Barrister, former Cabinet minister, football anorak AND classical music expert: David Mellor really is a rather clever man. Every Sunday evening from 7pm, he puts his passion for all things classical to very good use, with a fascinating two-hour programme of archive recordings, rarely-heard gems, and new discoveries.
Ask David Mellor a question about any type of classical music from the last 100 years, and you can be pretty sure he’ll have a fact about it tripping off his tongue before you’ve finished speaking. His knowledge of the repertoire really is remarkable – and, as you’ll discover if you join him this Sunday, David’s lightness of touch and enthusiasm for everything he plays marks his programme out as one of the most accessible on the entire station.
Each week, David chooses a different, intriguing theme and uses it to weave all sorts of anecdotes and fascinating asides into the music he’s playing. One week, the programme will be a celebration of American classical music to mark Independence Day; the next, he’s paying tribute to great singers of the 20th century like Kathleen Ferrier and Joan Sutherland by featuring some of the finest recordings from the archive.
David’s selections are always eclectic – but always inclusive, too. We exhort him to quite deliberately play music which doesn’t feature elsewhere on the station; after all, Sunday evenings are usually a time when you can listen to the radio quite actively, and really lend us your ears. The visitors have gone, the shopping’s been done, and it’s just you, Classic FM and some great music (plus potentially a rather large pile of ironing to tackle before the morning). David therefore takes the opportunity to tell a few stories about the music he’s playing, and to treat you to pieces that wouldn’t always fit so nearly at other times of the day.
David is always delighted to receive your thoughts on the music he plays – especially if there’s a theme you think would work well on a Sunday night. Let him know your thoughts via the form below, and listen this Sunday evening for a wonderfully indulgent and enjoyable two-hour discovery on Classic FM.
This week's show
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David delves into the life and prolific output of Haydn.
Nigel Kennedy is among the wonderful musical stars in David's choices this evening.
David has a new album from Pumeza and goes back to the 1950s for some classic performances.
David opens up his box of musical pleasures, including some British rarities.
Actress says loving Beethoven's music so much as a girl made her feel like she was the composer.
Sunday 1 May, 7pm.
David Mellor, Sunday 24 April 7pm.
David's musical travels take him from England to Turkey and back again.
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