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Melissa Bradshaw

Spotify unveils two new classical playlists

12:02, 20th January 2020

Spotify has made two new playlist additions to its Classical hub: ‘Best of BAFTA: Scores and Soundtracks’ and ‘The Classical Takeover’.

Ahead of this year’s awards taking place in February, the ‘Best of BAFTA’ playlist celebrates BAFTA music nominations spanning back to the very first ‘Best Film Music’ award in 1968. ‘Celebrating BAFTA through such an incredible collection of music is a fitting tribute to this British institution,’ says Kelly Harlock, Spotify’s Classical Music editor. ‘From the sweeping scores of John Williams, to the contemporary, haunting strings of Hildur Guðnadóttir, these are the melodies that stay with you long after the film ends.’

‘The Classical Takeover’ playlist has also launched with the help of cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason MBE, who has just made history with his album Elgar reaching number 8 in the official UK album chart. Kanneh-Mason’s introductory playlist is an insight into the music that has inspired him, helping fans to connect with the artist as well as discover new music. Each month, Spotify will welcome a new guest editor to curate the playlist.

Kanneh-Mason describes sharing favourite tracks as ‘part of the joy of being a music lover’, commenting: ‘Being able to suggest tracks for fans to hear immediately on Spotify feels really special and very personal. I hope everyone enjoys my chosen tracks and look forward to hearing more music from next month’s guest editor.’

Best of BAFTA: Scores and Soundtracks’ and ‘The Classical Takeover’ are available on Spotify now.

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