UK turning to classical music to escape the misery of coronavirus news


Breakfast radio listeners are choosing soothing music to escape the misery of coronavirus news reports, BBC presenter claims

  • The public are listening to more classical music amid the coronavirus crisis 
  • BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny has noticed a rise in his listenership
  • Given Covid-19’s domination of the daily agenda people are turning to music
  • Louis Armstrong, Marlene Dietrich now sit alongside Beethoven in the requests 
  • Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

Listeners are turning to the soothing and joyous strains of classical music to escape the current gloom of news broadcasts, according to a BBC Radio 3 presenter. 

Petroc Trelawny, who hosts the breakfast programme, said he has gained listeners since the coronavirus outbreak because they want ‘bright fare first thing’. 

Much of his new audience are those ‘taking refuge’ from Radio 4’s Today and other early morning news programmes, he said. 

Listeners are turning to the soothing and joyous strains of classical music to escape the current gloom of coronavirus news updates

‘R3 listeners send several hundred emails, tweets and texts to Breakfast every morning, a significant percentage coming from those taking refuge from Today and news-based breakfast shows on 5 Live and LBC,’ he told the Radio Times. 

‘Given Covid-19’s domination of the daily agenda, it seems natural that many turn to classical music in these strange times.’ 

He added that since the lockdown there have been some changes to the sort of music being requested. 

‘They see no reason why jaunty songs by Louis Armstrong, Marlene Dietrich or Maurice Chevalier shouldn’t sit alongside Mozart and Beethoven. It feels like people want bright fare first thing.’ 

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