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.

If you can't wait until our next Live Music Month Live Session, check out our collection of the very best Classic FM Live Sessions here.


Weekdays, 9am - John Suchet

John presents all the classical hits, including some brilliant live recordings this Live Music Month on Classic FM. From 9am it’s The Classic FM Hall of Fame Hour – favourite pieces voted into the brand-new Classic FM Top 300 – followed by the Classic FM Album of the Week at 10:15am. 

Monday 24th April,8pm - Full Works Concert: Great Live Recordings

Throughout Live Music Month, we’ve heard a host of exclusive concerts from Classic FM’s partner orchestras. Tonight, however, Jane Jones focuses on some of the biggest names in classical music, as they treat us to live performances captured in concert around the world. 

We’ll hear Martha Argerich gliding effortlessly through Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, accompanied by Orchestra Mozart under Claudio Abbado, and superstar violinist Nicola Benedetti in a passionate performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto – recorded exclusively for Classic FM.

The concert closes with an iconic recording of the legendary Three Tenors in Rome, but to start, a lively and unique take on Piazzolla’s Libertango, performed by Yo-Yo Ma and friends.


Tuesday 25th April, 8pm - Full Works Concert: The Philharmonia Orchestra live from The Royal Festival Hall

Tonight’s special concert comes courtesy of the Philharmonia, and an exclusive concert recorded specially for Classic FM.

The crown of the concert, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, is widely considered to be one of the greatest pieces of music ever written and this performance, captured at the Royal Festival Hall, features the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus at their best.

To kick off the proceedings, there’s a line-up of stunning young soloists performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello.

Make sure you don’t miss tonight’s showstopper of a concert!


Wednesday 26th April, 8pm - Full Works Concert: Classic FM in Los Angeles

Jane Jones brings us another live concert all the way from Walt Disney Hall in Hollywood, broadcast exclusively on UK radio as part of Classic FM’s Live Music Month.

Few works have been written for the cello which share the same status as Elgar’s Cello Concerto, and tonight we’ll hear that mighty work in a fresh light, performed by accomplished soloist Truls Mørk.

There’s also the chance to enjoy Berlioz’s passionate yet idealistic Symphonie Fantastique, but our concert commences with Rossini’s overture to William Tell.  This exclusive concert sees the LA Phil conducted by Leonard Slatkin.


Thursday 27th April, 8pm - Full Works Concert: Sinfonia VIVA

Tonight, Catherine Bott takes us to Derby Cathedral, with an exclusive live concert from virtuoso ensemble Sinfonia VIVA.

Known by Beethoven himself as ‘my little symphony in F’, the group perform the composer’s Symphony No.8, alongside the ever popular Horn Concerto No.1 by Strauss, which has become one of the most frequently played horn concertos of the 19th century. 

With these two pieces performed alongside Haydn’s Symphony No. 90, you’ll be sure to feel the grand atmosphere of one of Derby’s most impressive and enduring spaces in this delightful concert. 


Friday 28th April, 8pm - Full Works Concert: Live with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

At the beginning of April, we launched Classic FM’s Live Music Month with an exclusive concert from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.  Tonight, Catherine Bott looks once again to Classic FM’s Orchestra in the North West to finish a month of extraordinary performances in style.

There’ll be passion, energy, and drive in Tamsin Waley-Cohen’s performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, coupled with the incomparable beauty that the Russian pianist Daniel Trifonov brings to Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.4. Conductor and rising star Patrycja Pieczara closes the concert – and Live Music Month on Classic FM – with Dvorak’s stormy homage to the old world, his Symphony No.7.


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