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Radio 3: Free Thinking

Saturday 28 Oct 2017 3pm

Part of Autumn Concerts

Special edition of Radio 3’s arts and ideas programme

A discussion exploring Britten’s relationship with radio in Britain and in America, with his subjects as varied as mountaineering (with words from Christopher Isherwood), a dramatisation of Homer’s Odyssey and short stories by D.H. Lawrence (with a young W.H. Auden). But why was Britten so reluctant to accept a job at the BBC’s Music department in the 1930s? Join an expert panel including a historian of the BBC, David Hendy, the poet and librettist Glyn Maxwell , the biographer and editor of the forthcoming ‘Literary Britten’, Kate Kennedy and Director of Programmes and Learning at the Britten-Pears Foundation, Lucy Walker, to look back on Britten’s intriguing radio days with the Free Thinking presenter Philip Dodd.

Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday 1 November at 10pm