Classic FM launches Revision Hour series for students

by Hayley Pearce | 24 Apr 2019

Lewis Capaldi, Bastille's Dan Smith and Capital FM's Vick Hope will present the station's first series for students

Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station, is launching its first ever series dedicated solely to students, to help them through their GCSEs, A-levels, Scottish Highers and university exams.

Classic FM’s Revision Hour will be broadcast every Saturday night from 9pm until 10pm between 27th April and 15th June, and will be hosted by brand new presenters to the station.

Singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi, Dan Smith, lead singer of Bastille; and Vick Hope, from Classic FM’s sister station, Capital, will each host two programmes – with more presenters to be announced.

Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s managing editor, said: “Every year during exam season, there’s a big increase in the number of students who listen to Classic FM. They often tell us that classical music helps them concentrate during revision and keeps them more relaxed before an exam."

In a TSR poll asking members whether they had ever listened to classical music while they revised more than 61% said they had, with barror1 saying that "Classic FM is always a good shout because Spotify can get a little samey."

Stress, cramming and procrastination

Each week, the programme will focus on a different theme, including managing exam stress, beating procrastination, last-minute cramming and dealing with exam panic.

Lewis Capaldi will host the first programme in the series, on Saturday 27th April. As well as playing classical music specifically chosen to help aid concentration, he will focus on the myths about revision and what does – and, crucially, doesn’t – work.

He said: “I’m absolutely buzzing to be hosting a revision show for Classic FM! Definitely could’ve used some advice like this a couple of years back when I was doing my exams! Anyone tuning into the show can expect lots of lovely sensual classical music delivered by my extremely handsome dulcet tones with some tips thrown in from people far more qualified than me (which isn’t difficult!). Make sure you tune in!”

In each episode, the presenter will play classical music by the all-time greats such as Mozart and Beethoven, to modern composers including John Williams and Ludovico Einaudi, whilst offering practical advice and tips from The Student Room – all related to the week’s theme. Further resources and help for students will be provided throughout the series at The programmes will also be available via Classic FM’s Listen Again function and Global Player.

'Motivating soundtrack'

In the latest official audience figures, more than half a million under-25s tune in to Classic FM every week. Over the past three years during the exam period (April to June), there’s been an almost 50% increase in the number of 16-to-25s in full time education who listen to the station, with average hours up 75% in the same period.

Dan Smith said: “On my shows, I’ll play some amazing music which will hopefully be an inspiring and motivating soundtrack to your revision. In and amongst that there’ll be some brilliant advice from The Student Room. I hope it will be an hour where students can have a think about exams and revision – and also put everything into perspective.”

Vick Hope, who studied at Cambridge, said: “When it came to revision and exams, I put a lot of pressure on myself, both at school in Newcastle and when I went to Cambridge for uni. I know well the stresses of studying and importance of looking after your wellbeing, which is where music was such an important crutch for me during my student days.

"This is why I’m excited to be part of Classic FM’s Revision Hour. I think it will be the perfect haven for students – great classical music combined with handy advice and tips. I know it would’ve been a help to me.”

Classic FM’s Revision Hour starts on Saturday 27th April at 9pm on Classic FM – available across the UK on 100-102 FM, DAB digital radio and TV, at, on the Classic FM app and the Global Player.

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