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Radio 3 launches mood-based shows with Jorja Smith and Celeste

By | Published on Thursday 14 January 2021

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Given we’re all now meant to navigate music by ‘mood’ rather than ‘genre’, BBC Radio 3 has recruited Jorja Smith and Celeste to host weekly radio shows where things will be rather eclectic genre-wise, but diligently curated by their chosen moods.

Jorja Smith will host ‘Tearjerker’, described as an hour of “healing, emotional music”. Celeste, meanwhile, will present ‘Downtime Symphony’, an hour of “wind down music”. Classical, jazz, choral, piano, pop, house and hip hop are all expected to feature across the two programmes.

Says Smith about ‘Tearjerker’: “It’s important to try and find time to just let go and let music take you to a different place. I hope the music in my new series – from strings and piano to songs and soundtracks – will help you whatever you’re feeling, bring out different emotions and make you feel a little better”.

And on ‘Downtime Symphony’, Celeste adds: “Separating work and relaxation is so important for creativity and wellness, now more than ever, so I’m delighted to be presenting a series which spotlights the best music for slowing down, filled with musical nostalgia and discovery”.

Announcing the two new programmes, Radio 3 Controller Alan Davey comments: “We know that younger audiences are discovering orchestral and instrumental music through streaming cross-genre playlists and find it not only enjoyable and enriching, a time for discovery, but also relaxing and calming and helping to manage their moods”.

“We hope that this new series”, he goes on, “enables us to provide a rich array of sounds for audiences with a growing appetite for music that help us to connect with our emotions, improve our sense of well-being, and be better in touch with ourselves and others”.

The first edition of ‘Tearjerker’ goes out this Saturday, with ‘Downtime Symphony’ launching the following weekend. They will air super early on Saturday mornings, but Radio 3 assumes its target audience will tune in on demand via BBC Sounds.