Shakespearean actor Simon Russell Beale is lending a touch of class to Comic Relief by appearing in a string of comedy sketches on Radio 3 about the lives of five great composers.
Russell Beale, a regular on stage with the National Theatre, will star in Beastly Baroque on the station every day in the week running up to Red Nose Day on Friday March 15.
Other events include football pundit Pat Nevin putting on his dancing shoes for Dance Baroque for Comic Relief, a live concert from Lyons Concert Hall at the University of York where he will learn the steps of a 17th century dance and perform it in front of a live audience.
The station will also broadcast a 12 hour Baroque music marathon as part of its month-long Baroque Spring season.
Its controller Roger Wright said: "I am delighted that BBC Radio 3 is once again supporting Red Nose Day in 2013, with a wide variety of entertaining programmes. It's great to have such important figures as Simon Russell Beale again bringing their talent to the station for such a great cause. I hope our listeners will enjoy the music and entertainment, as well as the many opportunities to get involved."