Ra­dio 3 pre­pares to go wild at night

BBC Music Magazine - - The Full Score -

As Alan Davey, con­troller of BBC Ra­dio 3, re­cently an­nounced the sta­tion’s plans for the months ahead, a spe­cial men­tion was made of the slots that will be de­voted to ‘slow ra­dio’ – this, in short, is where mi­cro­phones are sim­ply le alone to cap­ture the sounds around us. Slow ra­dio venues will in­clude, we are told, a zoo at night. If the this con­jures up thoughts of just a se­ries of grunts and growls, then think again. We hear the an­i­mals them­selves have other ideas, and re­hearsals are al­ready un­der way for Wag­ner’s Lion­grin, Brit­ten’s Ape of Lu­cre­tia and, head­ing the bill, Donizetti’s Lu­cia di Lam­mer­meerkat.

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