Win a copy of Pop Goes Classical

A collection of 12 brand new recordings of classically covered pop hits

Date published: 08 Jun 17

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Pop Goes Classical

To celebrate its silver jubilee, Classic FM has teamed up with Decca Records to release Pop Goes Classical – a collection of 12 new recordings of the biggest pop songs from the past 25 years. And we have 10 copies to give away to Silver Travellers!

Launched in 1992, Classic FM has transformed the country’s taste for classical music over the past quarter of a century. To mark 25 years of the UK’s most popular classical music station, each song on the album has been completely re-imagined as classical orchestral arrangements.

The album features pop favorites such as Adele’s ‘Hello’ and John Legend’s massive hit ‘All of Me’. With a prayer-like quality, ‘Hallelujah’ is a stunning ode to the late Leonard Cohen, inspired by the likes of Holst and Elgar while Whitney Houston’s all-time best selling single by a woman, ‘I Will Always Love You’ is transformed into a nostalgic Chopin-esque piano waltz.

As Classic FM presenter Bill Turnbull said: “This new album allows the listener to immerse themselves in the world’s most popular songs, honoured as the classics they already are.”

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How to Enter

Tell us about your favourite holiday song!

To win one of 10 copies of the CD, simply post a Comment below or on the Forum thread, any pop song which reminds you of a holiday experience and why. The best 10 entries will each receive a copy of the CD as judged by our illustrious panel of Silver Travel judges! The competition closes on 31 July 2017.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 13 Comment(s)

  • Rowsie
    over 2 years ago
    Under The Boardwalk by The reminds me of when I lived in New York and our day trips to Coney Island!
  • Rogario
    over 2 years ago

    Tainted Love by Soft Sell

    We stayed in a fabulous hotel in Obergurgul, Austria, and every evening after après ski we would walk down to the basement disco.
    As soon as the DJ spotted us entering in he would play Tainted Love. Apparently, unbeknown to me my wife had requested this on our first night, so we had it every evening for two weeks!
    The best ski holiday that we ever had.
  • Ken-Baines
    over 2 years ago
    Barbados, by Typically Tropical, for obvious reasons!
  • Milli
    over 2 years ago
    Macarena. It reminds me of my friend losing any inhibitions, leading a group of people dancing to this
  • Shandy
    over 2 years ago
    Little Mo
    Mamma Mia., Reminds me of watching the film sailing along under the stars in the Med with my late husband complete with the Popcorn!
  • Su
    over 2 years ago
    Hallelujah by Leonard Cohan. We visited Costa Rica last year. Such a stunning country!
    Zip wiring through the rainforest canopy, Hallelujah!
    A close siting of a sloth, hallelujah!
    Watching a 'Jesus Christ lizard' go running across the river, hallelujah!
    Listening to howler monkeys in the forest, hallelujah!
    Spotting a tiny red frog in the roots of a tree, hallelujah!
    Seeing the smiling people of Costa Rica, known to be 'the happiest people on earth' , hallelujah! HALLELUJAH
  • Manzara
    almost 3 years ago
    I belong to a Choir in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire - Sing and Tonic! I'm 73 and lost my confidence after Cancer surgery. So, I joined. We meet weekly, have lots of fun learning beautiful, catchy and popular songs and performing at local Fetes etc. Always one of my favourite pop songs and one we sing to the public is 'Could it be Magic' (Barry Manilow) but whilst on holiday in Cyprus I went to a classical concert in Bellapais Abbey, near Kyrenia. They played some Chopin preludes and there, especially in Chopin's Prelude in C Minor, was, unmistakably, 'Could it be Magic'!! This really made my holiday, especially hearing it in the beautiful Bellapais Abbey, surrounded by ancient walls and with arched windows overlooking the gorgeous North Cyprus countryside and the blue Mediterranean sea. 'Could it be Magic'? Well, it was certainly 'Magic' for me and I remember this holiday each time we sing this song.
  • bluefitz17
    almost 3 years ago
    My ultimate holiday song hard to be Bambalero by The Gipsy Kings. We've been married 32 years this year and when we first got married it was a couple of years before we could afford a foreign holiday. Our first trip abroad was to Costa del Silencio on the southern tip of Tenerife. We used to visit a bar where there was a singer who we liked. He used to sing this Gipsy Kings song. It was our introduction to their music. We loved it - we still take Gipsy Kings music away on holiday or play it on sunnyvevenings enjoying a glass of wine in our garden.
  • PaulS
    almost 3 years ago
    In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry.
  • Riversiderouge
    almost 3 years ago
    Trust me. I am not a fan of the Eurovision Song Contest. Never, not now and never will be, but there is one haunting melody that will forever remind me of a delightful journey around the beautiful hills above Olden in Norway. It is a new age tune called "Nocturne" by Secret Garden which won the contest in 1995. The sightseeing trip was made on a small electric train, and the local driver played this music over and over again as we drifted past green fields full of wild flowers, dramatic waterfalls and pretty grass-roofed wooden cottages.
    The music by Rolf Lovland matched the scenery exactly, so much so that I purchased a tape sometime later in the cruise, and still play it from time to time when the mood takes me.
  • Lottie
    almost 3 years ago
    Happy by Pharrell Williams - a few years ago while on holiday we were on a boat trip with gentle music playing in the background, this song came on and there was a young boy, about 8years old, sitting at the front and he started singing his heart out and dancing in his seat. It didn't take long for nearly everyone to join in either clapping along, shoulder dancing or at the very least smiling. It was joyous to watch.
  • Silvertravellerfan
    almost 3 years ago
    Mull of Kintyre by Wings - don't know how many times we played it in the car, sitting in the pouring rain parked at a rather windswept Mull of Kintyre! But it was amazing regardless of the weather. Yet the day before and the day after had glorious sunshine. That was our anthem for our trip to Campbeltown and the Mull of Kintyre this year.
  • wallers
    almost 3 years ago
    Hallelujah. Because we are going on a holiday to Provence near St. Paul de Venice & always do drives up to the Gorges. We stop in a layby & sing Hallelujah with the sheer joy of the beauty of the place. Each season is different but Spring is the best with all the blossom & new born life. People stop & hoot & give us a thumbs up! The English have gone crazy!