BBC Music Magazine celebrates its 30th anniversary

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BBC Music Magazine, the world’s best-selling classical music magazine, is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this week. 

Launched in 1992, BBC Music Magazine is an essential source of information and inspiration for discerning listeners everywhere. 

From grand opera to intimate chamber music, the joy of the Proms to the magic of a solo chorister, the magazine celebrates classical music in all its forms.

BBC Music Magazine is produced by Our Media, which is owed by Immediate Media.

The magazine’s 30th Anniversary issue is a true celebration of the last three decades and features 30 unmissable albums, chosen by 30 of its most illustrious reviewers. 

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The magazine also charts its incredible history, from the first issue in September 1992, to the first BBC Music Magazine Awards in 2006 aboard the Silver Sturgeon as it sailed the River Thames, to the first home-produced issue during the pandemic in 2020.

Charlotte Smith, Editor of BBC Music, said: “To mark BBC Music Magazine’s 30th anniversary in September 2022, we’ve asked 30 of our distinguished reviewers to each choose their favourite recording of the past 30 years – that album that raised the bar technically or musically, introduced us to fascinating new works, or presented a new way of understanding much-loved repertoire.

“The resulting list of 30 unmissable recordings from 1992 to the present day is a wonderful snapshot of the passion and inventiveness of the classical world over the past three decades. Long may such creativity flourish, and here’s to the next 30!”

Available across multiple platforms – including a monthly print and digital magazine, podcast and website  – BBC Music Magazine offers a virtuoso mix of news, features and reviews for an enquiring audience complete with a free CD each issue. 

The BBC Music Magazine Awards take place annually at London’s Kings Place, celebrating the very best classical recordings of the year in a glittering ceremony.

Music to my Ears, the BBC Music Magazine Podcast, features a series of interviews with well-known classical musicians and composers about their musical passions and discoveries. 

Previous guests have included celebrated cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, author and Indian classical singer Amit Chaudhuri, and boxer and bassoonist Hannah Rankin.

Andrew Davies, Managing Director, Specialist at Our Media, said: ‘It’s an absolute pleasure to be celebrating the 30th anniversary of BBC Music Magazine. 

“Building on the BBC’s unparalleled classical music heritage and maintaining strong ties with Radio 3 and other BBC classical music outputs, the magazine has always strived to provide its readers with knowledgeable, authoritative and inclusive content of the very highest standard and it is these ingredients that have made it the world’s best-selling classical music magazine. 

“Congratulations to all members of the team, past and present, and a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of our readers who have joined us over the last three decades. Here’s to many more.’

The 30th Anniversary issue of BBC Music Magazine, is available now priced at £6.50 and will be accompanied by a marketing campaign across print, social media and online, and supported by retail promotions.