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BBC to celebrate 100 years of classical performances

By | Published on Monday 29 January 2018

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The BBC has announced a run of programmes to celebrate 100 years of classical music performances on the broadcaster’s airwaves. Various shows will appear on BBC Four and BBC Radio 3 in the run up to this year’s Proms.

New BBC Four series ‘Our Classic Century’ will be the centrepiece of the programming, charting the greatest classical performances at the BBC over the last 100 years. There will also be tie-in shows on Radio 3 and related live performances with BBC Orchestras.

Says Radio 3 Controller Alan Davey: “In the classical music industry we have to respond to changing times with new ideas and new ways of connecting with and engaging the public. Our aim will be to help people of all ages to begin a new relationship with classical music – or take their existing relationship even further – and make it a habit and passion for life”.

Meanwhile, BBC Four Controller Cassian Harrison commented: “As the home of classical music on television, BBC Four is always looking for new ways to explore the genre, and to bring the very best artists and performances to our audiences. ‘Our Classical Century’ will be an ambitious series of programmes working in collaboration with other parts of the BBC”.

The series will be brought to a close on the first night of the 2019 BBC Proms.



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