John Humphrys, one of Britain’s best-known broadcasters, joins the Classic FM team this year to present his own Sunday afternoon show from 3pm to 5pm.
Each week he will share his own stories and reflections of his favourite composers and their music.
With a successful career spanning six decades, John has presented on both radio and TV, and has anchored many of the country’s flagship news programmes, including the Today Programme.
Sunday 26 January
Jacqueline du Pré, who is regarded as one of the greatest cellists of all time, was born on this day in 1945 and is one of John’s featured artists this afternoon. Venezuelan conductor and current Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, also celebrates his birthday today. This afternoon, we hear music from their 2018 recording of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, before a string quartet which was premiered on this day in 1882 which was written by another Russian composer: Alexander Borodin.