Max & Festival Concerts on Radio 3

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Ahead of tomorrow's event in Kirkwall, a two hour live programme on BBC Radio 3 tonight (Saturday 17th September) will focus on Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and his music. Alasdair Nicolson and Sally Beamish (pictured) will be taking taking part in the programme from the BBC Radio Orkney studios in Kirkwall. The presenter is Tom Service and the Behn Quartet will give the broadcast premiere of Maxwell Davies's final work, 'Movement for String Quartet', which is believed to have been completed in January this year. Rolf Hind talks about Maxwell Davies's piano music, plays part of his Piano Sonata No.1 and gives the world premiere of his own tribute piece to Maxwell Davies, 'The Dark Hug of Time', which is co-commissioned by sound and the University of Aberdeen. 

Concerts by the BBC Symphony Orchestra from this year's St Magnus International Festival can also be heard on BBC Radio 3's Afternoon on 3 this week, including one featuring the Festival Chorus.

The first broadcast at 2pm on Monday 19th September will feature a love-themed programme from a concert on 22 June includng music by Glinka, Tippett and Prokofiev. It will also feature Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.2, with soloist Alexei Volodin at the Festival's new Steinway.

The broadcast on Friday 23rd will feature Sally Beamish's Cage of Doves, with the Chorus performng in Stanford's Songs of the Fleet and Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Soloists are Ailish Tynan, Anna Huntley, Nicholas Mulroy and Stephen Loges.

Both concerts are conducted by Alexander Vedernikov.

These concerts follow on from 4 hours of recitals which featured on Radio 3 earlier in the summer. The special editions of Radio 3's Music Matters and Radio 4's Open Country which were recorded at the Festival are still available to listen again on the BBC website. This week's programmes will be available for around a month following broadcast.

The BBCSO, Festival Chorus, Stephen Loges and Alexander Vedernikov performing Stanford's Songs of the Fleet

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