Radio: Pick of the Day

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NOTHING to do with royalty or Prussians, The King of Prussia (3pm R4) is in fact a smuggling yarn by the Cornish playwright Nick Darke, performed by the Kneehigh Theatre company. The plot concerns a band of free-traders running brandy from Brittany to Cornwall with the French Revolution just around the corner - their trade brings prosperity to the area, until they get mixed up with rich folk. You can hear the full gamut of Britain's choral tradition in today's Proms (from 2.45pm R3) programme, which starts with Tallis's 40-part motet "Spem in alium", and ends with Carmina Burana by Orff (right), in the original version for piano and percussion and with a choir of 1,000 voices - so it should be loud.

Robert Hanks

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