Good morning to you all! I trust that all is well with you this weekend. As you all know, I am one of the few online contributors to the BBC Radio 3 Blog. Recently, Steve Bowbrick, Head of Interactive at Radio 3, invited Radio 3's online community (communities) to help test a new way to listen to concerts online.
I noted that a certain Neil McGowan replied that " ... having only recently abolished the R3 messageboards - where you had a huge body of loyal R3 listeners - you're now trying to attract back those whom you kicked off! You are funny chaps, you really are! But I will give your "Concert Club" a try, yes!"
To the best of my knowledge, I have never actually met Steve Bowbrick, although over past decade or so, I have replied to many of his blog and message board postings, both at BBC Radio 4, and latterly, at BBC Radio 3.
As Steve is London-based, I therefore suggested that he prom (at some point during the summer), and we could then compare notes on a particular concert, both online and off. Personally, I doubt that he will take me up on my offer. There is, I sense, a certain reluctance amongst BBC technophiles to meet with their users.
I don't actually know whether the BBC's geeks feel intimidated by the prospect, or whether they simply do not wish to get involved. Nevertheless, I feel that this is an online experiment which both the Enemies and Friends of Radio 3 (FoR3) could take up with magnanimity. Prom 4?
The BBC quite likes 'Twitter', but because of the word limit, a bit like texting, tweeting encourages the shortest of comments! Of course, it helps to be succinct, on occasion, but sometimes, a good discussion requires a little more detail and depth!
This is, in a sense, condescending to the BBC's online users, because it implies that the BBC is not really interested in their considered opinions. Any thoughts?
Fair enough, Neil! For the record, Steve replied as follows to our comments on the Radio 3 Blog:
"Thanks Charlie and Neil! Hope you're signed up for the test. There's a 'give feedback' link at the top of the Concert Club web site. Please do! I attended a couple of dozen Proms last season, in the audience and while working - and prommed several times. I'll do the same this year! :-)"
Of course, the paradox is that 'Concert Club' has got this completely wrong. Everyone else will be at the Royal Albert Hall enjoying suites from Lully’s piquant social comedy 'Le bourgeois gentilhomme', Rameau’s 'Les Indes galantes', Delibes’s 'Coppélia' and Massenet’s Moorish romance 'Le Cid', if only provide more than two centuries of historical context for the work that scandalised and galvanised Paris at its 1913 premiere. It is almost time, once again after more than a hundred years, Sydney Grew, for a riot at the Rite!