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BBC to axe Listen to the Band

Wednesday 10 January, 2018

The BBC has announced that the long-running brass band show on Radio 2, Listen to the Band, has been ‘rested’ from its schedule, with effect from May 2018. The programme, which has been presented by Frank Renton since 1994, is a victim of the station’s latest scheduling changes, which have also seen the end of the well-established programme, The Organist Entertains.

A statement released by the BBC on Wednesday 10 January also stated: ‘The yearly Young Brass Award will remain as a Friday Night is Music Night special in April; whilst brass and organ music will be included in Friday Night is Music Night weekly programmes throughout the year. Brass will continue to be heavily featured on a weekly basis in Clare Teal’s Sunday night show, which celebrates big band music.’

Frank Renton commented: “I am saddened that brass bands will no longer have a presence on national radio, but on a personal note I would like to thank the BBC for 23 wonderful years during which I have worked with some very special friends and colleagues. Of course the next thing on the agenda is the continued celebration of the talent of young British brass players when Ken Bruce and I present the final of the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award in April.”