BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, 5 live, 6 Music and Radio Manchester will all be broadcasting from the centre of Manchester during the International Festival this year.
A purpose built studio is being created for the live shows in ‘Festival Square’, which includes specials with Radio 4’s Front Row, Phil Williams on Radio 5 Live, Radio 6 Music’s Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie as well as Radio Manchester’s Becky Want and Sam Walker
BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting from the Pavilion Theatre in front of a live studio audience with shows including Ian McMillan’s ‘cabaret of the word’, The Verb, The Early Music Show and Radio 3’s flagship drive time programme, In Tune with Suzy Klein.
6 Music’s Mark Radcliffe and Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark will also front a live special, showcasing a selection of the best music and performance from this year’s festival. The one-off programme will be recorded for a BBC Four special broadcast on Sunday 12 July.
Alongside the hub of Festival Square, Manchester International Festival has invited the BBC Philharmonic to perform the world premiere of young Liverpool composer Mark Simpson’s brand new work, The Immortal. The musical piece explores themes of love, death and the afterlife and will be performed at The Bridgewater Hall on Saturday 4 July.
Pat Connor, Head of Development and Events, BBC England says: “This brilliant bundle of collaborations and broadcast specials between the BBC and MIF really cements our ongoing commitment to the arts and in particular this wonderful festival. We will be giving audiences across the UK a front row seat to one of the most exciting cultural events of the year.
“I’m proud that every time MIF comes around, we raise the bar with what we do together, and in its 10th year I think it is testament to that fantastic partnership that we have such a lovely line up of treats for all audiences.”