What are the most extreme pieces of classical music ever written?
What counts as "classical music"?
What do we actually mean when we talk about "classical music"?
Rossini - Master Chef and Maestro
A celebration of 'Signor Crescendo' Gioachino Rossini, operatic genius and gourmand.
Concertos: All for one and one for all?
What is a concerto? Tom Service asks how they work and what it is like to be a soloist.
The Nutcracker - Strange Enchantments
Think The Nutcracker is a super-saccharine classic for the feel-good season? Think again.
How to Sing Classical -Vibrato!
Good vibrations or horrible wobbling? Why do singers use vibrato?
Who are the icons of classical music? And are they born or made?
Riffs, loops and ostinati - the art of repeating yourself!
Tom presses repeat - again and again and again ...
The Key to Keys
Tom Service asks why is western music in so many different keys and what exactly are they?
Can music be gendered?
Can you hear 'masculine' and 'feminine' in music?
The Double Bass
The elephant in the room? No, the Double Bass is much more.
Bruckner and the Symphonic Boa Constrictors
Is listening to a Bruckner symphony really like being crushed to death by a giant snake?
Anger in Music
Today at Sage Gateshead Tom finds out how music can induce, express and exorcise anger.
The Power of One
What special magic happens in music where there is no harmony?
Why are classical audiences so quiet?
Tom Service looks at why we are all so tense and silent during classical concerts. Shhhh!
Amateur musicians' vital role in music and performance over the last three centuries.
What is Sound Art? And why?
Tom Service considers the rise of Sound Art. Is it art music or something else?
Sound of the Underground
What does underground sound like? From earth-inspired music to sounds of the earth itself.
What's the point of practice?
Does practice make perfect? And what is perfect practice? Tom Service finds out.
Countertenors - classical rock gods!
A celebration of male singers who can hit those high notes!
Better than background music?
Is music for theatre more than just a prop?
Why do babies love music?
Tom Service asks why we seem to love music from the day we're born - are we born musical?
Is complicated music better than simple music?
Tom Service looks at complexity in music - can we actually hear what's going on?
David Miller plays a selection of hymns for your Sunday morning.
Creatures of Prometheus
Shostakovich Symphony No 5 and music by Beethoven from Slovenia.
Sunday - Elizabeth Alker
Elizabeth Alker presents Breakfast including a Sounds of the Moon slow radio soundscape.
Sarah Walker with Haydn, Elgar and Sir John Tavener
Sarah Walker with a broad range of music, including her Sunday Escape.
The classical music show hosted by Fiona Le Tissier, featuring classical music requests.