To be honest, I currently prefer BFI Southbank to both the Royal Festival Hall and the National Theatre, but as the BFI is preparing for Flare, we have come down to the Royal Festival Hall’s Riverside Café instead.
Sean Rafferty is one of my favourite presenters on Radio 3, and tonight, his guests in a special foyer studio include BRIT awards nominated singer Laura Mvula, choral composer Eric Whitacre, and Pete Flood and Andy Mellon of folk supergroup Bellowhead. Why not help build a sound-portrait of BBC Radio 3 Live at Southbank Centre?
I would like to know more about those "Radio 3 Academy trainees"! According to the O.E.D. a trainee is "a person or an animal undergoing training: correlative to 'trainer'."
Examples cited are "The trainers first double up one of his fore legs, which they bind fast with a cord; this they pull, and thus compel the trainee to come down upon his bent knee" and "An early, light, and nutritive supper would greatly benefit the trainee." Is this Academy entirely kosher we wonder? Mr. H has been on the wireless; but I doubt he went through the Radio 3 Academy. Perhaps though he can source an on-line copy of the B.B.C. Handbook for us?
I see too that the failed Radio 3 is now calling for the submission of original new compositions in mp3 form "lasting no more than 30 seconds." Should we be grateful that the limit is not 15 seconds? Seriously though I do think the first duty of the Academy in this day and age should be to lengthen the attention span of their tyro announcers from 30 seconds to two hours and beyond.
"A topic that comes up at every classical music debate is the need to engage audiences in a world where our attention is constantly being diverted. It’s something that we also think about in radio.
At Radio 3, being a public service broadcaster, audience figures are only one measure of success. The other is the breadth and range of what we do and, more importantly, how we do it. But the debate about audiences and the increasing demands on their time is something we can’t afford to ignore as we plan our programming and special seasons. How can we best serve our audiences, existing and potential, in a noisy, distracting world?
This week we’re trying a new way of connecting with people. For the next fortnight Radio 3’s every studio broadcast is coming from a pop-up studio in the Southbank Centre. We want to interact with our listeners and give them the chance to meet our presenters and the teams who help make each programme. Audiences always love behind-the-scenes glimpses, and it will be fascinating to get their views in person, and also to introduce new listeners to the station. In our increasingly time-poor world, I hope that our very visible presence will provide a chance for us to engage people’s attention in a way that demonstrates all that we do; from live music through to arts discussion and debate. I’m looking forward to being there regularly myself, and to the Q&A sessions we’ll hold. It is an exciting moment for us to be at the Southbank Centre – not only does it help reinforce the message about the station’s unique commitment to live music – with live performances every day - but this is also the week when the refurbished Royal Festival Hall organ is being unveiled as part of Pull Out All the Stops festival.
Whatever your take on music for the organ (“Not enough organ music”, says one listener, “please, not more organ music”, writes another) we are certainly pulling out all the stops to celebrate this important moment in the UK’s classical music life. The puns will flow - it’s a swell season, a good way to pedal (sic) the station, etc, but despite the linguistic danger, it will be a thrill to hear the organ in the festival hall again, and to bring the Southbank Centre’s publicly funded work to a much larger audience alongside the atmosphere of the wider festival.
Long days and evenings lie ahead, but we are ready to “console” ourselves with the excitement of this unique residency. It is the audience who pays for what we do and so our mission to explain, with unique residencies like this, is vital as well as fun."
Of course, Roger would dispute your contention that Radio 3 has failed, Sydney. The Third failed, in the sense that it was replaced by Radio 3, although I am not sure that it has really captured the general public's imagination?
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Mr. H has been on the wireless; but I doubt he went through the Radio 3 Academy. Perhaps though he can source an on-line copy of the B.B.C. Handbook for us?
If you mean me, I have not; I have been on the radio (BBC Radio 3 and elsewhere) but never on the "wireless", as I am not as old as some people might think me to be! Indeed I did not go "through the Radio 3 Academy" and am also unable to oblige with an online copy of the BBC Handbook, I'm afraid; sorry.
According to Ivan Hewett, the audience interaction and the breezy chat of the morning strands in particular drive many people to a frenzy.
... Who might be up to one or other job? Gillian Moore, now head of classical music at the Southbank Centre, and Meurig Bowen, director of the Cheltenham Festival, are two obvious names. Svend Brown, director of Glasgow Unesco City of Music and the East Neuk Festival, would make an interesting wild card. Whoever takes on Radio 3 will have the extra challenge of budget cuts, on top of the political issues. Roger Wright must be glad he’s heading off to the peace of the Suffolk countryside."
Gillian Moore would be good, although I doubt that she would want the hassle of BBC Radio 3! I should perhaps report that kleines c has not been approached to wield massive budget cuts, so the Friends of Radio 3 can sigh in relief!