Radio 3 prepares to go wild at night
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.