Proms Plus Literary - 2013

Episodes

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Light Music At The Bbc20130731

The writers Simon Heffer and Andrew O'Hagan discuss the halcyon days of light music at the BBC and beyond with Matthew Sweet. With its jaunty melodies and cascading strings, they restore it to its proper place: the heart of British musical life.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as part of this year's Proms Plus events.

Michael Tippett20130801

Rana Mitter introduces an anthology of unexpected readings - from his letters, autobiography, talks for Radio 3 and reviews - on the English composer Michael Tippett, one of the most influential composers of the twentieth century.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as part of this year's Proms Plus events.

Playing Falstaff20130724

What makes Falstaff, Prince Hal's fat, boastful and cowardly companion so irresistible to writers and composers? The character appears in three of Shakespeare's plays and in musical works by Verdi, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Salieri. Samira Ahmed talks to Timothy West and Desmond Barrit about their experience of playing one of Shakespeare's greatest characters.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as one of this year's Proms Plus events.

Staging Wagner20130727

Wagner's stage directions are notorious: giant dragons; underwater singing; horses on stage; storms; destruction by raging fires. Designer Peter Mumford, and Dr John Snelson from the ROH discuss the solutions available to 21st century artists and some of the famous 19th and 20th century stagings. Presented by Anne McElvoy.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as part of this year's Proms Plus events.