Welcome to Friends of Radio 3's website

FoR3 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.
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Looking ahead ~

Monday 22 September, at 7.15 Opera on 3 presents the Glyndebourne production of Mozart's early opera La finta Giardiniera, composed when he was 18. Was it really based on Goldoni's play Pamela nubile, as stated on the Radio 3 website? Inspired rather than based? Details
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Now iPlaying ~

This will not be updated until a more satisfactory way of searching the iPlayer is found than is offered by the latest redesign of the site. The current week's schedule is here but exact details of availabilty of the On Demand programmes are no longer given. In general, this will be for seven days after the broadcast.

Sep 15: But answer came there ...

For the second year running the televised Proms programmes edited out the new music. We recall that this time last year we questioned the decision with the coordinator of classical music (television and radio). And? More ....


Radio 3 listings: You can download a printable file of Radio 3's programmes each week, in two columns, or three to reduce the number of pages. Bookmark this page - it's usually updated on Friday evenings. Andrew Slater's blog also has direct links to the iPlayer which function once the programme has been broadcast.