From 7pm on a Sunday evening, David takes you on a two hour classical music journey of discovery.
Barrister, former Cabinet minister, football anorak and classical music expert, David Mellor is here every weekend, when he puts his passion for all things classical to very good use, with a fascinating two-hour Sunday programme of great recordings from the past and present, 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 weekend, 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 Sunday, 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 or Tweet @ClassicFM, and listen this Sunday evening for a wonderfully indulgent and enjoyable two-hour journey of discovery on Classic FM.
Tonight, David commemorates two of the UK’s finest conductors: Richard Hickox and Vernon Handley.
The evening includes a host of British music. Among the highlights, a wonderful recording of Vernon Handley conducting Vaughan Williams’ The Wasps and Elgar’s Sea Pictures, as well as the much-missed Richard Hickox at the podium for music by Malcolm Arnold and Hubert Parry.
David was fortunate enough to know both musicians personally; join him for a very special tribute to two true great British conductors.
Andrew Carnegie – the Scottish businessman who built New York’s Carnegie Hall – was born on this day in 1891. Tonight, to mark this anniversary, David plays a selection of his favourite recordings from this iconic venue.
Among the highlights: three legendary pianists, including Arthur Rubinstein’s 75th anniversary recitals; recordings captured during Sviatoslav Richter’s first ever American tour; and a chance to hear the conductor Arturo Toscanini in sparkling form.
As many of us are starting to think about the first round of Christmas shopping, David selects some of his favourite recordings from over the last couple of months that he thinks would make a great stocking filler.
Among the highlights, Juan Diego Florez’s latest offering, ‘Besame Mucho’, and Jonas Kauffman’s brilliant new release ‘An Italian Night’.
Join David for two hours of beautiful, festive music.
Among the highlights tonight, David celebrates The Voices of Classic FM, The Sixteen, who recently released their new recording, A Renaissance Christmas. Also featured is the official 100th anniversary celebration of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with the The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, which includes a selection of archive material not heard since the original broadcasts many decades ago.
Tonight, David delves into the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and presents two hours of his greatest music, with all the recordings featured this evening taken from a brand-new box set called Bach 333, commemorating 333 years since the composer’s birth.
David handpicks some of the greatest recordings from this definitive collection, including the Brandenburg Concerto No.5 performed in its entirety by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and a wonderful recording of his Christmas Concerto featuring the English Baroque Soloists under Sir John Eliot Gardiner.