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BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 weekend picks  Glenn Hauser
 May 04, 2001 17:49 PDT 
** U K. BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 picks for the weekend (1 and 5
checked, but nothing significant for our tastes):


2 2030-2100 UT: 9:30pm Listen to the Band
Frank Renton presents a session from the Sellers International Band,
conducted by Allan Exley.

3 2115-2230 UT: 10:15pm Andy Kershaw
Andy Kershaw presents world music, folk, blues, country and gospel.
Featuring music from studio guest Ray Chandler, whose five-string
banjo playing combines influences from England, Ireland and mainland
Europe. [too late this week, but a reminder of his new time
henceforth -gh]


3 1100-1200 UT: 12:00pm Private Passions
Michael Berkeley is joined by the singer and songwriter Neil Tennant,
one half of chart-topping partnership the Pet Shop Boys. His musical
choices include a Shostakovich Symphony, songs by Noel Coward and Eva
Cassidy, Poulenc's Oboe Sonata, a piece by Messaien for Ondes
Martenot, and Strauss's Metamorphosen.

2 1200-1230 UT: 1:00pm The Monkhouse Archive - Bob Goes Global
Bob Monkhouse dips into the comedy archives as he embarks on a world
tour of humour. In this final programme, he takes a look at what
makes Australian comics tick, with contributions from Steady Eddie,
Paul Calleia, Barry Humphries and Clarke and Daw. Last in series

3 1200-1300 UT: 1:00pm News; World Routes
Lucy Duran is joined by Jameela Siddiqi to introduce a concert by the
Pakistani Sufi singer Abida Parveen, recorded at the ICC in

3 1700-1730 UT: 6:00pm Jazz File: Jump Jive and Wail
Brian Morton investigates those aspects of jazz which are rooted in
the dancefloor, exploring the waxing and waning fortunes of jump
jive, the style which coalesced at the end of the 1930s. 1:
`Jitterbug Jive'. Morton focuses on the different musical strands
which were brought together by the saxophonist and singer Louis
Jordan - including Bessie Smith's vaudeville blues, Cab Calloway's
Harlem hip, Fat's Waller's good-time music, Slim Gaillard's nonsense
and Chick Webb's uncompromising swing.

3 1930-1950 UT: 8:30pm Twenty Minutes: In Search of Tikhon Khrennikov
Gerard McBurney visits Moscow to investigate the complex and
controversial figure Tikhon Khrennikov, who from 1948 ran the Union
of Soviet Composers for over 40 years, during which time his whims
could dictate the lives and careers of composers throughout the
Soviet Union.

3 2145-2400 UT: 10:45pm Hear and Now
Sarah Walker marks the 30th anniversary of the Contemporary Music
Network, investigating the changing character of its concert series
and presenting highlights from two recent tours. The first features
avant-rock, noise and folk music from the Japanese underground,
curated by composer and improviser Otomo Yoshihide under the banner
`Japanorama'. The second set of highlights features the haunting
music of Jocelyn Pook, whose work blends sampled found sounds,
medieval and Eastern instruments, strings, and voices from different
cultural traditions.


[See previous report: brief 40-second Dawn Chorus items are also to
appear today every hour on the half hour]

4 0535-0600 UT: 6:35am Dawn Chorus Day: Tyneside Dawn
From robins singing as the nightclubs close to warblers on the
railway tracks serenading early risers, leading sound recordist Chris
Watson creates an aural portrait of dawn in his home town of

4 1230-1300 UT: 1:30pm Dawn Chorus Day: Why Do Animals Sing?
Chris Baines travels to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, home to the
world's largest collection of animal sounds, to find out why animals

3 1300-1400 UT: 2:00pm BBC Legends: 50th Anniversary of the Royal
Festival Hall
Stephen Johnson presents the second of five programmes celebrating
five decades of music making at London's Royal Festival Hall. This
edition includes a historic visit to Britain by the Hungarian
composer Zoltan Kodaly.

4 1345-1400 UT: 2:45pm Dawn Chorus Day: Sound Advice
Professional sound recordist Chris Watson joins naturalist Roy Dennis
to record one of Britain's most elusive birds, the black grouse, as
the males gather and display to one another before dawn.

3 1400-1500 UT: 3:00pm Private Passions
Michael Berkeley is joined by the singer and songwriter Neil Tennant,
one half of chart-topping partnership the Pet Shop Boys. His musical
choices include a Shostakovich Symphony, songs by Noel Coward and Eva
Cassidy, Poulenc's Oboe Sonata, a piece by Messaien for Ondes
Martenot, and Strauss's Metamorphosen. [first] Broadcast yesterday

2 1500-1530 UT: 4:00pm The Mario Lanza Story
Michael Freedland presents a four-part series looking at the life and
career of the great tenor. In this second programme, he outlines the
early life and career of the performer, from his time as an odd-job
man and boxer to his first steps toward stardom championed by
conductors like Koussevitsky and Toscanini.

3 1500-1600 UT: 4:00pm Music Restored
Lucie Skeaping introduces a concert of chamber music from the 17th
century - including works by Biber, Walther, Uccellini and others -
specially recorded for the programme by the chamber ensemble Ricordo.

4 1530-1600 UT: 4:30pm Poetry Please
Frank Delaney introduces a selection of poems for Dawn Chorus Day.
The readers are Andrew Hilton, Fiona Shaw, Stephen Thorne and Sally
Cookson. Repeated [next] Saturday

4 1600-1640 UT: 5:00pm News; What Do They Know about Us?
In the first of two programmes, Paul Vickers considers the data trail
we all leave as we fill in forms, shop at supermarkets, pick up the
phone and log on to the internet. He follows his own trail and talks
to information gatherers and to the government-appointed guardians of
our privacy. First of two programmes, [first] Broadcast Tuesday

3 1600-1645 UT: 5:00pm Discovering Music
Chris de Souza explores the exotic effects and tantalising
autobiographical elements of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, with
excerpts by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Philip Ellis. Repeat

4 1640-1645 UT: 5:40pm Dawn Chorus Day: Up with the Bark
Bill Oddie describes dawn on Hampstead Heath, where he goes daily to
feed his passion for birds and to exercise his tolerance of joggers,
the lone bagpiper and dogs.

3 1645-1730 UT: 5:45pm Sunday Feature: The John Tusa Interview
John Tusa talks to leading creative figures about their work. In this
edition, he talks to the Czech-born film director Milos Forman, who
left his homeland following the 1968 Soviet invasion, having already
received international acclaim for his films `Loves of a Blonde' and
`Fireman's Ball'. He settled in America and his subsequent films have
included the critical and popular successes `One Flew over the
Cuckoo's Nest' and `Amadeus'.

4 1900-1930 UT: 8:00pm News;, Dawn Chorus Day: Music to Our Ears
Peter France looks to psychology, jazz and Taoism to find out why
birdsong sounds so appealing to us, when it is just functional
messages between birds to draw in mates and mark territory.

4 2230-2300 UT: 11:30pm Something Understood Living Wells
Mark Tully considers the symbolism of wells. From village wells to
wishing wells, the well has been a powerful source and symbol of life
and healing in every culture and tradition. Broadcast earlier

4 2315-2348 UT: 12:15am Dawn Chorus Day: Global Sunrise
The highlights of the sounds, experiences and insights of Dawn Chorus
Day, with Bill Oddie (Selections from BBC website listings by Glenn

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