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27 August 2020

Scala Radio launches Sunday Night Scala in the Youth Orchestra

Scala Radio has announced the launch of new show ‘Sunday Night Scala in the Youth Orchestra’, a four-part series where Scala will hand the music and microphone over to the next generation of classical music stars. With takeovers from members of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the Chineke! Juniors and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, the episodes will offer complete musical immersion and escapism as the weekend draws to a close. One episode will also be hosted by a member of the National Open Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the world’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra.

Airing every Sunday evening, the first episode will begin on Sunday 6th September from 8-10pm, 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.

The 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 respectively.

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 6th September at 8pm and will air every Sunday until 27th September. Scala Radio is available on digital radio across the UK, on the app, smart speakers, Sky 0216 and at


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Cat Martin – Bauer Media Communications Director (Radio)
T: 0207 432 3317 M: 07932 746 363

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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, Alexis Ffrench and Mark Kermode. Alongside familiar masters from Mozart and Holst, you can expect to hear contemporary works including film, TV and video game scores, musicals and classical arrangements of pop and rock songs. Discover Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ performed by the Vitamin String Quartet or Heart of Philip Glass, a mash-up of Heart of Glass and the second movement of Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto.

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