The week in broadcasts

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

The week in broadcasts

What: In Tune – Free Thinking Festival
When: Friday 9 March, 5-7pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

Broadcast live from the Northern Rock Foundation Hall at Sage Gateshead, the amateur choir Voices of Hope will perform The Pankhurst Anthem, a new choral work commissioned by Radio 3 to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, composed by Lucy Pankhurst with text by Helen Pankhurst, the great-granddaughter of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.


What: Opera on 3 – Bizet’s Carmen
When: Saturday 10 March, 6.30-10pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

The Royal Opera perform Bizet’s Carmen in a new production by Australian director Barrie Kosky. It is an opera performed extensively across the world, but Kosky shines a new light on it, reintroducing parts of the score not usually performed. Gaëlle Arquez performs the title role, accompanied by Andrea Carè as Don José, all under the baton of Jakub Hrůša. 


What: Nigel Kennedy – The Four Seasons
When: Sunday 11 March, 6-7am
Where: Sky Arts

We’ve all heard him play it a million times, but Nigel Kennedy’s interpretation of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons is what has earned him a place in the public consciousness and remains a wonderful interpretation of a classic work.


What: Sunday Feature – Concerto
When: Sunday 11 March, 6.45-7.30pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

Actor Simon Russel Beale explores the concerto and how the role of the soloist has transformed over time. He draws parallels between the soloist’s position in a concerto and the actor’s role in a play.


What: Turandot on Sydney Harbour
When: Monday 12 March, 6.55-9am
Where: BBC Radio 3  

Opera Australia take on Puccini’s Turandot on a floating stage in Sydney Harbour. Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng presents his vision of the Chinese fable in a visually stimulating production.


What: Radio 3 in Concert – Steven Hough
When: Monday 12 March, 7.30-10pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

Pianist Steven Hough joins the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under the baton of Chief Conductor Thomas Søndergård in a rendition of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto.

Dvorak: The Golden Spinning Wheel
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor
Brahms: Symphony No.1 in C minor


What: Saint-Saëns & Schubert – Bertrand de Billy
When: Wednesday 14 March, 6-7.30am
Where: Sky Arts

Conductor Bertrand de Billy leads the Orchestre de Paris in a performance of Saint-Saëns’s Symphony in A and Schubert’s Mass No. 6, with a stellar lineup of soloists: Malin Byström (soprano), Renata Pokupic (mezzo-soprano), Werner Güra (tenor), Maximilian Schmitt (tenor) and Hanno Müller-Brachmann (bass-baritone).


What: Mariinsky Ballet – Cinderella
When: Thursday 15 March, 7-9am
Where: Sky Arts

Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s interpretation on the classic ballet with Prokofiev’s legendary score. It has been reset in the 1930s, with all the glamour associated with that era.

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