John Toal presents a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews with local and touring performers.
Baritone Kevin Neville and tenor Conor Breen perform arias from Mendelssohn's Elijah, with pianist Ruth McGinley. Iceland is the inspiration for John's classical connection. Show more
Celebrated British violinist Tasmin Little chats to John about Belfast, French food and retirement. John's classical connection is on arrangements and transcriptions. Show more
Highlights from Ulster Orchestra's recent Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. Plus, Rosemary Street session from Brian McAlea and a preview of the Ulster Orchestra's 2019-20 season. Show more
Chat with German pianist Elisabeth Brauss ahead of her performance at Proms in the Park. John picks three pieces by Czech composer Antonín Dvořák in his classical connection. Show more
Barry Douglas on returning to Moscow 30 years after winning the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. John picks three pieces by composer Bernard Herrmann in his classical connection. Show more
Music from Oklahoma! performed in the studio. Emmy Award nominee Hannah Peel. Italian baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi, born on this day in 1741, inspires John's classical connection. Show more
A special highlights programme showcasing some of our favourite interviews and music from the past twelve months.
Neil Martin discusses his new album released with the West Ocean String Quartet entitled 'Atlantic Edge.' John delves into online content by NI Opera and the Ulster Orchestra. Show more
Pianist Michael McHale talks about his new album releases coming soon. DJ MJ Cole chats to John about his new album and his musical background. Music from RTE Concert Orchestra. Show more
Ulster Youth Orchestra on their participation of Make Music Day 2020. Elaine Agnew chats about her recent Radio 3 Composer Postcard. Malachy Frame and Ruth McGinley perform. Show more
Gabriel Prokofiev on his new concertos album. Jonathan Rea talks us through arranging Be Thou My Vision for an online performance. Music from Doreen Curran and Ruth McGinley. Show more
Anselm McDonnell chats about his recent selection as a Moving on Music Young Artist and his recent work as a composer. Live music from Cappella Caeciliana. Show more
John finds out about NI Opera's online event 'At Home for Heroes.' The Ulster Youth Orchestra on taking part in Making Music Day. Music from Brian McAlea and Ruth McGinley. Show more
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet on the release of his new album. Katie Richardson talks us through the NI Mental Health Arts Festival's Big Sing. Music from Michael Trainor and Ruth McGinley Show more
Composer Alex Woolf on his collaboration with the London Mozart Players. Saxophonist Gerard McChrystal catches up with John about his career so far. Show more
Ben Parry chats to John about his new album, ' The Hours.' Cliona Donnelly on a viral video with NI Opera's young artists. Music from the RTE Concert Orchestra. Show more
John Toal eases us into the afternoon with a mix of popular classical music, news, reviews and interviews with local and touring performers.
Martin Frost chats to John about his new album, 'Vivaldi'. We hear from Naomi Wilkinson about the BBC 10 pieces at home programme. Live music from Chris Blake and Ruth McGinley. Show more
John celebrates the life of the late Irish Opera sensation Veronica 'Ronnie' Dunne with interviews with Fergus Sheil of Irish National Opera and Irish Soprano Tara Erraught. Show more