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Happy daze: guess who’s joining Classic FM

Oh, all right then, we’ll break the secret….

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She’s a presenter now, not paid to sing.

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4th April 2013, 09:00

Welsh mezzo-soprano singing star Katherine Jenkins will join Classic FM to host a new 12-part series starting at 9pm on Sunday 9th June.

The Katherine Jenkins Collection

Katherine Jenkins is to join Classic FM to host a new programme called The Katherine Jenkins Collection. The show, hosted by Jenkins, will introduce listeners to classical music with pieces she believes are essential to any newcomer to the genre.

Jenkins commented on the show, which will begin at 9pm on Sunday 9th June and continue for 12 weeks: “I’ve listened to Classic FM for years, and the station has been a great friend to me throughout my career – so I’m delighted to now be joining the team as a presenter.”

The singer also explained the aim of The Katherine Jenkins Collection: “This new series will hopefully do what Classic FM does best: introduce many people to classical music for the very first time, whilst also offering something special for those who are already familiar with this wonderful music. I can’t wait to get started!”

Jenkins made her Classic FM debut with a programme entitled ‘Christmas at Katherine’s’ in December last year. 

Currently on a co-headlined European tour with pop-opera foursome Il Divo, Jenkins has previously been the recipient of several Classic BRIT Awards and has enjoyed enormous popular success thanks to her crossover style and various appearances on television.

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  1. not wishing to shoot the messenger, but really Norman, who cares??

    • I appreciate the sentiment of the message, but actually this is really important news. I need to know when not to tune in to Classic FM. I rarely do, only when Radio 3 is so far up it’s own a… and I’m in the car, but avoiding it on Sunday evenings is now a must.

  2. All the more reason for my radio to stay tuned to the BBC.

  3. “The show, hosted by Jenkins, will introduce listeners to classical music with pieces she believes are essential to any newcomer to the genre.”

    There’s so much hybris in that one sentence alone, you just don’t know where to start.

  4. David, she is the conduit for many to a greater enjoyment and appreciation of classical music. It is this elitist attitude which turns off the very listeners we are trying to attract.

    • Musiker says:

      She hasn’t got the slightest clue about classical music, so how on earth can she be a “conduit to a greater enjoyment and appreciation” of it?

      • So what? I’m sure plenty of newsreaders don’t care about current affairs, that a number of ClassicFM and even – gasp – BBC Radio 3 presenters may not have known much about classical music when they started working with those stations; but that doesn’t stop them imparting knowledge. Just not their own.

  5. mark winn says:

    Will she also host a ‘phone in’??…..if so, may I be the first to enquire as to when she will sing in her first operatic performance????

  6. Come on guys, she is only the presenter. She’ll just be talking between numbers. One of our problems is instead of learning from the appeal of classic FM, Classical music remains in a dead end elitist mindset.

    • Why is it “elitist” to not like Katherine Jenkins and her so-called “crossover” pap?
      Actually, to be perfectly honest, I couldn’t give two hoots whether you think people who prefer real opera — and that means a complete performance of an entire opera — to the sort of mindless, aurally airbrushed dross that Jenkins et al churn out are “elitist” or not.
      I really couldn’t care less and it certainly won’t stop me from going to, watching and listening to, say, a real Mozart opera performed by talented and properly trained singers.
      You can call me all the names under the sun, it won’t bother me.

      If you can’t tell the difference — or more importantly can’t be bothered to find out the difference — between Jenkins and a properly trained opera singer and are content with falling back on the same tired, cheap and intellectually lazy cliches and name-calling, then that, I’m afraid, is your problem. Not mine.

    • Will Duffay says:

      Does the appeal of Classic FM translate into increased sales of core classical CDs and concert tickets? Or is the appeal of Classic FM simply for classic-lite, a sanitised, soapy version of classical music full of safe tunes and comforting emotions?

      I wonder, because for all its success, it seems to exist only in its own terms, and actually hasn’t encouraged and increased the wider interest in classical music that it claims to. Which is fine, of course, as it is a commercial enterprise that exists to make money, but it is galling that it is used as a stick to beat the standard classical industry with.

      No doubt I’ll be told that traditionalists being sniffy about crossover singers (whom those who have listened more widely know to be weaker than much less well-known singers who don’t possess the looks or the marketing budget) or the standard orchestral uniforms or the insistence of quiet concentration in concerts are all driving listeners away from concerts (though that wouldn’t stop them buying CDs, of course). But of course it’s more complex than that, and involves education, the wider media and political and corporate patronage.

      In short: this is doubtless a good move to Classic FM, but let’s not kid ourselves it has any wider significance.

  7. This may be worthwhile. I do not believe for a moment that she will be able to choose the program, but if those who know little about classical music are introduced to something non-crossover, that cannot be anything but good.

    Of course, it would be better were it hosted by a true classical singer.

    I wonder about the motivation of Ms. Jenkins. Is her popularity waning? This does not appear to be anything she would have consented to do in previous years.

    • “Of course, it would be better were it hosted by a true classical singer.”
      Isn’t the point about this that it wouldn’t be? If “any old classical singer” was hosting, where’s the incentive for the wider audience Classic want to reach to tune in? Who would report it or talk about it?
      You can say someone else might talk more knowledgeably about the music, but if no-one new tunes in anyway, then it doesn’t help much.

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