One of this country’s finest stars of stage and screen, Julie Walters, returns to Classic FM for a second series of Turning Points: the programme that explores the biggest moments in classical music history, and the extraordinary people who made them happen, starting Saturday 2nd March 9-10pm. Get in touch using the form below or text 61812.
Over the course of the next seven weeks, Julie will celebrate classical ‘firsts’, great inventions, performances that shocked the audience of the day, and the characters who changed the course of music history.
Julie Walters said: “I’m thrilled to be part of the Classic FM team and to present the new Turning Points series. It’s going to be fascinating to uncover the stories behind the biggest moments in classical music history, so I can’t wait to join all the listeners as we embark on this journey of discovery together.”
Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s managing editor, said: “In a recent piece of audience research, Classic FM listeners chose Julie Walters as their favourite actress. I’m therefore particularly pleased to welcome her back to the Classic FM family. Her warmth and wit make her the perfect host for our new series and we know that she is excited, along with our listeners, to learn more about classical music.”
Julie Walters presents the fifth episode in the new series of Turning Points: the programme that explores the moments when the course of classical music history changed forever. Tonight, Julie celebrates musical ‘influencers’: those groundbreaking composers who set trends and inspired musicians for generations to come.
We hear music by the composer who J.S. Bach skipped work and walked 400km in the snow to see perform; the ‘Father of the Symphony’, Joseph Haydn; and Tchaikovsky’s tribute to his musical idol, Mozart. Julie also plays music from Star Wars, and the equally interstellar music by Holst that inspired John Williams to write it.