Julie Walters, one of Britain’s best loved and most successful actresses, is joining Classic FM to host a new series exploring the biggest moments and changes in the history of classical music, starting Saturday 17th February 9-10pm. Get in touch using the form below or text 61812.
From Franz Liszt, whose radical approach made him the first true classical music ‘superstar’; to the invention of the printing press; to the revolutionary female composer Hildegard of Bingen, Walters will tell the stories of extraordinary people – and the music that accompanied the most exciting moments in classical music over the past 600 years. The series launches with some musical ‘firsts’: among them, the introduction of music notation almost 2,000 years ago and the story of Joseph Haydn, the so-called ‘Father of the Symphony’.
Julie Walters said: “I’m thrilled to be part of the Classic FM team and to present the new Turning Points series. It’s going to be fascinating to uncover the stories behind the biggest moments in classical music history, so I can’t wait to join all the listeners as we embark on this journey of discovery together.”
Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s managing editor, said: “In a recent piece of audience research, Classic FM listeners chose Julie Walters as their favourite actress. I’m therefore particularly pleased to welcome her to the Classic FM family. Her warmth and wit make her the perfect host for our new series and we know that she is excited, along with our listeners, to learn more about classical music.”
The new series on Classic FM, in partnership with the Honda Jazz, explores the people, moments and events that changed classical music history. This week, we turn to the ‘where were you when…?’ moments of the 20th century.
From the Three Tenors performing Nessun Dorma at the 1990 World Cup and Nigel Kennedy’s domination of the music charts with his best-selling recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, to Mr Bean taking part in a performance of Chariots of Fire at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, we take a trip down memory lane – with great music to match.
Saturday 10th March
This is the fourth programme in the six-part series, created in partnership with the Honda Jazz, which explores the people, moments and events that changed classical music history.
This week, we celebrate the women who have made great strides in the concert hall or behind the scenes, from music teachers such as Nadia Boulanger, composers like Classic FM’s current Composer in Residence Debbie Wiseman, and leaders of musical institutions including Helen Sprott, Managing Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Saturday 17th March
Hosted by one of Britain’s best-loved and most successful actresses, Julie Walters presents the six-part series exploring the key people, moments and events that have changed and shaped classical music history as we know it. This week’s focus is the role the media has played in bringing classical music to new audiences – from the use of classical pieces in adverts and television themes, to the rise of films and videogames that have provided composers with new platforms for their work.
The series has been created in partnership with the Honda Jazz.