BBC to make classical music archive available


BBC Proms


The BBC Symphony Orchestra performed at the BBC Proms 2018

The BBC has announced plans to make its back catalogue of classical music available to the public.

Director general Tony Hall said: “In an age of ever growing platforms and social media sharing, these historic and recent performances will be returned to the public.”

They will be available on services such as BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sounds app.

Lord Hall revealed the plans at the launch of the BBC’s year-long classical music project, Our Classical Century.

The project will look back at 100 years of classical music in the UK and will be covered online and on BBC Four, BBC Two and Radio 3.

The corporation has one of the biggest classical music archives in the world, with recordings from the BBC Proms, BBC orchestras and choirs along with BBC Young Musician and BBC Introducing.

Lord Hall said: “In time, you will also be able to find them by using voice activation technology to make your own journey through classical music.

“Whilst the way we consume and share content is changing rapidly, music’s ability to bring us together has stayed the same, and classical music’s role in that should not be underestimated.”

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