The BBC Radio 3 flagship Arts programme, ‘In Tune’ certainly attracted a large and appreciative audience to its programme at the 30th Hay Festival on Bank Holiday Monday (29th May), where an ensemble from the band played live on air.
Presenter Sean Rafferty introduced the group led by MD Ian Porthouse, who donned the burgundy stage jacket to play cornet and piccolo trumpet in the three items of Handel’s ‘Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’ arranged by Elgar Howarth, the Welsh air, ‘All Through the Night’ and Purcell’s famous ‘Trumpet Tune’.
The potential for some cross over projects was clear, so we will be working on those for perhaps another appearance at the Hay Festival in the future. - MD, Ian Porthouse
Ian was also interviewed to talk about the band’s recent achievements, such as the film ‘Pride’ and the ‘Dark Arteries’ production with Rambert Ballet, whilst the programme also featured interviews and performance from Tracy Chevalier, author of ‘Girl With a Pearl Earring’, the illustrator and Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell, Welsh storyteller Daniel Morden, violinist Rachel Podge and the folk group Faustus.
Cross over projects
MD Ian Porthouse said: “‘In Tune’ has such a worldwide following, so this was a great spotlight for us. We also got to talk with the other people on the programme and made some contacts for the future.
The potential for some cross over projects was clear, so we will be working on those for perhaps another appearance at the Hay Festival in the future.”
The broadcast was part of part of Radio 3’s week-long residency at Hay Festival. It will be available for catch-up listening on BBC iPlayer for 30 days following the broadcast.