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Alumna Ellie Ajao becomes BBC Radio 3 Presenter

Alumna Ellie Ajao becomes BBC Radio 3 Presenter

  • Date25 April 2023

Alumna Ellie Ajao (BMus; 2022) becomes the new host of BBC Radio 3's 'Sounds Connected' short series, which finds quirky, peculiar and personal connections that link music through history.

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What is 'Sounds Connected'?

Uncovering the quirky, peculiar and personal connections that link music through history. Each piece of this half-hour eclectic music sequence is linked to the previous one, through all manner of connections, some tangential, some personal, often surprising.

This new series of three episodes introduces presenter Ellie Ajao, a recent graduate of Royal Holloway, University of London, and a former BBC Open Music trainee. Ellie loves nothing more than talking about music and culture. Keen to make classical music accessible to people from all backgrounds, Ellie’s work is centred around uncovering the wonderful music of underrepresented composers.

Ellie's music choices include pieces by Elizabeth Maconchy, Ravel, Stravinsky, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Henry Purcell, Morfydd Llwyn-Owen, Lili Boulanger, Robert Walker and Duke Ellington. In Episode 3, Ellie features music by colleague at Royal Holloway, Lecturer in Music Composition Nathan James Dearden

Following her work on BBC Open Music programme, Ellie is now a Freelance Presenter with BBC Radio 3, Freelance Author with Summersdale Publishers Ltd, and Choral Administrator for the Choir of Royal Holloway. 

Listen now

To hear the latest episode and more, please visit this BBC Sounds webpage: BBC Radio 3 - Sounds Connected, Ellie Ajao

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