The Classic FM Hall of Fame has attracted 200,000 votes in its 20th year counting down the nation’s favourite classical music.
Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending has been voted the nation’s favourite piece of classical music for the sixth time since 1996. The feature has generated more votes than any previous years with 64,000 people casting almost 200,000 votes.
And for the first time ever, all 300 entries in the Classic FM Hall of Fame 2015 will be available digitally via composed.com.
Classic FM’s John Suchet said: “Twenty years after the very first Classic FM Hall of Fame countdown, I’m delighted that we’ve attracted so many votes for our chart. What I find truly exciting is the continued increase in a younger audience for classical music – I didn’t expect to be thanking the video game industry for introducing the genre to a new generation of people, but it’s wonderful.”
This year the popularity of orchestral music used in video games surged with 12 pieces (up from eight last year) in the top 300, including two in the top 20. Classic FM has played video game soundtracks regularly for the past two years.
The music for the Final Fantasy series, written by Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu, has remained the highest video game music entry at number nine, while The Elder Scrolls, composed by BAFTA award-winner Jeremy Soule, has climbed six places to number 11.
Yoko Shimomura has secured the highest ever entry for a female composer with Kingdom Hearts at number 30, and British composer Fiona Bennett has three pieces in the chart with A Lad and A Lass, Tempus Fugit and The Landscape.
This year’s chart of the most popular classical works notably features a range of living composers including Ola Gjeilo, Morten Lauridsen and Ludovico Einaudi, all of whom have new entries in the chart. In 2015 there are more living composers with new entries in the chart than any other year.
The core repertoire of timeless classics has remained strong as listeners continue to vote for old favourites. With 19 entries overall, Mozart achieved more chart positions than any other composer in the Classic FM Hall of Fame 2015. Beethoven came a close second in the countdown with 16 appearances.