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Dame Julie Walters to host Classic FM series

Dame Julie Walters (Classic FM)
Dame Julie Walters (Classic FM)

DAME JULIE WALTERS is set to present a new radio series on Classic FM.

The actress’s Saturday night show, Turning Points, will explore the biggest moments and changes in the history of classical music.

She said: “I’m thrilled to be part of the Classic FM team and to present the new Turning Points series.

“It’s going to be fascinating to uncover the stories behind the biggest moments in classical music history, so I can’t wait to join all the listeners as we embark on this journey of discovery together.”

Dame Julie, 67, will make her presenting debut on the classical music station when the programme launches this month.

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From Franz Liszt, whose radical approach made him the first true classical music superstar, to the invention of the printing press, to the revolutionary female composer Hildegard of Bingen, she will tell the stories of extraordinary people – and the music that accompanied the most exciting moments in classical music – over the past 600 years.

Classic FM’s managing editor Sam Jackson, said: “In a recent piece of audience research, Classic FM listeners chose Julie Walters as their favourite actress.

“I’m therefore particularly pleased to welcome her to the Classic FM family. Her warmth and wit make her the perfect host for our new series and we know that she is excited, along with our listeners, to learn more about classical music.”

Turning Points launches on February 17 at 9pm.