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.
Why are there so many brilliant Bs in the world of classical music? Bach, Brahms, Berlioz, Bernstein, Bartok, Beethoven, Bellini, Bizet, Boccherini, Borodin, Boyce and Britten are just the tip of the iceberg – and in tonight’s episode of Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Classical Music, Catherine Bott puts a speculative topic under the microscope: why do so many of the great composers’ names begin with the letter ‘B’?
Our programme begins with Bruch’s beautiful Scottish Fantasy, before we hear Bernstein’s enigmatic score to West Side Story and discover why Beethoven’s music has left such an epic legacy with works such as his ‘Eroica’ Symphony.
Sunday 2 February
Classical music is an outlet for creative genius to materialise, but also a chance for composers to sneak in secret codes, ciphers and cryptograms. Who knew some of the finest musicians also hid messages in their work?
In tonight’s episode of Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Classical Music, Catherine reveals who decided to take their music to the next level, with hidden clues and riddles. We’ll hear one of the most famous of Elgar’s mysterious Enigma Variations, discover what Mozart’s numbers really meant in his opera The Marriage of Figaro, and find out how the use of the Fibonacci sequence resulted in a perfectly crafted fifth symphony for one particular composer.