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1 December 2020

The Royal Opera House and Scala Radio spread the magic of ballet and opera this Christmas

With continuing restrictions post-lockdown that mean live venues must either close early or cannot open, Scala Radio is partnering with the Royal Opera House and the Royal Ballet this Christmas to promote their virtual Christmas programme, leveraging Scala’s loyal and growing audience of modern classical music lovers to raise awareness and encourage audiences to watch its online shows this winter.

The campaign follows recent streaming figures from Bauer Media that show that music passion stations have seen significant increases in streaming reach compared to pre-lockdown, with Scala seeing a 15% increase. With genre stations honing in on audiences’ passions and sharing content that it knows its audiences will resonate with, Bauer Media research found that nearly 40% of its listeners felt like they now have a closer relationship to their favourite radio station now compared to before the pandemic.

The Royal Opera House will sponsor Penny Smith’s show, every Sunday from 1-3pm, and Sunday Night Scala with Darren Reddick, airing from 8-10pm. Every week the shows will include a Royal Opera House feature, playing tracks and bespoke content. Whereas Penny will focus on opera, Darren will discuss ballet, promoting new performances and shows such as The Royal Opera House’s Classic Christmas Opera Concert. Plus, to get listeners in the Christmas spirit, on the 20th December Darren will play the full version of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden’s Nutcracker from 2006 in his show.

As part of the partnership, listeners will also be in the chance to win special prizes, including a subscription to Royal Opera House virtual events and tech. To amplify the messaging, the campaign and competitions will also run on sister radio stations Magic Radio, Magic at the Musicals and Mellow Magic.

Ric Blaxill, Scala Radio Music and Content Director said “It is an honour to work with the iconic Royal Opera House this festive period – with our audiences having the same passions, wants and needs, this is the perfect partnership. As it may not be possible for some to see any live shows this festive period, we’re proud to be able to harness the power of radio to spread the magic of live performance art, uniting friends and family no matter where they are.” 

Terry McGrath, Director of Audiences and Media at the Royal Opera House said: “We are delighted to announce this festive new partnership with Scala and Magic Radio. After a difficult year for everyone, we look forward to audiences enjoying the breadth of world-class ROH productions and behind the scenes content that Scala and Magic will present this winter.”

The Royal Opera House sponsorship of Scala Radio will run until January 3rd. Scala Radio is available on digital radio across the UK, on the app, smart speakers, Sky 0216 and at


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For further press information, please contact:

Cat Martin – Bauer Media Communications Director (Radio)
E: M: 07932 746 363

Odelia Yu – Senior Commercial Communications Executive, Bauer Media

E: M: 07718124791 

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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