What: BBC Young Musician 2018 Strings Category Final
When: Friday 6 April, 7.30-9pm
Where: BBC Four

This evening’s programme presents highlights of this year’s string category finalists of BBC Young Musician. Filmed at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, the programme features works by Bach, Brahms and Stravinsky. The winner will take a place in the semi-final next month.


What: Sound of Dance – Bernstein at the Ballet
When: Saturday 7 April, 3-4pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

Katie Derham looks at how Bernstein’s music can be adapted to accompany dance ahead of the Royal Ballet’s Bernstein centenary celebrations. Choreographer Wayne McGregor discusses the creative process behind preparing a new ballet set to Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and why this concept intrigued him. Selected Bernstein pieces will be played throughout the programme.


What: Opera on 3 from the Met – Lucia di Lammermoor
When: Saturday 7 April, 6.30-10.15pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

Live from the Met comes Donizetti’s masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor, featuring Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti as the tragically betrothed Lucia. Lucia is forced into an unhappy marriage by her brother, Enrico, in order to save the family fortunes, whilst being desperately in love with Enrico’s enemy Edgardo. This dark opera follows Lucia’s decent to madness. Robert Abbado conducts this chilling production by Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman.


What: Roy Noble – Celebrating 90th Anniversary of BBC NOW
When: Sunday 8 April, 4-6pm
Where: Radio Wales

Roy Noble presents a musical celebration of the 90th anniversary of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, live from their home at BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff Bay. Roy explores pieces from the orchestra’s history, including archive clips of his attempt at conducting the orchestra back in 2012. 


What: Sir Simon Rattle conducts  Bruckner and Messiaen 
When: Wednesday 11 April, 7.05-9am
Where: Sky Arts

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in Messiaen’s Colours of the Celestial City, an interpretation of colours through music, and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8, nicknamed The Apocalytic.


What: Radio 3 in Concert – LPO Live from the Royal Festival Hall
When: Wednesday 11 April, 7.30-10pm
Where: BBC Radio 3

Radio 3 presents a concert conducted by Thomas Adès, begins with a suite from his own dark comedic opera Powder Her Face. The evening also will feature the premiere of Gerald Barry’s Organ Concerto, and a rare performance of Stravinsky’s Perséphone.


What: The Animal Symphony
When: Thursday 12 April, 6am
Where: Sky Arts

Chris Packham looks at the effect music has on animals, culminating in a concert orchestrated by Nitin Sawhney. During the programme, Chris looks at how animals respond to melody, rhythm and beat. Showcasing star performances from Ronan the sea lion, and starlings singing along to Schubert’s melodies, the conclusion is a beautiful composition performed by the world renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

from Classical-Music.com
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