Classic FM’s Pet Classics with Charlotte Hawkins is back to help your pets stay calm

Classic FM’s programme for pets is back, helping animals and their owners stay stress-free this bonfire night season

Pet Classics with Charlotte Hawkins Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November, 5pm to 9pm

Pet Classics with Charlotte Hawkins Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November, 5pm to 9pm



Classic FM is announcing the return of Pet Classics, one of its best loved, original programmes, to help keep anxious pets – and their owners – calm and relaxed this fireworks season.

The news comes as an RSPCA survey reveals that playing relaxing music to animals is the most popular way people calm their pets when fireworks can be heard.

Now in its fifth year, Pet Classics is hosted by Classic FM’s weekend presenter and dog-lover, Charlotte Hawkins, and will be broadcast on Friday 4th November, with a second programme on Saturday 5th November – Guy Fawkes Night – traditionally the busiest evening of the year for firework displays. By popular demand, both shows will be on air from 5pm, an hour earlier than last year, until 9pm.

Once again, Classic FM is teaming up with the RSPCA to create the programmes and curate the music. Both shows will be packed with the most soothing and comforting classical music, handpicked by Classic FM to help calm and settle any anxious pet. The music selection includes classical pieces connected to animals, such as the Pavane by the French composer Fauré, who was affectionately known as ‘The Cat’ by his friends due to his good looks and charm, as well as relaxing music from animal-lover Richard Wagner, whose pets included a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Peps and a St. Hubert hound named Pohl.

Pet Classics will also feature dedications to listeners’ pets and advice from the RSPCA for any owners looking to reassure their animals. Full information will be available at In honour of Pet Classics’ original host, a special dedication and tribute to Bill Turnbull will be included as part of the programme this year.

Recently, a survey by the RSPCA* revealed that two-thirds (63%) of animal owners reported that their pet was distressed during fireworks season. Playing relaxing music was the most common way (36%) to help relax or prepare their animal, along with taking their animal elsewhere (29%). Many kennels and rehoming centres use the power of classical music to decrease stress levels amongst their animals.

In the past five years since its inception, Pet Classics has received a massive audience response, with #PetClassics trending at number one on Twitter last year, and with 10 million impressions on social media across the Bonfire Night season. In 2021, Classic FM received thousands of pictures of listeners’ pets and animals, relaxing to the progarmmes, ranging from dogs, cats, rabbits and hamsters, to horses, tortoises, parrots, hedgehogs, goldfish and an iguana!

In addition to Pet Classics, Classic FM has created a playlist of peaceful classical music for the nation’s pets, which is available anytime on Global Player.


Pet Classics with Charlotte Hawkins will be broadcast on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November from 5pm to 9pm, on Classic FM – available across the UK on 100-102 FM, Global Player, DAB digital radio and TV, and at

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October 27, 2022 4:00am ET by Global  

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