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703: BBC Radio 3

Wed May 22
Choral Evensong

Today 14:00 - 15:00

Live from The King's Free Chapel of St George, Windsor Castle, with music by Stanford, Wood, Matthew Martin and Harris.

Composer of the Week:...

Today 15:00 - 16:00

...Rimsky-Korsakov. 3/5. Donald Macleod focuses on the career of Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and how his music drew upon and depicted centuries of Russian legends and folklore.

In Tune

Today 16:00 - 18:00

Sean Rafferty has live music in the studio from violinist Chloe Hanslip, ahead of her concert with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in Manchester.

Classical Mixtape

Today 18:00 - 18:30

Take time out with a 30-minute soundscape of classical favourites.

Radio 3 in Concert

Today 18:30 - 20:45

Elgar, Dvorák and Butterworth frame Stephen Hough as soloist in the European premiere of his own Piano Concerto, performed by the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

The Essay: Art and Uncertainty

Today 20:45 - 21:00

How can art help us deal with uncertainty in our own lives? Margaret Heffernan explores how artists tolerate the fear of uncertainty.

Night Tracks

Today 21:00 - 22:30

Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents an adventurous, immersive soundtrack for late-night listening, from classical to contemporary and everything in between.

'Round Midnight

Today 22:30 - 23:30

Brand new UK jazz with Soweto Kinch, alongside gems from around the world.

Through the Night

Today 23:30 - 05:30

The Danish String Quartet has used the story of creation as the framework for this DSQ festival in Copenhagen, featuring music by Missy Mazzoli, Schumann and Brahms.

Thu May 23
Breakfast

Tomorrow 05:30 - 08:30

Petroc Trelawny presents Radio 3's award-winning classical breakfast show. Email your requests to 3breakfast@bbc.co.uk.

Essential Classics

Tomorrow 08:30 - 12:00

Georgia Mann plays the best in classical music, with familiar favourites alongside new discoveries and musical surprises.

Classical Live

Tomorrow 12:00 - 15:00

Linton Stephens showcases the best performances from the UK and beyond including Mozart and Haydn from London and Shostakovich from Hamburg.

Composer of the Week:...

Tomorrow 15:00 - 16:00

...Rimsky-Korsakov. 4/5. A gopak, a string quartet, a clutch of operas and a trip to Asia find their way into Donald Macleod's look at the life and music of Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

In Tune

Tomorrow 16:00 - 18:00

Sean Rafferty meets actor and writer Paterson Joseph, who features in the latest project from Streetwise Opera, celebrating African and Caribbean heritage in Britain.

Classical Mixtape

Tomorrow 18:00 - 18:30

Take time out with a 30-minute soundscape of classical favourites.

Radio 3 in Concert

Tomorrow 18:30 - 20:45

The BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena are reunited for a Mediterranean fiesta. Violinist James Ehnes joins them for virtuosic music by Saint-Saëns and Sarasate.

The Essay: Art and Uncertainty

Tomorrow 20:45 - 21:00

How can art help us deal with uncertainty in our own lives? Margaret Heffernan explores how an artist knows when to stop.

Night Tracks

Tomorrow 21:00 - 22:30

Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents an adventurous, immersive soundtrack for late-night listening, from classical to contemporary and everything in between.

'Round Midnight

Tomorrow 22:30 - 23:30

New music from British clarinettist Emma Johnson.

Through the Night

Tomorrow 23:30 - 05:30

Violinist Dalibor Karvay joins the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Konstantin Ilievsky in Brahms's Violin Concerto plus Dvorak New World Symphony.

Fri May 24
Breakfast

Friday 05:30 - 08:30

Petroc Trelawny presents Radio 3's award-winning classical breakfast show, featuring the Friday poem. Email your requests to 3breakfast@bbc.co.uk.

Essential Classics

Friday 08:30 - 12:00

Georgia Mann plays the best in classical music, with familiar favourites alongside new discoveries and musical surprises.

Classical Live

Friday 12:00 - 15:00

Linton Stephens with unique recordings of some of the best performances of live music-making from the UK and abroad including Mozart and Haydn from London and Schumann from Seoul.

Composer of the Week:...

Friday 15:00 - 16:00

...Rimsky-Korsakov. 5/5. Donald Macleod surveys the life and music of Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

In Tune

Friday 16:00 - 18:00

Sean Rafferty introduces performances from members of the formidable Sphinx Organization. There is also live music from pianist Tiffany Poon.

Classical Mixtape

Friday 18:00 - 18:30

Take time out with a 30-minute soundscape of classical favourites.

Friday Night is Music Night

Friday 18:30 - 20:45

Roderick Dunk conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra and singers Katie Birtill and Emma Kershaw in classic show songs from Broadway, recorded at Chichester Festival Theatre in January.

The Essay: Art and Uncertainty

Friday 20:45 - 21:00

How can art help us deal with uncertainty in our own lives? Margaret Heffernan explores the benefits of uncertainty.

Late Junction

Friday 21:00 - 22:30

Another chance to join Verity Sharp for a specially-curated long-distance collaboration session between US poet-musician JJJJJerome and British folk artist Angeline Morrison.

'Round Midnight

Friday 22:30 - 23:30

'Round Midnight salutes Marhsall Allen with archive interviews and tunes as he celebrates his centenary.

Through the Night

Friday 23:30 - 05:30

Trumpeter Jonas Silinskas joins the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Collon, to perform works by Raitio, Weinberg, Bernstein and Ravel.

Sat May 25
Breakfast

Saturday 05:30 - 08:00

Join Elizabeth Alker to wake up the day with a selection of the finest classical music.

Saturday Morning

Saturday 08:00 - 11:00

Tom Service is joined by violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, uncovers the percussive world of the handpan, and plays the best classical music to start your weekend.

Earlier... with Jools Holland

Saturday 11:00 - 12:00

Jools is joined by poet and novelist Sir Ben Okri, with music by Mozart, Moondog, Florence Price and Claude Debussy.

Music Matters: 25 Years of the...

Saturday 12:00 - 13:00

...West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Clemency Burton-Hill traces the first steps of this remarkable musical adventure.

Record Review

Saturday 13:00 - 15:00

In Building a Library, Joanna MacGregor chooses her favourite recording of JS Bach's Keyboard Partitas BWV 825-830, and Ben Gernon shares his favourite new releases.

Sound of Cinema

Saturday 15:00 - 16:00

Matthew Sweet gets all caught up with writer and broadcaster Agnes Poirier, who will be at Cannes Film Festival, to bring us the best soundtracks from the hottest film releases.

This Classical Life

Saturday 16:00 - 17:00

Jess Gillam and conductor Chloé van Soeterstède share the tracks they love, with music from Schubert, Khachaturian, CPE Bach, Dani Howard, Mulatu Astatke and Mitski.

Opera on 3

Saturday 17:00 - 20:30

Aigul Akhmetshina sings Carmen at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, with Piotr Beczala as her Don José and Antonello Manacorda conducting.

Music Planet

Saturday 20:30 - 21:30

Lopa chats to the Staples Jr. Singers about their new album 'Searching', and we are joined by Max Reinhardt to pay tribute to Algerian pianist Maurice El Médioni.

New Music Show

Saturday 21:30 - 23:30

Alwynne Pritchard's compelling music theatre performance explores our connections to the institutions of love, labour, devotion and dissent that have shaped human history.

Through the Night

Saturday 23:30 - 05:30

Pianist Kit Armstrong joins Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and conductor Jonathan Nott in Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto. John Shea presents.

Sun May 26
Breakfast

Sunday 05:30 - 08:00

Tom McKinney presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show with music that captures the mood of Sunday morning. Email 3breakfast@bbc.co.uk.

Sunday Morning

Sunday 08:00 - 11:00

Sarah Walker chooses three hours of attractive and uplifting music to complement your morning, whether you're doing a spot of gardening or settling down with the crossword.

Private Passions

Sunday 11:00 - 12:30

Michael Berkeley's guest is the poet Imtiaz Dharker, who was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014.

Music Map

Sunday 12:30 - 14:00

Sara Mohr-Pietsch maps a musical landscape around Beethoven's Song of Thanksgiving from his String Quartet No 15 in A minor, finding sonic connections across time and space.

Choral Evensong

Sunday 14:00 - 15:00

Live from The King's Free Chapel of St George, Windsor Castle, with music by Stanford, Wood, Matthew Martin and Harris.

Jazz Record Requests

Sunday 15:00 - 16:00

Alyn Shipton presents jazz records of all styles as requested by you, including music from Duke Ellington, Geri Allen and a Sun Ra classic to mark the centenary of Marshall Allen.

The Early Music Show

Sunday 16:00 - 17:00

Hannah French presents highlights of a concert from the Schwetzingen Festival, with soprano Nuria Rial & Ensemble 1700 performing music by Handel, Vivaldi, Falconieri and Strozzi.

Words and Music

Sunday 17:00 - 18:15

From the Ugly Bug Ball and Alice's caterpillar to Madame Butterfly, Kaija Saariaho's Sept Papillons, John Fowles's collector of specimens and Tennessee Williams's plague of moths.

Sunday Feature: Everything...

Sunday 18:15 - 19:00

...Stops When I Play. The composer Gavin Higgins considers how his Tourette syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder has informed his music.

Drama on 3: Antigone by Jean...

Sunday 19:00 - 20:30

...Anouilh. Starring Sean Bean as Creon, and rising star Rosy McEwen as Antigone in this new, vibrant audio production. Antigone faces death for defying her uncle, King Creon.

New Generation Artists

Sunday 20:30 - 21:00

Chamber music recordings by Radio 3 New Generation Artists: Elisabeth Brauss plays Schumann, and Ryan Corbett plays music by Victor Vlasov.

Night Tracks

Sunday 21:00 - 22:30

Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents an adventurous, immersive soundtrack for late-night listening, from classical to contemporary and everything in between.

Unclassified

Sunday 22:30 - 23:30

Elizabeth Alker presents new sounds from the world of ambient music. Folk singer John Francis Flynn is in the Listening Chair to recommend a piece of music that transports him.

Through the Night

Sunday 23:30 - 05:30

Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, the Crouch End Festival Chorus and a starry quartet of soloists at the First Night of the BBC Proms 2022.

Mon May 27
Breakfast

Monday 05:30 - 08:30

Petroc Trelawny presents Radio 3's award-winning classical breakfast show. Email your requests to 3breakfast@bbc.co.uk.

Essential Classics

Monday 08:30 - 12:00

Ian Skelly plays the best in classical music, with discoveries and surprises rubbing shoulders with familiar favourites.

Classical Live

Monday 12:00 - 15:00

Elizabeth Alker showcases the best performances from the UK and beyond, featuring the Takacs Quartet.

Composer of the Week: Vivaldi

Monday 15:00 - 16:00

1/5. Donald Macleod explores spring in the life of Antonio Vivaldi, and his early years in Venice working at the Ospedale della Pietà.

In Tune

Monday 16:00 - 18:00

Sean Rafferty is joined by Paul Agnew, who is conducting Platée, by Jean-Philippe Rameau, at Garsington Opera. Tenor Samuel Boden, who appears in the production, sings live.

Classical Mixtape

Monday 18:00 - 18:30

Take time out with a 30-minute soundscape of classical favourites.

Radio 3 in Concert

Monday 18:30 - 20:45

The London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Antonio Pappano Pappano are joined by the charismatic violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja for a colourful and exciting programme.

The Essay: A Different Way to...

Monday 20:45 - 21:00

...Listen. Ruth Montgomery is a profoundly deaf flautist. Describing the hurdles she faced to become a music educator for deaf children, she muses on the importance of music to all our lives.

Night Tracks

Monday 21:00 - 22:30

Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents an adventurous, immersive soundtrack for late-night listening, from classical to contemporary and everything in between.

'Round Midnight

Monday 22:30 - 23:30

Arooj Aftab picks a record from her personal collection.

Through the Night

Monday 23:30 - 05:30

Pianist Angela Hewitt performs excerpts from Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier and French Overture in B minor. Presented by John Shea.

Tue May 28
Breakfast

Tuesday 05:30 - 08:30

Petroc Trelawny presents Radio 3's award-winning classical breakfast show. Email your requests to 3breakfast@bbc.co.uk.

Essential Classics

Tuesday 08:30 - 12:00

Ian Skelly plays the best in classical music, with discoveries and surprises rubbing shoulders with familiar favourites.

Classical Live

Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00

Elizabeth Alker showcases the best performances from the UK and beyond, featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Composer of the Week: Vivaldi

Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00

2/5. Donald Macleod explores Summer in the life and career of Vivaldi, and the world of the Venetian carnival.

In Tune

Tuesday 16:00 - 18:00

Sean Rafferty is joined by pianist Anthony Hewitt, playing live in the studio and talking about Ulverston International Music Festival.

Classical Mixtape

Tuesday 18:00 - 18:30

Take time out with a 30-minute soundscape of classical favourites.

Radio 3 in Concert

Tuesday 18:30 - 20:45

Daniele Rustioni conducts a programme of Webern, Shostakovich and Brahms with the Ulster Orchestra from the Ulster Hall in Belfast, with violinist Sergey Khachatryan.

The Essay: A Different Way to...

Tuesday 20:45 - 21:00

...Listen. Horn player Nigel Braithwaite takes a sideways look at how music has helped him through progressive deafness and traumatic brain injury.

Night Tracks

Tuesday 21:00 - 22:30

Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents an adventurous, immersive soundtrack for late-night listening, from classical to contemporary and everything in between.

'Round Midnight

Tuesday 22:30 - 23:30

Arooj Aftab picks a record from her personal collection.

Through the Night

Tuesday 23:30 - 05:30

WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne, and conductor Marek Janowski in Bruckner's 5th Symphony. John Shea presents.

Wed May 29
Breakfast

Wednesday 05:30 - 08:30

Petroc Trelawny presents Radio 3's award-winning classical breakfast show. Email your requests to 3breakfast@bbc.co.uk.

Essential Classics

Wednesday 08:30 - 12:00

Ian Skelly plays the best in classical music, with discoveries and surprises rubbing shoulders with familiar favourites.

Classical Live

Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00

Elizabeth Alker showcases the best performances from the UK and beyond, featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Choral Evensong

Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00

Live from St David's Cathedral, with music by Bairstow, Noble, Britten and Meirion Wynn Jones.

Composer of the Week: Vivaldi

Wednesday 15:00 - 16:00

3/5. Donald Macleod explores Vivaldi's successes outside his native Venice, across Italy and throughout Europe.

In Tune

Wednesday 16:00 - 18:00

Pianist Kirill Gerstein joins Sean Rafferty to play live. American countertenor Reginald Mobley also performs live in the studio.

Classical Mixtape

Wednesday 18:00 - 18:30

The Classical Mixtape: an imaginative, eclectic mix featuring classical favourites and lesser-known gems - from Beethoven to Billy Joel.

Radio 3 in Concert

Wednesday 18:30 - 20:45

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales perform Caroline Shaw's The Observatory, Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra, and Ravel's Piano Concerto with soloist Sergio Tiempo.

The Essay: A Different Way to...

Wednesday 20:45 - 21:00

...Listen. Chisato Minamimura, a deaf performance artist, explains how she deconstructs sounds and music in powerful ways, despite not actually hearing it herself.

Night Tracks

Wednesday 21:00 - 22:30

Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents music for late-night listening, including a set from Tiny Leaves and ghost stories from Jeanette Winterson, recorded live at Hay Festival.

'Round Midnight

Wednesday 22:30 - 23:30

Arooj Aftab picks a record from her personal collection.

Through the Night

Wednesday 23:30 - 05:30

Pianist Alexandra Dovgan joins Croatian Radio-Television Symphony Orchestra and conductor Philipp von Steinaecker in Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto. John Shea presents.