From 5pm on a Sunday evening, David takes you on a two hour classical music journey of discovery, designed to round off the weekend in the best way possible.
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.
As we enter the season of spring, David features music with a particularly uplifting and joyous flavour.
There’s ballet music courtesy of Tchaikovsky and a quirky arrangement of Chilean composer Osmán Pérez Freire’s song Ay,Ay,Ay. We stay in South America for music by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and hear Mexican composer Arturo Márquez’s Danzon No.1.
Sunday 8 March
Join David for a programme shining the spotlight on a number of stand-out new recordings that have been recently released.
A handful of British ensembles are included: the exquisite voices of The Sixteen perform a new recording of Allegri’s Miserere, as well as the fine orchestral playing of the Sinfonia of London who, under conductor John Wilson, have recorded a selection of French orchestral works. The second album in the London Symphony Orchestra’s Schumann series, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner, also features.
Sunday 15 March
David invites you to join him for an evening at the ballet in a programme dedicated to the catalogue of fine recordings made by the Australian conductor Richard Bonynge.
Ballet music from a variety of nations is included, with favourites by French composer Delibes, Austrian composer Ludwig Minkus and Russia’s Tchaikovsky, all conducted by Bonynge. David also features the conductor in a recording he made with his late wife Joan Sutherland and the Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who sing extracts from the Italian opera La Traviata.