New show on Scala Radio will hand over to next generation of classical music stars

Classical music station Scala Radio is launching a new show, Sunday Night Scala in the Youth Orchestra, a four-part series where the station hands over the music and microphone to the next generation of classical music stars.

Each episode will include takeovers from members of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the Chineke! Juniors, the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and one will be hosted by a member of the National Open Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the world’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra.

The station says the programmes will “offer complete musical immersion and escapism as the weekend draws to a close”.

The first episode on Sunday 6 September will be with Callum Davis, Principal Tuba at the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

In addition to picking the music, all hosts will introduce their choices, explain why they picked them, and describe what the pieces are like to perform. Every episode will also feature a special introduction from saxophonist Jess Gillam, the first ever saxophonist to reach the final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition and the first ever saxophonist to be signed to Decca Classics. She also has her own podcast ‘This Classical Life’ and, as a patron for Awards for Young Musicians, will share her memories of playing in youth ensembles before introducing the guest host.

This new series follows previous series ‘Sunday Night Scala on the Podium’ and ‘Sunday Night Scala in the Orchestra’, where Scala handed the mic over to world-class conductors and musicians.

Jenny Nelson, Programme Manager, Scala Radio said: “We’re so thrilled to support the next generation of classical musicians with our new Sunday Night Scala series.

“It’s so refreshing to hear from new voices and understand about their passion for classical music from their perspective. We can’t wait to welcome our guests and transport our listeners to the concert hall every Sunday evening this September.”

Jess Gillam added: “The collective experience of music making with a group of likeminded people in youth orchestras and groups is one of the most valuable and enjoyable experiences I have ever had!

“The nurturing, inspiring environment cultivated in many youth orchestras is extremely special – for me, the electric enthusiasm and passion is almost unparalleled. I’m very excited to hear the sparking energy on young performers on Scala!”

Sunday Night Scala in the Youth Orchestra starts on Sunday 6 September at 8pm and will air every Sunday until 27 September.

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