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Bauer Media to launch a brand-new station for classical music, Scala Radio
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Bauer Media to launch a brand-new station for classical music, Scala Radio

Bauer Media is to launch a ground-breaking brand-new classical entertainment radio station, Scala Radio. Offering classical music for modern life, Scala Radio is set to be the biggest launch in UK classical music radio in nearly thirty years and anticipates an explosive growth in the genre and an ever growing cross-over into the mainstream.

Launching on Monday 4 March, Scala Radio will bring together familiar masters along with fresh and exciting new classical pieces, and promises to surprise and delight listeners with its accessible tone and unique format inspiring musical discovery, along with conversation and features.

Leading the presenting line-up is much-loved and award-winning broadcaster, Simon Mayo who will host a brand-new mid-morning entertainment show, with celebrity interviews, listener interaction and a new re-imagined ‘Classical Confessions’ feature.

With conversation alongside  the music, the new station will feature Angellica Bell leading the weekend; Mark Kermode who will bring alive his love of film scores; and Chris Rogers hosting a live Sunday brunch show with guests.

Music innovators Goldie and William Orbit will also launch their own series - Goldie’s Classic Life and William Orbit in The Space, and one of Britain’s youngest commissioned composers - 19-year-old Jack Pepper will bring a new fresh point of view to classical music on the radio. Also on the line-up are presenters, Charles Nove, Mark Forrest, Sam Hughes and Jamie Crick.

Scala Radio presenter, Simon Mayo, commented on the launch: 

“There are hundreds of radio stations playing rock and pop, and only two classical music stations up until now. We're different because we're going all to entertain, laugh with the listeners, and have a good time. Some of it will be familiar, some new and exciting but all timeless, beautiful and all absolutely relevant to today."

Steve Parkinson, Bauer Group Managing Director, National Radio, said: 

"We are launching new radio brands at great velocity and we believe that Scala is the most exciting new personality-led radio station launch in years. The mix of music, personality and conversation will make it both intriguing and completely unique. We’ve completely re-imagined a format and designed it to appeal to a modern audience. This will be the very best in classical music for today.”

Scala Radio will feature a broad and topical variety of music, including familiar masters from Mozart and Holst to surprising new works from living composers such as Karl Jenkins, Rebecca Dale and Thom Yorke. Launching on the 4 March 2019, the station will also feature topical shows covering the influence of classical music in gaming, mindfulness and special guest weekly round ups. 

Listen on national DAB Digital Radio, online, via smart speakers and via mobile apps. Further information on how to listen can be found at

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Find out how to listen to Chris Evans on Virgin Radio
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Find out how to listen to Chris Evans on Virgin Radio

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show is now on every week day from 6.30 - 10am on Virgin Radio.

You won't want to miss a moment and you don't have to as there are lots of ways to listen to Chris and the team.

If you have a DAB digital radio set, ensure it is fully up to date with all your available stations, including Virgin Radio, by retuning.

Retuning is an easy process. Press the auto tune or auto scan button on your DAB digital radio or go into the menu and press auto tune. If you need help retuning, you can find further information here.

If you can’t find Virgin Radio on your DAB radio, then it is possible that you might not be able to receive the station on DAB at your postcode.

To confirm whether Virgin Radio is available at your address on DAB, click on Check Your Available Stations on the top right corner of this page and then enter your postcode details into the Postcode Checker.

Don’t worry if Virgin Radio is not listed as being available on DAB at your address – there are lots of other ways to listen to the station:

  • You can download the free Virgin Radio UK app for iOS or Android, so you can listen on the move on your smartphone, or via Bluetooth on your connected speaker.
  • You can listen on your smart speaker via Radioplayer. Or enable the Virgin Radio skill on your Amazon Alexa device. Find out more here.
  • You can listen to Virgin Radio on your digital TV on Sky channel 0215 or Freesat channel 736.

In your car:

Most new cars now come with digital radio fitted as standard, but if you don't have digital radio in your car, the good news is that it's easy to upgrade your car radio to a digital radio with an easy install adapter or a replacement digital radio.

  • There are a range of products to choose from and they often come with extra features such as Bluetooth and hands free. Go to your local car dealer, car audio specialist or Halfords and look for the Digital Radio Tick Mark. It’s your reassurance that the radio you are buying is an approved product that will receive all your available stations.
  • If you would prefer not to buy an adapter or replacement radio, then you can also listen in your car by connecting your smartphone through an aux in cable, Bluetooth or a docking device and listen via the free Virgin Radio UK app or the Radioplayer app.

Find out everything you need to know about upgrading your car to digital radio here.

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio. Listen in from 6.30am on Monday 21 January on your DAB digital radio, smart speaker, smart phone, online or on your digital TV.

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