Tuesday 15 September, 1.30pm
In this series exploring the emotional appeal of famous pieces of music, Vaughan Williams’s Tallis Fantasia of 1910 is put under the spotlight. Scored for double string orchestra, Vaughan Williams’s masterpiece draws on old English hymn tunes and folk idioms for its themes. Interviewees tell how this music has brought solace and hope in times of tragedy and changed the course of their lives.
Saturday 19 September, 12.15pm
How has the musical life of Hungary changed since the end of communism? Tom Service visits Budapest to explore the legacies of Liszt, Bartók and Kodály, state education and the all-pervading influence of Hungarian folk music. Plus there’ll be contributions from internationally-renowned Hungarian musicians including conductor Iván Fischer, pianist András Schiff and soprano Andrea Rost.
The Story of Ann Cargill
Sunday 20 September, 1pm
Lucie Skeaping visits the Scilly Isles to trace the life of the notorious actress and singer, Ann Cargill, who drowned in a dramatic shipwreck there in 1784, and whose ghost is said to have haunted Rosevear Island ever since. She meets Todd Stevens, a wreck-diver and treasure hunter, who found the wreck of the Nancy Packet in 2007, and has since written a book about his findings and about Ann’s life and death.
Tuesday 15 September, 9pm
Choirmaster Gareth Malone continues his bid to establish two choirs, one for adults and one for children, in the housing estate of South Oxhey. In this third episode, Malone, who believes they won’t be ‘real’ choirs until they perform technically challenging classical music, gives them the challenge of singing in Latin and arranges for them to give concert performances.
How a Choir Works
Tuesday 15 September, 10pm
Choirmaster Gareth Malone joins forces with the BBC Singers to explore the styles and techniques that create a choir. He finds out why there are four sections, what polyphony is, what links Bach and the Beach Boys, what difference a venue makes and what the choral combination is that is guaranteed to touch an emotional chord.
Leeds International Piano Competition
Friday 18 September, 7.30pm
Every three years since 1963, Leeds plays host to the cream of young international concert pianists who travel there to take part in the city’s International Piano Competition. Past winners have included musical greats like Rada Lupu and Murray Perahia. Huw Edwards presents the full concerto from the first of this year’s six finalists and is joined by acclaimed concert pianist Cristina Ortiz, while Clemency Burton-Hill meets the pianists and fills in the background to the competition.