Welcome to Friends of Radio 3's website

FoR3 is a listeners group independent of Radio 3 and the BBC. We are the largest, longest-surviving such group focusing on the output of Radio 3 - the country’s most significant cultural broadcaster. We engage with the BBC to raise listener concerns.

We believe the station has a duty to build an audience of listeners who, irrespective of their knowledge level, are enquiring and critical.

Programmes should aim not merely to ‘broaden horizons’ superficially but also to deepen knowledge of the arts, especially classical music, challenging audiences, not coddling them; intriguing not indulging; enlightening as well as entertaining. It should explore the contemporary in classical music, jazz, world music and the wider arts as well as presenting the broad range of historical work.

Our Aims. We are on Facebook
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Looking ahead ~

Composer of the Week, Mon 29 September to Fri 3 October, 12 noon and 6.30pm (repeat) is Yorkshireman Sir George Dyson (1883-1964), celebrated composer, broadcaster, teacher, and author of the first manual on hand grenade use ... [it says here]. Details With biographer Paul Spicer.
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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 27:Hail to the chief

The BBC yesterday announced that, as widely tipped, the CEO of Arts Council England, Alan Davey, has been appointed to the vacant post of Controller, Radio 3, as from January 2015. What can we expect from this linguist with an interest in medieval literature and a passion for classical music? 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.