BBC Radio 3 to highlight the Power of Music

Liam Neeson and Tamsin Greig are among the acting stars to perform new BBC Radio 3 ‘Power of Music’ monologues for BBC Music Day.

Six short monologues have been co-commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and BBC Writersroom to mark the occasion on June 15th. Each will be based on this year’s BBC Music Day theme ‘The Power of Music’, the specially-commissioned works will be broadcast throughout the day.

The monologues’ topics range from an unbeaten boxer being confronted with Brahms’s Lullaby during his last fight, to a broken man coaxed back to life by hearing Bach’s St Matthew Passion over a tube station tanoy and an orchestral clarinettist breaking rank for an unexpected solo.

This project, a collaboration between Radio 3 and BBC Writersroom – the BBC’s scripted content department for developing and supporting writers – gives six emerging writers their first commissions from the BBC. Salim Allybokus, Jan Carson, Ross Dunmore, Emily De Dakis, Grace Knight and Amy Ng were each tasked with creating a five minute monologue. The works will be performed by Liam Neeson, Kayvan Novak, Tamsin Greig, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Sophie Wu and Daniel Mays.

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