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19 February 2019

Anthea Turner and Alexis Ffrench Join Scala Radio Line-Up

With just two weeks to go until the launch of classical entertainment radio station Scala Radio, Anthea Turner and composer Alexis Ffrench, Luci Holland, comedian Faye Treacy and Hannah Cox have been signed alongside Simon Mayo, Goldie and Mark Kermode to the presenter line-up.

Bringing together familiar masters along with fresh and exciting new classical pieces, Scala Radio will be presented with an informal ‘come as you are’ attitude. The station will feature special guests, intriguing mini-series’, and shows about classical music in popular gaming and mindfulness.

Scala Radio weekends will see Anthea Turner join the line-up as she re-unites with friend Chris Rogers for a Sunday Brunch show.

With over 100 million streams on Spotify, pianist and composer Alexis Ffrench will present a show set to take listeners on a journey with the music that influenced him, from neo-classical and ‘the piano chill zone’ to rebel composers. In a show entitled ‘Music in Motion’, expect everything from Chopin to Shostakovich and Beach Boys to Beastie Boys as he looks at the relationship between classical and contemporary styles.

Also joining the line-up is award-winning comedian and trombonist Faye Treacy, Edinburgh-based composer, arranger and sound artist Luci Holland for a show on music in video gaming, and Hannah Cox.

On launch week – the first voice that listeners will hear at 10am on 4th March will be a familiar one; Simon Mayo – with an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary music, listener requests and confessions with a classical twist, along with special guest and fellow Scala Radio presenter conversations.

Listeners can also immerse themselves in one of Britain’s most prestigious orchestras as Jack Pepper curates four shows delving into the recording archive of London’s finest instrumentalists. Scala Radio Spotlight: The London Symphony Orchestra. For the first show, Jack explores the history of the orchestra, and listeners can expect to hear music by Holst, Tiomkin, Elgar and Berlioz.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Anthea Turner said, “Music and conversation are two of the greatest things in life, so it’ll be such a pleasure to bring weekend playfulness to Scala Radio each Sunday”.

Steve Parkinson, Group Managing Director, National Radio Bauer Media comments, “Scala Radio is reflective of modern life and the place classical music has within it – we are excited for the station to launch on the 4th of March and this varied line-up of presenters to bring it to life”.

Re-scan to receive Scala Radio on national DAB Digital Radio or listen online, via mobile apps and will be available on smart speakers. Further information on how to listen can be found at

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Notes to Editors:
Scala Radio Spotlight: The London Symphony Orchestra
(Monday 4th – 7th March 7pm)
Late Night Scala with Hannah Cox – classical music inspired love stories
(weekday nights from 10pm)
Sunday Brunch with Chris Rogers and Anthea Turner (Sundays – 10am)
Faye Treacy (Saturday and Sunday from 6-8pm)
The Console with Luci Holland (Saturdays – 5pm)

Further information, images and interview requests – 0203 128 6600

Cat Martin – Communications Director, Bauer Media – – 07932 746 363

About Scala Radio:
Scala Radio is a brand-new entertainment radio station that breaks the mould of classical music in the UK. Presenters include Simon Mayo, Angellica Bell, Chris Rogers and musical innovator Goldie. The station plays familiar masters from Mozart and Holst to surprising new works from living composers Karl Jenkins, Rebecca Dale, Thom Yorke (Radiohead), film scores and musicals plus music performed by bright young artists like Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Scala Radio is for those that love classical music and lead a modern life.

About Bauer Media UK:
Bauer Media UK reaches over 25 million UK consumers through a portfolio of world-class, multi-platform media and entertainment brands including heat, KISS, Grazia, Empire, Magic, Absolute Radio and the Hits Radio Network. These brands offer commercial partners access to highly engaged audiences, with creative solutions underpinned by insight and instinct. Bauer Media UK is part of the Bauer Media Group, one of the world’s largest privately-owned media businesses with media assets all over the globe.

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