Selector Radio at 20 – The Story So Far
UK music from the past 20 years - the British Council's Selector Radio is celebrating over two decades in the business. And here's the story of how it all happened.
The Power of Music – When Film and Music Meet
Broadcaster and composer Neil Brand explores film and music, the art of the score in the modern age and how cultural attitudes and expectations have shifted our expectations for film scores too.
British Library: Saving Our Sounds
The British Library Sound Archive is one of the largest collections of sound recordings in the world. Andy Linehan tells us about the vital work the library does to collect, curate, restore and preserve audio in all manner of formats, across genres, in order to maintain the UK's rich cultural memory.
Playlist: Twenty Twenty Two
We're listening to new music from the UK in this 2022 playlist from the British Council's Music team.
Selector at 20 – Q&A with Selector's Programme Manager Katie Weatherall
In Selector Radio's 20th year, Selector's Programme Manager Katie Weatherall talks to us about the long running radio show and reflects on its sustainable and environmentally-friendly programming.
Our music spotlight series continues with a roundup of news of how Covid-19 is affecting UK music festivals, the ongoing discussion about streaming and highlights from our own projects and listening recommendations.
Playlist: Unlockdown Listening
A playlist of springtime releases and other good stuff we're listening to in the UK right now.
Playlist: International Women's Day 2021
We've an all-female music playlist to celebrate International Women's Day.
Blog: Reelin’ in the Year
Joel Mills recounts the highs and many lows of 2020 from a UK music perspective. What next for the world of music?
Playlist: The Songs That Got Us Through 2020
Here's a soothing playlist to close the year. These are truly the songs that got us through 2020.
Music Team Spotlight 2020
We've recommendations for UK music happenings in the early part of 2021 and round up the end of year music news with contributions from the team.
Our latest Spotlight blog reads like a music awards special...
Online Session: Cultural Heritage and Identity in Contemporary Arts and Music
Our latest online session will explore contemporary artistic responses to Vietnam’s film and music heritage.
We roundup news, music and entertainment from the UK music scene, including how the Royal Opera House and the Southbank Centre are programming their upcoming concerts. Cathy Graham looks at classical music's reaction to Black Lives Matter as Black History Month draws to a close.
FAMLAB Online Session #2: Artists and Residencies
Our second film and music online session delves into the story of an exchange between Vietnam and the UK and looks at the wider world of residency opportunities. As our world has shrunk during Covid-19, what might the residencies of the future look like?
Cathy Graham – Director, Music at the British Council – has been awarded an OBE, by Her Majesty the Queen, for her services to music and cultural relations, reflecting a life dedicated to music and her numerous achievements in the music sector and internationally at the head of the British Council’s Music team.
Our music spotlight series continues with a look at how English National Opera have responded to Covid, the resurgence of radio, our pick of upcoming awards and festivals, what to listen to this month and much more besides.
Playlist: Black History Month 2020
For Black History Month 2020 we've picked out a music playlist of some of our favourite black artists in the UK.
FAMLAB Online Session #1: Liberation Radio
Learn more about the Liberation Radio film and music project joining the UK and Vietnam, making use of archive film material from Vietnam.
Our Spotlight series continues with a look at the upcoming virtual Notting Hill Carnival, advice for instrumental teachers, our pick of the BBC Proms and much much more.
We've been keeping our eyes and ears open once again...