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Ken Bruce presents a special concert celebrating the music of the man called the last great romantic, Ivor Novello. Featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Friday Night is Music Night - Ken Bruce presents a special concert celebrating the music of Ivor Novello.

As a taster to Russell Davis's documentary next month Friday Night is Music Night presents a special concert featuring the songs of David Ivor Davies - or as we know him Ivor Novello. Although his shows are rarely staged today his music is a popular staple diet of Radio 2's Friday night show.

Actor, playwright, composer, songwriter , and dubbed one of the most handsome men in British Theatre , Ivor Novello was born in Cardiff in 1893. His father was a tax collector and his mother a distinguished soprano and music teacher - Clara Novello Davies.

He gained his first major success with a popular song written 100 years ago at the start of the First World War - Keep the Home Fires Burning. Numerous hit shows followed in which he took the leading role.

In this Friday Night is Music Night we feature songs from his great romantic musicals - including Glamorous Night(1935), Careless Rapture(1936), The Dancing Years(1939), Perchance to Dream(1945), King's Rhapsody(1949) and Gay's the Word(1951).

He died suddenly in 1951 in his flat above the Strand Theatre in London. 7000 mourners lined the streets at his funeral.

The BBC Concert Orchestra is conducted by Richard Balcombe with singers Wynne Evans, Sarah Fox, Charlotte Baptie and Lucy Williamson. The show is broadcast live from the Mermaid Theatre in London.

1 hour, 57 minutes

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Fri 9 Jan 2015 20:00

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  • Bbc Concert Orchestra/bell

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  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe

    OVERTURE - KINGS RHAPSODY

  • Sarah Fox with BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe

    GLAMOROUS NIGHT

  • Lucy Williamson with The BBC Concert Orchestra CB. Richard Balcombe

    It's Bound To Be Right On The Night

  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe

    MEMORIES OF NOEL COWARD

  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe & Wynne Evans

    MY LIFE BELONGS TO YOU

  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe & Charlotte Baptie

    FLY HOME LITTLE HEART (KING'S RHAPSODY)

  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe

    CORONATION SCOT

  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe & Wynne Evans, Charlotte Baptie, Lucy Williamson & Sarah Fox

    KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING

  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe

    FOOTLIGHTS WALTZ

  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe & Lucy Williamson

    Vitality

  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe

    Me and My Girl Overture

  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe & Sarah Fox & Wynne Evans

    FOLD YOUR WINGS

  • Nickolas Grace

    AND HER MOTHER CAME TOO

  • BBC Concert Orchastra C.B Richard Balcombe

    LEAP YEAR WALTZ

  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe & Charlotte Baptie

    WAKING OR SLEEPING

  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe & Wynne Evans

    Shine Through My Dreams (Glamorous Night)

  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe & Sarah Fox

    SOMEDAY MY HEART WILL AWAKE

  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe & Charlotte Baptie

    MY DEAREST DEAR

  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe & Sarah Fox

    WALTZ OF MY HEART

  • BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe & Wynne Evans, Charlotte Baptie, Lucy Williamson & Sarah Fox

    WE'LL GATHER LILACS

  • The BBC Concert Orchestra Cb: Richard Balcombe

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