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Sun 13 Sep 2009 18:30 BBC Radio 2

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Sunday 13 September 2009

How many people remember Abba winning the Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo back in 1974? How many of you can hum an Abba song, have been to the stage show, or watched the film of Mamma Mia? The music of Abba has become a part of our lives and tonight is extraordinary because the creative geniuses behind the band, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus will be part of the celebrations in Hyde Park. Paying tribute to them are the musicians who played on the original Abba tracks, their musical director Anders Eljas, the BBC Concert Orchestra and a fantastic cast of artists from the worlds of rock, pop and musical theatre. Kylie Minogue heads a line up that includes Chaka Khan, The Feeling, Beth Nielsen Chapman, V V Brown and Nerina Pallot. Elaine Paige and Siobhan McCarthy re-create a moment from the original production of Chess; Kerry Ellis performs a song from Benny and Bjorn's latest stage musical, and the London Cast of Mamma Mia! deliver an all singing and dancing finale. Stellan Skarsgard and Sir Tim Rice join presenter Chris Evans as the entire company and Hyde Park audience say "Thank You For The Music"!

Music Played

26 items
  • Image for Lulu

    Lulu Gimme Gimme Gimme

    ft. ABBA Rhythm Section, BBC Concert Orchestra & Capital Voices

  • Image for The Feeling

    The Feeling Knowing Me, Knowing You

    ft. BBC Concert Orchestra & Capital Voices

  • Image for Nerina Pallot

    Nerina Pallot The Name Of The Game

    ft. ABBA Rhythm Section & Capital Voices

  • Image for Capital Voices

    Capital Voices Money Money Money

    ft. ABBA Rhythm Section & BBC Concert Orchestra

  • Image for Jason Donovan

    Jason Donovan I Have A Dream

    ft. ABBA Rhythm Section, BBC Concert Orchestra & Capital Voices

  • Image for The BBC Concert Orchestra

    The BBC Concert Orchestra Bangkok

    (from Chess)

  • Image for Marti Pellow

    Marti Pellow One Night In Bangkok

    (from Chess) ft. ABBA Rhythm Section, BBC Concert Orchestra & Capital Voices

  • Image for Christian Jon Billett

    Christian Jon Billett Anthem

    (from Chess) ft. ABBA Rhythm Section, BBC Concert Orchestra & Capital Voices

  • Image for Elaine Paige and Siobhan Mccarthy

    Elaine Paige and Siobhan Mccarthy I Know Him So Well

    ft. ABBA Rhythm Section & BBC Concert Orchestra

  • Image for Nerina Pallot

    Nerina Pallot Sos

    ft. ABBA Rhythm Section, BBC Concert Orchestra & Capital Voices

  • Image for Beth Nielsen Chapman

    Beth Nielsen Chapman Slipping Through My Fingers

    ft. ABBA Rhythm Section, BBC Concert Orchestra & Capital Voices

  • Image for VV Brown

    VV Brown Ring Ring

    ft. ABBA Rhythm Section & Capital Voices

  • Image for Capital Voices

    Capital Voices Take A Chance On Me

    ft. ABBA Rhythm Section

  • Image for Jamie Cullum

    Jamie Cullum My Love My Life

  • Image for Jodie Prenger

    Jodie Prenger One Of Us

    ft. ABBA Rhythm Section & Capital Voices

  • Image for Benny Andersson & The Orsa Fiddlers

    Benny Andersson & The Orsa Fiddlers Rowing On The Serpentine'

    ft. BBC Concert Orchestra & Capital Voices

  • Image for Kerry Ellis

    Kerry Ellis You Have To Be There

    (from Kristina) ft. ABBA Rhythm Section & BBC Concert Orchestra

  • Image for The Feeling

    The Feeling Does Your Mother Know

    ft. Capital Voices

  • Image for Beth Nielsen Chapman

    Beth Nielsen Chapman Fernando

    ft. ABBA Rhythm Section, BBC Concert Orchestra & Capital Voices

  • Image for Chaka Khan

    Chaka Khan The Winner Takes It All

    ft. ABBA Rhythm Section, BBC Concert Orchestra & Capital Voices

  • Image for Kylie Minogue

    Kylie Minogue Super Trouper

    ft. ABBA Rhythm Section, BBC Concert Orchestra & Capital Voices

  • Image for Mamma Mia London Cast

    Mamma Mia London Cast Mamma Mia

    ft. ABBA Rhythm Section, BBC Concert Orchestra & Capital Voices

  • Image for Mamma Mia London Cast

    Mamma Mia London Cast Waterloo

    ft. ABBA Rhythm Section & Capital Voices

  • Image for Mamma Mia London Cast

    Mamma Mia London Cast Dancing Queen

    ft. ABBA Rhythm Section, BBC Concert Orchestra & Capital Voices

  • Image for Kylie Minogue

    Kylie Minogue When All Is Said And Done

    ft. Benny Andersson, ABBA Rhythm Section, BBC Concert Orchestra & Capital Voices

  • Image for Capital Voices

    Capital Voices Thank You For The Music

    ft. ABBA Rhythm Section & BBC Concert Orchestra

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