Friday Night Is Music Night

Friday 15 March



Ken Bruce presents a musical tour of the London Underground - with guests soprano Shan Cothi and Ralph McTell.

Mind the gap. Mind the doors. Move down inside. Please stand on the right. Do not stop at the bottom of the escalator. This is the language of the Tube - the London Underground heard and read every day by London commuters and confused tourists.

The London Underground celebrated its 150th anniversary in January and tonight Ken Bruce takes listeners on a musical tour of the underground map - alighting at various points to celebrate some musical landmarks: Green Park for Handel's music for the Royal Fireworks; Tower Hill for the Yeomen of the Guard; St John's Wood for Beecham and the Beatles; and Sloane Square for Ebury Street where, in 1764, Mozart stayed and wrote his very first symphony.

The BBC Concert Orchestra is conducted by Robert Ziegler with singing guests - Welsh soprano Shan Cothi and singer-songwriter Ralph McTell. Ralph performs a selection of songs including his Ivor Novello-winning number Streets of London.

Presenter/Ken Bruce, Producer/Anthony Cherry

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