Mozart played live on London Underground in BBC 3 tribute

PASSENGERS arriving at Canary Wharf this morning have been greeted with a live performing of Mozart’s greatest works.

Classical ‘buskers’ from the BBC Symphony Orchestra have also been playing at Bank, Waterloo and Liverpool Street stations as part of Radio 3’s Genius of Mozart season.

For the first 12 days of this year the radio station is playing nothing but Mozart-related material, following similar seasons celebrating the works of Beethoven and Bach.

Roger Wright, Controller of BBC Radio 3, said: “Mozart was a prolific genius and his music is hugely attractive, so we hope that new listeners will join Radio 3 on air, online and even on the Underground for what promises to be a truly entertaining 12 days.”

Mayor of London Boris Johnson told the BBC: “There is no doubting Mozart’s prodigious talent, as this radio season attests.

“The familiarity of so much of his magnificent music may surprise some travellers, but what better way to brighten up the daily commute, especially on the first day back after the holidays.”

In the run-up to The Genius Of Mozart, listeners to BBC Radio 3’s Breakfast show voted Requiem Mass in D minor (K.626) as the Nation’s Favourite Mozart.

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The Requiem, composed in Vienna in 1791 beat other favourites Soave sia il vento (trio from Cosi fan tutte) and the Clarinet Concerto in A into second and third place respectively.