What is National Listening Day?

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We all love classical music, but how often do we actually actively listen to the pieces we hear in the background? National Listening Day is our way of doing just that - taking a moment to enjoy to the music we know and love. Read more about the tracks we're playing every hour below.

  • We're celebrating the Royal Philharmonic Society's 200th anniversary by teaming up with them to present this year's National Listening Day on their birthday, 24 January. It's certainly a reason to celebrate: the RPS have played a huge part in this country's musical life, as well as commissioning pieces like Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.
  • Every hour, we'll be playing a different track and giving you some ideas as to what to listen out for. It might be a piece with a specific musical story, or it might have an interesting back story. Either way, hopefully you'll discover something new about some of your favourite pieces.
  • By choosing to stop what you're doing for a few moments, as we explain the stories behind the music we play, our hope is that you'll appreciate the music you know and love in a new way - simply by listening!

Did you know? The RPS archives at the British Library include autograph letters from Albéniz, Bax, Berlioz, Brahms, Britten, Bruch, Busoni, Clementi, Coleridge-Taylor, Debussy, Delibes, Delius, Dvořák, Elgar, Gounod, Grieg, Holst, Kodaly, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Rossini, Saint-Saëns, Sibelius, Ethel Smyth, Spohr, Stainer, Stanford, Richard Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Tippett and Wagner (to name just a few!)

Discover this hour's featured music

Classic FM Magazine - May 2011 Watch Holst - The Planets

Find out more about Holst's The Planets. Watch and listen to different recordings and download your favourite.

The Full Works Concert celebrates RPS