Composer of the Week

Composer of the Week

United Kingdom

BBC Radio 3's Composer Of The Week is a guide to composers and their music. The podcast is compiled from the week's programmes and published on Friday, it is only available in the UK.



Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Bohuslav Martinu.

Daniel Kidane  

Donald is in conversation with Composer Daniel Kidane .

Anna Meredith  

Donald Macleod talks to acoustic and electronic music composer Anna Meredith.

Helen Grime  

Donald Macleod speaks to British composer Helen Grime about her work.

Gwilym Simcock  

Donald's joined by composer and jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock .

Anoushka Shankar  

Donald is joined by composer and sitar player Anoushka Shankar.


Donald Macleod invites composer Oliver Knussen to join him to discuss his life and career


Donald is joined by Edmund Rubbra's sons Benedict and Adrian, who discuss their father and his music


Donald Macleod explores Rimsky-Korsakov's final years through the lens of his biographer, Vasily Vasilyevitch Yastrebtsev


Donald Macleod explores the life and work of composers.


Donald looks at Janacek's life through his instrumental and small-scale compositions.

Villa Lobos  

Donald explores the music and life of Villa-Lobos with musicologist Manoel Correa do Lago


Donald Macleod explores the music of George Butterworth and four of his contemporaries


Looking at the life and work of Johannes Brahms and some of his larger orchestral works


Donald explores Mozart's relationship with his home city of Salzburg.

Bernard Stevens  

Donald Macleod explores the life and music of neglected British composer Bernard Stevens

Stravinsky and the Symphony  

Donald Macleod explores Igor Stravinsky's life through his symphonies.

Johann Strauss I and II  

Donald Macleod explores the lives of and music of Johann Strauss I and his son, Johann


Donald explores the colourful life and music of George Gershwin, a pianist and composer.

Clara Schumann and Her Circle  

Donald Macleod explores the lives and music of Clara Schumann and the extraordinary circle of composers and musicians she moved in

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