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 29 March
This afternoon, John marks the anniversary of a work by Tchaikovsky that was not well received at its premiere, but is now his best-known opera: Eugene Onegin.
He also plays a new recording of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, by a classical super-group of Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yo-Yo Ma and Daniel Barenboim. Then, on the anniversary of Chariots of Fire winning four Academy Awards, John plays the world-famous theme that took home the award for Best Original Music Score in 1982.
Sunday 5 April
John celebrates the anniversary of the first performance of a symphony that Beethoven wrote whilst trying to spare his hearing in a spa town just outside of Vienna. The exuberance of Beethoven’s Symphony No.2 belies the troubles that the great composer was facing at the time.