BBC Music Magazine

Three to look out for


Alan Davey, the controller of BBC Radio 3, picks out three great moments to listen out for in January

New Year’s Day Concert

We return to Vienna’s Musikverei­n for the 79th edition of the annual New Year’s Day Concert. As ever, waltzes and polkas by the Strauss family will be played with gusto by the Vienna Philharmon­ic, this year performing under the baton of Christian Thielemann.

New Year’s Day Concert: 1 Jan, 10.15am

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

The BBC Singers are joined by the Academy of Ancient Music in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at St Luke’s Church, Chelsea this month. The mastery of Bach’s retelling of the nativity story is the perfect way to reflect on Christmas in the new year.

Radio 3 in Concert: 9 & 11 Jan, 7.30pm

Behind the Scenes: Alison Balsom

Radio 4 goes behind the scenes with trumpeter Alison Balsom as she takes the reins as artistic director of the Cheltenham Music Festival. We’ll be invited to listen in as Balsom rehearses a new concerto alongside the work’s composer Guy Barker, before joining her at home to visit her ‘room of inspiratio­n’.

BBC Radio 4: 15 Jan, 11.30am

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