2/6. Russell Davies explores the ancient art of close-harmony singing in its many variations, including barbershop, jazz, gospel and doo-wop, as sung by sacred, commercial, amateur and professional groups (church choirs, Welsh male voice choirs, session singers and backing vocalists). Featured acts include the Manhattan Transfer, Take Six, New York Voices, the Four Freshmen, the Hi-Los and the Swingle
Singers. This edition draws links between early polyphonic sounds and today's vocal-group singing. Producer Graham Pass
3/6. A celebration of Britain's Ivor Novello Awards, which since 1956 have recognised composers and songwriters for their craft. The award is named after one of the most talented writer/perfomer stars of the first half of the last century. This week's presenter. Joan Armatrading , recalls her
1976 song Love and Affection, and discusses the challenges of constructing a song. Plus input from Ivor winners Bruce Welch and Don Black.
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