Radio Scotland’s Classics Unwrapped gets musical makeover

Right now in Scotland there are so many exciting things happening within the classical and orchestral scene…and much of it is world class. I hope Classic Unwrapped will become an appointment to listen for everyone who loves great music and wants to know more about the musicians and composers who are making it happen."Jeff Zycinski, Head of BBC Radio Scotland
Date: 02.05.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.07
Category: Scotland
BBC Radio Scotland’s classical music programme Classics Unwrapped has had a musical makeover, and moves to a brand new time slot on Tuesday nights from 8-10pm from Tuesday, May 15.

Presented by opera star and broadcaster Jamie MacDougall, Classics Unwrapped is aimed at a family audience and will play classical music in a popular and accessible style, at the same time as telling the stories behind Scotland’s music-making and showcasing the nation’s young talents.

Jeff Zycinski, Head of BBC Radio Scotland, said: “Right now in Scotland there are so many exciting things happening within the classical and orchestral scene… and much of it is world class. I hope Classic Unwrapped will become an appointment to listen for everyone who loves great music and wants to know more about the musicians and composers who are making it happen.”

Each week leading Scottish classical musicians as well as famous figures from all walks of life, such as violinist Nicola Benedetti, author Alexander McCall Smith, and composer Sally Beamish will share personal stories about music that is special to them in My Music.

In regular features, Jamie will guide audiences to the ‘top gigs to get a baby-sitter for’, with insights into concert highlights for the week ahead by the RSNO, SCO, Scottish Ensemble and other ensembles.

He will demystify the classical music world with introductions to iconic classical works, and features such as ‘How to find a (piano) teacher’ and there will be regular live music in the studio as well as contributions, live in concert and on disc, from the programme’s “house band”, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Classical news updates will bring a rich seam of stories from around the world such as Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra’s much-anticipated visit to Stirling, or Scottish Diva Karen Cargill’s debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House.

This revamp puts Classics Unwrapped in a key position to make a powerful impact on the busy classical music scene in Scotland, to act as a focal point for the communities engaged in classical music across the country, and to encourage listeners to get in touch about events which are important to them.

The first programme on Tuesday, May 15 from 8–10pm will feature the exciting young Maxwell String Quartet live in the studio, Nicola Benedetti, hot from her recent sell-out Four Seasons concerts with the SCO, and star Scottish pianist Steven Osborne talking to Jamie about his love of improvisation.

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