Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Cyndi Lauper, Elton John, Freddie Mercury and Neil Diamond… these are just a few of the artists’ instrumental music you’ll hear on Classic 1027 (formerly known as Classic FM) these days. But in case you think you’ll no longer hear Mozart, Bach or Handel on your favourite classical radio station, don’t worry. Classic 1027, which Melrose Arch proudly boasts as a tenant, is shaking things up with a new look, new playlists and new presenters but all the old favourites are still there too.
“There is a perception that classical music is irrelevant and inaccessible but there is a modern-day story to accompany classical music that especially younger people are connecting with,” says Lyndon Johnstone, CEO of Classic 1027. “Classical music may be old but it definitely need not be old fashioned.”
Johnstone says the station’s vision is simple: “To make classical music accessible to all South Africans.” It’s in line with this vision that Classic 1027 has relaunched with a fresh, modern logo, a lighter, more familiar and popular sound, and new on-air talent supporting the older favourites.
An exciting addition to the Classic 1027 team is well-known media personality Claire Mawisa, who’ll be presenting everyone’s favourite sounds from the movies and TV shows every Saturday from 12pm to 2pm, as well as Your Music, listeners’ choices, on Sundays from 1pm to 2pm.
Yvette Johnson joins the line-up on weekdays, taking over the 10am to 2pm slot Monday to Friday with her show Fine Living, which will explore the finer things in life. Yvette replaces Kutlwano Masote, who now hosts the More Music Breakfast Show. Kutlwano, a renowned cellist and conductor, brings you four hours of the world’s most beautiful music, with regular news and traffic updates.
In Tune with Deano Maduramuthu will accompany you on your journey home, keeping you calm as you navigate the afternoon traffic. He’s followed by Michael Avery, who presents Classic Business from 5.30pm to 7pm, bringing you in-depth analysis of the latest business news.
As the name suggests, Winding Down from 7pm to 8pm with the inimitable Carolyn Steyn features music that helps you relax and unwind after a busy day. She’s followed by maestro Richard Cock, whose programme The Full Works from 8pm to 11pm explores the wider world of orchestral and instrumental music and lesser-known works in the mainstream classical repertoire.
For more info and the full programme schedule, please visit www.classic1027.co.za.