The BBC’s classical music network Radio 3 is to reflect Red Nose Day with a 12-hour Baroque music marathon.
A week of special Red Nose Day Baroque programming will culminate on Friday 15th March as the station will broadcast 12 hours of Baroque-themed live music, sketches and comedy.
From Monday 11th March presenters Suzy Klein, Sara Mohr-Pietsch, Jez Nelson, Tom Service and Sarah Walker will compete against each other for Top of the Baroque, battling it out to convince listeners to support their choice of Baroque work.
The presenters will pitch in Radio 3 Breakfast and each day before the main challenge takes place throughout Friday 15 March on Red Nose Day. The results will be revealed in a special Red Nose Day edition of In Tune, broadcast live from the Media Café in New Broadcasting House and featuring a performance of Bach’s popular Coffee Cantata.
Radio 3’s Comic Relief programming will form part of a wider Radio 3 season, Baroque Spring, which will feature further concerts, speech and comedy from 3rd March to 1st April.
Roger Wright, Controller of BBC Radio 3 and Director of BBC Proms, says: “I am delighted that BBC Radio 3 is once again supporting Red Nose Day in 2013, with a wide variety of entertaining programmes. It’s great to have such important figures as Simon Russell Beale again bringing their talent to the station for such a great cause. I hope our listeners will enjoy the music and entertainment, as well as the many opportunities to get involved.”
Red Nose Day on Radio 3 – Friday 15 March
0700-0900 Breakfast: Top of the Baroque presenter challenge and Baroque listener requests
0900-1200 Essential Classics: Spot the spoof Baroque composer and other brainteasers
1200-1300 Composer of the Week: Henry Purcell
1400-1600 Afternoon on 3: Top of the Baroque presenter challenge continues plus music from the BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales
1630-1830 In Tune: live from the Media Café at New Broadcasting House. Includes Bach’s Coffee Cantata and results of Top of the Baroque presenter challenge.
1715: lines close for Top of the Baroque.
1815: Sean announces the presenter who has won the Top Of The Baroque