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Jess Gillam on Bach Dec. 11, 2020

Radio 3 presenter Jess Gillam celebrates the composer whose music unexpectedly helped her though lockdown, Johann Sebastian Bach,


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Radio 3 presenter Hannah French celebrates Venetian composer Barbara Strozzi.
Sonny Rollins Nov. 21, 2020
Geoffrey Smith on the connection Sonny Rollins forged with his British audience.
Stan Tracey Nov. 20, 2020
Geoffrey Smith on the work of Stan Tracey, paragon of British jazz and of jazz in Britain.
Americans in Britain Nov. 19, 2020
Geoffrey Smith on how Britain influenced the work of two celebrated American jazz artists.
The British Audience Nov. 19, 2020
Geoffrey Smith looks at the how the audience for jazz in Britain has evolved over time.
On Not Being a Jazzer Nov. 19, 2020
Geoffrey Smith reflects on perceptions of jazz in Britain and questions the term 'jazzer'.
Cocker Spaniels Nov. 5, 2020
Famous composers devoted to dogs. Edward Elgar was inseparable from his spaniel, Marco.
Dachshunds Nov. 4, 2020
Famous composers’ devotion to dogs. Britten and Bernstein were obsessed with dachshunds.
Poodles Nov. 4, 2020
Composers' links to certain dog breeds. Haydn’s poodle tale and Chopin’s poodle myth.
Old English Sheepdogs Nov. 3, 2020
Famous composers devoted to dogs. Dame Ethel Smyth’s obsession with Old English sheepdogs.
Newfoundlands Nov. 2, 2020
Famous composers devoted to certain dog breeds. Wagner’s turbulent life with Newfoundlands
Cape Town Oct. 26, 2020
Lindsay Johns ends a series of essays on cities changed by African migration in Cape Town
Fort-de-France Oct. 26, 2020
Lindsay Johns' tour of cities influenced by Africa continues in Fort-de- France.
Kingston Oct. 26, 2020
In Kingston, Jamaica, Lindsay Johns explores another city influenced by African migration.
Philadelphia Oct. 26, 2020
Lindsay Johns continues exploring cities influenced by African migration, in Philadelphia.
Marseille Oct. 26, 2020
Lindsay Johns discusses how Marseille has been influenced by African migration.