The greatest classical performance of the past 100 years will be celebrated in a major new BBC season.
The BBC Four-part series entitled ” Our Classic Century, will feature “masterpieces old and new” and aims to introduce new audiences to landmark musical moments.
BBC Radio 3’s Essential Classics support of the series highlighting 100 people, the events and pieces of music throughout the year.
The series concludes in the First Night of the 2019 Proms.
“In the classical music industry, we have to respond to changing times with new ideas and new ways of connecting with and engaging the public,” Radio 3 controller Alan Davey has said.
“Our goal will be to help people of all ages, in order to start a new relationship with the classical music or to take their relationship a step further and make it a habit and passion for life.”
Speaking at the Association of British Orchestras conference in Cardiff, Davey has also announced plans to develop and democratize the current directory of the classical music broadcast by the company.
A special concert by the BBC Concert Orchestra on the International Women’s Day (8 March) will be resurrected five “forgotten” songs by women composers.
They include an opening concert by Florence B Price, who was the first black woman in the united states to be recognized as a symphony by the composer. Read more about the five composers
The BBC will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of its Young Musician of the Year competition with a Prom special featuring the latest competitors.
BBC four will also broadcast a special documentary on the follow-up of the experience of recent finalists and winners, including the cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the pianist Martin James Bartlett and the competition of the ambassador, the violinist Nicola Benedetti.
The 25 young musicians who make up the 2018 finalists – through the strings, wind instruments, percussion, brass, and keyboard – were also announced Friday.
The name of the winners will all progress to the grand final, which will take place at Birmingham Symphony Hall later this year.
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