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The Independent Culture
Tony Robinson (aka Baldrick from Blackadder) opens a new eight-part Radio 3 series of Musical Tales for children on Sunday at 1pm . . . David Pearl, founder of Opera Circus, presents BBC2's new weekly Sunday afternoon music magazine, The Score, starting on 31 July . . . The RSC's new production of Southerne's The Wive's Excuse will include Purcell's original music, unperformed since 1692 and recently rediscovered by Guy Woolfenden in the Barber Institute at Birmingham University . . . Gavin Henderson, formerly director of the Brighton Festival and now Principal of Trinity College of Music, has replaced Bryan Magee as chairman of the Arts Council's music advisory panel