BBC launches modern classical music website

Composers featured include Benjamin Britten, Pierre Boulez, John Adams and Philip Glass

BBC Four has made a host of programmes about 20th-century music permanently available to watch in a new online Modern Classical Music Collection.

The television programmes in the collection include an interview with the American composer John Adams, a concert of music by Philip Glass performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a BBC Proms performance of music by Michael Berkeley, Benjamin Britten and Vaughan Williams.

Introducing the collection on the website, broadcaster and writer Clemency Burton-Hill says: ‘If you’re prepared to open your mind, limber up your brain, and go on an auditory, sensory and intellectual adventure through some of the most fascinating cultural figures of the past hundred or so years, I’m confident you’ll find much about this collection that is rewarding, illuminating, provoking and beautiful.’

The archive is made up of ten programmes broadcast on BBC Four from 2001-2013 and includes documentaries, filmed concerts and interviews.

BBC Four has also launched online archive collections on archaeology, steam railways and American culture.