The week in broadcasts

We round up the best TV and radio classical music broadcasts of the coming week

The week in broadcasts

What: Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses
When: Saturday 24 February, 6.30-10pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

The Royal Opera House performs Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses at the Roundhouse, directed by John Fulljames. Roderick Williams is taking on the role of Ulysses, alongside a stellar cast of David Shipley, Catherine Carby, Francesca Chiejina, Caitlin Hulcup, Samuel Boden, Nick Pritchard and Stuart Jackson. They will be accompanied by the Early Opera Company Orchestra, under the baton of Christian Curnyn. The chorus is made up of 40 singers from the Roundhouse community choir and the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus.


What: Why is Music Addicted to Bass?
When: Sunday 25 February, 5-5.30pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

Tom Service takes on basslines this week on The Listening Service, exploring their use across genres and musical ages. Neuroscientist Dr Laurel Trainor explains why we are so hardwired into enjoying the basslines of Bach and Boulez to Stevie Wonder and Dizzee Rascal.


What: Bath Bachfest – Bach’s B Minor Mass
When: Monday 26 February, 7.30-10pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

The English Concert are joining forces with early music group The Erebus Ensemble to perform Bach’s B Minor Mass at Bath Abbey as part of Bath Bachfest, conducted by Harry Bicket. The soloists lined up for the occasion are soprano Lucy Crowe, alto Anna Harvey, tenor Nick Pritchard and bass-baritone Ashley Riches.

Bach B Minor Mass BWV 232


What: Hollywood in Vienna – The Sound of Space & Alexandre Desplat
When: Monday 26 February, 8-10pm
Where: Sky Arts

Recorded at the 2016 Hollywood in Vienna festival, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra perform music from sci-fi films set in space, honouring the film composer Alexandre Desplat.



What: Spielberg and Williams – The Adventure Continues
When: Monday 26 February, 7.30-10pm
Where: Sky Arts

A documentary following the relationship between director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams. Williams has scored nearly all of Spielberg’s films, earning three Oscars in the process.


What: La Boheme
When: Wednesday 28 February, 6.50-9am
Where: Sky Arts 

Maija Kovalevska, Dmytro Popov and Audun Iversen star in John Copley's 2013 production of Puccini’s La Boheme at the Royal Opera House, under the baton of Mark Elder.


What: Radio 3 Live in Concert – St David’s Day Concert
When: Thursday 1 March, 7.30-10pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

Broadcast live from St David’s Hall in Cardiff, harpist Catrin Finch and tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones perform some of Wales’s finest musical works to celebrate St David’s Day, alongside the BBC National Orchestra and the Chorus of Wales and conducted by Grant Llewellyn.

Alum Hoddinott Quodlibet on Welsh Nursery Tunes
Daniel Jones The Country Beyond the Stars: I. A Hymn to Peace
Morfydd Llwyn Owen Gweddi Pechadur
Dilys Elwyn-Edwards Mae Hiraeth yn y Môr
Gareth Glyn Vita Davidis (A Life of St David)
Arwel Hughes Dewi Sant: ‘Molwyn Di’
Grace Williams Penillion: IV. A Welsh Prayer
Karl Jenkins Dewi Sant: Good Night House of Dewi
Jeffrey Howard A Welsh Celebration



What: World on 3 – Kathryn Tickell with Songs of the Gael
When: Friday 2 March, 11pm-12am
Where: BBC Radio 3

The Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow bring us its most recent instalment – a celebration of Gaelic Song. Gaelic singers including Julie Fowlis, Karen Matheson and Kathleen MacInnes perform brand-new orchestral arrangements of Gaelic songs with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Read this month's issue of BBC Music Magazine for more TV and radio highlights throughout the week.

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