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Fol­low­ing Jan­uary’s ex­plo­ration of the Se­cond Vi­en­nese School, BBC Ra­dio 3 em­barks on the se­cond part of its ‘Break­ing Free’ se­ries which looks at the mu­si­cal im­pact of times of so­cial, re­li­gious and po­lit­i­cal un­rest. Turn­ing its at­ten­tion to the Protes­tant Re­for­ma­tion, the sta­tion ex­plores the mu­si­cal land­scape when north­ern Europe split from the Catholic church in the 16th cen­tury. Three In Con­certs at London venues sur­vey the era’s mu­sic, be­gin­ning on 1 May at St John’s Smith Square with works by Martin Luther – the monk who is cred­ited with ini­ti­at­ing the schism – per­formed along­side Bach’s Re­for­ma­tion

Can­tatas. Gra­ham Ross con­ducts the Choir of Clare Col­lege and is joined by soloists in­clud­ing so­prano Mary Be­van (above). This is fol­lowed by or­gan­ist Roger Sayer at Tem­ple Church (11 May) and the BBC Singers at St Giles’ Crip­ple­gate (18 May).

Break­ing Free: Re­for­ma­tion 500; from 30 April


Ra­dio 3 is also mark­ing the 450th an­niver­sary of the birth of Ital­ian com­poser Monteverdi (1567-1643). This mu­si­cal in­no­va­tor of the Re­nais­sance who paved the way for the Baroque era fea­tures as a Com­poser of the Week and three of his op­eras are also be­ing broad­cast. Af­ter­noon on 3 fea­tures two ar­chive record­ings, be­gin­ning with the com­poser’s ground­break­ing first opera L’or­feo (11 May), fol­lowed by Il ri­torno d’ulisse in pa­tria (18 May). Mean­while, Opera on 3 fea­tures his late op­er­atic mas­ter­piece L’in­coro­n­azione di Pop­pea (13 May) and The Early Mu­sic Show takes a peek at his late sa­cred works (14 May).

Monteverdi 450th An­niver­sary; 11-19 May


Mak­ing its an­nual pil­grim­age to the Black Moun­tains, Ra­dio 3 vis­its a fes­ti­val that brings to­gether great writers, thinkers and mu­si­cal per­form­ers. A high­light will be when Af­ter­noon on 3 ex­plores the sounds and mu­si­cal thoughts that are in­spired by a walk be­tween Offa’s Dyke and Hay-on-wye. The sta­tion’s Lunchtime Con­certs will be broad­cast from the his­toric St Mary’s Church.

Hay Fes­ti­val; 25 May – 4 June

Alan Davey, the con­troller of Ra­dio 3, picks out three great mo­ments to tune into in May

mak­ing a break: so­prano Mary Be­van cel­e­brates the mu­si­cal legacy of Martin Luther

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