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BBC Concert Orchestra Celebrating 60

Duration:
1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 30 March 2012

Ken Bruce presents the final programme in this series celebrating 60 years of the BBC Concert Orchestra.

So far the series has featured this versatile band of BBC musicians playing Rhapsody in Blue with Dudley Moore; Born Free with Matt Monro; Hungarian Rhapsody with Sidney Torch; The Desert Song with John Hanson; Hello Dolly with John Barrowman; and Dancing on the Ceiling with Lionel Richie. Their musicianship has no bounds.

Tonight's final archive concert finds them back in classical territory and, as an early salute to Her Majesty's own Diamond Jubilee, we feature a special Friday Night is Music from 2006 which marked the Queen's 80th birthday .

It celebrates young British musical talent of the time with guests including English tenor Andrew Kennedy and Irish soprano Ailish Tynan. In 2006 they were both beginning to make their mark in the classical music world - today they are both seasoned BBC Proms performers and concert soloists. The guest instrumentalist meanwhile, Benjamin Grosvenor, opened last year's Proms season playing Liszt. In this special Friday Night is Music Night from 2006 he plays the beautiful Larghetto from Chopin's Piano Concerto No 2 - he was just 13 years old.

Brian Kay presents and Robin Stapleton conducts the orchestra in some regal favourites including William Walton's great coronation marches Crown Imperial and Orb and Sceptre; and the Nursery Suite by Elgar, which was written in 1931 and dedicated to their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of York, and the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose.

After the Easter break the BBC Concert Orchestra return for a birthday gala on 13 April, featuring Sir Willard White and conducted by their current principal conductor Keith Lockhart. In June they will perform at the Diamond Jubilee concerts at Buckingham Palace, there will be another busy summer of Proms and, of course, Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night.

Music Played

22 items
  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Barry Wordsworth

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Barry Wordsworth High Adventure

    (Williams)

    Friday Night Is Music Night - BBC

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Barry Wordsworth

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Barry Wordsworth Hungarian Rhapsody

    (Liszt)

    Friday Night Is Music Night – BBC

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart Chicken Reel

    (Converse)

    American Sketches – BBC

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton Friday Night Is Music Night Opening Sig Tune

    (Williams)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton Pomp and Circumstance No.4

    (Elgar)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton Busy-ness (Nursery Suite)

    (Elgar)

  • Image for Andrew Kennedy

    Andrew Kennedy Granada

    (Lara) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton Youth Of Britain March

    (Coates)

  • Image for Ailish Tynan

    Ailish Tynan Je Veux Vivre (Romeo & Juliet)

    (Gounod) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton)

  • Image for Andrew Kennedy

    Andrew Kennedy Kuda, Kuda – Lensky's Aria (Eugene Onegin)

    (Tchaikovsky) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton)

  • Image for Benjamin Grosvenor

    Benjamin Grosvenor Larghetto – Piano Concerto No.2

    (Chopin) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton)

  • Image for Benjamin Grosvenor

    Benjamin Grosvenor I Got Rhythm

    (Gershwin)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton Crown Imperial

    (Walton)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton Festival Royal Overture

    (Collins)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton Scottish Dance No.3 - Allegretto

    (Arnold)

  • Image for Ailish Tynan

    Ailish Tynan O Mio Babbino Caro

    (Puccini) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton Horseguards - Whitehall

    (Haydn Wood)

  • Image for Andrew Kennedy

    Andrew Kennedy Flower Song (Carmen)

    (Bizet) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton Fantasia on Greensleeves

    (Vaughan Williams)

  • Image for Ailish Tynan

    Ailish Tynan Adele's Audition Aria (Die Fledermaus)

    (Strauss II) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton Orb and Sceptre

    (Walton)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Robin Stapleton Friday Night Is Music Night Closing Sig Tune

    (Williams)

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