With more feature programmes, more live music and a lead role in this year’s RTÉ Big Music Week, the new season on lyric fm has a world of treats in store for listeners.
Sunday With Gay Byrne
You can be sure that Autumn has arrived when Gay Byrne returns on October 2nd with the very best in traditional jazz, Big Band and swing, plus great competitions and CD giveaways. There'll be the usual chat from Gay as he weaves his way through some of his often humorous weekly happenings, observations, musings and musical anecdotes.
Sunday mornings start early when you're young. From Sunday 2nd October, the early risers in your house can wake up to a programme of the world's best classical music, made just for them! RTÉjr Radio's Classical Kids is visiting RTÉ lyric fm for eight weeks. Presented by Ian McGlynn, Classical Kids is a fun introduction to composers, musicians and instruments for younger listeners and maybe some grown ups too! So, whether you're hankering after Harry Potter, buzzing over Flight of the Bumblebee or raving about Rhapsody in Blue, this is the show for you. We'll be visiting deep oceans, dangerous jungles and even outer space and we hope you can join us on this aural adventure. Presenter Ian McGylnn was previously a singer and actor; Ian travelled the world with Riverdance and co-founded Bare Space Theatre Company.
Guinness Cork Jazz Weekend Special
It's that time of the year when the Jazz Alley team head south west for the 33rd Guinness Cork Jazz Festival from 28 to 31 October. Expect lots of great live jazz in studio and interviews with all of the big names at this year's festival, including Kyle Eastwood.
Stan Kenton Centenary Celebration, 14th December
Pianist, composer and arranger Stan Kenton was born 100 years ago this week. His jazz orchestra was highly innovative, influential and often controversial and this evening Donald Helme explores Kenton's music in detail.
Paul Herriott In Tempo
On Friday 21st October Paul Herriott will present his mid-morning programme live from the RTÉ studios in Belfast, where he'll be joined by special guests and a number of the artists who will be appearing during the 2011 Belfast Festival at Queens.
Liz Nolan's Lunchtime Classics
On Thursday 1st September Liz Nolan launches the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland 2012 Season with members past and present in studio. The audition applications for 2012 will be opened following the launch on the show.
Liz will also broadcast live from The National Ploughing Chamionships in Athy, in September.
The Friday Concert
The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra returns to the National Concert Hall for the start of its 2011-2012 Season on Friday 9th September. The orchestra will perform every Friday night on a continuous run until November 11th, and Eamonn Lawlor will be joined by a rich variety of conductors and soloists. The composers will range from those as familiar as Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Mahler to the much less familiar Scriabin, Hindemith and Zemlinsky. Take a front row seat with presenter Eamonn Lawlor as he brings these world class concerts to you in the comfort of your own home.
Other dates to remember
Saturday 1st October
Virgina by Saverio Mercadante
Saturday 8th October
The Golden Ticket by Peter Ash and Donald Sturrock based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Saturday 15th October
Hubièka (The Kiss) by Bedøich Smetana
Saturday 22nd October
Maria by Roman Statkowski (Live)
Saturday 29th October
La Cour de Célimène by Ambroise Thomas
Saturday 5th November
Gianni di Parigi by Gaetano Donizetti (Live and in the presence of the President of Ireland.)
Opera Night Saturdays at 7pm
Autumn on Opera Night offers a celebration of the Wexford Festival Opera. We begin on the 1st of October with a sequence of the three operas from the 2010 festival and continue with live broadcasts from this year's festival.