Broadcaster Graham Abbott has been announced as the presenter of a new audio series for Universal Music Australia called Classics Unlocked. In a continuation of the popular presenter’s devotion to classical music education, each 45-minute episode will see Abbott explore a period of music or body of work. Available now, the first two instalments are dedicated to Bach’s six cello suites and Mahler’s symphonies as interpreted by Pierre Fournier and Bernard Haitink respectively. Abbott is familiar to audiences around the country as the long-time host of ABC Classic’s Keys to Music Program, which came to an end in 2018.

Graham Abbott. Photo © Headshots Adelaide

“It’s a real privilege for me to join forces with Universal Music Australia to make Classics Unlocked,” said Abbott. “These programs will not only focus on some of the amazing recordings in the catalogues of Decca and Deutsche Grammophon, but they’ll also enable you to delve into the stories behind some of the greatest music ever written. We’re aiming to help you love the music you love even more, as well as making new discoveries along the way.”

“Graham is one of the most recognisable and respected personalities in the Australian classical music scene and also the world. We’re thrilled to have him present a program which not only entertains but also aims to educate listeners about the many wonders of classical music,” said George Ash, President of Universal Music Australasia.

Episodes will be first available on Universal’s Classics Direct website, and then make its way to podcast hosting sites. Classics Unlocked will also feature on selected classical music radio stations, with future episodes dedicated to Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies, Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Berlioz and Beethoven’s early piano sonatas. Future instalments are released monthly.