We got a 22-year-old to listen to classical music for the first time – and it blew his mind

At Classic FM we’re always keen to spread the classical music word – so we took one pop-mad 22 year old and played him Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem, Stravinsky’s 'The Rite of Spring' and Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto. Cue: all the emotions

Pop fan listening to classical music

Meet Ryan

Ryan is 22 and knows everything there is to know about pop culture. He even knows how to use Snapchat for crying out loud (like, properly, not just to send selfies to siblings).


But Mozart? May as well be a kind of pasta

mozart macaroni

So we decided to take him in hand and introduce him to some of the greatest music ever written.

First up: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

We played him the last movement. Only after he'd listened to the whole thing did we tell him that Beethoven was deaf. And his head kind of exploded…

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Ryan listened to Beethoven

We took one pop-mad 20-something and played him Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

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Next: Verdi’s Requiem

“This is real head-liner stuff, isn’t it? Pyramid stage status.”

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves, tbh.

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Ryan listens to Verdi's Requiem

We took one pop-mad 20-something and played him one of Verdi's greatest works

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What will Ryan think of Rachmaninov?

“This sounds like someone has had a TERRIBLE day at work”

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Ryan listens to Rachmaninov

Next, we played our pop fan Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto

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And no listening test is complete without…

A bit of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

And things got a bit, well, stabby.

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Ryan listens to The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky's masterpiece was next on our listening list

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Which was his favourite?

Or, as he puts it, which could he "have a bit of a head-bob to"?

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Which was Ryan's favourite?

Which piece was our pop fan's favourite?

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AND NOW THE BIG QUESTION

Will he be popping on some Mozart in between the Carly Rae Jepsen and Jason Derulo?

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Did we change his mind?

Did we create a classical music convert?

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Welcome to the fold, Ryan!

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