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I am by no means the only young person listening to CLASSIC fM / The Guardian

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Sunday afternoon radio is still dominated by the charts, but, for me, there are now two standout options. The first is the Top 40, with its banging beats, its songs about lost loves and its litany of earworms that you can't stop singing. The second is something different: Classic FM's chart, which I discovered while driving over the Devon hills just as the opening bars of the Braveheart score started. I stuck with Classic FM, and it seems I am by no means the only young person (I am 24) doing so. The classical music station has seen a 30% leap in younger people listening to it in the past 18 months. What is the secret of its growing appeal?

As the presenter of my favourite Classic FM show, Andrew Collins of Saturday Night at the Movies, said when joining the station: "Like many people, I found my way into classical music through film soundtracks." We can all remember being mesmerised by an Ennio Morricone, Hans Zimmer or John Williams score.

Classical music is not easy to crack. Presenter John Brunning told me that Johann Sebastian Bach had made a "surprising comeback, climbing the charts to second place this week", behind the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's the rising classical star . Sheku Kanneh-Mason is one of the stars of Classic FM's weekly chart. Photograph: Lars Borges  Michael Gottschalk/Photothek 

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