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This Classical Life

BBC Radio 3

Jess Gillam hosts the music show for people who like classical and other stuff too. Music, eclectic playlists and chat, with a new guest every week.


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Latest Episodes

Jess Gillam talks to recorder player Lucie Horsch about the music they love including the warm vocal tones of Omara Portuondo, some speaker shaking bass from Mark Guiliana, an early choral classic from Faure and masterful film music from Bernstein an... more

6 days ago

Jess Gillam is joined by the conductor Oliver Zeffman to share some of the music they love. Including a rare and beautiful song by Tchaikovsky, a banging tune by Lizzo, plus possibly THE greatest ending in all of music with Mahler’s 8th Symphony. Pla... more

13 days ago

Conductor and composer Eimear Noone is best known for her film and video game scores - she joins Jess Gillam to swap mixtapes and together they get swept away with a vintage Beethoven recording, dream of Orkney with Erland Cooper and get revved up wi... more

20 days ago


4.8 out of 5 stars from 123 ratings
  • Fantastic, and full of treasures

    This has recently become my favourite music show, I am going through all the old episodes and every single one is interesting, engaging, with wonderful musical discoveries, and so well presented. more

    Apple Podcasts
    Canada2 months ago
  • A weekly must

    I absolutely love this podcast. It’s so refreshing, and a great source of new music. Thank you, Jess

    Apple Podcasts
    Canada3 months ago
  • Wish I’d found this sooner!

    Such a wonderful and eclectic mix of different music, interspersed with intelligent discussion by Jess, a natural communicator and her fascinating guests.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom7 months ago
  • Wonderful podcast!

    Wow I love this podcast — just started listening and already one of my favorites ever. Introduces you to such a wonderful range of music, and the pieces are so beautiful! Great work and thank you

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom7 months ago
  • Fabulousa

    This is by far my favourite podcast of all time. If you like music and are open to a diverse range of music this never ceases to thrill and excite. The lovely aspect is the interpretation and insight the musicians who discuss their choice bring to the table. I have never heard of any of Jess’s guests but they always make you consider with thoughtfulness the choices they have made. Jess is a wonderful pathfinder through this and has a talent to allow the interviewee explore the space. I would tak... more

    Apple Podcasts
    Double Hip Crew
    United Kingdom10 months ago

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