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2013 was epic - we saw new artists, new Royal babies, new festivals and some truly mind-boggling live events, and we also waved off some old friends. Hall of Fame controversy, David Garrett as Paganini, a summer holiday at the Bristol Proms and one of the bet Classic BRITs shows ever - it's time to relive the whole lot!
January got off to a fantastic start in 2013 when we are visited by none other than The Master himself, Ludwig Van Beethoven! Well, by his Royal Philharmonic Society bust, anyway. As you can seen, our resident Beethovenian couldn't contain his excitement.
As with every January, we kicked off the voting for our Hall of Fame with some fantastic celebrity votes (who knew Richard Reed Parry from the Arcade Fire was such a fan of John Cage?). But the top 300 wasn't announced until April - and it was one of the most controversial votes ever…
Making a welcome return to the station, the nation's favourite former choirboy and no stranger to an early morning, it's Aled Jones! We've loved having Aled fill our Sunday morning slot.
The great and the good of the movie world turned out for the BAFTAs in February, but it was Thomas Newman's fantastic score for the James Bond epic Skyfall that took the Original Music award.
Also in February, Richard Clayderman celebrated the release of his new album by playing a concert for a pair of tortoises in London Zoo. As you do.
The Classic FM team decamped to Cardiff on Valentine's Day for Classic FM Live, from the Wales Millennium Centre. On hand to make the event a huge success were Wynne Evans and Craig Ogden. Picture: Tim Ireland/PA
The movie night of the year took place in February, with Mychael Danna winning big for his superb score for Life of Pi. He was delighted, as you can see.
March was a great month for cake-lovers at Classic FM. And especially Anne-Marie Minhall, who won our inaugural bake-off.
The biggest touring artist in classical music showed the USA why he's been taking the rest of the world by storm with his waltzing live show, as he scampered round the country playing some amazing shows in March. Picture: Andre Rieu Studios
John Suchet had another close encounter with The Master in April, but this time in space! Or, rather, in Lyon. But still, what a performance of Fidelio it was. Picture: Stofleth
Classical music lost one of its leading lights in April - Sir Colin Davis. The music world paid epic tributes and fondly remembered his inestimable contribution to the health of classical music.
Even though we were delighted to see Rachmaninov hold the top spot again, perhaps the most interesting and controversial story to come out of this year's fantastic chart was the brilliant performance of video game soundtracks in the rankings. Cue an epic (and ongoing) debate about the validity of video game music that drew comments from all over the world. Picture: Facebook
April also saw the first ever International Opera Awards, and we were there to grab all the highlights, including Jonas Kaufmann taking home the Male Singer of the Year Award.
We went back to the Royal Albert Hall in April for Classic FM Live, where we were delighted to have Michael Collins, Milos Karadaglic, Jennifer Pike, Amore, Amy Dickson, Howard Goodall and sir James Galway play for us with the Philharmonia.
The Scottish violinist got her long-overdue MBE in May 2013, and she looked pretty pleased about it too.
We moved into our new studio in May and marvelled at the whizzy lights and the sky picture on the ceiling.
In one of the year's more bizarre concert runs, trumpeter Alison Balsom took to the Globe theatre on the South Bank for the superb period piece, Gabriel. Cracking costumes all round.
Well, we don't want to blow our own trumpet too much… but we did manage to scoop an RPS award in May as well. Ta, Beethoven's bust.
We nipped over to Oslo's Munch Museum to catch Tine Thing Helseth's first ever festival, Tine@Munch. In attendance were Nicola Benedetti, Charlie Siem, Katherine Stott, Tine herself and the very, very great Leif Ove Andsnes, who arrived just after his twins had been born. Top effort.
After much cajoling, 2013 was the year that John Suchet really got back into playing the trombone. So much so that in June, he played live on stage in the trombone section of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic!
Returning to West London, Opera Holland Park took on some great repertoire this year, including Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana.
One of the year's breakout stars was the Lithuanian accordionist Martynas. Not least because he scampered around in the rain-sodden crowds at Wimbledon playing Lady Gaga songs like a total legend.
In an epic three-day festival in July, the nation's greatest musical talents descended on Birmingham for the Music For Youth National Festival. If you saw us there, then we weren't crying. It was something in our eye. Photo credit: Gobinder Jhitta
Well, the year wouldn't be complete without it… July saw the King of the Waltz perform in his annual Maastricht Concert, and it was a typically lavish affair.
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Katherine Jenkins, Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir and Russell Watson were on hand to provide the musical entertainment at Buckingham Palace for the Coronation Gala Concert back in the heat of July.
And while we were in a Royal mood, perhaps the most important baby in the world decided to show himself in July as well. We, like the whole nation, were made up.
Another bizarre but brilliant turn of events in July, as we were treated to the first pictures of David Garrett playing Niccolo Paganini in the film Der Teufelsgeiger.
Our merry tramp around the country continued in July as we took on Leeds for our Opera in the Park show with Laura Wright, Amore, Aled Jones and the Orchestra of Opera North. And it only rained a little bit.
A bold, brand new festival arrived in Bristol's beautiful Old Vic theatre in July and August - the Bristol Proms. We were there to capture it all, including concerts from Jan Lisiecki, Daniel Hope, Hauschka and Nicola Benedetti. Oh, and Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen ringing a massive bell to kick it all off.
We learned of the incredible story behind the Landfill Harmonic orchestra in August - if you haven't already taken a look at them, where have you been? Photo: Facebook
In many ways, 2013 was Luciano Pavarotti's year all over again. We had a superb collection of his 50 Greatest Tracks (including spectacular archive recordings) and, when the Classic BRITs rolled around in October, a very special series of tributes to his legacy.
Much excitement in the classical world ensued as the nominations for the Classic BRITs were announced in September, with Nicola Benedetti, Lang Lang, Joseph Calleja and Ludovico Einaudi all scooping double nominations.
The awards season well and truly got underway in mid-September with the annual Gramophone Awards. Big winners at the glamorous ceremony were Sir Mark Elder, Alison Balsom (who took home the prestigious Artist Of The Year award) and Julian Bream, who charmed absolutely everyone in the room by admitting that by being a classical guitarist, he was "the only boy in the girls' school."
Before we knew it, the BRITs were back! October was a busy month, but it kicked off with the biggest party in the classical calendar, with performances from Lang Lang and Nicola Benedetti, Hans Zimmer, Joseph Calleja and Ludovico Einaudi. We were there all day to capture the whole event - including roving reporter and celeb selfie professional Myleene Klass.
Also kicking off in October was the celebrity-magnet Sunday afternoon spectacular, Charlotte Green's Culture Club. Who else can boast Stephen Fry, Jennifer Saunders, Roger Moore, Gareth Malone, Susan Boyle and Steve Coogan as their guests?
The ultimate classical music football tournament took place in November - but who came out on top? Let's just say there was celebrating in the Philharmonia camp long into the month.
The Royal Albert Hall was home once again to the nation's finest young musical talent. Thousands of performers and incredible performances were the star of the three-night epic celebration, and we were there to catch the whole thing in November. Here, the huge combined forces of the Co-Create Cornwall Massed Ensemble flood the stage at the Schools Prom.Photo: Richard Johnson
The classical music world reeled once again from the loss of one of its leading lights. Needless to say, he was the subject of innumerable fond tributes, and we had The Lamb on repeat for days afterwards.
The classical music world is no stranger to a bit of facial hair, but November means Movember - and our presenters were no exception. Looking good, chaps.
The glitz and glamour of the premiere of the new Hobbit movie was all well and good, but were even more excited about the promise of a new Howard Shore score (he's the speccy one) - a fantastic early Christmas present.
The exceptional (and exceptionally busy) choirboy Jack Topping visited us in December and had a great time mucking about in the studio, taking part in a web chat and being interviewed by Margherita Taylor.
Tchaikovsky's music and Matthew Bourne's choreography made perfect bedfellows as the Sadler's Wells production of Swan Lake returned to North London.
Well, there's nowhere better at Christmas than Classic FM. We stuffed ourselves silly with mince pies, mulled wine and, most importantly, fantastic music. And Aled Jones narrating The Snowman. And Derek Jacobi starring in our Christmas play. And Nicholas Owen heading to Buckingham Palace. We could go on, but we're still recovering.
Always a highlight in the calendar, December also saw us announce Riccardo Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhaus as recipients of our album of the year award with their fantastic reading of the complete Brahms Symphonies.