Music lovers rejoice! Australia’s biggest classical music event is coming

The-Death-And-Life-Of-Otto-BloomThis weekend (11 – 12 June), music lovers around Australia will celebrate ABC Classic’s Classic Countdown in a must-listen winter weekend of music, as it counts down the top 100 works as voted by audiences.

This year’s theme, Music for the Screen will give listeners the opportunity to vote for their favourite music created for the screen, whether it’s from a film, TV show or game. There will only be one winner, but listeners can vote for 10 different pieces!

Every year over the past two decades, the network has challenged its audiences to vote in a particular category of music. Next weekend, presenters Greta Bradman, Megan Burslem, Martin Buzacott, Dan Golding, Vanessa Hughes, Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe, Alice Keath, Genevieve Lang, Ed Le Brocq, Meena Shamaly and Russell Torrance will take you to another world.

From the high seas to galaxies far, far away. From Middle Earth to Downton Abbey, Hogwarts to the Animal Kingdom, the countdown will celebrate the rich and immersive soundtracks of the screen.

Stars of the screen such as David Wenham and Miriam Margolyes, have joined ABC Classic over the voting period, along with Screen composers Nigel Westlake (Babe) and Laura Karpman (Marvel Cinematic Universe).

“Our listeners have done it again, curating a wonderful musical experience. Joy, love, laughter, and reflection, this Classic 100 has it all. The ABC Classic family warmly invites everyone to a very special winter weekend,” said Joe Gelonesi, Content Manager for ABC Classic & Jazz

The Classic 100 Countdown: Music For The Screen will be broadcast LIVE across Australia. The countdown runs across Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June, beginning at 9.00am each day AEST (8.30am ACST, 7am AWST). The number one will be announced at 4.00pm AEST (3.30pm ACST, 2pm AWST) on Sunday afternoon.

Listen on the radio, online or via the ABC listen app (where it will also be available on-demand after the countdown). For more information, visit: for details.

Image: The Death And Life Of Otto Bloom – courtesy of ABC IVIEW