Our mission is to broadcast British Classical Music because we believe in its quality and its value.We aim to make available the heritage of the musical culture of the British Isles, and especially to promote discovery - and re-discovery. We also want to encourage young performers to feature this repertoire in their programming, and concert organisers to work with us to promote such music. British Music Radio is not-for-profit, all surplus funds will be invested into its development.
Good News! our firstInitiative ProjectDEBUT SERIEShas reached £3,030. The Target is £11,400, so we can record 20 concerts featuring young performers in British repertoire. Only YOU can make this work! Please use the DONATE Button to help get there! This is a great opportunity for young performers, and we can help ensure they play British Music from the start of their careers.
The Angel in the Forest: Julian Marshall's moving song cycle setting poems by German poet Gertrud Kolmar, at its premiere broadcast performance at the Alyth Centre for Jewish Music on 26th January 2014, commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day. You will want to hear this superb performance with tenor James Gilchrist, and the Welton Singers and Players conducted by Ian Belton of the Brodsky Quartet, together with an interview with Julian and James talking with Jan Cosgrove. A BMR first, you can't hear this moving work anywhere else. It's set for tenor, chamber choir and cello sextet.
Historical recordings Orchestral Concertfeaturing the Tippett Double String Concerto (Philharmonia under Walter Goehr) from 1952, the Bliss Piano Concerto (Solomon with the Royal Liverpool Philhar,onic under Boult) in December 1943, and Vaughan Williams 5th Symphony (Barbirolli with the Halle) February 1944 in Manchester. Great performances indeed, a treat for everyone.
The Journey - Special Britten Centenary Edition: In this edtion, you can hear items based on Britten's affinities with children, his pre-occupations with boyhood, innocence betrayed. An interview with Colin Matthews, the composer, and also words from Dame Janet Baker about working with Britten. This is a very special edition of The Journey, 3 3/4 hours - also Britten conducting Holst, Bridge and Elgar.
See also the videos - A Midsummer Night's Dream, Turn of the Screw, Peter Grimes, Curlew River.
You can also listen still to our Christmas Celebration programme. Watch out for the fifth edition of Concert Time soon due, also a special programme for Holocaust Memorial Day with a premiere performance and broadcast
The fifth edition of Concert Timeproduced for BMR byCameo Classics, introduced byJoy Heathcote is now ‘on air’ (see panel below). Joy will be featuring music from the renowned Lyrita, Nimbus and Cameo Classics labels. Our thanks especially to David Kent-Watson at Cameo!
By the Sleepy Lagoon our new series on British Light Classical Music, presented by Liz Allen, and featuring in this first edition seven tracks from the new 7CD Eric Coates Collection from Nimbus Alliance (to whom many thanks indeed). Plus film music by Malcolm Arnold and Ron Goodwin, an extract from 'Alice in Wonderland', and Shepherd's making hey (not hay????) as a request. Enjoy!
Recital for Violin and Piano by Miriam Kramer and Nicholas Durcan featuring Elgar, Delius and Quilter in lighter mood, plus the Howard Ferguson 2nd Sonata. BUT, we also have a very important premier performance and broadcast of Frank Bridge's Cello Sonata transcribed for violin and piano by his colleague in the famed pre-war English String Quartet in which he played viola., and which he approved. You cannot hear this anywhere else.
On the Music on Videoside, we've added the unforgettable Ken Russell film about Delius and Eric Fenby, A Song of Summer, as well as the lovely visual images of London paintings which accompany Vaughan William's London Symphony. Quite magical. And now, 'Night Mail', the complete film made by the GPO Film Unit in 1935, a masterpiece of documentary making, with that famous music and verse by Britten and Auden at the end - shown complete to illustrate its place in the film. We now also have added works by Britten - The Turn of the Screw, Curlew River, Peter Grimes and A Midsummer Night's Dream, all in video recordings of live performances.
'Sounds Ahead' is about "more recent" music, some of it submitted by you, the listener. This first edition also includes music from a new CD by Michael Finnissy. It'll certainly keep us on our musical toes.
Again, listening to you, we have compiled Playlists for both The Journey and Concert Time which you can access here.
We've also split the original 5 hour launch programme file into 3 sections on our Archive Page to make it easier to access the various Programmes there including the marvellous Mark Bebbington and Coull Quartet Recital, and the first editions of The Journey and The British Symphony.
BBC Radio 3's Breakfast Programme has a new feature in 2014, Best of British, where they are adding a new composition every day. We're not 'fazed' by this sincere imitation, far from it ..... Well done, that BBC Radio 3! And here's the link: Best of British 2014
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And especially we ask you support our Debut Project which aims to bring young performers to you, as they emerge from their colleges etc, encouraging them to explore and play British classical repertoire in recitals which we will record and braodcast here. Our target is £11,400, so far we have raised £3,030. Will you be one of those who helps these young people as they seek to be known? Email on firstname.lastname@example.org
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and who has a proposal which will result in undervalued British works being given a hearing? It could be performance, or funding support, or research. Or have you ideas or a proposal for a programme, feature or series? Would you like to devise or present material on BMRemail@example.com