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Listen online to the internet radio of BBC Radio 3 live, the second most-listened-to classical music broadcaster radio station in the UK. Listeners are drawn to it for its conservative approach to entertainment. BBC Radio 3 offers a balanced mix of speech-related programmes and classical music. Those who love orchestral concerts will find their interests catered to in the schedule, with "Radio 3 in Concert" airing from 7:30pm to 10pm on weekdays, featuring live concert broadcasts. Every summer, the renowned "BBC Proms" concerts are broadcast live during evening hours on every day of the week. In addition to classical music, the schedule also includes dedicated slots for full-time dramas and discussions about arts and culture. The station's morning programme provides a daily starting point, with Petroc Trelawny hosting on weekdays from 6:30am to 9am, Elizabeth Alker on Saturdays from 7am to 9am, and Martin Handley on Sundays from 7am to 9am.

BBC Radio 3 slogan: "Classical, jazz, folk and world music, drama, documentaries, features…"

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BBC to create four new commissioning roles in Network Radio
Four new roles are being created across BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live in Commissioning.More >> - 12.09.2023
Radio 3 to air Jake Shears and Rufus Wainwright live at BBC Proms
Former Scissor Sisters front man Jake Shears will join Rufus Wainwright at the Royal Albert Hall for a BBC Prom being broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.More >> - 31.08.2023
Petroc Trelawny to take Radio 3 Breakfast across Northern Ireland
BBC Radio 3’s Breakfast programme is going on the road again with Petroc Trelawny presenting a week of live broadcasts across Northern Ireland.More >> - 29.08.2023
Latest New Generation Artists announced at BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 3 has revealed the names of the New Generation Artists joining the station’s talent development scheme in September 2023. The New Generation Artists joining the scheme this year are: British baritone James Atkinson, Kazakh pianist Alim Beisembayev...More >> - 06.06.2023
BBC Radio 3 will be Capturing Twilight this winter
BBC Radio 3 is marking the start of the Winter season with Capturing Twilight, a week of special programming featuring music, literature, and art. The special week, from Sunday 24 – Sunday 31 October, is inspired by the magical time between night and day. Highlights include: ...More >> - 13.10.2021
Eight new artists lined-up for BBC Radio 3’s talent scheme
BBC Radio 3 has announced the names of eight New Generation Artists who will join the station’s talent development scheme in September 2021 and remain on it until December 2023. The record number of artists includes some of the world’s most promising young musical talents, each on the threshold of a major international career. It includes...More >> - 24.06.2021
BBC Radio 3 holds 24hr celebration of women composers
BBC Radio 3 will mark International Women’s Day with 24-hours of special programming which puts the work of female composers in the spotlight. As part of this, the station has commissioned two new works which receive their world premiere performances as part of the celebration. Film composer, vocalist and educator Ella Jarman-Pinto has set a text by the poet Jo Brandon for soprano Nazan Fikret and pianist Rebecca Cohen which explores the emotional impact of the pandemic on women, in a piece called Plango: A Cure Lament. It gets its world premiere performance in the drive-time programme In Tune...More >> - 23.02.2021
Jorja Smith and Celeste to host BBC Radio 3 series
Singers Jorja Smith and Celeste are hosting two new series for BBC Radio 3 exploring music from orchestral and piano to pop. BBC Radio 3 says each 12-part series aims to uplift and restore with powerful and emotive music to soothe the soul. Tearjerker With Jorja Smith begins this Saturday and will be available on BBC Sounds, followed by Downtime Symphony with Celeste the following Saturday. Jorja Smith encourages listeners to press play and shed a tear, exploring the healing powers of sad music, from piano classics such as Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven to the soothing electronica of artists like James Blake...More >> - 14.01.2021
BBC Radio 3 presents the first broadcast of Max Richter’s Voices on Global Human Rights Day
Bringing together 35 radio stations across the world BBC Radio 3, Thursday 10 December, 7.30pm. BBC Radio 3 marks Global Human Rights Day with the first ever broadcast of Max Richter’s Voices, incorporating text adapted from the 1948 Universal Declaration Of Human Rights. 35 European Broadcasting Union radio stations in Europe and beyond to join the broadcast, sharing a message of unity through music with international audiences across the globe. The performance features Max Richter and his ensemble, conductor Robert Ziegler, solo violinist Viktoria Mullova, soprano Grace Davidson, Tenebrae, and actor Sheila Atim as the narrator...More >> - 13.11.2020

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Rhian Samuel - Time out of Time (mvts 3, 4 & 5)
12:38Rhian Samuel - Time out of Time (mvts 3, 4 & 5)
Rhian Samuel - Salve Nos
12:31Rhian Samuel - Salve Nos
Rhian Samuel - Love Bade me Welcome
12:27Rhian Samuel - Love Bade me Welcome
Rhian Samuel - Gaslight Square II
12:17Rhian Samuel - Gaslight Square II
Rhian Samuel - Nantcol Songs, No 2, A Perfect View
12:09Rhian Samuel - Nantcol Songs, No 2, A Perfect View
Rhian Samuel - Little Duos, No 2, Whispers
12:04Rhian Samuel - Little Duos, No 2, Whispers
Rhian Samuel - A Garland for Anne, No 5, Four-and-a-half Dancing Men
12:01Rhian Samuel - A Garland for Anne, No 5, Four-and-a-half Dancing Men
Leonard Bernstein - Chichester Psalms
11:42Leonard Bernstein - Chichester Psalms
Inon Zur - Into the Starfield (Main Theme from Starfield)
11:39Inon Zur - Into the Starfield (Main Theme from Starfield)
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BBC Radio 3's programmes28

00:30 - Through the Night
Best of British
The Zurich Chamber Orchestra perform a programme of Vaughan Williams, Britten and Tippett.
06:30 - Breakfast
Your classical alarm call
Petroc Trelawny presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show, featuring your requests.
09:00 - Essential Classics
The ideal morning mix of classical music
Georgia Mann plays the best in classical music.
12:00 - Composer of the Week
Anniversary Special: A Welsh Quintet, Rhian Samuel
4/5 Donald Macleod in conversation with one of Wales's pre-eminent composers, Rhian Samuel.
13:00 - Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
Wales and West: Brahms and Beethoven
Sarah Walker presents music performed by Rosalind Ventris and Llŷr Williams.
14:00 - Afternoon Concert
Aimard plays Beethoven
Pierre-Laurent Aimard plays Beethoven's Piano Concerto No3 with the Royal Danish Orchestra
17:00 - In Tune
Top-class live music from some of the world's finest musicians.
19:00 - Classical Mixtape
Classical music to inspire you
A 30-minute soundscape of classical music including works by Philip Glass and Mendelssohn.
19:30 - Radio 3 in Concert
Symphonie fantastique
Ilan Volkov conducts Berlioz's masterpiece with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
22:00 - Free Thinking
Hobbes and New Leviathans
John Gray on why rereading Hobbes can help us understand contemporary politics.
22:45 - The Essay
The Little Secrets of Great Works, Field of Dreams
Writer Sarfraz Manzoor discusses one moment in the Kevin Costner movie Field of Dreams.
23:00 - The Night Tracks Mix
Music for night owls
Hannah Peel with a magical sonic journey for late-night listening. (R)
23:30 - Unclassified
Autumn Dreams
Elizabeth Alker selects music from the worlds of ambient and experimental music.