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Who said a Classical Music station had to be serious?

Monday 15 April, 2019

Well, it's not Nigel Kennedy, the acclaimed concert violinist who looks more like a punk rocker on stage that believes classical music should be serious.

He famously said, “Just because I play music by dead composers doesn’t mean I have to dress like I’m going to a funeral.”

Eddie Ayres launches his new book 'Danger Music'

Wednesday 18 October, 2017

radioinfo's Wendy Whalley attended the launch of Eddie Ayres' new book Danger Music this evening in Sydney.
Eddie was known and beloved by Classic FM Breakfast listeners as Emma Ayres, who arrived in Australia from England having cycled to Hong Kong with only a violin for company.  His first book Cadence traces that journey.

Emma Ayres becomes Eddie Ayres

Saturday 10 September, 2016

Former ABC Classic FM breakfast host Emma Ayres has become Eddie Ayres.

New campaign launched to save the ABC

Thursday 21 January, 2016

The Community and Public Sector Union is urging the Federal Government to restore ABC funding to an acceptable level so the broadcaster can properly serve the Australian community.

According to the CPSU, lost services from recent Government cuts include a reduction in the number of live recordings by Classic FM and the axing of morning programs on all ABC regional radio stations.

ABC Radio 2016 line up changes

Friday 04 December, 2015

ABC Radio has announced key changes to its 2016 line-ups across the country.

Emma Ayres hangs up her headphones

Wednesday 08 October, 2014

After six years presenting ABC Classic FM Breakfast, Emma Ayres has hung up her headphones and will move on to new adventures.

In the past 18 months Emma has written a book, Cadence, played with the Bombay Chamber Orchestra and toured Europe with the Australian Youth Orchestra. Prior to that, she travelled to Kabul to work with the Afghan Youth Orchestra.

In her time at ABC Classic FM, Ayres has spoken with many of the greats of classical music including the Tokyo String Quartet on their recent farewell tour.

Classic FM shocks shoppers

Monday 15 September, 2014
The last radio station you’d expect would shock anyone, let alone shoppers going about their business at the local supermarket, would be one with a classical music format.

But to celebrate the brand’s 20th birthday, Classic FM, put on a flashmob concert at Morrisons in London with 18 musicians and eight vocalists with a rendition of Handel’s Zadok the Priest that didn't so much shock as wowed.

Those who weren’t instantly transfixed were rolling in the aisles - or at least their trollies were.

Emma Ayres leaving Classic FM breakfast

Thursday 03 July, 2014

Emma Ayres has given notice to ABC Classic FM that she plans to leave the network's breakfast show.

She is due to be a guest presenter on Radio National, then to take holidays, but will return to see out her breakfast show duties until the end of the year, giving the network time to choose a replacement.

ABC Radio launches Classic 2

Wednesday 04 June, 2014

At noon today, Wednesday 4 June, ABC Classic FM launched ABC Classic 2, a new sub-brand streaming station of ABC Classic FM.

Programmed by the team behind ABC Classic FM, the talk-free sister station aims to introduce classical music to a new online audience.

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