Nightjar’s next radio production will be a series of Essays for BBC Radio 3
The Cairo Genizah is a treasure trove of medieval manuscripts found inside the ancient, crumbling Ben Ezra synagogue. Reflecting 800 years of community life, the documents contain everything from prayers to children’s exercise books and business letters to the complaints of disgruntled wives. In the series five scholars from Cambridge University Library’s Genizah Research Unit will navigate the archives to reveal their favourite fragments and weave a tale of the life of a multi-cultural medieval society not so different from our own.
85 this year, Mikis Theodorakis is best known for the music to 1974 film Zorba the Greek, but as Miranda Hinkley discovers, there’s also a wealth of chamber music, operas and symphonies. Part of the resistance during WW2, imprisoned during the Civil War, exiled during the military dictatorship, his story mirrors that of modern Greece. And he’s responsible for a musical revolution, a uniquely Greek sound. In this 45 minute music feature Theodorakis is joined by singers Maria Farantouri and Marios Frangoulis and by violinist Georgios Demertzis, to look back on a 60-year career.
Produced and presented by Miranda Hinkley. Executive Producer Alan Hall.