Jo Brand joins Scala Radio to host new series

Jo Brand is joining Scala Radio to host a new four-part series during August.

On Tour with Jo Brand will see the BAFTA-winning comedian heading out on a musical journey around the country, celebrating the best classical music we have to offer on home shores.

Listeners will get the chance to experience music from the four corners of the British Isles, whilst exploring the link between location and the classical music produced there.

Jo commented: “It is great to be back out On Tour, albeit in a slightly different way to what I am used to. I am looking forward to exploring the wonderful of classical music the UK has to offer, whilst reminiscing about some of the fun memories I have had whilst out on the comedy circuit.”

The series begins in Scotland giving a nod to a staple of the comedy calendar, the Edinburgh Festival. Jo will be sharing some of her favourite memories from performing across Scotland, along with some of the best classical music, from Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony to Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, as well as pieces performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

The episode will also look at traditional folk music from Scotland and discover pieces by contemporary composers like Lorne Balfe and Patrick Doyle, who are making waves on the big and small screen.

The second episode will explore the north of England, beginning in the city of culture, Liverpool, before heading to Hull, Leeds, and the Lake District for more tales from Jo’s comedy tours in years gone by.

Musically the show will celebrate the rich tradition of brass bands in the north, enjoying treats from the Grimethorpe Colliery Band and Black Dyke Band, as well as recordings by the likes of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, the Orchestra of Opera North and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Episode three will see Jo head to North Wales, the West and South-West of England with London and the South-East bringing the tour to a close.

On Tour with Jo Brand on Scala Radio begins on Sunday 1 August from 6pm – 8pm and continues each Sunday night throughout August.

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