Sundays, 9-10pm. Acclaimed singer and broadcaster Catherine Bott covers everything you ever wanted to know about classical music. It's one of the biggest non-fiction series in the history of British radio. Text 61812, tweet @ClassicFM or email using the form below.
Catherine Bott is shining the spotlight on every area of classical music, answering such questions as "What exactly does a conductor do?" and "Was Mozart really the genius everyone makes him out to be?"
Spanning 150 episodes over three years, it's one of the biggest non-fiction series in the history of British radio.
If you have a question or suggestion for a topic to be addressed by Catherine on the show, do contact her using the form below.
As winter rolls on and plans for the next holiday seem evermore essential, Catherine shares her collection of musical postcards. We’ll hear from a range of composers who found inspiration while travelling via oceans and mountains, through new cities, and across vast, open countryside.
Discover where Mahler penned his Symphony No.3, why Dvorak’s String Quartet No.12 is known as ‘The American’, as how the great outdoors inspired British composers such as Holst and Britten.
It’s the season for seed catalogues and scribbled spring planting plans, and tonight on Classic FM, the musical garden is in full bloom.
Catherine Bott digs up classical favourites inspired by country gardens and everything within, including butterflies, bumblebees, chrysanthemums and wild roses, featuring the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Mendelssohn, Sibelius and Grainger.
Tonight, Catherine Bott presents an evening of music by great composers who were also great friends.
From Mozart and Haydn to Copland and Bernstein, Catherine explores the friendships behind some of the finest classical music ever written. She also reveals Holst’s most-valued critic, Mahler’s favourite frenemy, and the name of the composer who dedicated a string quartet to Brahms.
Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, what better time than tonight to discuss the birds and the bees?
Catherine shares music inspired by both, featuring bumblebees in flight and chickens on the run, and reveals which composers took inspiration from the humble wasp, the song of the nightingale, and even a legendary firebird.