BBC Radio 3 is changing its schedule to give greater prominence to opera, drama and early music.
From Saturday 19 September, Opera on 3 and Drama on 3 will move into new slots and a new programme, Early Music Late, will showcase the best of the genre in a weekly show.
Opera on 3 moves to Saturday nights from 19 September. Its new slot opens with Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, from the Edinburgh International Festival. And from 20 September, Radio 3 In Concert will now, on Sunday nights, feature highlights from concerts across Europe, presented by Ian Skelly.
There is also a new Sunday night slot at 9pm for Drama on 3.
In addition to The Early Music Show on Sunday afternoons, the schedule changes see the introduction of a new programme, Early Music Late, which will follow Drama on 3. From 20 September Simon Heighes and Elin Manahan Thomas will showcase early music performances from around Europe, beginning with highlights of a concert given by Les Muffatti at the Liege Festival in Belgium.
Controller, BBC Radio 3, Alan Davey says: “Nowhere else in the world brings audiences such an exhilarating mix of music, drama and debate and we are always looking to get the best possible content for our listeners so we are bringing Opera on 3 to its natural home on Saturday nights with some fantastic performances across the season. Radio 3 has always had a commitment to bring the best seats in the house to our listeners and In Concert’s flexibility to showcase performances that we might otherwise have missed out on helps to secure our position in offering the quality and range that listeners expect.”
Other updates include an opportunity for audiences to listen again to Music Matters on Monday nights from 2200 and Saturday Classics, Sound of Cinema, Jazz Record Requests and Jazz Line Up will move an hour earlier in the Saturday schedule.