Henry Blofeld joins Classic FM to host new series celebrating British music

24 February 2018, 09:00

Henry Blofeld Classic FM

The broadcaster will be joining Classic FM to host a new series celebrating British music, starting on Good Friday.

Henry Blofeld, one of the nation’s best-loved broadcasters, is joining Classic FM to present a new four-part radio series celebrating the wealth of great classical music composed within and written about the British Isles.

Blowers Around Britain will run from Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April, 9pm to 10pm, on the UK’s most popular classical music station.

Delivered with his trademark wit and personality, ‘Blowers’ will explore all four corners of the British Isles, shining the spotlight on well-known and less familiar music, interspersed with stories behind the works and his own recollections of what makes Britain great.

The series will feature a range of composers from George Frideric Handel to Gustav Holst, Sir Karl Jenkins to John Rutter and Sir Edward Elgar to Ralph Vaughan Williams – with recordings from world-class orchestras and choirs, such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Symphony, Royal Scottish National and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras. Classic FM is inviting its 5.7 million weekly listeners to be part of the new series, by sharing their stories about the great classical music they’ve discovered.

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Alongside his new Classic FM programme and the success of his autobiography Over and Out, Blofeld is about to embark on a 36-date theatre tour called 78 Retired. For more information, click here.

Henry Blofeld said: “What a thrill it is to be joining Classic FM. Their recipe for radio is perfect. Fantastic music, skilfully interwoven into our everyday lives under the dynamic teamwork of the Classic FM family. I simply can’t wait to get on air and engage with the listeners as we celebrate the best in British music.”

Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s managing editor, said: “Blowers is a true broadcasting legend and a huge fan of Classic FM, so we’re excited to welcome him to the station. Britain is a world leader in producing and inspiring the greatest classical music ever written and Henry is the ideal choice to host this new series celebrating both music and country.”