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2Day 2013: Ken Bruce

2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 10 May 2013

Ken Bruce continues with a special 2Day show which this year celebrates the orchestra. Ken champions the woodwind section of the orchestra, and attempts to play the most basic of woodwind instruments; the recorder. Clare Teal is joined by members of the BBC Big Band and Alison Moyet at London's Hackney Empire to look at how woodwind instruments are used in jazz improvisation. Legendary clarinet player Acker Bilk talks to Ken about the love for his instrument and Prog rock supremo and flautist Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull chats about the role of the flute in popular music.

2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the world's longest running orchestral music show 'Friday Night is Music Night', and this year's 2Day celebrates the orchestra and its instruments, culminating in a Friday Night Is Music Night Gala concert at the Hackney Empire in London. Featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra, the evening will bring together a host of Radio 2 presenters and special guest performers including Gary Barlow, Elaine Paige , Mick Hucknall, Jamie Cullum and Clare Teal- plus Tony Blackburn as you've never seen him before and a grand finale from the Radio 2 All star presenters choir. You can watch the concert live via the Red Button and on Radio 2's website at bbc.co.uk/radio2.
Throughout the day, in the lead up to 'Friday Night is Music Night', Radio 2 explores the impact of orchestral instruments across a wide range of music...from pop to jazz...from folk to classical. Each show, from Chris Evans to Simon Mayo is themed around a different section of the orchestra , and features special guests, orchestral moments some unlikely live music performances.

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Smokey Robinson

    Smokey Robinson and The Miracles The Tears Of A Clown

    Dancing In The Street (Various Artis, Universal Music Tv

  • Image for Supertramp

    Supertramp Breakfast In America

    The Very Best Of Supertramp, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Gerry Rafferty

    Gerry Rafferty Baker Street

    Songs Of The Century (Disc 2), Global Records & Tapes

  • Image for Men at Work

    Men at Work Down Under

    Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for Tanita Tikaram

    Tanita Tikaram Twist In My Sobriety

    (CD Single), WEA

  • Image for Acker Bilk

    Acker Bilk Stranger On The Shore

    Jukebox Instrumentals Vol.2, Old Gold

  • Image for Jethro Tull

    Jethro Tull Living In The Past

    The First Summer Of Love - The Sixtie, Polygram Tv

  • Image for The Bonzo Dog Band

    The Bonzo Dog Band The Intro & The Outro

    (CD Single), China Records


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