Petroc Trelawny introduces singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright performing his exquisite Five Shakespeare Sonnets with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a Shakespeare-inspired programme live from the Barbican Centre in London.
JS Bach: Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042. Alina Ibragimova makes her Academy of Ancient Music debut in a programme which vividly charts groundbreaking developments in the role of the violin as a solo instrument.
Urban Classic on Saturday 3 March 2012, the Barbican's 30th birthday, was a meeting of musical cultures, bringing together the BBC Symphony Orchestra with leading artists from the UK's urban music scene, including multiple BRIT and MOBO Award-winner Ms. Dynamite, N-Dubz producer Fazer, Essex MC Devlin and London MC Skepta.
Praise Aloud the Trees. A BBC Radio 3 commission by Northern Ireland composer Brian Irvine. The text is from Sweeney Astray, a translation by Seamus Heaney of Buile Suibhne, a 12th-century Irish cycle about the Ulster petty king "mad Sweeney", who lost his reason at the Battle of Mag Rath or Moira in 637. 4 March 2012.