Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Classic FM announces new presenters

12:01, 6th December 2017

Classic FM will welcome 2018 with new weekend programmes hosted by Charlotte Hawkins, Rob Cowan and Howard Goodall, who will be joined by Andrew Lloyd Webber for a special series about musical theatre.

Good Morning Britain co-presenter Charlotte Hawkins will host the station’s new Sunday afternoon music show from 3pm to 5pm, launching on 7 January.  The programme will offer a selection of Classic FM favourites and new discoveries, with a particular focus on young artists.

Howard Goodall will be in conversation with Andrew Lloyd Webber for a new six-part Saturday night series (9pm to 10pm) which will celebrate the history of musical theatre. The Sound of Music will include programmes dedicated to the links between musicals and the opera, the differences between the West End and Broadway, and the future of the musical. The series will start on 6 January, in what will be Lloyd Webber’s 70th birthday year.

Rob Cowan, who last presented for Classic FM in 2001, will return to the station to host his own Saturday evening music show (7pm to 9pm) from 6 January. Cowan’s Classics will include the Sure Shot, which first ran on Classic FM 25 years ago and in which the presenter champions a new recording which he tips for success; Beyond the Hall of Fame, in which he will play a Classic FM Hall of Fame favourite, followed by a rarely-heard yet similar work for listeners to discover; and an Artist of the Week segment, starting with the soprano Jessye Norman.

Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s managing editor said: ‘Following our 25th birthday celebrations this year, 2018 on Classic FM will be off to a flying start as we welcome a host of new names – and old friends – to the station. These brilliant broadcasters share Classic FM’s vision to make classical music relevant to all, and we look forward to launching these exciting new programmes next month.’


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