Classic FM’s Rising Stars with Julian Lloyd Webber
Saturday 20th November at 9pm on Sky Arts
Global, the Media & Entertainment group, has been commissioned by Sky Arts to produce a one-off special – Classic FM’s Rising Stars with Julian Lloyd Webber (1 x 60) – which sees the UK’s most popular classical music station collaborate with the world-renowned cellist and music educator to champion five exciting young musicians.
The programme has been created by Classic FM to showcase classical music on television in a fresh and accessible format. Recorded as live with an audience and with the performers and ensemble standing in the round, it follows Lloyd Webber as he introduces each musician in turn. Bringing viewers up close with some of classical music’s brightest new talent, the programme includes stunning performances from each Rising Star, accompanied by the 12 Ensemble, with music from composers such as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Clara Schumann, Florence Price, Antonio Vivaldi and Steve Reich.
It has been commissioned following the success of Lloyd Webber’s five-part Rising Stars series on Classic FM earlier this year, in which he showcased 30 of the best musicians, all under the age of 30.
The Rising Stars are: violinist and influencer Esther Abrami, signed exclusively to Sony Classical; French trumpeter and artist on the Warner label Lucienne Renaudin Vary, who’s already performed across the world; American violinist Randall Goosby, signed to Decca Classics with a new album of music by African-American composers; Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe, who’s already scooped prestigious awards from Gramophone and the Royal Philharmonic Society; pianist Jeneba Kanneh-Mason, studying with a full scholarship at the Royal College of Music. She recently performed as a soloist with Chineke! Orchestra.
“The idea for Rising Stars came during lockdown, with concerts being cancelled all over the world and young musicians finding it impossible to establish their careers. So I got together with Classic FM and chose ‘Thirty under Thirty’ fantastic young musicians to showcase their talents.
The programme gives us the chance to see five superb musicians ‘live’ and discover what makes these brilliant players so special.”
Julian Lloyd Webber
Philip Noyce, Classic FM’s Managing Editor, said: “Classic FM’s Rising Stars with Julian Lloyd Webber brings together two of our missions as the UK’s most popular classical music station: to make classical music accessible to everyone and to champion new and emerging talent in our industry. As part of the Global family, we at Classic FM are excited to share our passion for classical music with our friends at Sky Arts, bringing viewers closer to the stars of today and tomorrow.”
Classic FM’s Rising Stars with Julian Lloyd Webber is produced by Global Media & Entertainment and executive produced by Philip Noyce, Andrew Crofoot and Kevin Molloy for Global and Phil Edgar-Jones and Jack Oliver for Sky Arts. The creative director is Mike Bradley and director is Tom Rudolph.
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