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Classical Notes: June 23, 2006 Archive

Reith Lectures

Posted at 8:29 AM on June 23, 2006 by Rex Levang

In the course of this very interesting thread, the “Reith Lectures” were mentioned – which is a nice way of connecting our discussion with the world of radio.

The Reith Lectures are a series of lectures given every year under the auspices of the British Broadcasting Corporation; they’re named in honor of John Reith, who led the BBC in its formative years. This year’s lectures were given by Daniel Barenboim, and you can read them, listen to them, and find ample amounts of accompanying material here.

I’ve had the chance to meet a few folks from the BBC, and even though Reith left the BBC in 1938, and died in 1971, they still invoke his name in a tone of bemused affection.