Nicola Benedetti and Jonathan Mills to Launch BBC Radio 3 Live Broadcasts Tomorrow
This Monday morning sees Nicola Benedetti with an ensemble of her regular collaborators performing Brahms and Shostakovich in the first concert of BBC Radio 3's series of Festival 2014 live broadcasts.
As the home of classical music, BBC Radio 3 has broadcast from Edinburgh International since the very dawning of the Festival. The broadcasts are part of BBC Radio 3's annual commitment to covering the classical riches the festival has on offer and in 2006 the station expanded its coverage to include the introduction of 3 weeks of live morning concert broadcast from Queen's Hall. Many regular shows such as BBC Radio 3's Breakfast, drive time In Tune programme and The Early Music Show cover the Festival. BBC Radio 3 also broadcasts a selection of recorded evening Edinburgh International Festival concerts in the autumn after the end of the BBC Proms season, bringing the total to 22 concerts. The concerts are also shared through BBC Radio 3's relationship with the European Broadcasting Union and other international broadcasters which last year saw the Festival's concerts reaching listeners in over 35 countries worldwide.
This year's coverage of The Queen's Hall weekday morning concerts includes programmes reflecting one of the Festival's overarching themes - the commemoration of the outbreak of World War One; Ian Bostridge reveals responses to conflict in songs by Kurt Weill and Benjamin Britten (12 August); Simon Keenlyside brings together songs from George Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad (20 August); while Anne Sofie von Otter and Daniel Hope perform songs and instrumental music from Terezin, a concentration camp north of Prague (25 August).