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27 February 2019, 09:30 | Updated: 1 March 2019, 17:09
One of Britain’s best loved and most successful actresses, Julie Walters, returns to Classic FM for a second series of ‘Turning Points’.
Turning Points explores the biggest moments in classical music history and the extraordinary people who made them happen. Over the course of the next seven weeks, Julie will celebrate classical ‘firsts’, great inventions, performances that shocked the audience of the day and the characters who changed the course of music history.
Julie Walters said: “The first series of Turning Points was such a wonderful journey of discovery for me and, judging by the lovely response we had, for Classic FM’s listeners too. I am looking forward to being back behind the microphone and to sharing more of the greatest moments in classical music history with my new radio friends across the UK.”
Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s managing editor, said: “Our listeners love Julie Walters and, as we expected, her presenting debut on Classic FM last year was a big success. With her trademark wit, down-to-earth personality and flair for storytelling, she is a natural Classic FM presenter and the perfect host for Turning Points.”
The second series of Turning Points will be a seven-part series, beginning on 2 March at 9pm. Once again, Classic FM has created the series in partnership with the Honda Jazz.
In the first episode, Julie focuses on musical rule breakers and innovators, from Hildegard of Bingen, an abbess who ran into trouble with the Catholic church with her risqué music, to a composer who caused a riot with the premiere of his infamous ballet.
She also profiles trailblazing performers including the violinist Nigel Kennedy; two rock stars of the piano, born over a century apart; and the original diva who changed the course of opera, Maria Callas.