Petroc Trelawny is one of the best known voices on BBC Radio 3 where he presents the daily Breakfast programme and introduces ‘Live in Concert’, broadcast from concert halls across the UK. This summer saw his 17th consecutive season introducing BBC Proms on radio and television. As well as presenting documentaries and features for Radio 3, he is a regular contributor to Radio 4’s ‘From our own Correspondent’ and has also been heard as host of the long running live Radio 2 show ‘Friday Night is Music Night’. On BBC Television, Petroc has introduced profiles of arts figures including Dame Fanny Waterman and Sir Colin Davis, presents the Vienna New Year’s Day Concert, operas from Covent Garden and in June introduced BBC4 coverage of ‘Cardiff Singer of the World’ for the ninth time. He has also presented a series of live opera broadcast for Sky Arts from ENO. His archive series’ ‘At the BBC’ aired last year on BBC4.
Petroc’s early career includes working as a journalist for the BBC in Manchester and Exeter, broadcasting in Hong Kong, being part of the launch team for Classic FM and London News Radio, and working as a presenter for RTE in Ireland. Now based in London, Petroc has written for The Spectator, Evening Standard, The Sunday Telegraph, The Irish Times, The Catholic Herald and BBC Music Magazine. He is a trustee of BZAM – a charity supporting the work of the Zimbabwe Academy of Music, which has recently launched a joint project with the British Council to run Saturday Schools for students in the poorest parts of Bulawayo (bzam.org.uk) As well as music he loves food, travel, cinema, books and theatre.
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