Classical Editor: Rob Barnett

Music Webmaster
Len Mullenger:

BBC PRESS RELEASE is the new cultural debate forum on BBC Radio 3 and the World Wide Web, where burning issues in the arts are debated and hotly disputed by makers and consumers of culture.

The programmes -- which are unscripted -- will be transmitted fortnightly from September to November. We welcome contributions from abroad. You can listen to the programme online by visiting the Radio 3 website at and following the instructions for 'Listen Online' on the Home Page. You will need a PC with a sound card; the audio stream is supported by RealPlayer -- if you do not have RealPlayer, a free version can be downloaded by visiting

The topic on tonight is:

Conductors - what difference do they make?

Among the participants:
Gilbert E Kaplan
Ida Haendel
Leonard Slatkin
Marin Alsop
and two veteran concertmasters who tell it how it really is.

Listen in at 1845 London time to

and mail in your views to


Send us your views, before, during and after the programme. Exchange ideas with other arts lovers and give the system a good shaking out.

You can E-MAIL the programme at any time on

You can CALL the programme on 08700 100 444 (+44 8700 100 444 from abroad). Lines are open on transmission days from 1800 (UK time), 1900 (CET), 1300 (US East Coast) until the end of the broadcast .

You can call the BBC Helpline on 08700 100 300 (+44 8700 100 444) to put your views at any time.

We will forward your commments and questions to the programme

Transmission dates and programme topics:

Wednesday 13 September Are you being served?
Wednesday 27 September Presenters: who needs them?
Wednesday 11 October Funding
Wednesday 25 October Art - too much of a good thing?
Wednesday 8 November The Education Industry
Wednesday 22 November Value for Money?

About the presenter

Norman Lebrecht is the author of the international best-sellers The MaestroMyth and When the Music Stops. His Wednesday column in the London Daily Telegraph has been described as 'required reading' for the cultural community and is widely quoted in the world's media.

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