Saturday 22 April, 2:30pm – 4:00 pm, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 6:30pm on the same day, and on EBU Radio Stations

On 22 April, BBC Radio 3 presents Max Richter Live: Earth Day 2023, in a special concert by world-renowned composer and musician Max Richter. Inspired by  Sir David Attenborough’s landmark natural history series Wild Isles, which is entertaining millions of viewers on BBC One and iPlayer, Richter will perform Recomposed based on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on BBC Radio 3 to mark Earth Day.

Nestled amongst a busy, urban environment, local audiences will be invited to attend the live concert which it will be recorded for broadcast from the Ecology Pavilion in Mile End Park, with attendees able to experience the magic of music and nature in an urban setting. 

Organised as part of the global Earth Day celebrations, Max Richter Live: Earth Day 2023 will see the local East London community come together along with audiences of BBC Radio 3 and European Broadcasting Union (EBU) radio stations across Europe and beyond. The concert will showcase how through music, we can celebrate the natural world around us and remind us of the need to protect our planet.

Max Richter will be joined by Chineke! Orchestra and former Radio 3 New Generation Artist and acclaimed violinist, Elena Urioste. The live concert is part of the BBC’s continued community programming extending out of London’s East Bank, where the BBC will be opening its new music studios in 2025.

Presented by Linton Stephens, Max Richter Live includes RecomposedInfra and On the Nature of Daylight. BBC Radio 3 has collaborated with Universal for this concert, and it will be performed for local attendees from 2:30pm – 4:00pm. The concert will then be broadcast later in the evening from 6:30pm on BBC Radio 3. For listeners living outside the UK, the performance will also be broadcast by stations from Europe and beyond as part of BBC Radio 3’s partnership with the EBU. The concert will be followed by a special Earth Day Mindful Mix hosted by Max Richter, with both available to listen to on BBC Sounds.

Max Richter said“Creative work can be about building and activating communities, and the climate emergency presents us with a challenge we can only overcome by collective action across political and social divisions. Music offers us ways to encounter other minds and to experience other points of view in very direct ways, and we will need this kind of collective understanding if we are to meet the existential questions which face us. Recomposed, with its origins in the natural rhythms of the Seasons that frame our lives, reminds us that the things we are fighting for are beyond opinions and political ideologies: they form the very basis of our existence. We belong to them, and they belong to us all equally.”

Max Richter Live builds on an already close relationship between the BBC and residents in and around the Olympic boroughs in anticipation of BBC Music Studios opening in 2025. Fundamental to the BBC’s move to East Bank has been a chance to embed the studios in the local community through a programme of local music education and outreach events, as well as participation in local apprenticeships including the STEP traineeship, all designed to support local East London talent get into the music industry in the future.

Moving the BBC Music Studios from Maida Vale to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford is also part of a wider partnership with the V&A, Sadler’s Wells, UCL and UAL’s London College of Fashion to create London’s newest creative quarter, East Bank which is backed by the Mayor of London.

Controller of BBC Radio 3 Alan Davey said: “We are thrilled to be bringing together audiences both in person and across the UK and Europe in this special celebration of music and nature for Earth Day. Max Richter is a unique talent and BBC Radio 3 has consistently championed his work, with collaborations including an all-night performance of Sleep as well as a special broadcast of Voices for Human Rights Day. We are enormously excited that his music will be brought to local communities as a live experience in East London and that this will be shared throughout Europe thanks to our partnership with the EBU.”

Pascale Labrie, Head of Music, EBU said: “Public service broadcasters can play a huge role in raising awareness about environmental issues and inspiring audiences to take action. And meaningful music events with engaged high-calibre artists are one of the most impactful ways to do this. EBU Music is proud to be teaming up with Universal, the BBC and EBU radio organizations worldwide to enable increased access to this exclusive, large-scale event and, in so doing, amplify these important messages and make the case for all of us to take greater care of our precious planet.”