St Valentine - Romantic classics
Friday Night is Music Night.
Love is in the air on this week's Friday Night is Music Night as Ken Bruce puts a red rose between his teeth and presents a concert of great romantic classics.
The BBC Concert Orchestra is conducted by their principal conductor Keith Lockhart in works such as Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; the waltz from The Slipper and the Rose by Angela Morley; Nino Rota's theme to Romeo and Juliet and Richard Addinsell's dramatic potboiler - The Warsaw Concerto.
The orchestra is joined by West End performers - Liz Robertson and Graham Bickley who sing a selection from The King and I (Rodgers and Hammerstein); A Connecticut Yankee (Rodgers and Hart); Dance a Little Closer(Lerner and Strouse) and Carmelina(Lerner and Lane).
Roderick Elms is the soloist in the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini(Rachmaninov) and The Warsaw Concerto(Addinsell).
Making her Friday Night debut is Grammy and Tony awarding winning Heather Headley. Heather is currently starring in London's West End in a stage musical version of the 1992 Whitney Houston film - The Bodyguard. What better for an evening of romance than the film's hit song - I Will Always Love You.
Programme recorded at the Mermaid Theatre, London and first broadcast in February this year.