Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Classical Music: upcoming shows

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Sundays, 9-10pm. Text 61812, tweet @ClassicFM or email using the form below.

You can listen to last week's show on our Classic FM Radio Player, or go to the Classic FM Playlist for a list of the pieces played in each programme.


Sunday 26th March, 9pm

The great Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini, renowned for his musical intensity and perfectionism, was born on 25th March 1867. Tonight, Catherine Bott marks his 150th anniversary with music by his lifelong friend Alfredo Catalani, and a selection of his recordings with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, including Verdi’s operas La Traviata and Aida. We’ll also enjoy a thrilling performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No.8 in a fitting tribute to the great musician. 


Sunday 2nd April, 9pm

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 do’s 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!

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