BBC 3 Radio: In Tune, Live Broadcast

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BBC Radio 3 presented a live broadcast in celebration of their Young Artists Day on the Bank Holiday, in association with the Roundhouse Radio. Sean Rafferty welcomed young emerging talent, both in radio and live performance, showcasing all genres of music from classical string quarters, big brass bands, and Shakespeare inspired songs, to music from around the world performed by the Roundhouse Choir.


Kinetika Bloco brought a vibrant, eclectic performance to start the broadcast, combining brass, woodwind, drums, and some pretty cool ties, to bring the big band carnival vibe to the audience. Music curated by Trinity College’s Ruben Fox, in honour of his father Mat Fox who founded the mighty big band, Bloco performed a musical style influenced from all over the world, infusing a jazz, funk edge to their pieces. 


The scene changed from the bright, colourful funky brass to an enchanting performance from the Royal Academy of Music’s Artesian Quarter- a string quartet comprised of two violins, a viola, and a cello, performing Haydn, Wolf, Britten, Beethoven and Soler to a high standard, showing off some crazy pizzicato, demonstrating the passion required behind a classical performance. The purity of their musicality was evident, and the hardcore training the Royal Academy of Music’s provides to its talent was obvious. Members were from as far and wide as Australia and Portugal, all currently taking part in gigs as fancy as The Birmingham Royal Ballet, to name one.


Stripping the music back to show off some vocals in the broadcast, Roundhouse Resident Artist Carmody took to the stage with just her voice and a guitar, singing a song of Elizabeth Maconchy inspired by Shakespeare’s tragic character Ophelia, of Hamlet. Both for those who are a massive classical literature fan like myself, and those who were merely enjoying the purity of Carmody’s voice, the emotion Carmody conveyed through her expressions, both vocally, and through her performance style, truly did justice to such a story, and flatteringly showed off the folk edge in her vocals, stunning the audience into silence as she sung.


The Roundhouse Choir equally brought a vibrant vocal performance to Radio 3’s In Tune live broadcast, with choir directors Osnat Schmool and Rathi Kumar responsible for the alchemy of the Choir, working with the naturally beautiful voices of its members. The Choir performed songs from all around the world, including performances of songs sung in their original African languages. The choir showcased their talent with some solo performances, along with some banging dance moves to bring an even larger energy to the audience, adding to their voices by creating music from the sounds of movement of their feet and hands and taps and claps. The Roundhouse Choir demonstrated a special sense of community that the BBC and the Roundhouse work hard to create for young artists, working together to collectively create unique music.

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The live broadcast also saw radio features produced by the Roundhouse Radio managers Catherine Brinkworth and James Hunter on classical music, and Elle Scott presented a feature on the multi-sensory orchestra, which gives the audience of an orchestra a chance to more than just hear the music, but also touch, smell and feel the experience, transforming the pieces into a dramatic entrancing performance.


BBC Radio 3 and the Roundhouse Radio collectively curated two hours of eclectic and vibrant music to showcase music of all genres from London, featuring folk, classical, jazz, and vocal music from all around the world, to celebrate the importance and the talent of young emerging artists, and also successfully proving the inspiration and influence young artists have in music, of all genres.