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Dev Hynes puts spotlight on diversity and evolution of classical music in new Radio 3 show

By | Published on Thursday 16 March 2023

Dev Hynes Composed

Dev Hynes – aka Blood Orange – has launched a new show on BBC Radio 3 which, and I quote, “celebrates all aspects of classical music and explores the wider musical world from electronic through to soundtracks”.

Called ‘Composed With Devonté Hynes’, the programme also aims to “showcase how classical music is constantly evolving”, with the official blurb adding: “From shining a light on overlooked composers through to navigating the beauty and tension of modern music, the series will be an intimate glimpse into the mind and influences of one of the most exciting and boundary-pushing artists of the last decade”.

The twelve part weekly series will start airing on Radio 3 this weekend, though the first three episodes are already available on the BBC Sounds app. And as the show premieres on air, Hynes will play two dates at the Barbican in London on 18 and 19 Mar where he will be joined by the London Symphony Orchestra to perform “contemporary classical music that confronts the complexities of 21st Century identity and defies the expectations of orchestral music”.

Commenting on all this, Hynes says: “I am honoured to present this series dedicated to my influences within the classical world. I hope people will enjoy how wide a genre it is, and discover artists, lots of whom are still active, who I feel deserve a lot more attention than is given”.

Radio 3 Commissioning Executive Philip Raperport adds: “Too often, classical music is at risk of being pigeon-holed, despite the incredible diversity that the genre offers. We wanted to provide audiences with a new kind of classical listening experience, one that showcases how artists across the musical spectrum have identified with and been inspired by classical”.

“We are so THRILLED that Devonté Hynes, one of the most exciting musicians working in the industry today, is leading on this and we can’t wait for listeners to dive into Dev’s world”, he goes on.

You can listen to the first three editions of the new programme here.