Friday 20 Dec 2013
Celebrities including Miranda Hart, Jenny Eclair, Stephen Mangan, Emma Kennedy, Tracy-Ann Oberman and many more will be forming a special kazoo band as part of Radio 3's Big Red Nose Show – a special event featuring classical music and comedy at the Royal Albert Hall.
The kazoo band, featuring more than 50 celebrities, will perform alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra and, along with the rest of the audience, will attempt to break the official Guinness World Record for the largest kazoo ensemble on the planet.
They will be joined by kazoo group Masters Of The Kazooniverse as they pick up their instruments and 'buzz' their way through classics including the Dambusters March and Ride Of The Valkyries.
Multi-award-winning comedienne Miranda Hart, who recently picked up three gongs at the British Comedy Awards, says she's looking forward to the event: "It's fantastic how many people are taking part in this brilliant fundraising event. It's going to be a real spectacle. I just need to work out what a kazoo actually is, and then work out how to play it. It's fun even saying 'kazoo' so I can't wait."
A number of media personalities will also be joining the kazoo band including journalist Boyd Hilton, columnist Caitlin Moran and news presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy.
In the run-up to the event, an online kazoo tutorial starring Katie Derham and Basil Brush alongside Masters Of The Kazooniverse will be available to view on bbc.co.uk/rednoseday/radio3. This will feature a useful and entertaining step-by-step guide on how to play the pieces for the kazoo world record attempt and general instructions on how to get the most from your kazoo!
The kazoo extravaganza forms the finale of the evening which includes performances by violinist Nicola Benedetti, cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, Shuna Scott Sendall (winner of the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Kiri Prize) and comedians Tim Vine and Marcus Brigstocke.
Sue Perkins, winner of BBC Two series Maestro will also be raising her baton to conduct the BBC Concert Orchestra, all to raise money for Comic Relief.
The evening will be hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenter Katie Derham with help from her mischievous fox sidekick, Basil Brush.
Several of the celebrity participants have already expressed their excitement and enthusiasm for being part of the kazoo band.
"The thought of standing on stage at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra and playing a kazoo is SO thrilling I might actually spontaneously combust," says Emma Kennedy.
"I'm looking forward to being part of an event that combines classical music, comedy and kazoos – a great idea to raise money for Comic Relief," says Krishnan Guru-Murthy.
"Thousands of kazoos in the Royal Albert Hall... if that isn't funny I don't know what is," says Jenny Eclair.
"What could be more fun than playing in a kazoo band for Comic Relief? It will be hilarious!" says Richard Bacon.
The event will be broadcast on Radio 3 on Friday 18 March at 7pm.
For more information on the Big Red Nose Show and how to purchase tickets, go to bbc.co.uk/rednoseday/radio3.
Tickets £5-£40 (includes free kazoo). 95% of ticket purchase price goes to Comic Relief.
To purchase tickets please go to the Royal Albert Hall box office 0845 401 5045 / www.royalalberthall.com or bbc.co.uk/rednoseday/radio3.
About Comic Relief
Kazoo fact file
The event is the culmination of a six-week campaign from Radio 3 and its six performing groups as they 'do something funny for money'. It will be broadcast on Radio 3 on Friday 18 March at 7pm. Further details to be announced in due course.
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