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.
There are many ways to be introduced to classical music, cartoons offer one such route in – particularly during our formative years. Classical music has long been at the core of many family-friendly sketches, including Looney Tunes’ The Rabbit of Seville, Baton Bunny, and Disney films Fantasia and Sleeping Beauty.
Tonight, Catherine indulges in a touch of nostalgia to revisit the music from some of our favourite scenes. We hear ‘Largo al factotum’ from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, which has been used by both Looney Tunes and in Mrs Doubtfire; Tchaikovsky's music to Sleeping Beauty used in the 1959 Disney animation film; and one of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, used in the slapstick Pigs in a Polka cartoon.