Classic FM's Bill Turnbull releases a relaxing CD

By James Cridland for
Posted 4 November 2016, 1.00am edt

Sony Classical

Bill Turnbull, recently on BBC Breakfast and before then a well-regarded presenter on BBC News 24, is to release a classical music CD. "Bill Turnbull's Relaxing Classics" is released on Sony Classical on Friday November 18th.

Bill has been on Classic FM since March, but is a recognised name for many in the UK after being a part of BBC Breakfast television for many years.

The radio industry is keen to claim that presenters are a 'trusted guide' to music, and the press release accompanying this release is keen to stress the 'personal curation' from Bill Turnbull himself in producing this three CD compilation.

As a way of navigating through a sometimes unfamiliar world of classical music, this looks like an ideal christmas gift for someone. You can buy it at, and at all good record stores, assuming you know of any.

Press Release

Sony Classical invites you to relax with Bill Turnbull
Released November 18th, 2016

Sony Classical is delighted to announce that it has teamed up with broadcasting legend Bill Turnbull, to present a brand-new album: ‘Bill Turnbull’s Relaxing Classics’ – released November 18th on Sony Classical. This eagerly-anticipated 3CD set showcases some of the world’s most beautiful and relaxing classical music, all personally curated by Bill Turnbull himself.

It includes such gems from Bill Turnbull’s own collection as Barber’s Adagio for Strings; Faure’s Pavane, Liszt’s Liebestraum, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto; Pachelbel’s Canon and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, alongside a host of other perennial favourites. This handsome set which features an orchestral, an instrumental and a vocal side features many acclaimed artists of the day, including Joshua Bell, Amy Dickson, Sol Gabetta, Lang Lang and Yo-Yo Ma, as well as glorious music by such leading heritage artists as Leonard Bernstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Arthur Rubinstein and Eugene Ormandy.

Bill Turnbull is one of Britain’s best-known broadcasters. He began his career as a reporter for Radio Clyde in Glasgow and went on to work in London and New York before graduating to television in 1988. As a BBC correspondent, Bill Turnbull reported from more than 30 countries, including a four year stint in Washington. On his return, he became a presenter on News 24, (now the BBC News Channel) and for fifteen years was an anchor on the popular BBC Breakfast show, twice being voted Best Newscaster.

Away from the BBC Breakfast sofa, in 2005 Bill Turnbull was a contestant on the third series of Strictly Come Dancing. Other challenges have included a sleep deprivation experiment for the One Show and winning £150,000 for charity on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire. He has survived the spotlight of the famous black leather chair on Celebrity Mastermind and took part in the documentary remake of Around the World in 80 Days. Since recently leaving BBC Breakfast, Bill Turnbull has been host of the BBC1 quiz show Think Tank, currently in its second series. He’s appeared on a raft of other programmes, including A Question of Sport, Room 101, University Challenge, the Sarah Millican Television Programme and Would I Lie to You. He has also been a regular presenter on Songs of Praise and more recently co-presented the One Show with Alex Jones on BBC One. As well as his television work, Bill Turnbull also presents a three-hour music programme on Classic FM every Saturday and Sunday morning.

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James Cridland — James runs, and is a radio futurologist: a consultant, writer and public speaker who concentrates on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business. He also publishes a free daily newsletter about podcasting, Podnews, and a weekly radio trends newsletter.


3 years, 7 months ago

to bill turnbull
favourite pice rachmaninov 2 nd symphony
3rd movement

it is so romantic

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