What's The Score?
6 Feb 2012: BBC Philharmonic joins with Radio 5 live to celebrate iconic sporting themes
Can you imagine the BBC’s Match of the Day without the opening music? Ski Sunday without that unforgettable tune? Or Rocky Balboa bounding up those famous steps in silence?
On Friday 24 February from 7.00pm to 9.00pm Colin Murray (pictured left) presents an evening of music and sport in a special edition of Kicking Off, as BBC Radio 5 live teams up with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate some of the best loved sporting theme tunes of all time.
Colin will be joined by a panel of sporting guests including ex-footballers Pat Nevin and Perry Groves live in the BBC Philharmonic's studio at MediaCityUK to discuss their top choices, while the orchestra, led by conductor Clark Rundell, presents an exciting selection of iconic sporting tunes.
Plus listeners can text to choose their favourite anthem during the programme from a final shortlist of three pieces. For full details of the vote visit the BBC 5 live website on the night from 7pm.
Colin will also hear from athletes past and present about the music that inspires their training and ambition. Mo Farah, Denise Lewis, Kriss Akabussi and other sporting stars will talk about their favourite motivational tracks, which the BBC Philharmonic will then play live in special orchestrated versions.
Commenting on the show, Colin Murray said: “Kicking Off is about a real Friday night feeling. It’s different from the average sports show and when we get the chance to do something different, we jump at it.
“As always, our listeners are at the heart of the whole process, helping with the songs and encouraging us along, and to be involved with one of the greatest orchestras in the world is truly an honour, and the BBC Philharmonic yet again has taken the lead in creativity.”
Conductor Clark Rundell added: “As an avid 5 live listener and a huge fan of Kicking Off, I'm incredibly excited to be sharing the programme with Colin, Pat and Perry alongside my amazing colleagues in the BBC Philharmonic. It has been fascinating to delve into the way in which these top athletes turn to music for inspiration as well as comfort and solace. I guarantee that this music will bring back some fabulous memories for every listener.”
Tune in to BBC Radio 5 live on Friday 24 February from 7pm to 9pm to hear ‘What’s the Score?’ You can listen via digital radio, online at bbc.co.uk/5live, Digital Freeview, Sky, Freesat, Virgin Media and 909 & 693 AM.
Until 7pm on Friday 10 February you can apply to be in the audience for this show. Visit bbc.co.uk/tickets to apply.