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Thursday, 28 January 2021, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Online Lecture

BBC Radio in the LP Era (1948–1982)

Professor Jeremy Summerly

The long-playing record and the BBC’s Third Programme changed the face of classical music in Britain. 

In popular music the 45 rpm record became the recorded medium of choice, and in 1970 the BBC’s home networks grew to four in order to broadcast respectively (and respectably) pop, easy listening, classical music, and speech. 

Radio 3’s flagship programmes such as the weekday drivetime slot Homeward Bound and Saturday morning’s Record Review taught listeners what to listen to and how to listen.


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Jeremy is Visiting Gresham Professor of Music History. 

He is the Sterndale Bennett Lecturer in Music at the Royal Academy of Music. He also chairs the Academy's Continuing Professional Development Programme. 

He has delivered the annual Christmas carol service at Gresham College since 2014. In 2019, he was made Visiting Professor of Music History.

Professor Summerly's lecture series are as follows:

2020/21 100 Years of BBC Radio

2019/20 Making Music

All lectures by the Visiting Professor of Music History can be accessed here.

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