Welcome to Friends of Radio 3's websiteFoR3 is a listeners' group independent of Radio 3 and the BBC. We are on Facebook
We support the broad range of programming on Radio 3, from speech programmes (drama and arts discussion), through various styles of music (classical, jazz and world). In terms of classical music we believe that Radio 3 should not only look back to the classical canon of the past but should commission, sponsor, broadcast and otherwise strive to familiarise audiences with the music of today.
Programming and presentation should aim to deepen knowledge of the arts, especially classical music, with content which is not otherwise universally available, challenging audiences, not coddling them; intriguing not indulging; enlightening as well as entertaining. We campaign for a return to the cultural and intellectual standards of the past, not the fashions.
No, we do not want wall-to-wall Bach-Beethoven-Brahms &c.; no, we do not want to see jazz or world music dropped or cut down; and no, we do not want the speech/arts programmes transferred to Radio 4. But, whatever the genre, Radio 3 should be expert and trustworthy. Our Aims.