Mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins is re-joining Classic FM for a second series of The Katherine Jenkins Collection, with TV’s Alexander Armstrong also added to the station’s weekend line-up.
Katherine has done a number of one-off shows for Global Radio-owned Classic FM and presented a 12-part series last summer. The same show, billed as an ‘exploration of the repertoire that Katherine believes is the perfect introduction to classical music’, will return on Sunday afternoons at 2pm from 5th October.
She said: “Classic FM is the home of classical music in the UK and I’m delighted to be returning for a new series. It’s a privilege to introduce people to classical music for the first time, but I also look forward to playing something special for those who love the genre already. I can’t wait to be back on air!”
TV presenter, actor and comedian Alexander Armstrong meanwhile will begin a 2-hour weekly show on Saturday afternoons from next weekend (27th September). He’s recently covered on the weekend schedule and also did a 10-part Summer Book Club series last year.
Alexander Armstrong said: “I am delighted to be taking up permanent residence at Classic FM – as a station it does more than any other to ensure that classical music has a secure place in the nation’s heart. And to be part of the famous Classic FM weekend line-up is a colossal honour.”
Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s managing editor, told RadioToday: “Classic FM is the nation’s classical station, and we’re delighted to welcome Katherine and Alexander to our star-studded roster of presenters. They both share our mission to make classical music accessible to as broad an audience as possible, and I’m thrilled that they’re now part of the Classic FM family.”
Classic FM’s weekend schedule is already home to presenters including Alan Titchmarsh, Aled Jones, Nicholas Owen, Myleene Klass, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Charlotte Green.