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Pick of the Day: Radio

CHARLOTTE BRONTE'S (right) mental state while writing Jane Eyre is contextualised and imaginatively reconstructed in the Afternoon Play (2.15pm R4).

The last and largest event in Radio 3's Sounding the Century festival, "Endless Parade", a celebration of British music since the war, begins with the live relay of a BBC symphony orchestra concert at the Royal Festival Hall in Performance on 3 (7.30pm R3). An impressive sample has been drawn from Birtwistle, Britten, Tippett and Richard Causton. Midway through, in The British Renaissance (8.20pm R3), Paul Griffiths offers an opinion as to why there is an abundance of compositional talent and sounds a warning note that the upsurge is faltering.