Han-Na Chang (cello).

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Petroc Trelawny presents a concert recorded in the Wigmore Hall.

Academy of Ancient Music

Richard Egarr (organ, harpsichord, director).

Handel: Organ Concerto in G minor

Telemann: Concerto a 7 in F

Handel: Organ Concerto in B flat; Organ Concerto in F

Telemann: Concerto a 7 in A

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 4.

2006F Is For The Future20061009

Sarah Mohr-Pietsch presents a concert by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, recorded at the Barbican Hall in London.

As part of the Barbican's marathon tribute to composer Steve Reich in his 70th year, the orchestra performs two of his high energy works with acclaimed Reich performers Synergy Vocals and Stefan Asbury.

Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

Steve Reich: You Are (Variations); Tehillim

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Synergy Vocals

Stefan Asbury, Alexander Rumpf (conductor).

2006G Is For Gramophone20061010

Sarah Mohr-Pietsch introduces a concert given by the Scottish Ensemble at the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh - it includes the world première of Sally Beamish's third viola concerto for Lawrence Power.

Jonathan Morton, artistic director of the Scottish Ensemble, talks about the challenges of introducing new repertoire to the ensemble, and Dermot Clinch continues his A-Z of the orchestra.

JS Bach: Ricercare, from A Musical Offering, BWV 1079

Hindemith: Five Pieces

Sally Beamish: Under the Wing of the Rock (world première with Lawrence Power, viola)

Hindemith: Trauermusik

JS Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 6, BWV 1051

Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence

Scottish Ensemble

Lawrence Power (viola).

2006H20061011

Sarah Mohr-Pietsch introduces a concert given at the Brighton Dome by the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra under Barry Wordsworth.

A hot summer night in New York's Central Park sets the scene for a concert of atmospheric music, which includes Ravel and Saint-Saens conjuring up images of traditional fairytale characters, and the BPO's Composer in Focus performs his own Piano Concertino, conceived from a series of nocturnal etudes.

Members of the audience at Brighton Dome talk about what they want from orchestral concerts and Alexander Mccall Smith continues his story, set in the Second World War, about an amateur orchestra.

Ives: Central Park in the Dark

Martin Butler: Piano Concertino

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite

Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals

Martin Butler, John Alley, Catherine Edwards (piano)

Brighton Philharmonic

Barry Wordsworth (conductor).

2006I Is For Instrument20061012

Sarah Mohr-Pietsch introduces a concert given by the London Mozart Players at the Turner Sims Concert Hall in Southampton, including a new work by composer Michael Omer which has its origins in a collaboration between the composer, LMP musicians and students at Redbridge School.

Players from the LMP visit the Millbrook estate in Southampton to introduce Mozart's music, and there is a report from New York on the London Symphony Orchestra's Musicians on Call scheme - where musicians visit the homes of those who are unable to reach a concert hall.

Dermot Clinch continues his A-Z of the orchestra.

Michael Omer: The Rages of the Ages (world première)

Mozart: Piano Concerto, No 12, K414

Britten: Young Apollo

Mozart: Symphony No 39, K543

London Mozart Players

Alexander Shelley (conductor)

Steven Osborne (piano).

2006J Is For Jullien20061013

Sarah Mohr-Pietsch introduces a concert given by the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, featuring a programme of British music - including a new Double Concerto for trumpet and trombone by Piers Hellawell.

In addition, players from the Philharmonia reveal how they cope with nerves, and there is a feature on the Philharmonia's virtual orchestra at the South Bank.

BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter Iyare talks about his experience of attending a classical concert and there's another episode of Alexander Mccall Smith's story.


Elgar: In the South (Alassio)
Piers Hellawell: Cors de Chasse (London Premiere)
Walton: Violin Concerto
Elgar: Cockaigne Overture
Philharmonia Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

Hakan Hardenberger (trumpet)

Jonas Bylund (trombone)

Matthew Trusler (violin).

2006K Is For Kazoo20061016

Petroc Trelawny visits the Windsor Arts Centre for a concert by one of the UK's leading chamber orchestras, the English Chamber Orchestra.

Plus students and musicians from the Milton Keynes City Orchestra find a musical use for the dreaded mobile phone ringtone; Alexander Mccall Smith with another episode of his 15-part story about La's orchestra and Dermot Clinch continues his A-Z of the orchestra.


Barber: Knoxville - Summer of 1915
Mozart: Piano Concerto No 23 in A, K488
Richard Rodney Bennett: Nocturnes
Leonard Bernstein: Serenade for Violin
Measha Brueggergosman (soprano)

Stephanie Gonley (violin)

Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano)

English Chamber Orchestra

Roy Goodman (conductor).

2006L Is For Lollypop20061017

A concert to mark the 21st anniversary season of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, with a concert featuring the tenor, Ian Bostridge, performing arias by Handel.

Petroc Trelawny delves into the orchestra's past with live studio guest, Helen Wallace, who has just published a book charting the orchestra's history, and he talks to musicians about how period performance has come in from the fringe and become an integral part of concert life.


Handel: Overture, Messiah; Concerto Grosso, Op 6, No 5 in D; Where'er you walk from Semele; Waft her angels from Jephtha; Concerto Grosso No 7 in C, Alexander's Feast; Overture from Ariodante; Scherza Infida from Ariodante; Sinfonia to Act III from Ariodante; Dopo Notte from Ariodante

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Harry Bicket (conductor)

Ian Bostridge (tenor).

2006M Is For Maestro20061018

Petroc Trelawny hosts a concert featuring some of the UK's finest contemporary composers.

BBC Concert Orchestra players talk about how they can switch from opera to musical and baroque to minimalism at the drop of a hat; there's news of MusicLab, where students from schools in Watford take part in a concert as presenters, singers and composers; and Alexander Mccall Smith continues to read from his story 'La's orchestra saves the world'.


Andrew Poppy: 32 Frames for Orchestra
Gavin Bryars: Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet
Howard Skempton: Lento
Graham Fitkin: Huoah
Sir John Tavener: Tears of the Angels
Michael Nyman: L'orgie parisienne

Mary Carewe (soprano)

Cynthia Fleming (violin)

BBC Concert Orchestra

Charles Hazlewood (conductor).

2006N Is For Nightingale20061019

A concert of contemporary classics given at Glasgow City Halls by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and featuring the orchestra's Principal Clarinet, Maximiliano Martín.

There is a report from Scotland on the Musicians on Call scheme where musicians visit the homes and workplaces of those who are unable to reach a concert hall, and Dermot Clinch continues his A-Z of the orchestra.


Schumann, arr Adorno: Kinderjahr - Six Pieces, Op 68
Judith Weir: Heroic strokes of the bow
Carl Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto
Henri Dutilleux: Mystère de l'instant

Maximiliano Martín (clarinet)

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

André de Ridder (conductor).

2006O Is For Orchestration20061020

Petroc Trelawny presents a concert of works by Peter Maxwell Davies recorded at the Sage Gateshead.

The composer introduces his own music and Petroc Trelawny is joined in the studio by the choreographer and founder of Random Dance, Wayne McGregor, to talk about Amu at Durham, a Creative Partnership between Random Dance, composer Sir John Tavener and heart imaging specialists Dr Philip Kilner and Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan from the Royal Brompton Hospital, London.

Kathryn Tickell (Northumbrian pipes)

Northern Sinfonia

Garry Walker (conductor)

Maxwell Davies: Military March; Mishkenot; The Two Fiddlers - dances; Kettletoft Inn (world premiere); Crossing Kings Reach; A Mirror of Whitening Light.

2006P Is For Pompeii20061023

BCMG/Oliver Knussen.

Knussen: Trumpets.

Webern: Symphony, Op 21.

Bedford: Or Voit Tout En Aventure.

Matthews:...through the glass.

Webern: Five pieces, Op 10.

Knussen: Requiem.

2006R Is For Rite20061025

Sarah Walker introduces a concert from Belfast with the Ulster Orchestra.

Percussionist Colin Currie joins the Ulster Orchestra to perform the world premiere of Goliath by Northern Irish composer Deirdre Gribbin, as part of the Belfast Festival at Queen's.

The programme also includes works by Irish composers of an earlier generation.

Harty: A Comedy Overture

Stanford: Irish Rhapsody

Deirdre Gribbin: Goliath

Pierre-Andre Valade (conductor)

Moeran: Sinfonietta

Rumon Gamba (conductor)

Colin Currie (percussion)

Ulster Orchestra.

2006S Is For Sarrusophone (and Other Extraordinary Instruments)20061026

Sarah Walker hosts a concert recorded at Snape Maltings concert hall in Suffolk, as part of this year's Snape Proms.

Nicholas Daniel gives a performance of Michael Zev Gordon's new oboe concerto The Fabric of Dreams, and another soloist - violinist Alina Ibragimova - plays Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending.

There's a look at Creative Partnerships in Northumberland, with composer Nittin Sawhney, local school children and Creative Partnerships staff - who talk about a recent project that led to their Anthem for Northumberland.

Plus another episode from Alexander Mccall Smith's story 'La's orchestra saves the world'.

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite

Sibelius: Scene with Cranes

Michael Zev Gordon: Oboe Concerto - The fabric of dreams

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

Mozart: Symphony No 41 Jupiter

Nicholas Daniel (oboe)

Alina Ibragimova (violin)

Britten Sinfonia

Paul Watkins (conductor).

2006T Is For Tuning Up20061027

Sarah Walker concludes this fourth week of the Listen Up! festival with a concert given by the BBC Philharmonic at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.

Vassily Sinaisky conducts a programme of variations, beginning with Brahms on the St Anthony Chorale.

Walton's Variations on a Theme of Hindemith are followed by Rachmaninoff's familiar Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and the concert ends with Elgar's much-loved Enigma Variations.

Also, an insight into the BBC Philharmonic's extensive Education and Community programme with a look behind the scenes at their work with a local youth orchestra and the chance to be a fly on the wall for Musicians on Call; there's another episode from Alexander Mccall Smith's story "La's orchestra saves the world" and Dermot Clinch continues his A-Z of the orchestra.

Brahms: Variations on the St Antony Chorale

Walton: Variations on a Theme of Hindemith

Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Elgar: Enigma Variations

BBC Philharmonic

Vassily Sinaisky (conductor).

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Petroc Trelawny presents a concert recorded in the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Talbot: Trumpet Concerto

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Alison Balsom (trumpet)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Joann Faletta (conductor).

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Petroc Trelawny presents a concert recorded in the Djanogly Recital Hall, Nottingham.

Colin Currie (percussion)

Sinfonia ViVA

Benedict Holland (conductor)

Mozart: Divertimento in D, K136

Duddell: Snowblind

Maric: Lifetimes

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for strings.

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Sarah Walker launches the first full week of Radio 3's coverage of the Listen Up! Festival of Orchestras 2006.

The festival reflects the strength, diversity and commitment of the whole UK orchestral community, amateur and professional alike.

The week gets off to a flying start with one of London's leading professional orchestras, the LSO from the Barbican Hall in London, in a concert celebrating Steve Reich's 70th birthday.

Alongside the music, there's the first episode of a specially commissioned 15-part story about the orchestra by award-winning author Alexander Mccall Smith, and of Dermot Clinch's A-Z of the orchestra.

Reich: Three Movements

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Reich: Desert Music

London Symphony Orchestra

Xian Zhang (conductor).

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Listen Up!

Sarah Walker introduces performances that reflect the UK's thriving amateur music-making scene.

There's a chance to hear some of the UK's leading amateur orchestras, from Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Southampton and Sheffield, playing music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Delius and a new work by Martin Suckling.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, President of Making Music, talks about why amateur orchestras are so important, and Dermot Clinch continues his A-Z of the orchestra.

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Sarah Walker introduces a concert from the Lighthouse in Poole by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

It begins with a lively fanfare by their Composer in the House followed by three 20th Century classics.

Award-winning author Alexander Mccall Smith reads the second part of his specially commissioned story, and Dermot Clinch continues with his A-Z of the orchestra.

Stephen McNeff: Echoes & Reflections - Fanfare for Brass & Percussion

Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

Shostakovich: Symphony No 5

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Francois-Frederic Guy (piano)

Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor)

Includes a Twenty Minutes interval at 8.20pm.

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A concert from Glasgow, featuring the music of Steve Martland and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

The programme includes Martland's best known and most energetic score, the symphonic poem Babi Yar, followed by a new piece consisting of an arrangement for string orchestra of the slow movement of his string quartet Patrol.

The concert ends with a performance by the Steve Martland Band playing their unique mix of classical, rock, jazz and minimalist music.

Plus Dermot Clinch continues his A-Z of the orchestra.

Introduced by Sarah Walker.

Steve Martland: Babi Yar; Plaint (World première)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Jurjen Hempel (conductor)

Steve Martland Band

Steve Martland (conductor).

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A concert that continues the 60th anniversary celebrations of the launch of Radio 3 (which began life as the Third Programme).

It's also the opening live concert of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's new Barbican Season; and celebrates the Listen Up! Season - a month-long festival of British orchestras.

Featuring the world premiere of a work written specially for the great American counter-tenor David Daniels by the British composer Jonathan Dove.

The BBCSO's new Chief Conductor Jiri Belohlavek is at the helm.

Presented by Sarah Walker.

Dvorak: Suite in A

Jonathan Dove: Hojoki

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Daniels (counter tenor)

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

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The evening's Listen Up! concert at the Barbican continues with a Beethoven Symphony.

Beethoven: Symphony No 3 in Eb - Eroica

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Daniels (counter tenor)

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor).

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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.

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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.

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In the first of six weekly programmes, Petroc Trelawny looks at the kaleidoscope of British orchestral music-making on and off the platform.

This week he encounters Scotland's orchestral musicians in halls, prisons, schools and some less instutitonal environments.

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Steve Punt dons evening wear and slips in among the second violins to present an intimate and unexpurgated exploration of the history of the symphony orchestra.