Festive recordings from leisure-time music groups to be broadcast on Classic FM with John Brunning from 14 to 18 December

Christmas carols performed by Making Music member groups to be broadcast daily on Classic FM Drive with John Brunning from 14 to 18 December 

Making Music, the UK’s membership organisation for leisure-time music, has once again teamed up with Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station, to showcase a variety of festive recordings from choirs and instrumental groups across the UK.

At the end of October, Making Music invited its membership of over 3,700 leisure-time music groups to submit audio recordings of their group singing or playing a Christmas carol online or offline (socially distanced, of course) or recorded in a previous year.

The Classic FM team selected five recordings for radio broadcast – one to be played each weekday on Classic FM Drive with John Brunning (4pm–7pm) in the week beginning Monday 14 December.
The five leisure-time music groups selected for broadcast are:

Mon 14 Dec: Mersey Wave Choir (Liverpool, England) – Carol of the Bells

Tue 15 Dec: Eden Singers (Cumbria, England) – I Saw a Maiden

Wed 16 Dec: Dunbartonshire Concert Band (Scotland) – In the Bleak Midwinter

Thu 17 Dec: Belfast Philharmonic Society (Northern Ireland) – A Tender Shoot

Fri 18 Dec: Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society (Wales) – Red and White

Barbara Eifler, Making Music Chief Executive, said: “At the end of such a tough year, this is wonderful opportunity for members to be heard by millions across the UK – showcasing their enthusiasm and commitment to making music and bringing joy to their participants and audiences, thanks to this great partnership with Classic FM.”
Classic FM presenter John Brunning said: “Classic FM is the home of Christmas music, so we are excited to team up with Making Music again and broadcast these special carols recorded by music groups from across the four corners of the UK. We know that our 5.5 million weekly listeners will enjoy listening to them.”
Classic FM is available across the UK on 100-102 FM, DAB digital radio and TV, on Global Player on your smart speaker (“play Classic FM”), iOS or Android device and at ClassicFM.com.
For more information, contact Harriet Laidler, Making Music Membership & Projects Administrator, at harriet@makingmusic.org.uk


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Notes to editors

Since 1935, Making Music has championed leisure-time music groups across the UK with practical services, artistic development opportunities and by providing a collective voice for its members. We now represent over 3,700 groups made up of around 200,000 musicians of all types, genres and abilities. We help them run their group so they can get on with making music! www.makingmusic.org.uk

Classic FM is the UK’s most popular classical music brand, reaching 5.5 million listeners every week. Classic FM’s programmes are hosted by a mix of classical music experts and household names including Alexander Armstrong, Moira Stuart, John Suchet, Myleene Klass, Bill Turnbull, Alan Titchmarsh, John Humphrys, Charlotte Hawkins, Aled Jones and Margherita Taylor. Since its launch in 1992, Classic FM has aimed to make classical music accessible and relevant to everyone and in doing so, introduce an entirely new audience to the genre. ClassicFM.com is the UK’s biggest classical music website and has 3 million unique monthly web and app users. Classic FM is owned by Global. It is available across the UK on 100-102 FM, DAB digital radio and TV, the Classic FM app, at ClassicFM.com and on Global Player. Source: RAJAR / Ipsos-MORI / RSMB Q1 2020.



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