The Prince of Wales is set to star in two special radio shows on Classic FM next week.
The programmes, both of which are two hours long, will celebrate the Prince’s love and lifelong support for classical music. Each piece will be personally selected by him. The recordings will be by many of his musical patronages across the UK including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Bach Choir, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras and English Chamber Orchestra.
Recordings from two of the Duchess of Cornwall’s patronages, the National Youth Orchestra and the London Chamber Orchestra, will also be featured.
The first programme will have the Prince of Wales joining Classic FM presenter, Alan Titchmarsh, for an interview where His Royal Highness will discuss his love of classical music and live performances, the contribution music and the arts has on the economy, the impact music has on our quality of life and more.
On Tuesday, the Prince will host the show by himself and share his personal thoughts on some of his favourite pieces of music.
The shows will be called “By Royal Appointment” and will air on Monday, 25 May and Tuesday, 26 May from 9 to 10 pm.
About the Prince’s participation, Alan Titchmarsh said: “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.”
Classic FM’s Managing Editor, Phil Noyce, added: “His Royal Highness shares our vision of bringing classical music to as wide an audience as possible. 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.”
He added that the four hours will celebrate Charles’s “passion for classical music, with a repertoire featuring work from many of his musical patronages and specially chosen by him for our listeners.”