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Joan Bakewell joins Classic FM weekend

Classic FM has announced the signing of broadcaster and journalist Joan Bakewell to present a series of three Sunday night programmes.

Starting this weekend, ‘Joan Bakewell’s Lovers’ will air in the 9pm slot and explore the love lives of classical music’s great composers and performers.

Joan is best known for her work on the TV documentary series Heart of the Matter in the 80s and 90s, and is also noted for her role on BBC Two’s Late Night Line-Up in the late 60s and early 70s. She has also worked as Arts Correspondent for Newsnight and had a spell with Radio 4’s PM programme.

She said: “I’m very excited to be joining Classic FM with this intriguing series. Love has inspired so much of the world’s greatest music-making and I’m happy to celebrate that.”

Global Radio’s Director of Broadcasting Richard Park said: “Joan is one of the UK’s most respected and acclaimed broadcasters. We are delighted to welcome her to the Classic FM family as she hosts this unique, new series which will offer a fascinating insight into the love lives of the world’s best-known composers and performers.”

In the first programme, Joan begins with Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, before looking at the musical marriages of composers Robert Schumann and his wife Clara, along with Jacqueline du Pre and Daniel Barenboim, as well as asking why unrequited love led Mozart to compose some of his finest music.

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