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2Day 2013: Steve Wright In The Afternoon

Steve and the team continue 2Day's celebration of the orchestra with a spotlight on piano and keyboards. Steve is joined by comedian Tim Minchin, who performs 'When I Grow Up' from his hit musical Matilda on Elton John's piano in the Radio 2 green room, Nigel Ogden from The Organist Entertains will build and play a virtual organ capable of replicating the sound of any church or cathedral organ in the UK, keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman demonstrates his love of performing nursery rhymes and contemporary pop songs in the style of classical composers and jazz pianist Jamie Cullum illustrates how he composes his songs.

Jo Whiley is live at the Hackney Empire for the build-up to 2Day's special Friday Night Is Music Night show and eavesdrops on the Radio 2 Presenter Choir, to find out BBC Concert Orchestra rehearsals and finds out how well Vanessa Feltz, Alex Lester and Sally Traffic can hold their notes.

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 - performing a show-stopping percussion solo. You can watch the concert live via the Red Button and on Radio 2's website at

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2 hours, 57 minutes

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Fri 10 May 2013 15:00