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Listen online to the internet radio of BBC Radio 3 live, which is the second most listened to especially classical music broadcaster radio station in the UK, nearly 2 million weekly listeners choose it for its conservative perspective in entertainment. BBC Radio 3 offers a mild mixture of speech related programmes and classical music. The orchestra-concert lovers can find their interest in the schedule, because the “Radio 3 in Concert” takes place from 7:30pm to 10pm on each weekday, with live concert broadcasts. Every summer, the famous “BBC Proms” concerts are broadcasted live in this time-slot, expanded to the weekends. The “BBC Orchestras and Singers” are also part of the programme structure. Besides the classical music, shifts to full time dramas and talks about arts and culture diversify the schedule.
The station's morning programme on every day of the week, from 6:30am to 9am on weekdays, and on Saturday from 7am to 9am arrives with Petroc Trelawny, and from 7am to 9am on Sunday with Martin Handley. The main function of the radio's "breakfast show" is not to shrill for waking up the listeners, but to set the mornings' keynote by playing the classical music requests of the listeners besides the presenter's picks.

BBC Radio 3 's slogan: "Classical, jazz, world music, drama, documentaries, features… and light in the darkness."

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Aberdare area, South Wales - 91.4 FMAberdeenshire - 90.9 FMAberfeldy - 91.4 FMAbergavenny & Usk Valley - 90.9 FMAbersychan - 90.7 FMAlexandria - 90.5 FMAmbleside - 90.5 FMAnglesey - 92.0 FMAngus - 90.5 FMAxminster - 91.7 FMAyrshire - 91.7 FMBakewell - 92.0 FMBallachulish - 90.3 FMBallycastle - 91.0 FMBarnoldswick area - 91.9 FMBasingstoke - 92.3 FMBath - 91.2 FMBeds - 92.3 FMBerks - 91.7 FMBerwick-upon-Tweed - 90.8 FMBexhill - 92.2 FMBlaenavon - 90.7 FMBlairgowrie - 91.8 FMBodmin area, Cornwall - 91.0 FMBorder Coast - 91.9 FMBorder Region - 91.3 FMBradford - 90.7 FMBrighton - 92.3 FMBristol - 91.5 FMBristol area - 92.1 FMBucks - 91.7 FMBurnley - 92.6 FMBuxton - 92.2 FMCalne - 90.4 FMCambridge area - 91.1 FMCambs - 92.3 FMCampbeltown - 90.6 FMCarmarthenshire - 90.6 FMCaterham - 91.9 FMCentral Lancashire - 90.8 FMCentral Northern Ireland - 92.3 FMCentral Scotland - 92.1 FMCentral Southern England - 90.7 FMCeredigion - 90.9 FMChalford - 91.4 FMChannel Islands - 91.1 FMChard - 91.1 FMCheltenham - 91.2 FM
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DigitalTV: Freeview: Channel 703, Freesat: Channel 703, Sky: Channel 0103, Virgin: Channel 903, Virgin Ireland: 909
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Charles Villiers Stanford - The Blue bird, Op.119, no.3
17:56Charles Villiers Stanford - The Blue bird, Op.119, no.3
Richard Wagner - The Flying Dutchman (Overture)
17:46Richard Wagner - The Flying Dutchman (Overture)
Felix Mendelssohn - String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44 No. 1, MWV R 3: II. Menuetto
17:40Felix Mendelssohn - String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44 No. 1, MWV R 3: II. Menuetto
Traditional Gnawa - Lalla Fatima
17:35Traditional Gnawa - Lalla Fatima
Justin Adams & Mohamed Errebbaa - Unlock the Door
17:28Justin Adams & Mohamed Errebbaa - Unlock the Door
Francesco Cilea - 'Ecco: respiro appena. Io son l'umile ancella' from 'Adriana Lecouvreur'
17:19Francesco Cilea - 'Ecco: respiro appena. Io son l'umile ancella' from 'Adriana Lecouvreur'
Domenico Scarlatti - Sonata in D minor Kk.89
17:13Domenico Scarlatti - Sonata in D minor Kk.89
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Dance with Goblets (Swan Lake)
17:01Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Dance with Goblets (Swan Lake)
Jean Sibelius - Humoresques Op.87 for violin and orchestra; no.2 in D major
16:29Jean Sibelius - Humoresques Op.87 for violin and orchestra; no.2 in D major
Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No 6 in B minor, Op 54
15:57Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphony No 6 in B minor, Op 54
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BBC Radio 3's schedule23

00:30 - Through the Night
Mozart, Elgar and Bruch from Bucharest
Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra plays Mozart, Elgar and Bruch. Jonathan Swain presents.
06:30 - Breakfast
Friday - Petroc's classical picks
Petroc Trelawny presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show, including the Friday poem.
09:00 - Essential Classics
Georgia Mann
Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.
12:00 - Composer of the Week
William Byrd (1543-1623), Retirement
5/5 Byrd attends Elizabeth I’s funeral and looks to his own legacy. With Donald Macleod.
13:00 - Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
Longing: Chamber Music at Lundsgaard Manor, 2020 (4/4)
Highlights from the 2020 festival, recorded at Lundsgaard Manor in Denmark.
14:00 - Afternoon Concert
The National Orchestra of Wales
Music by Sibelius, Bartok, Prokofiev, Korngold, Debussy and Shostakovich.
16:30 - The Listening Service
Themes and Variations
Tom Service explores the endless potential of musical variations on a theme.
17:00 - In Tune
Justin Adams and Mohamed Errebbaa, Erika Mädi Jones and Panaretos Kyriatzidis
Top-class live music from some of the world's finest musicians.
19:00 - In Tune Mixtape
Classical music to fill half an hour
An eclectic mix featuring classical favourites, lesser-known gems and a few surprises
19:30 - Radio 3 in Concert
Visiting the UK: Masaaki Suzuki conducts the Bach Collegium Japan
Bach Collegium Japan: Bach B Minor Mass from the Barbican in 2016.
22:00 - The Verb
How to Write a Manifesto - Experiments in Living
Ian McMillan on manifestos with Greg James, Chris Smith, Kathryn Williams & Malika Booker.
22:45 - To Preserve the Health of Man
Episode 5
5/5 David Suchet plays the composer William Byrd in five imagined moments. By D.J. Britton
23:00 - Late Junction
Sounds of the Universe
Verity Sharp tunes into the universe with music writer Harry Sword on the power of drone.