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Celebrating 60 - Gala

Duration:
1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 13 April 2012

Friday Night is Music Night - Now We Are 60! Ken Bruce invites you to join the BBC Concert Orchestra in this their 60th birthday gala.

This year marks some very special 60th anniversaries - Her Majesty the Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee; Agatha Christie's play The Mousetrap celebrates 60 years on the London stage; Sooty made his first television appearance 60 years ago as did Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men. And 60 years ago the BBC decided to employ a bunch of musicians an "opera cum second symphony orchestra; an orchestra capable to putting over the finest light music to great effect" - the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Radio 2 kicked off the BBC Concert Orchestra's Diamond Jubilee with "Celebrating 60" - an archive series in which we heard the orchestra play Viennese, opera, musical theatre, jazz, classical and pop supporting the likes of Matt Monro, Elizabeth Harwood, Dudley Moore and Lionel Richie.

Tonight, the BBC Concert Orchestra invites you to their 60th birthday gala. Principal Conductor Keith Lockhart takes the stand to conduct the orchestra in a selection of musical fireworks including Capriccio Espagnol (Rimsky Korskov); Festive Overture (Shostakovitch) Belle Of The Ball (Leroy Anderson) and Orb and Sceptre (Walton).

Special guests include bass baritone Sir Willard White, whose song selection takes us from the Catfish Row of Porgy and Bess to the Jamaican sun of Solas Market, and the meandering Mississippi of Ol' Man River. The Swingle Singers -themselves celebrating 50 years in the music business - join forces with the BBC Concert Orchestra for a version of Mozart's Magic Flute Overture. And TV's Maestro winner - Sue Perkins makes a guest conducting appearance to guide us through Sidney Torch's London Transport Suite.

The concert was recorded at the Mermaid Theatre on 12th April, the day before transmission.

Music Played

19 items
  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart Friday Night Is Music Night

    (Williams)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart Festive Overture

    (Shostakovitch)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart Belle of the Ball

    (Anderson)

  • Image for Sir Willard White

    Sir Willard White Some Enchanted Evening

    (Rodgers) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart)

  • Image for The Swingle Singers

    The Swingle Singers Badinerie

    (Bach) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart)

  • Image for The Swingle Singers

    The Swingle Singers Magic Flute Overture

    (Mozart) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart Annie Get Your Gun

    (Berlin)

  • Image for Sir Willard White

    Sir Willard White I Got Plenty of Nuttin' (Porgy & Bess)

    (Gershwin) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart)

  • Image for Sir Willard White

    Sir Willard White Solas Market

    (Burgie) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Sue Perkins

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Sue Perkins London Transport Suite

    (Torch)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart Orb and Sceptre

    (Walton)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart Theme from Sissy

    (F Kreisler) (Ft. Cynthia Fleming on violin)

  • Image for The Swingle Singers

    The Swingle Singers I Feel The Earth Move

    (King) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart The Duel – The Adventures of TinTin

    (Williams)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart When I'm 64

    (Lennon/McCartney)

  • Image for Sir Willard White

    Sir Willard White My Curly Headed Boy

    (Trad) (Ft. Roderick Elms on piano)

  • Image for Willard White

    Willard White Ol Man River (Showboat)

    (Kern) (Ft. BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart Capriccio Espagnol

    (Korskov)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart

    BBC Concert Orchestra/Keith Lockhart Friday Night Is Music Night

    (Williams)

  • Waiting In The Wings

    Waiting In The Wings

    Presenter Ken Bruce and conductor Keith Lockhart wait backstage, just before the start of the show.

  • Presenter and Maestro Backstage at The Mermaid

    Presenter and Maestro Backstage at The Mermaid

    Ken Bruce with Guest conductor Sue Perkins waiting to wow the audience.

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  • Brilliant Bass Baritone

    Brilliant Bass Baritone

    Sir Willard White enthralled the Friday night audience with his amazing voice.

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  • A Sweet Treat

    A Sweet Treat

    The multi-grammy award-winning group Swingle Singers.

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