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Playlist database for BBC Radio 3 — supported by

This is an interface to an experimental database, based on Radio 3 playlists.

Currently it goes back to the last few days of 2014, and is updated daily in the early hours, for the previous day.

One intended use is as a music index to BBC Sounds, with the added facility of an indication of where within a programme a work starts.

The list below defaults to 30 days from yesterday, so it theoretically contains information of all the music available on BBC Sounds, as broadcast by Radio 3, up to the previous day. In practice this might not be the case as the playlists aren't always complete.

A search facility is included below to allow the search to be narrowed.

The following is a brief description of the columns in the listing below. ('Composer', 'Title', 'Programme' and 'Date' are self-explanatory.)

Start: the start time of the programme.

Posn: the position within the programme of the work in question.

Offset: the time (hh:mm:ss) within the programme where the work in question starts - useful for navigating using the BBC Sounds time bar.

R3 Link: links to the Radio 3 web page for the programme (e.g. for performer information, confirmation of time left on BBC Sounds).

Sounds Link: links to the BBC Sounds page for the programme. If this column is blank, the programme has expired (currently available for 30 days).

Time Remaining: if the Sounds Link column is occupied, this indicates how long the programme is available on BBC Sounds. This is calculated on the assumption that the programme is available for 30 days from the beginning of the programme. This is not always the case, so when the calculated time is a few hours, this column prompts you to check the time left via the R3 Link.

Search the Database

The following is a simple search tool. Use * as a 'don't care' wildcard, to represent characters or strings of characters to minimise typing and to allow for different versions of a composer's name or work. The use of '+' as per many search engines won't work here.

The search is copied to the page address, so a search for a given composer with 'yesterday' as the latest date is bookmarkable, and will automatically update on each access.

Report type: Standard Simple Summary       Results per page:

Composer: Enter any part of the name that is likely to be unique. Use * to replace accented letters or to replace several characters to save typing (e.g. dv*k or mend*hn)
Work title: Enter any word(s) or parts of words which are likely to be unique, while remaining generic enough to cover different variants. Use * to replace several characters to save typing (e.g. symph* or kleine*usik)
Programme: Enter any part of the programme name that is likely to be unique. Use * to save typing (e.g. time con or 3 in con)
Latest date: (Use format yyyy-mm-dd; for a bookmarkable updating result use 'yesterday' (without the quotation marks))
Days to search:

Leave * in boxes to use defaults: all *s in the top 3 boxes will result in a search for all database entries for 30 days including yesterday.

Some examples:

Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik in any programme in the last 30 days

Any Beethoven symphony in any programme in the last 30 days

Anything by Malcolm Arnold in any programme in the last 30 days

Any Dvorak Slavonic Dance in Breakfast in the last year

Anything by Holst in Breakfast in 2020


4 results found --- Page 1 of 1 --- Results 1 to 4:

ComposerTitleProgrammeDateStartPosnOffsetDurationR3 LinkSounds LinkTime Remaining
Malcolm ArnoldLittle suite for orchestra No 2 (Dance)In Tune Mixtape2022-06-2919:00300:05:1200:02:13 R3 Link Sounds Link26 days
Malcolm ArnoldPeach Melba (Grand Concerto Gastronomique Op.76)Essential Classics2022-06-1309:001601:40:3200:02:53 R3 Link Sounds Link9 days
Malcolm ArnoldThree Shanties for wind quintet (No 3)Breakfast2022-06-3006:30700:57:2400:02:51 R3 Link Sounds Link26 days
Malcolm ArnoldWind Quintet Op. 2: I. AllegroBreakfast2022-06-2607:00600:34:0900:04:30 R3 Link Sounds Link22 days
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