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Kerry Ellis in concert

Duration:
1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 20 April 2012

BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night presents a special concert starring Kerry Ellis, with special guests Brian May (Queen), Ramin Karimloo (Phantom of the Opera), Jonathan Ansell (G4), and the 60-piece BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Steve Sidwell.

Four multi award-winning artists come together for a once in a lifetime event. In musicals, on concert stages, and on television they have entertained millions. Now Kerry Ellis hosts this special concert featuring classic songs from Wicked, We Will Rock You, Love Never Dies, Cabaret, The Way We Were, My Fair Lady and many more.

It first broadcast on Radio 2 in April 2012.

Music Played

21 items
  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra C.B. Steve Sidwell

    BBC Concert Orchestra C.B. Steve Sidwell Overture

  • Image for Kerry Ellis

    Kerry Ellis Don't Rain On My Parade

    Artist: BBC Concert Orchestra C.B. Steve Sidwell

  • Image for Kerry Ellis

    Kerry Ellis I Could Have Danced All Night

    Artist: Craig Adams Artist: Leon Rossiter

  • Image for Kerry Ellis

    Kerry Ellis The Way We Were

    Artist: BBC Concert Orchestra C.B. Steve Sidwell

  • Image for Ramin Karimloo

    Ramin Karimloo Broken Home

    Artist: BBC Concert Orchestra C.B. Steve Sidwell

  • Image for Kerry Ellis

    Kerry Ellis Somewhere

    Artist: BBC Concert Orchestra C.B. Steve Sidwell Artist: Ramin Karimloo

  • Image for Kerry Ellis

    Kerry Ellis The Lady Is A Tramp

    Artist: BBC Concert Orchestra C.B. Steve Sidwell

  • Image for Jonathan Ansell

    Jonathan Ansell Funiculi Funicula

    Artist: BBC Concert Orchestra C.B. Steve Sidwell

  • Image for Kerry Ellis

    Kerry Ellis You Have To Be There

    Artist: BBC Concert Orchestra C.B. Steve Sidwell

  • Image for Kerry Ellis

    Kerry Ellis Rock A Bye Your Baby

    Artist: BBC Concert Orchestra C.B. Steve Sidwell

  • Image for Kerry Ellis

    Kerry Ellis Nine To Five

    Artist: BBC Concert Orchestra C.B. Steve Sidwell

  • Image for Kerry Ellis

    Kerry Ellis Don't Cry Out Loud

    Artist: BBC Concert Orchestra C.B. Steve Sidwell

  • Image for Kerry Ellis

    Kerry Ellis COME WHAT MAY (Moulin Rouge)

    Artist: BBC Concert Orchestra C.B. Steve Sidwell Artist: Jonathan Ansell

  • Image for Jonathan Ansell

    Jonathan Ansell Anthem

    Artist: BBC Concert Orchestra C.B. Steve Sidwell

  • Image for Kerry Ellis

    Kerry Ellis Cabaret

    Artist: BBC Concert Orchestra C.B. Steve Sidwell

  • Image for Ramin Karimloo

    Ramin Karimloo Cathedrals

    Artist: BBC Concert Orchestra C.B. Steve Sidwell

  • Image for Kerry Ellis

    Kerry Ellis Love of My Life

    Artist: BBC Concert Orchestra (Strings) Artist: Brian May

  • Image for Kerry Ellis

    Kerry Ellis Born Free

    Artist: Brian May

  • Image for Kerry Ellis

    Kerry Ellis Save Me

    Artist: BBC Concert Orchestra C.B. Steve Sidwell Artist: Brian May

  • Image for Kerry Ellis

    Kerry Ellis Defying Gravity

    Artist: Craig Adams Artist: Leon Rossiter

  • Image for Kerry Ellis

    Kerry Ellis No One But You

    Artist: BBC Concert Orchestra C.B. Steve Sidwell

  • Kerry Ellis

    Kerry Ellis

    Kerry sings and plays host on the Friday Night is Music Night special live from the Watford Colosseum.

    Kerry's Official Website
  • During Rehearsals

    During Rehearsals

    Kerry Ellis and Jonathan Ansell do some last minute rehearsing, guided by the capable hands of conductor Steve Sidwell .

    Jonathan Ansell's official website
  • Backstage at the Colosseum

    Backstage at the Colosseum

    Two likely gladiators G4's Jonathan Ansell and Phantom of the Opera's Ramin Karimloo, take a moment backstage to pose for a photo.

    Ramin Karimloo's official website
  • A Stage Eye View

    A Stage Eye View

    Our lovely audience at the Watford Colosseum as viewed from behind the Rhythm Section.

  • An Insider's View by Double Bassist Andy Wood.

    An Insider's View by Double Bassist Andy Wood.

    This week’s Friday Night is brought to you all the way from the Colosseum... and why not? After all we’re a pretty epic bunch at times if we put our minds to it; gladiators of a sort – wading into battle against declining artistic and cultural standards; proudly flying the flag for... well, whatever it is we do. And in this, our sixtieth celebratory year it seems kinda fitting don’tcha think? I wonder what the weather’s like in Rome at the moment...
    Sorry, what..? The Colosseum Watford... ah... well... err... I’m sure that’ll be nice too... “The Rome of the north” I believe they call it. If it’s all the same to you I’ll keep my gladiator outfit and sword – can turn pretty nasty in that high street – but I’ll probably leave the sunscreen at home.
    All manner of lovely people joined us on stage for the day, most of whom I’m pleased to say I recognised. Kerry Ellis was our host and star for the evening, eliciting no end of admiring glances and luring the listener - not to their doom, I hasten to add - with her siren song. (I’ve gone to a lot of trouble setting up the dodgy Rome/mythology gag – I might as well milk it for as long as possible.)
    Also featuring were Jonathan Ansell – late of G4, or G1 as I like to think of him now; Ramin Karimloo and that veritable rock god, Brain May.
    All disappointment at finding ourselves not in Rome was overcome by dining at Watford’s premier Italian restaurant and after a couple of bottles of “rhythm enhancer” nothing could go wrong....

    BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Conductors' Corner

    Conductors' Corner

    Renowned arranger and composer, Steve Sidwell, has featured on numerous albums, television shows, advertising campaigns and films with his distinctive and innovative orchestrations and compositions.
    Television commissions include the composition of ‘Elements & Motion’ for the 79th Academy Awards with the Hollywood SFX Chorale, which received an Emmy nomination. Other credits include ‘Robbie Williams Live At The Albert Hall’, ‘The Robbie Williams TV Special’, Children In Need Rocks The Albert Hall, the BBC Olympic Handover Concert, Victoria Wood’s Christmas Special, ‘Victoria’s Empire’, Chris Moyle’s Big Quiz Night, Ant & Dec’s Christmas Show and the opening of The Dubai World Cup.
    Advertising campaigns include the award winning Honda Choir (in which Steve is the feature conductor), Stella 4%, M&S Christmas featuring Dame Shirley Bassey, Virgin Holidays featuring Charlotte Church, Nokia Navigator, Heineken, Orange, Bounty, Dulux, Lotto, Walkers, McDonalds, Supernoodles, Coca Cola, Capital Radio and Guinness.
    Theatre credits include orchestrating the West End smash hit show ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Our House’ and ‘Daddy Cool’. Other theatrical credits include ‘Viva La Diva’ with Darcey Bussell and Katherine Jenkins, Dancing On Ice Live Tour and Katherine Jenkins’ acclaimed ‘Believe’ Tour.
    Steve has also contributed to film including tracks for Baz Lurhman’s Moulin Rouge and Romeo & Juliet, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Teachers Pet Spongebob Squarepants, Finding Nemo, Mona Lisa Smiles and 101 Dalmations 2.
    Album credits include the orchestration and conducting of Robbie Williams’ multi-platinum selling album ‘Swing When Your Winning’. Recent projects include recordings with Sarah Brightman and the LSO, Paul Young, Jeff Beck, Seal, Dame Shirley Bassey, Kerry Ellis and Paul Carrack.
    Steve has also performed professionally with many international artists including George Michael, Amy Winehouse, Snow Patrol, Lily Allen, Cheryl Cole, Muse, Dizzy Rascal, Mika, Take That, Annie Lennox, Leona Lewis, Tom Jones, Sting, Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Mark Knopfler, The Feeling, McFly, Will Young, Bryan Ferry, Joss Stone, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, The Who, Ian Dury, Wet Wet Wet, Charlie Watts, Henry Mancini and Michael Nyman.
    Steve is currently the Musical Director for BBC’s The Voice.

    Steve official website
  • Smile...

    Smile...

    Brian May, Kerry Ellis and Steve Sidwell relax after an astounding performance.

  • A Dynamic Duo

    A Dynamic Duo

    Brian May and Kerry Ellis wow the Friday Night audience.

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