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Semyon Bychkov, Steve Reich, Richard Long, how to set up a museum

July 30th, 2015

Episode 964 of 1303 episodes

Tomorrow night Semyon Bychkov conducts Shostakovich's 7th Symphony, the Leningrad, at the BBC Proms. He talks about the significance of a piece that evokes the time of the Leningrad Siege - a period of history that affected Bychkov's own mother. Steve Reich's 1972 Clapping Music is one of the most significant pieces of recent decades: a Minimalist classic. Now it's become an app, thanks to Andrew Burke, Chief Executive of the London Sinfonietta, to be launched at an event this Saturday at the South Bank in London. He and Steve Reich talk to John. Richard Long: Time and Space is a new exhibition celebrating the work of the artist at the Arnolfini in Long's home town, Bristol. With new work alongside re-creations of older work, it illuminates his close relationship with place. The art critic Richard Cork reviews for Front Row. A new museum proposed as a celebration of women in the East End of London has been revealed to have dramatically changed subject matter to the crimes of Jack the Ripper. As some seek to reverse the museum's approval, Front Row asks Alistair Brown, Policy Officer at the Museums Association, what it takes to set up a museum.

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