Prince Charles is a champion of the arts and has often spoken about his love for classical musical and live performances. He is understood to have become increasingly concerned for the welfare and future of orchestras and opera amid the coronavirus pandemic.
When to listen to Prince Charles’ Classic FM programme
The prince has taken a guest slot on the radio station to present a two-hour show in a bid to highlight the “plight” of struggling musicians and orchestras.
The one-off programme, which will air on Monday, May 25, was designed by the prince himself and will include recordings of his favourite classical pieces in an effort to show the riches of British classical music.
He will appear on a second show on Tuesday, May 26, where he will be interviewed by Alan Titchmarsh.
During the second show, he will give reflections on some of his other favourites, including both of Frederic Chopin’s piano concertos and Julius Benedict’s Piano Concerto.
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Alan Titchmarsh will be hosting the second programme with the Prince
Entitled A Royal Appointment, the programme will be broadcast from 8pm to 10pm and is a must-listen for royal and classical music fans at home.
A spokesman from Classic FM said: “In an exclusive interview, the Prince will discuss his love of classical music and all live performances; the huge difference that classical music can make to our quality of life and our well being, plus the phenomenal contribution of music and arts to the UK economy.”
Listeners can tune in to Classic FM on 100-102 FM, DAB digital radio and TV and ClassicFM.com to listen to the Prince’s special broadcast.
The Prince has also commissioned the orchestras of which he is patron to record special versions of main pieces.
The Prince will play some music from his wife Camilla’s musical patronages
Some of the musical groups for which the Prince is patron include the Philharmonia Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Bach Choir, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera Orchestra and the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras.
The Prince of Wales will also feature recordings from two of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall’s musical patronages – the National Youth Orchestra and the London Chamber Orchestra.
The programme will feature some of his favourite pieces including Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and the ‘Bridal March of the Birds’ from Parry’s The Birds of Aristophanes.
Classic FM’s managing editor Phil Noyce said: “His Royal Highness shares our vision or bringing classical music to as wide an audience as possible.
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Prince Charles’ programme will air on Monday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 26 from 8-10pm on Classic FM
“We are acutely aware of the challenges the music world is facing at the moment and we are honoured to collaborate with The Prince of Wales – a lifetime supporter and champion of the arts – for these two special programmes on Classic FM.
“Across four hours, we will hear about, as well as celebrate, his passion for classical music.
“A repertoire will feature work from many of his musical patronages and specially chosen by him for our listeners.”
Alan Titchmarsh added: “It is always a privilege to spend time in the company of His Royal Highness and none more so than when it involves our mutual enjoyment of classical music.
“It is typically thoughtful of him to choose to highlight the plight of his many musical patronages, alongside the difficulties that all musicians face, during an unprecedented period when enjoyment of live music has been curtailed.
“I am looking forward to welcoming him to Classic FM and to hear him share his love of classical music with millions of our listeners across the UK.”
The shows have been arranged in a matter of weeks as the prince is understood to want to do his bit for the classical music industry.
Charles also aims to draw attention to the increasingly great threat to the livelihood of musicians, who are unable to perform during the ongoing lockdown.
The interview was recorded from Prince Charles’ Birkhall home, on the Queen’s Balmoral estate in Scotland, via video conference.
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