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?", "Was Mozart really the genius everyone makes him out to be?", and "How did Beethoven manage to compose when he was deaf?"
Now in its sixth successful year and 300 episodes later, 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.
Classical music can often be a celebration of peace and pacifism, but what about the masterpieces written throughout – or even because of – serious conflict?
Tonight, Catherine Bott embarks on a musical exploration of war and peace, revealing the composers who wrote music for battles both real and fictional. The highlights include the fascinating story behind Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto, and music by Holst, Tchaikovsky and Karl Jenkins.
Tonight, Catherine Bott is in Japan – musically speaking, at least. Join her as she charts a course from the island of Hokkaido down to the furthest reaches of Kyushu, and explores how the culture and history of Japan has influenced classical music for centuries.
Catherine features western favourites inspired by the land of the rising sun, performances from the finest Japanese conductors, and traditional and modern masterpieces by composers who were born in this rich and varied country.