I find myself listening to Radio 3 more and more. To keep in touch, I check out the world on the Today programme in the morning, but by and large Radio 3 is my favoured destination these days. It's not just as an escape from an increasingly distressing world, but a place to learn a lot. And I love music. It's a very diverse radio station and I thoroughly enjoy my Radio 3 interludes (except for opera - no thanks, sorry).
Over the past couple of weeks the BBC has been promoting its Ten Pieces initiative. It has created a 50 minute film for primary school children, introducing them to ten outstanding, descriptive pieces of classical music. The film is available for us all to see on BBC iPlayer (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04lyj10/ten-pieces-03102014). They have also got Ten Pieces ambassadors and on Saturday afternoon the Welsh harpist, Catrin Finch, introduced a programme of wonderful pieces. There was even a piece by my favourite combination of Jan Gabarek and the Hillard Ensemble. Following that she played another blissful combination - music performed by herself together with kora player, Seckou Keita, from Mali. It was breathtakingly beautiful. I was so blown away by the sound I instantly found their CD, Clychau Dibon, and bought it online. It arrived yesterday. It's playing now, and has been ever since I unwrapped it. You can hear a taster on Saturday Classics, which is still on iPlayer for a few more days. It's 1 hour and 26 minutes into the programme, unless you would like to hear the Jan Gabarek track before that, in which case it's 1 hour 21 minutes in. It's unmissable. Just press play ….. and relax.