Radio 3 has announced a change in its weekday breakfast line up, with Clemency Burton-Hill replacing Sara Mohr-Pietsch from 2 December.
After seven years on Breakfast, Mohr-Pietsch will present her last edition of the programme on 15 November. She will be the new presenter of The Choir, replacing its last regular presenter, Aled Jones, who left the programme in early 2013. She will also lead Radio 3’s Live from Wigmore Hall lunchtime concerts each Monday.
Burton-Hill will present Breakfast, alternating with Petroc Trelawny, from 2 December.
‘I’ve decided I’m finally ready for a lie-in and a new challenge,’ said Mohr-Pietsch. ‘The warmth and intelligence of our community of listeners has made Breakfast a joy to present, and I was hugely proud of our Sony nomination last year.’
Burton-Hill has been a regular Radio 3 weekend breakfast presenter since 2011, and has also been particularly associated with the New Generation Artists. She has appeared on BBC television presenting the Proms, Young Musician and The Review Show.
Outside the BBC, she has been broadcasting on New York’s WQXR classical station this year. A daunting CV also includes work as a journalist and presenter for the Financial Times, Channel 4 and The Economist, and she has appeared as an actress in BBC series Party Animals, ITV’s Midsomer Murders, and HBO/BBC/Universal co-production The Last of the Blonde Bombshells. She is also curator of BBC Four’s Modern Classical Archive and was an administrative co-founder of the Aurora Orchestra.
‘I have loved every minute of presenting Radio 3’s weekend breakfast for the past two years, and it is such a tremendous honour to join our national classical breakfast show,’ she said. ‘I can’t wait to bring my passion and my own everyday musical discoveries to our Radio 3 breakfast audience, who never fail to amaze with their own curiosity and engagement with these magnificent works.’