BBC radio's forest season shows that the best pictures come from the mind, not TV

New England in Autumn
New England in Autumn Credit: Getty Images 

On Radio 3 this week there was a haven of golden autumn magic. Into the Forest is the name of the station’s intermittent celebration of the woods through the seasons and the literature and music they inspire, and it has been a joy.

During the week-long autumn instalment, In Tune was broadcast from the 1,000-acre Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Massachusetts, USA. Music was performed live and al fresco among burnished leaves, including some especially bewitching cello playing by Parker Ousley, and the woodsy theme was expanded in The Listening Service: The Magical Forest, which explored historical, musical and cultural explorations of the forest as a place of charms and witchcraft. A highlight...

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