BBC Radio 3 Launches New Contemporary Music Show

BBC presenters Kate Molleson and Tom Service

BBC Radio 3 Launches New Contemporary Music Show

Music by David Fennessy, Ann Cleare, Deirdre Gribbin and Rebecca Saunders to feature in first two shows, including performances from New Music Dublin.

The New Music Show begins on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 6 April. It replaces the longstanding Hear and Now and will be presented by Kate Molleson and Tom Service. 

The new programme is similar to Hear and Now, promising ‘the best new music in live performance from around the UK and the world, plus new releases, features and interviews with composers and performers’. 

The first edition, titled ‘Heartbeats in Music’, features the premiere performance of David Fennessy’s The Ground, a composition built on the heartbeat of his unborn daughter, and an in-depth interview with Berlin-based composer Rebecca Saunders. 

Next week (13 April), the show will broadcast performances from the recent New Music Dublin festival, including the Irish premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Graal théâtre and Ann Cleare’s 93 million miles away performed by the Fidelio Trio. The programme will also include a performance of Deirdre Gribbin’s The Binding of the Years (revised) by the Ulster Orchestra and Finghin Collins, and a performance of Rebecca Saunders’ Visible Traces played by Ensemble Modern.

BBC Radio 3 recently announced a range of changes to its schedule, including cutting the Late Junction show to one night per week.

To listen to the New Music Show, visit

Published on 5 April 2019

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