13th January: Last week’s top re-entries The Classical Album and The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music switch around, at no. 1 and no. 2, and Renée Fleming’s new album is the highest new entry at no. 8.
Superstar singer Katherine Jenkins is joining actor and TV presenter Alexander Armstrong on Classic FM at the weekends.
The award-winning mezzo-soprano - who releases her new studio album Home Sweet Home in November - is returning to Classic FM to host a new 12-week series of The Katherine Jenkins Collection. Following the popularity of her first series last summer, the programme will be an exploration of the pieces that Katherine recommends for any classical music collection. It will be broadcast every Sunday at 2pm, starting on 5 October.
"Classic FM is the home of classical music in the UK and I'm delighted to be returning for a new series," said Katherine. "It’s a privilege to introduce people to classical music for the first time, but I also look forward to playing something special for those who love the genre already. I can’t wait to be back on air!"
Alexander Armstrong is the latest addition to Classic FM’s weekend presenting team. The former choral scholar, who grew up surrounded by classical music, will host two hours of the world’s greatest music every Saturday at 3pm. His permanent appointment on Classic FM comes after the success of his recent weekend shows and his 10-week Summer Book Club series in 2013. Alexander's show starts on 27 September.
"I am delighted to be taking up permanent residence at Classic FM," said Alexander, "as a station it does more than any other to ensure that classical music has a secure place in the nation’s heart. And to be part of the famous Classic FM weekend line-up is a colossal honour."
Classic FM's weekend presenters also include Alan Titchmarsh, Aled Jones, Nicholas Owen, Alex James, Myleene Klass, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Charlotte Green and Catherine Bott.
Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s managing editor, said: "Classic FM is the nation's classical station, and we're delighted to welcome Katherine and Alexander to our star-studded roster of presenters. They both share our mission to make classical music accessible to as broad an audience as possible, and I'm thrilled that they're now part of the Classic FM family."