Nicholas Owen

Saturdays, 12-3pm

Nicholas Owen

Since 2011, Nicholas Owen has been the voice of Saturday lunchtimes on Classic FM, bringing his ever-friendly personality to bear on a variety of classical hits.

It’s great that so many of our listeners are able to enjoy what Classic FM has to offer during the week – but if you’re one of those people who’s simply not able to listen Monday to Friday, you’re well catered for on a Saturday lunchtime, when Nicholas Owen plays a fine collection of Classic FM favourites.

Every week, Nicholas sees it as his mission to reward you with a stack of music from the Classic FM Hall of Fame, peppered with his own unique thoughts and good humour about the works he plays.  There’s always plenty of music by the trainspotting composer Antonin Dvoƙák – not surprising, really, given that Nicholas is something of a transport expert himself, having written the official history of the Croydon trolley bus (yes, honestly!).  And each week, Nicholas plays a Driving Classic – a piece of music ideal for anyone who’s out and about on the road.  

Since he started presenting his Saturday lunchtime programme, Nicholas says he’s been blown away by the number of listeners who tune in whist en route to the shops, the in-laws, or the garden centre.  Driving Classic is therefore always a rousing affair, usually preceded by an incredibly difficult transport teaser, which sees Nicholas pose a question about some kind of road- or rail-related moment in history.  He’s the only person we know who manages to incorporate encyclopaedic knowledge of motorways, service stations and tram lines into a love of classical music!

Choral music always features on Saturday lunchtimes, too, with Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah both being personal favourites of our man behind the mic.  If there’s something you’d love Nicholas to play for you, do let him know – he’d absolutely love to hear from you.

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