Ian McMillan 's spoken word cabaret features a new commission from award-winning writer
Frank Cottrell Boyce and an audacious linguistic experiment by Verb language spy Alex Horn. Plus news of an exciting public poetry project from poet Alec Finlay. Producer Laura Thomas
Isabel Hilton explores the ways in which gardens have engaged with and expressed philosophical ideas, focusing on Ian Finlay Hamilton 's garden Little Sparta in the Pentland Hills, which draws on classical myth, the Scottish Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Producer ArianeKoek
Fiona Talkington and Ian McMillan host an evening of drama, music, commissioned poetry, reportage and listener contributions in celebration of the summer solstice.
With studio sessions from Finnish folk band
Varttina and English singer June Tabor.
Mendelssohn Overture: A Midsummer Night's Dream BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conductor Richard Hickox
6.45 A Midsummer Night's Dream
ByWilliam Shakespeare. Another chance to hear a star-studded production of one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies, first broadcast in 1999. Introduced by Richard Eyre.
Music composed and performed by Robin Rimbaud Director Susan Roberts
Midsummer Serenades and Renga
During the three intervals, updates on work in progress at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, near
Wakefield, where Alec Finlay is leading the creation of a 100-verse poem in the Japanese renga tradition. Plus seasonal music by Haydn, Paul Patterson and Grainger performed by the Galliard Ensemble.
9.45 The Posthumous Life of Pagan England 1/2. Historian Ronald Hutton takes Ian McMillan around Solsbury Hill near Bath, where a fiery wheel-rolling tradition persisted.
10.00 Midsummer in Midsomer Norton
Ian McMillan visits the Somerset town to see if its romantic name makes summers special there.
10.15 The Land of Giving In Lavinia Greenlaw 's poetic account of midsummer bathed in 24-hour sunlight on the Lofoten Islands, Norway.
10.30 A Midsummer Light's Nighthouse
WN Herbert reads a poem from his lighthouse.
10.45 The Posthumous Life of Pagan England 2/2. Ronald Hutton tours the ancient stone circles atStanton Drew, near Bristol.
11.00 Of Fowls and Foula Poet Kathleen Jamie and musician Don Paterson share the midsummer light on the Shetland island of Foula.
11.25 Magic Meadow Drums Novelist and poet James Lasdun calls in from Woodstock in New York state, still a hippy gathering-place.
11.30 Midsummer Legumes and Brass Ian McMillan finds out what's going on at his brother John's allotment.
11.50 Midsummer Renga
An update on the progress of Alec Finlay 's communal poetry creation.
11.55 The Nights Are Drawing In Ian McMillan performs his own countdown poem for midnight. Email throughout the evening with your midsummer moments and memories to email@example.com
Producers Tim Dee , Lyndon Jones and Susan Roberts
Wigmore Hall Director's Festival Gala
On Saturday, William Lyne celebrated the end of his 36 years as director of the Wigmore Hall in London with a star-studded line-up of some of the greatest
British and international artists who have graced the Wigmore platform during his tenure. Presented by Petroc Trelawny , who during the intervals asks William Lyne to recall some of the highlights of his directorship. (Times are approximate.)
Part 1 Music by Schubert, Brahms, Wolf, Schumann, Wagner, Dowland,
Vaughan Williams and Britten performed by singers Thomas Quasthof , Angelika Kirchschlager , Olaf Bar , Ann Murray , Matthias Gorne , Anne Evans , Paul Agnew , Mark Wilde , Christopher Maltman and James Bowman , and pianists Simon Crawford -Phillips, Philip Moore , Julius Drake ,
Malcolm Martineau and Graham Johnson.
8.20 Part 2 Music by Ravel and Reynaldo Hahn , featuring violinist Joshua Bell , cellist Steven Isserlis and soprano Lisa Milne ; Chopin played by pianist
Dmitri Alexeev ; songs by Schubert and Finzi and the premiere of a piece by Julian Philips , with singers Ian Bostridge , Felicity Lott ,
Gerald Finlay and Catherine Wyn-Rogers .
9.35 Part 3 The concert concludes in a party spirit with a medley of old favourites. The Beicea Quartet perform Webern, and then all participants take to the stage for Vaughan Williams's Serenade to Music.
This week Julian Spalding talks to the poet, sculptor and neoclassicist Ian Hamilton Finlay. Producer HANS PIETSCH
by AUGUST STRINDBERG in a version by INGMAR BERGMAN , translated by MICHAEL MEYER
Music by ILONA sekacz
' In this dream play the author has attempted to imitate the inconsequent yet transparently logical shape of a dream '
Adapted for radio and directed by martin Jenkins ( Repeat)
by AUGUST STRINDBERG in version by ingmar BERGMAN , translated by MICHAEL MEYER
Music by ILONA SEKACZ
•in this dream play the author has attempted to imitate the inconSequent yet transparently logical shape of a dream The characters split, double, multiply, evaporate, condense. disperse, assemble. But one consciousness rules over them all, that of the Adapted for radio and directed by MARTIN JENKINS
by WILLIAM GRANT with and Time was, I could remember every single livin' second that had ever acted on me, I saw instant movin' pictures inside here. Now there's nothin' but a grey jog ... Songs performed by MARY MCGOOKIN ,
ALISON FORSYTH , CLUNIE MACKENZIE , ANN LOUISEROSS ,
JANIS TALLIS , ROBERT HANDLEIGH , FINLAY MACLEAN ,
JOHN MCGLYNN and DAVID PEATE. JOHN SAMPSON
Technical presentation TOM ANDERSON , IAN COWIE
Directed by STEWART CONN BBC Scotland
(Swan Song, directed by Patrick Sandford , was first performed at Perth Theatre on 20 February as part of the BBC/Arts Council scheme to commission new work for radio and the theatre)
Thoughts on JAMES HOGG'S masterpiece. with its study of fanaticism and possession by the devil.
Written and presented by Edwin Morgan
Illustrative excerpts read by JEAN FAULDS , PATRICK MALAHIDE IAN STEWART and FINLAY WELSH Producer STEWART CONN
(Thomas Wilson 's new opera based on the novel will be broadcast on Friday 7.40 pm)
An impression of the life and work of Lilian Baylis , who managed the Old Vic for a quarter of a century and paved the way for the English National Opera, the Royal Ballet and the National Theatre.
Edited and produced by VAl. MAY
This charity Gala Performance was given by present members of the National Theatre Company on behalf of the Royal Victoria Hall (Old Vici Foundation on Saturday 28 February. the National Theatre's last performance at the Old Vic before moving to its new home on the South Bank. The Company in alphabetical order: Polly Adams
Peggy Ashcroft Anna Caiteret Robert Eddison Frank Finlay Albert Finnev
Susan Fleelwood John Gielgud
Angela Lansbury Denis Quillev
Ralph Richardson Daniel Thllrndike with the recorded voices of LAURENCE OLIVIER and LILIAN BAYLIS
Presented for radio by IAN COTTEREI. L
During the interval 8.23* -8.55* a gramophone record of JOAN CROSS singing the Willow Song and Ave Maria from Verdi's opera Otello, with orchestra conducted by LAWRFNCE COLLING-WOOD
Glasgow Schools 'First Orchestra conductor LAWRENCE LEONARD with DAVID FINLAY (piano) including the first broadcast performance of Kenneth Leighton 's Dance Suite in D. Op 53, and part of Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor
Introduced bv IAN BARRIE
(15th in a weekly series)