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Press Release

Tuesday 6th April 2010



Global Radio’s Classic FM, the UK’s largest commercial radio station, has announced the results of
the world’s biggest annual poll of classical music tastes, the Classic FM Hall of Fame.

112,000 votes were cast in this year’s chart, an increase of 25% on the previous year. The Lark
Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams topped the chart, narrowly beating Rachmaninov’s Piano
Concerto No.2. Vaughan Williams also claimed the No.3 position, with his Fantasia on a Theme of
Thomas Tallis.

The station’s listeners have given their backing to contemporary British classical composers.
Welshman Karl Jenkins is the highest placed living composer with his The Armed Man: A Mass for
Peace at No.15. The Durham Concerto by former Deep Purple keyboard player turned classical
composer, Jon Lord, has been propelled up 47 places to No. 28. Meanwhile, Scotland’s Craig
Armstrong has seen his Romeo and Juliet leap up 109 places to No. 124.

Classic FM is celebrating Frédéric Chopin’s 200th birthday throughout 2010 and listeners have
responded by voting six of his works into the Top 300 – all of which are either new entries or high
risers up the chart.

Adding together all of the entries for each individual composer, Mozart ends up as the nation’s
favourite composer, with 20 entries in the Top 300. Beethoven follows him with 18 entries, ahead of
J.S. Bach and Tchaikovsky, who each have 11 entries. In total, the music of 104 composers is
featured in this year’s chart.

Darren Henley, Managing Director of Classic FM, said: “These results prove that, without doubt,
classical composers are responsible for the greatest music ever written. The British people have
spoken in their thousands, showing that these works play just as big a part of people’s lives today
as it did in the days of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven.”

The full list of 300 entries is published online at

Classic FM broadcasts across the UK on 100 – 102 FM, digital radio, digital TV and online at

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Notes for editors:

The Top 30 within the Classic FM Hall of Fame:

1. Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending

2. Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2
3. Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
4. Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 (‘Emperor’)
5. Elgar Cello Concerto
6. Mozart Clarinet Concerto
7. Beethoven Symphony No.6 (‘Pastoral’)
8. Elgar Enigma Variations
9. Beethoven Symphony No.9 (‘Choral’)
10. Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
11. Pachelbel Canon
12. Barber Adagio for Strings
13. Allegri Miserere
14. Saint-Säens Symphony No.3 (‘Organ’)
15. Jenkins The Armed Man
16. Holst The Planets
17. Grieg Piano Concerto
18. Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture
19. Ungar The Ashokan Farewell
20. Handel Messiah
21. Vivaldi Four Seasons
22. Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
23. Dvořák Symphony No.9 (‘New World’)
24. Mozart Requiem
25. Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez
26. Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana
27. Sibelius Finlandia
28. Lord Durham Concerto
29. Faure Requiem
30. Bizet The Pearl Fishers

Top 10 Composers within the Classic FM Hall of Fame:

1. Mozart (20)
2. Beethoven (18)
3 (tied). Bach (11)
3 (tied). Tchaikovsky (11)
4 (tied). Vaughan Williams (9)
4. (tied). Elgar (9)
5 (tied). Brahms (7)
5 (tied). Shostakovich (7)
5 (tied). Wagner (7)
5. Handel (7)

Top 10 Works by Living Composers within the Classic FM Hall of Fame:

1. Jenkins – The Armed Man (15)
2. Ungar – The Ashokan Farewell (19
3. Lord – Durham Concerto (28)
4. Shore – Lord of the Rings (44) – this is 2010’s highest film score
5. Morricone – The Mission (68)
6. Lord – Boom of the Tingling Strings (79)
7. Einaudi – Le Onde (85)
8. Pärt – Spiegel im Spiegel (88)
9. Williams – Schindler’s List (92)
10. Górecki – Symphony No.3 (‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) (104)

Press contact:
John Chittenden, Deputy Head of Press, Global Radio
Tel: 020 7054 8843. Email: