The BBC is set to make many recordings from its archives available to the public, for on-demand online listening.
Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, is expected to make the announcement on Thursday, when he launches ‘Our Classical Century’, a season of programmes spanning both radio and television channels which will explore the past hundred years of classical music-making by the corporation.
With all that sits in the BBC’s vaults, the announcement is an enticing prospect for classical audiences. Not only is the corporation home to a number of prestigious performance groups – including world-leading ensembles such as the BBC Symphony and BBC Philharmonic orchestras, as well as choirs such as the BBC Singers – but it also produces the Proms, one of the world’s longest and most wide-ranging concert annual music festivals, and major competitions including the BBC Young Musician and Cardiff Singer of the World. All of this makes the BBC archives among the world’s richest repository of classical performances.
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