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.
David dedicates tonight’s programme to the life and career of the Irish virtuoso flautist Sir James Galway, who celebrates his 80th birthday today.
Galway was born to musical parents and started learning the flute at the age of nine. Two years later, he won the junior, senior, and open Belfast Flute Championships – all in a single day. After studying at some of the most prestigious music colleges in London and Paris, he auditioned for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Herbert von Karajan and was principal flautist with the orchestra for six years. This evening, David plays some of his greatest recordings with the orchestra, as chosen by Sir James himself.
To Karajan’s surprise and dismay, Galway decided to leave the orchestra to pursue a solo career, and soon after earned the nickname ‘The Man with the Golden Flute’. Tonight, David also features some of Sir James’s finest solo recordings, including Mozart’s Flute Concerto No.1, ‘Annie’s Song’ and fellow Irishman Phil Coulter’s Home Away from Home.
Sunday 15 December
With 10 days to go until Christmas Day, David Mellor presents two hours of festive favourites, together with some of the finest recently-released recordings that could make great stocking fillers.
The choral group Libera’s latest album features the traditional ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ as well as the ever-popular ‘Walking in the Air’. Pianist Rick Wakeman’s new album Christmas Portraits is also included: it features a selection of festive works chosen and arranged by Wakeman himself.