From the 22nd May, Scala Radio will be welcoming a new schedule to both their weekdays and weekend programming, to strengthen the focus on the station’s core classical, movie and mindfulness music offering through its personalities.

Weekday mornings will continue with Charles Nove on Breakfast followed by Penny Smith moving into the 10am to 1pm slot; the perfect position for our daytime audience who enjoy Penny’s warmth, knowledge, and engaging conversation. The show will feature some new features and content, as well as a mix of classical music and cultural guests, and live music every Wednesday in the Scala Sessions.

“I am seriously chuffed to be moving to the mid-morning show, where I get to indulge in my passion for reading with the Scala Radio Book Club on Thursdays – not to mention the fact that I’ll be getting up close and personal with musicians at the height of their powers on the Scala Sessions. Plus, guests on Mondays and Fridays and interaction with listeners who’ll be choosing some of the music. I can’t wait.” said Penny Smith.

Sam Hughes will remain at 1pm while Richard Allinson moves to a new drivetime programme at 4pm, and Mark Forrest presents a music-focused evening show from 7pm Monday to Thursday.

The weekend schedule will also see two new presenters join the Scala Radio family with composer, singer, songwriter and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson hosting a new show between 6-8 on Saturday evenings and on Sundays, saxophonist and composer YolanDa Brown OBE brings her unique style to Sunday lunchtimes from 12-3 giving young families the opportunity to enjoy and love all that classical music has to offer.

Simon Mayo’s much-loved show has a new home on a Sunday morning from 10 whilst composer Jack Pepper doubles up across the weekend with a new show from 3 on Sunday afternoons alongside a new time for his Culture Bunker programme on a Saturday.

Nick Pitts, Content Director of Scala Radio and Jazz FM says: “This refreshed line-up allows us to better match the requirement of our listener’s lives while it continues to provide content for an on-demand world. With the personalities of Charles and now Penny in the morning along with the more curated music approach into the latter part of the day and evening with Richard and Mark means that we really can provide a perfect soundtrack for the listener.”

He added: “With musicians like Ayanna and YolanDa joining to present great programmes alongside Jack, videogame composer Luci Holland and Mark Kermode continuing to bring his two hours of movie music every week, plus our ongoing commitment to series of special programmes, our new schedule shows that we really are delivering Classical Music for Modern Life.”

Scala Radio’s new schedule starts on Monday 22nd May.

Full schedule details below

Monday to Friday
5am – 7am In the Park
7am – 10am Charles Nove (including Screentime at 9)
10am – 1pm Penny Smith
1pm – 4pm Sam Hughes
4pm – 7pm Richard Allinson
7pm – 10pm Mark Forrest / Friday – Classical Bangers with Darren Reddick
10pm – 1am The Space

5am – 7am In the Park
7am – 10am Hannah Cox
10am – 1pm Angellica Bell
1pm – 3pm Mark Kermode
3pm – 5pm Jack Pepper’s Culture Bunker
5pm – 6pm The Console with Luci Holland
6pm – 8pm Ayanna Witter-Johnson
8pm – 10pm Saturday Night Scala with Darren Reddick
10pm – 1am The Space

5am – 7pm In the Park
7am – 10pm Hannah Cox
10am – 12pm Simon Mayo
12pm – 3pm YolanDa Brown
3pm – 5pm Jack Pepper
5pm – 6pm The West End Weekend with Jamie Crick
6pm – 8pm Special Programmes and Documentaries
8pm – 10pm Sunday Night Scala with Darren Reddick
10pm – 1am The Space

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