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Friday Night Is Fright Night

1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 01 November 2013

Friday Night is Fright Night. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Just when you thought it was safe to put the radio on Alex Lester presents a concert of scary musical moments.
Long Friday Night is Fright Night. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Just when you thought it was safe to put the radio on Alex Lester presents a concert of scary musical moments.
The BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Robert Ziegler perform a selection of spooky tunes that have accompanied some of the most scary moments in film, musicals and the great classics. Radio 2's own "Dark Lord" of the early morning shift Alex Lester stays up late to present the show and the programme includes music from Alien(Jerry Goldsmith); Danse Macabre(Saint Saens); Jaws(John Williams); Bride of Frankenstein(Franz Waxman); Psycho(Bernard Herrmann) and Tubular Bells(Mike Oldfield) - as used in the Exorcist and recently voted the most scary film of all time.
Our Friday Night singers include Rocky Horror star David Bedella, soprano Leila Benn Harris and Geromino Rauch who is currently appearing as the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera.
The concert was first broadcast on 1st November 2013.

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  • Conductors' Corner

    Maestro Robert Ziegler...


    American-born, UK-based, Robert Ziegler is one of the most versatile conductors working today. His guest conducting in the 2013-14 season takes him throughout the UK, the US and Australia


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  • Goodbye For Now...

    The Legend that is ..Graham Bunce

    So it was Friday Night is “Fright” Night and a chance for me to don a witch’s hat and wave a magic wand around the Hackney Empire – but Friday was also a sad occasion for us backstage as it marked the last Friday Night is Music Night for our Senior Studio Manager Graham Bunce.  After more than 40 years in BBC service Graham will retire at the end of 2013.  “Buncey” as we know him -  all our regular studio managers seem to have nicknames like Wawa or even Mad Dog…but I digress..  “Buncey” worked on his first FNIMN on 22nd October 1971 at the Camden Theatre in London . On that occasion the show was conducted by Mr Friday Night himself  -  Sidney Torch - with star singer John Lawrenson;  presenter Jimmy Kingsbury and producer Robert Bowman.  Any regular Friday Nighters remember that one – I wonder?? – we’d love to hear from you. Now 42 years later( almost to the day)  Graham has balanced his last FNIMN for Radio 2. He truly is one of the very best sound engineers in the business and he will be sorely missed by us all.  As well as the brilliant sounds he brought to the show  I’ll miss his dry sense of humour and ..yes..the bags of wine gums and jelly babies he always brought to our rehearsals. We send our best wishes to Graham, his wife Jackie and family for a long and happy retirement and though Graham will not be” twiddling the knobs” for us I know he will always be one of our loyal FNIMN listeners  - well -  when he’s not on Grandad duty that is! 



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