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