BBC Radio 3's programmes

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00:30 - Through the Night
Poetry and Passion
Giordano Bellincampi conducts Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in music by Leonie Holmes.
06:30 - Breakfast
Classical music to brighten your morning
Petroc Trelawny presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show, featuring your requests.
09:00 - Essential Classics
Classical coffee break
Georgia Mann plays the best in classical music.
12:00 - Composer of the Week
Maddalena Sirmen and her World, A sensation in London
4/5 Donald Macleod explores Maddalena Sirmen’s entry into London's cultural so ... More >>ciety.
13:00 - Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
Brahms from Perth Concert Hall (3/4)
Michael Collins and Michael McHale play romantic works by Brahms, Debussy and Muczynski. (R)
14:00 - Afternoon Concert
Ruth Gipps' Symphony No 1
With the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Rumon Gamba.
Music news and live classical music
Top-class live music from some of the world's finest musicians.
19:00 - Classical Mixtape
Switch up your listening with classical music
In Tune's mixtape including a Norwegian wedding march and music by Anna Clyne and Borodin.
19:30 - Radio 3 in Concert
Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony
Tabita Berglund conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a concert from Glasgow.
22:00 - Free Thinking
Can - Future Days
Matthew Sweet and guests take a deep dive into the influential German group's 1973 album
22:45 - The Essay
Adrian Edmondson - Signs of Life, It's One Rule for Them
4/5 Adrian Edmondson remembers an incident from when he appeared on stage w ... More >>ith The Who. (R)
23:00 - The Night Tracks Mix
Music for night owls
Sara Mohr-Pietsch with a magical sonic journey for late-night listening.
23:30 - Unclassified
Gazelle Twin’s Listening Chair
Submerge yourself in the waters of ambient and experimental music with Elizabeth Alker.
00:30 - Through the Night
Arte dei Suonatori at the Copenhagen Baroque Festival
Soprano Francesa Lombardi Mazzulli joins the Polish early music ensemble.
06:30 - Breakfast
Start the day right with classical music
Petroc Trelawny presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show, including the Friday poem.
09:00 - Essential Classics
A feast of great music
Georgia Mann plays the best in classical music.
12:00 - Composer of the Week
Maddalena Sirmen and her World, A return to Venice
5/5 Donald Macleod explores a fiasco for Sirmen in London.
13:00 - Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
Brahms from Perth Concert Hall (4/4)
Rising stars Irène Duval and Sam Armstrong perform Brahms's sunny Violin Sonata in A. (R)
14:00 - Afternoon Concert
Eric Coates' The Three Elizabeths Suite
With the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by John Wilson.
16:30 - The Listening Service
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune: Half Man, Half Myth, All Debussy
Tom Service plunges into the heady sound world of the Prélude à l'après-midi d' ... More >>un faune. (R)
17:00 - In Tune
Live classical music for your drive
Top-class live music from some of the world's finest musicians.
19:00 - Classical Mixtape
30 minutes of classical inspiration
Take time out with a 30-minute soundscape of classical music.
19:30 - Radio 3 in Concert
Vienna 1783 with The London Mozart Players
Mozart in Croydon: Anna Prohaska and Imogen Cooper join the London Mozart Players.
22:00 - The Verb
The Cute Verb
Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's Cabaret of Cuteness as we examine all things cute.
22:45 - The Essay
Adrian Edmondson - Signs of Life, A Boy Named Sue
5/5 Adrian was ribbed at school for having what was thought to be a girl’s name. ... More >> (R)
23:00 - Late Junction
Newt Junction
Jennifer Lucy Allan shares an amphibious-inspired selection of adventurous sounds.
01:00 - Tearjerker
Aurora, The First Tear
Nostalgic songs from Aurora's youth that bring her solace and comfort.
02:00 - Gameplay with Baby Queen
Lose yourself in an immersive soundscape
Baby Queen mixes a soundscape of music from Might and Magic, Wasteland and If Found. (R)
03:00 - Through the Night
Pejačević in Croatia
Croatian Radio-Television Symphony Orchestra conducted by György Györivanyi Rath in Zagreb
07:00 - Breakfast
Start your weekend the Radio 3 way, with Saturday Breakfast
Elizabeth Alker sets up your Saturday morning.
09:00 - Record Review
Ravel's Mother Goose in Building a Library with Ben Gernon and Andrew McGregor
Ben Gernon chooses his favourite recording of the complete ballet of ... More >> Ravel's Mother Goose.
11:45 - Music Matters
24/02/2024
The latest news and features from the classical music world.
12:30 - This Classical Life
Jess Gillam with... Keelan Carew
Jess Gillam swaps favourite music with pianist Keelan Carew.
13:00 - Inside Music
Euphonium player Steven Mead with musical majesty and virtuosic brass
Hear euphonium player Steven Mead open up a colourful selection of music from ... More >> the inside.
15:00 - Sound of Cinema
Stop Motion
Matthew Sweet looks at animating the inanimate and the role that music plays. (R)
16:00 - Music Planet
Celtic Connectons concert from Glasgow
Kathryn Tickell introduces a concert from Celtic Connections in Glasgow.
17:00 - J to Z
Hiromi in concert
Extended highlights from Hiromi’s dazzling solo piano set at the London Jazz Festival. (R)
18:30 - Opera on 3
Verdi's Un ballo in maschera
From the New York Metropolitan Opera: Verdi's tragedy culminating in a masked ball.
22:00 - New Music Show
Calling Mutely Through Lipless Mouth
Kate Molleson with the latest in new music performance.
00:00 - Freeness
Deep Waters
Corey Mwamba shares new free jazz and a work inspired by a piano dropped into deep waters.
01:00 - Through the Night
BBC National Orchestra of Wales from the 2023 BBC Proms
Geneva Lewis plays Grace Williams' violin concerto plus works by Dora Pejačević and Holst.
07:00 - Breakfast
Classical lie-in
Ian Skelly presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show.
09:00 - Sunday Morning
A refreshing classical Sunday selection
Sarah Walker chooses uplifting music to complement your morning.
12:00 - Private Passions
Michael Winterbottom
Michael Berkeley's guest is the film director Michael Winterbottom.
13:00 - Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
Leonkoro Quartet
Live from the Wigmore Hall, the Radio 3 New Generation Artists play Janacek and Schumann. (R)
14:00 - The Early Music Show
English Satire and Opera in the 18th Century
Performance and news from the world of early music.
15:00 - Choral Evensong
The Queen's College, Oxford
Live from the Chapel of The Queen’s College, Oxford. (R)
16:00 - Jazz Record Requests
Jazz for a Sunday afternoon
Alyn Shipton presents jazz records of all styles as requested by you.
17:00 - The Listening Service
Songs of the Moon
Tom Service takes us on a musical voyage to the moon (and back).
17:30 - Words and Music
Leadership
Leaders, both good and bad, evoked in music, poetry and prose.
18:45 - Sunday Feature
Yellowstone - The Art of America
How art played a crucial role in creating the world's first national park. (R)
19:30 - Drama on 3
Terminal 3
Acclaimed Swedish playwright Lars Norén's stage play set in a hospital waiting room. (R)
20:50 - Record Review Extra
Ravel's Mother Goose
Hannah French with more from the new releases featured on yesterday's Record Review.
23:30 - Slow Radio
Sleeper Train
A collage of rhythm and movement as overnight trains weave their way across Ukraine.
00:00 - Classical Fix
26/02/2024
Linton Stephens tries out a classical playlist on his music-loving guest.
00:30 - Through the Night
Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
Berlioz, Saint-Saëns and Mussorgsky performed in Montreux, with pianist Bertrand Chamayou.
06:30 - Breakfast
Wake up with classical music
Hannah French presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show, featuring your requests.
09:00 - Essential Classics
Your perfect classical playlist
Georgia Mann plays the best in classical music.
12:00 - Composer of the Week
Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884), Ambition and Struggle
1/5 Smetana’s talent was obvious, but would that be enough to survive? With Donal ... More >>d Macleod. (R)
13:00 - Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
Pieter Wispelwey and Paolo Giacometti
Live from Wigmore Hall, a cello recital with music by Schubert, Chopin and Prokofiev.
14:00 - Afternoon Concert
Schubert's 'Tragic'
Giovanni Antonini conducts Schubert's Symphony no.4.
16:30 - New Generation Artists
The Leonkoro Quartet plays Haydn's Bird Quartet
New Generation Artists: the Leonkoro Quartet play Haydn's delightful Bird string quartet.
17:00 - In Tune
Classical artists live in the studio
Top-class live music from some of the world's finest musicians.
19:00 - Classical Mixtape
Switch up your listening with classical music
Take time out with a 30-minute soundscape of classical music.
19:30 - Radio 3 in Concert
Mahler and Bartók
Celebrated baritone Matthias Goerne sings songs from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn.
21:30 - Compline
Lent 2
From the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Englefield Green.
22:00 - Music Matters
24/02/2024
The latest news and features from the classical music world. (R)
22:45 - The Essay
Moments of Being, Moments of Being
Unlike Virginia Woolf, Joanna Robertson celebrates the minutiae of daily life. (R)
23:00 - Night Tracks
Immerse yourself
Hannah Peel with an adventurous, immersive soundtrack for late-night listening.
00:30 - Through the Night
Haydn and Beethoven from Appenzeller Bachtage Festival
'Light and Dark' - Haydn's Missa in tempore belli & Beethoven's Eroica with Jonathan Swain
06:30 - Breakfast
Your classical alarm call
Hannah French presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show, featuring your requests.
09:00 - Essential Classics
Great classical music for your morning
Georgia Mann plays the best in classical music.
12:00 - Composer of the Week
Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884), Northern Exposure
2/5 Smetana decides to abandon his woes, his family and his homeland. With Donald Mac ... More >>leod. (R)
13:00 - Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
Radio 3 New Generation Artists - Santiago Cañón-Valencia
Spanish fire, Russian dance and French passion with cellist Santiago Cañón-Valencia.
14:00 - Afternoon Concert
Brahms' Piano Concerto no.1
Kyohei Sorita plays Brahms' first piano concerto.
17:00 - In Tune
Live music and chat with classical artists
Top-class live music from some of the world's finest musicians.
19:00 - Classical Mixtape
The eclectic classical mix
Take time out with a 30-minute soundscape of classical music.
19:30 - Radio 3 in Concert
Elgar and Schumann
Edward Gardner conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall.
22:00 - Free Thinking
Stitching Stories
Shahidha Bari visits shows of women making art with textiles, plus research on embroidery.
22:45 - The Essay
Moments of Being, Windows
Joanna Robertson celebrates the impact the views from her windows have on her life. (R)
23:00 - Night Tracks
Soundtrack for night
Hannah Peel with an adventurous, immersive soundtrack for late-night listening.
00:30 - Through the Night
Strauss and Bruch from Stockholm
Johan Dalene joins Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bruch's 1st Violin Concerto.
06:30 - Breakfast
Classical music to start the day
Hannah French presents Radio 3's classical breakfast show, featuring your requests.
09:00 - Essential Classics
The best classical morning music
Georgia Mann plays the best in classical music.
12:00 - Composer of the Week
Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884), Stage-struck
3/5 Smetana plans his conquest of Prague’s new opera theatre. With Donald Macleod. ... More >> (R)
13:00 - Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
Radio 3 New Generation Artists - Helen Charlston and Alessandro Fisher
Duets and solo songs by British and German composers for tenor and mezzo-sop ... More >>rano.
14:00 - Afternoon Concert
Respighi's The Pines of Rome
The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Respighi's dazzling masterpiece.
16:00 - Choral Evensong
Winchester Cathedral
Live from Winchester Cathedral.
17:00 - In Tune
Ease into your evening with classical music
Top-class live music from some of the world's finest musicians.
19:00 - Classical Mixtape
28/02/2024
Take time out with a 30-minute soundscape of classical music.
19:30 - Radio 3 in Concert
Total Immersion: the music of Missy Mazzoli
The BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dalia Stasevska with violinist Elina Vähälä.
22:00 - Free Thinking
Hitchhiking
Matthew Sweet considers examples from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to Polish tokens. (R)
22:45 - The Essay
Moments of Being, Going for a Walk
Joanna Robertson celebrates the minutiae of life, showing they are not small but infinite. (R)
23:00 - Night Tracks
Adventures in sound
Hannah Peel with an adventurous, immersive soundtrack for late-night listening.