The best classical music on TV and radio this week

We round up the best classical music broadcasts on radio and television for this coming week

The best classical music on TV and radio this week

What: Opera on 3 - Lohengrin
When: Saturday 7 July, 5-9.30pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

Wagner's Lohengrin, recorded earlier this month at the Royal Opera House in London, is led by tenor Klaus Florian Vogt and soprano Jennifer Davis. This ‘Romantic opera’ which is based on a German medieval romance is conducted by Latvian maestro Andris Nelsons.


What: Andre Rieu: Wedding Special
When: Sunday 8th July, 5pm
Where: Sky Arts

The celebrated Dutch composer and violinist plays a selection of commemorative songs.


What: Pavarotti: Live in Barcelona
When: Monday 9th July, 7.15am
Where: Sky Arts

Luciano Pavarotti’s solo concert from Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu in 1989. The Italian tenor is accompanied by pianist Leone Magiera, performing pieces including 'Un Aura Amorosa', 'La Danza' and 'O Sole Mio'.


What: Sir Simon Rattle: Beethoven Symphonies
When: Tuesday 10th July, 6am
Where: Sky Arts

Under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, the Berlin Philharmonic perform Beethoven’s ninth symphony, one of his greatest works.



What: Rachmaninov: Rhapsody/The Two Pigeons
When: Wednesday 11th July, 7am
Where: Sky Arts

The Royal Opera House celebrates the legacy of Frederick Ashton, founding choreographer of The Royal Ballet, in two contrasting works. Created for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rhapsody is a celebration of the male virtuoso. The Two Pigeons (1962) is a quintessential Ashton work. The pieces are set to scores by Rachmaninov and Messager.


What: Radio 3 In Concert - live from Truro Cathedral
When: Wednesday 11th July, 7.30-10pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

Directed by Christopher Gray, the Choir of Truro Cathedral with organist Joseph Wicks perform contemporary works from around the world. There will also be a performance of the iconic Requiem by the twentieth century composer Maurice Durufle, incorporating themes from Gregorian Chant. Presented by Petroc Trelawny.


What: Radio 3 In Concert - York Early Music Festival
When: Thursday 12th July, 7.30-10pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

Live from York Early Music Festival, Harry Christophers and The Sixteen give a concert of music by English composers Benjamin Britten and William Cornysh. Presented by Adam Tomlinson.



What: BBC Proms 2018 – Prom 1 First Night of the Proms
When: Friday 13th July, 8-10.45pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

The BBC Proms 2018 kicks off with an all-British season launch. Featuring Holst’s The Planets (premiered in 1918), Vaughan Williams’s choral masterpiece Toward the Unknown Region, and a new work by Anna Meredith which draws on communications sent by young soldiers in 1918 and features specially produced digital projections.

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