Live Music Month on Classic FM

Live Music Month Classic FM

Live Music Month on Classic FM begins on Saturday 1st April. Find out about all the exciting live music happening on air here.

Saturday 1st April, 7am - Alan Titchmarsh

To mark the start of Live Music Month on Classic FM, Alan features an exclusive performance from flautist extraordinaire, Sir James Galway – recorded here at Classic FM.


Saturday 1st April, 10am - Bill Turnbull

Bill continues to mark day one of Classic FM’s Live Music Month, with the opportunity to hear another ‘Classic FM Session’.  This morning, it’s an exclusive performance from the Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi, captured here at Classic FM.


Saturday 1st April, 1pm - Alexander Armstrong

Join Alexander for two hours of favourite music, along with plenty more Live Music Month moments.  One of the highlights will be an exclusively-recorded performance from Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall, featuring the combination of accordion, a full symphony orchestra, and a melody made famous by Lady Gaga!


Saturday 1st April, 3pm - Nicholas Owen

Nicholas Owen keep you company with two hours of the world’s greatest music, including another Live Music Month performance, this time from the sensational violinist David Garrett.


Saturday 1st April, 10pm - Smooth Classics with Myleene Klass

Myleene invites you to wind down with three hours of Smooth Classics, which tonight includes another performance on this, day one of Classic FM’s Live Music Month.  Don’t miss a special ‘Classic FM Session’, performed by the extraordinary and inspirational one-handed pianist, Nicholas McCarthy.


Sunday 2nd April, 9pm - Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Classical Music with Catherine Bott

April is Live Music Month on Classic FM and a host of exclusive performances have already been featured across the station this weekend.  Tonight, Catherine Bott asks an all-important question: “how should audiences behave at classical concerts?”
She’ll be exploring etiquette dos and don’ts, accompanied by performances from musicians who have spoken out about audience behaviour, including conductors Marin Alsop and Robin Ticciati.
Whether you’re a seasoned concertgoer, or are unfamiliar with classical music’s quirky ‘rules’, this will set the record straight on when you should clap, cough and cheer!


Monday 3rd April, 8pm - Full Works Concert: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Throughout April, we’re celebrating the very best of live music-making in the UK and further afield, in a series of exclusive concerts and performances. And every single night on the Full Works Concert, we’ll be featuring performances that have never been heard on UK radio before.
To kick off proceedings, Katie Breathwick tonight employs the brilliant forces of Classic FM’s Orchestra in the North West of England, the Royal Liverpool Philhamonic . We’ll hear their enigmatic Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko at the helm in Beethoven’s mighty Symphony No.7, coupled with his Symphony No.3 (‘Eroica’) – which, with its two mighty opening chords, changed the course of music forever.
This show-stopper of a concert, recorded live at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall, begins with Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture. It promises to be the start of a very special month on Classic FM, which is guaranteed to have you hooked each night.


Tuesday 4th April, 8pm - Full Works Concert: Live from Los Angeles

For the second in Classic FM’s month of exclusive live concerts, Katie Breathwick brings listeners a stunning concert all the way from Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
With its birdsong, horn-calls and playful musical jokes, there’s no experience more life-affirming than Beethoven’s ever-fresh Symphony No. 6 (‘Pastoral’). We’ll hear this work coupled with a true taste of the American sound with Copland’s Appalachian Spring, before finishing with a stunning performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.9 (‘Jeunehomme’) from amazing piano virtuoso Yuja Wang.
Join Katie for this unique opportunity to hear three characterful masterworks, all recorded live in concert, performed by Classic FM’s Orchestra in America, the inimitable Los Angeles Philharmonic. 


Wednesday 5th April, 8pm - Full Works Concert: The Academy of Ancient Music

It’s Live Music Month on Classic FM, where every single Full Works Concert has been recorded for broadcast, exclusively on Classic FM.
Tonight, Katie Breathwick brings us a concert packed with Baroque gems from one of the world’s most respected early music ensembles, the Academy of Ancient Music. In a concert recorded at London’s Milton Court just a few weeks ago, we’ll hear Bach’s Italian Concerto – described as the most perfect concerto for single instrument by a contemporary critic – and a piece known inside-out by oboists over the world, Marcello’s sublime Concerto for Oboe in D minor.


Thursday 6th April, 8pm - Full Works Concert: LSO Live

Tonight, Catherine Bott gives listeners the exclusive chance to hear a monumental work from Classic FM’s Orchestra in the City of London, recorded live at London’s Barbican in September, in a flagship moment in Live Music Month on Classic FM.
The recording in question is Verdi’s Requiem, which is released as an ‘LSO Live’ album later this month. Conducted by Giandrea Noseda, and featuring world-class soloists, Classic FM listeners will be the first to hear this electrifying recording of Verdi’s choral masterpiece and landmark of the romantic era on British radio. Often labelled as an opera in all but name, the combination of eight trumpets alongside a chorus marked ‘ffff’, is simply staggering. 


Friday 7th April, 8pm: Full Works Concert: 6000 Pipes from Hull

Tonight, Catherine Bott presents a concert recorded live in Hull as part of the Made in Hull 2017 UK City of Culture celebrations.
We’ll hear the world premiere performance of Sir Karl Jenkins’ special commission from the Hull Philharmonic Society, 6,000 Pipes. The piece brings together the sounds of the City Hall organ and Hull Philharmonic Orchestra under Andrew Penny, and includes sea shanties and a hornpipe, in a nod towards Hull’s maritime history. The commission is paired with Ravel’s beautiful Piano Concerto and Saint-Seans’ Symphony No. 3 (‘Organ’), in a truly celebratory evening.


More information coming soon.

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