Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station, is partnering with the RSPCA next month to broadcast two special programmes to help keep anxious pets – and their owners – calm and relaxed this fireworks season.

Pet Sounds, hosted by Classic FM’s weekend presenter and dog-lover Bill Turnbull, will be broadcast on Saturday 2nd November – the busiest evening of the year for firework displays – with a second programme on Guy Fawkes Night itself, Tuesday 5th November. Both shows will be on air from 7pm to 10pm. They follow Classic FM’s inaugural Pet Sounds programme last November, which saw digital listening hours on the day increase by almost 70% compared to the rest of the month.

While fireworks displays are spectacular events and enjoyed by millions of people across the UK, for our four-legged friends, they can be stressful and often traumatic. Classic FM has been a champion of the positive and soothing effects of classical music on humans – and this extends to animals as well. A 2014 study* published in Physiology and Behavior suggested that classical music has …the ability to considerably reduce the stress experienced by dogs within a working rescue kennel environment.”

In Pet Sounds, Bill will play a selection of the most relaxing classical music to help calm the nerves and ease the stress during the noise and bright lights. He will also play classical pieces connected to animals. Sir Edward Elgar’s Mina, for example, was named after the composer’s Cairn terrier, plus there will be music by Gabriel Fauré, who was known affectionately as ‘The Cat’ by his friends, due to his good looks, charm and physical grace.

Pet Sounds will also feature dedications to listeners’ pets and advice from the RSPCA team for any owners looking to reassure their animals. Full information will be available at

“The response to our first Pet Sounds programme last November was incredible, so this year, we have created two programmes specifically for pets who may be nervous or anxious around Fireworks Night. I call this their radio refuge. While the music on Classic FM is always relaxing, the selection we’re planning is even more soothing. I’ve been presenting to humans on Classic FM for the past three-and-half years, so I’m looking forward to some new four-legged listeners tuning in and enjoying the world’s greatest music.”
Bill Turnbull, Classic FM Weekend Presenter

Lisa Hens, the RSPCA’s dog welfare expert, said: “We know that every year fireworks have a detrimental effect on the welfare of animals – dogs and cats but also wildlife, horses and farm animals – and can leave them in a state of fear and distress. If you are worried, we would always advise you ask your vet what can be done to help your pet, but we have also put together some practical tips to help owners and animal lovers. One of the things we know can be beneficial for dogs and help them relax is to play classical music. It can also help mask the sound of the fireworks for your pet and that is why we are so pleased to team up with Classic FM this year for Pet Sounds and their focus on helping animals.”

Pet Sounds with Bill Turnbull will be broadcast on Saturday 2nd November (7pm to 10pm) with a second programme on Tuesday 5th November (also 7pm to 10pm).

Classic FM is available across the UK on 100-102 FM, DAB digital radio and TV, at and on the Classic FM and Global Player apps.