BBC Radio 3 is to film a series of 12 concerts to be broadcast online. The concerts will first be heard on Radio 3's Performance on 3, and subsequently made available to view online via the Radio 3 website.
This new venture will begin on September 26 when the BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda broadcast Beethoven's Symphony No 9 and Formazioni by the Italian composer Luciano Berio on Performance on 3. The concert will then be available to watch online, in what the BBC promises to be "high-quality sound and pictures", the following day.
Radio 3 Controller Roger Wright described the plans, which include not only the performance itself, but also interviews with artists and composers, as "an exciting enhancement". Interactivity is promised, with viewers able to choose which movements or sections of the concert they want to watch.
The series will feature the BBC's in-house ensembles, and will continue in October with a programme of light music performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra, and in November with Orff's Carmina Burana from the Barbican. Programmes are also planned from, amongst others, the BBC NOW, the BBC Singers and from the Radio 3 London Jazz Festival.