The BBC announced last week that it is stepping up its provision of live music via its digital platform – so online and via the red button – with live streams and on-demand coverage of things like Radio 1′s ‘Live Lounge’ and Radio 2′s ‘In Concert’ series planned. Though the biggest promise in last week’s announcement was probably the pledge to live stream all the major stages at this year’s Glastonbury, using the technology built for last year’s London Olympics.
Acting Director General of the BBC, Tim Davie said: “Our ambition this year is to offer music fans unprecedented coverage of live music. On desktop, mobile, tablet and connected TVs, we will bring BBC audiences closer to the music they love by offering a full performance or festival-goer experience for those who can’t be there”
The BBC also announced some new music programming across radio and TV, including a month-long strand of performances and programmes under the title ‘Baroque Spring In March’, looking at the Baroque period and the work of composers such as Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. As part of the season, Radio 3 will host a ‘Baroque Remixed’, coupling the BBC Concert Orchestra with composers such as Will Gregory from Goldfrapp. Also, BBC Two will show a documentary on Bach, and BBC Four will screen documentaries on Verdi and Wagner.