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 Schoenberg's life from five different viewpoints


Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Ivor Novello.


Donald Macleod explores Prokofiev's triumphant and ultimately tragic return to the USSR.


Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Francesca Caccini and her circle.


Donald Macleod focuses on Handel the organist.


Donald Macleod follows the dramatic thread running through Gabriel Faure's musical output


Donald Macleod explores the remarkable and prolific final year of Schubert's life.

Meredith Monk  

Donald Macleod talks to Meredith Monk about her remarkable life and unique music

Michael Haydn  

Michael Haydn. He was a composer admired and respected by Mozart and revered by Schubert


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.

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