Thirty-three thousand people took time to vote for their favourite classical composition this year in the annual Classic FM Hall of Fame.
100,000 votes were made, resulting in The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams getting the top spot (audio). The music was used in Hayley Cropper’s final scene in Coronation Street, helping it beat last year’s winner – Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2.
This year’s countdown also revealed a huge rise in popularity in orchestral music used in video games, with eight entries in the top 300 including two in the top 20. Since Classic FM started playing video game soundtracks regularly last year, the station has attracted a number of new, younger listeners. In the last year alone, the number of 15 to 24 year olds listening to Classic FM each week has grown by 27 per cent.
Classic FM presenter John Suchet said: “Exactly 100 years after Vaughan Williams composed The Lark Ascending, its poignancy and beauty are as powerful as ever. And with video game music making its mark like never before, it’s clear that we’ve attracted a great many younger listeners as Classic FM continues to grow. I’m thrilled to welcome them to the nation’s classical station.”
Classic FM has released a special album, ‘The Classic FM Hall of Fame 2014’, featuring more than five hours of the most voted for pieces of classical music from the poll.