Classic FM’s High Score returns for 2nd series

Classic FM has commissioned a second series of its video game music show, High Score, presented by composer Jessica Curry.

The programme will return on November 4th for six weeks, airing at 9pm. The first and last episode in the series will feature all-requests. The other programmes will focus on different themes, as Jessica explores depictions of love (11th November) and quests (18th November); celebrates spoken and sung voices within games (25th November); before she selects the best video game music of 2017 (2nd December).

The new commission follows the success of the first series of High Score, broadcast in April and May, which has become the most popular programme on ‘Listen Again’ in Classic FM’s 25-year history. It also comes as Classic FM celebrates a big increase in younger listeners.

According to the latest Rajar figures, 1.2 million under-35s are tuning in each week and there has been a 30% rise in under-25s listening to the station. This has been attributed to the success of High Score and Classic FM’s digital and social media platforms, where just under two-thirds of its Facebook followers are under 35.

Jessica Curry said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to present a second series of High Score for Classic FM. The first series was so much fun to do and the huge response that the show received was absolutely incredible. I’m just over the moon that people enjoyed it. I’m raring to go on the next one and can’t wait to hear what people come up with for the requests shows!”

Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s managing editor said: “We were so encouraged by the response to the first series of High Score. Since the launch of Classic FM 25 years ago, the station has been a pioneer and aimed to break down the barriers to classical music, so we can’t wait for the new series. It’s also great to welcome back Jessica. With her music enjoyed by millions around the world, she has proved to be the perfect host of the series, showcasing video game music to our 5.8 million weekly listeners, but also introducing fans of the genre to Classic FM.”

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