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Outlook: Nelly Ben-Or

this afternoon (tuesday 14th), 12.33-12.50pm (repeated 6.33pm), on bbc world service radio
nelly ben-or (interviewed by saskia edwards) (in the outlook series, presented by jo fidgen)

”During the Holocaust, Nelly Ben-Or was a Jewish child on the run from the Nazis. But she would seek out pianos wherever she could find them, and found a psychological escape in the instrument.”



Looking for Palestine

BBC bias: The BBC Proms mark Israel’s 70th anniversary year with no Israeli orchestra but with the Palestinian political work ‘Looking for Palestine’ (mostly about the Lebanon War).

This summary is from David Robert Coleman’s own summary of the piece, at
Scene1: ‘Although I have never returned to Palestine, Palestine always returns to me’.
Scene 2: It describes how she is in Lebanon, and how beautiful and idyllic it all is, but in the background something is already going wrong. Towards the end of the scene, the bombing of Lebanon begins.
Scene 3: There’s a short episode where she talks about her fear of seeing bombs being thrown from aeroplanes and the kind of reactions that provokes in her.
Scene 4: She’s back in New York, and there’s a protest developing against this bombardment, and she says you know it’s just a few people, and they seem to be basically quite bourgeois white people protesting there.
Coda: She talks about becoming a kind of feeling like a Palestinian in that moment, and I end it with the words ‘Words are so powerful’.

this evening (tuesday 14th), 7.30-11.30pm, on bbc rsdio 3
daniel barenboim and the west-eastern divan orchestra (in the bbc proms series) includes (at 8.25pm) …

“At the centre of the concert is David Robert Coleman’s ‘Looking for Palestine’ for soprano and orchestra, a work commissioned by the ensemble, and one that speaks to its uniquely political identity.”


FOOC: Palestinian music

this morning (thursday 31st), 11.19-11.24am, on bbc radio 4
from our own correspondent (presented by kate adie) includes …

Robin Denselow is at a music festival on the West Bank designed to amplify the voices of those that live there and give the Palestinean music scene a boost.”

including report from …
• bbc reporter robin denselow

Aaron Copland

monday 30th april to friday 4th may, 12.00-1.00pm, on bbc radio 3
aaron copland (1900-1990) (presented by david macloed) (5 episodes, in the composer of the week series)

Aaron Copland is the composer who, more than any other, defined the sound of American classical music. Copland’s life spanned every decade of the 20th Century.

Today: Theresienstadt music

this morning (monday 16th), 8.49-8.54am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 2.20pm and 9.20pm on newshour on bbc world service radio)
today (presented by martha kearney and nick robinson) includes …

”We hear the music composed in Nazi concentration camps performed for the first time, in Jerusalem.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter tom bateman
• teresienstadt survivor aviva bar-on, born moravia, 1932
• musicologist francesco lotoro

Neil Diamond: Solitary man

tonight (early wednesday 10th), 12.30-1.30am, on bbc 4 (freeview channel 9) (repeated from 2010)
neil diamond: solitary man (more…)

THE FIFTH FLOOR: reports from Gaza, 2014

bbc world service radio’s the fifth floor is a weekly 55-minute programme (fridays, 11.05am gmt) comprising about 5 or 6 stories from different countries, and describing itself as:

“A fresh look at the stories of the week with journalists from our 27 language sections.”

since hebrew is not one of those 27 languages (it was from 30th october 1949 to 28th october 1968) – but arabic is – the producers have a perfect excuse for including stories from gaza but not from israel

so far in 2014, there have been 4 stories from gaza (out of over 200 stories), and none from the west bank or israel:
The Apollo of Gaza • Gaza’s Only Music School • Stories from the Frontline: Gaza • Gaza in Sound

21st february
The Apollo of Gaza (6 minutes):

“A statue thought to be an ancient bronze of Apollo, Greek God of poetry and love, has dropped off the radar after being found in the sea off Gaza last summer and surfacing briefly on eBay. It is 2,500 years old and priceless.
Shahdi Alkashif from BBC Arabic reports.”

(if you miss it, available from 0:13:35 to 0:19:10 at

21st march
Gaza’s Only Music School (9 minutes):

“The Edward Said school currently has 185 students and is struggling on despite being pushed to the financial brink. It was founded in 2008, to teach young Gazans to read music, sing and play eastern and western instruments.
Shahdi Alkashif from BBC Arabic reports from his visit to the school.”
(introduction, by presenter david amanor🙂 “It’s surely hard enough to find your daily bread in Gaza, let alone train your children in classical music!”

(still available from 0:09:30 to 0:18:30 at

8th august
Stories from the Frontline: Gaza (6 minutes):

How do you cope when your home is a conflict zone?
For the last month, BBC Arabic’s Shahdi Alkashif has been sleeping on the floor of his office in Gaza. Shahdi has been on the ground reporting the war for BBC Arabic, and he tells david amanor on how this is affecting life for him and his family.”
(introduction, by presenter david amanor🙂 “He’s been reporting the conflict in Gaza that has shocked and disturbed so many people, including prominent world leaders, because of the number of civilian casualties.”

(still available from 0:00:40 to 0:06:40 at

5th september
Gaza in Sound (2 minutes):

Is normalcy finally returning to Gaza after 50 fearful days?
BBC Arabic’s Adnan Elbursh recorded a soundscape of life in Gaza – a sweet potato seller, men smoking shisha pipes, pomegranate sellers and children playing on a beach.”

(still available from 0:32:30 to 0:34:30 at

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