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Classic FM launches biggest series in its 21-year history

Tina Hart
Catherine Bott

Classic FM is set to launch its biggest series in its 21-year history with the introduction of 'Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Classical Music' on October 27 at 9pm.

The hour-long programmes, reported to be one of the biggest non-fiction series in the history of British radio, are set to run for 150 weeks and will be presented by Catherine Bott (pictured) a professional musician and broadcaster who will join the station from BBC Radio.

Over the course of three years, Bott will shine the spotlight on every area of classical music, answering questions about the genre – from "what exactly is 'classical music'?" to "how did Beethoven manage to compose music when he was deaf?"

In her first programme, she will focus on the issue of 'period performance'.  A variety of recordings of much-loved pieces will be featured, as she demonstrates the different approaches to classical music from well-known performers.

Going forward, the series will include special shows dedicated to film music, contemporary works and, during the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth in 2014, the role of famous works of literature in shaping the history of classical music.

Over the course of the series, listeners will be encouraged to submit their questions, with audience interaction and suggestions for topics forming a key part of the programme.

Catherine Bott said: “I'm thrilled to be joining the lively team at Classic FM and look forward to sharing my love of great music with listeners as we go on a voyage of discovery together.”

This major new on-air series comes off the back of Classic FM's book - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Classical Music…But Were Too Afraid to Ask - co-authored by the station's managing director, Darren Henley and managing editor, Sam Jackson. It was the best-selling classical music book of 2012.

Sam Jackson said: "Classic FM is the home of classical music in the UK and we've long admired Catherine Bott's warm, authoritative and infectiously enthusiastic approach. I'm delighted to welcome her to the Classic FM family for this ambitious, exciting and, I hope, groundbreaking series, which I'm confident our audience of 5.6 million weekly listeners will love."

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