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A Life in Song

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A celebration of one of our greatest musical lyricists. Tim Rice, in the company of Michael Grade, reminisces over 40 years of hit songs.

A celebration of one of our greatest musical lyricists, Tim Rice, who reminisces in the company of Michael Grade over 40 years of hit songs that conquered the world. Before each one is performed, hear the stories behind some of his best-loved work from Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess and The Lion King.

On the stage of The Royal Festival Hall are stars Alexander Armstrong, Gemma Arterton, Rob Brydon, Tom Chaplin, Roger Daltrey, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Cynthia Erivo, James Fox, Seth Lakeman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Minchin, Laura Mvula, Julian Ovenden, Frances Ruffelle, Diana Vickers and Rufus Wainwright. They are accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Mike Dixon.

1 hour, 30 minutes

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Boxing Day 2017 21:00

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Tim Minchin

    Heaven On Their Minds

  • Gemma Arterton

    I Don't Know How To Love Him

  • Roger Daltrey

    Jesus Christ Superstar

  • Tom Chaplin

    Can You Feel The Love Tonight?

  • Seth Lakeman

    Any Dream Will Do

  • Alexander Armstrong

    No Rhyme For Richard

  • Frances Ruffelle & Cynthia Erivo

    I Know Him So Well

  • Cynthia Erivo

    Someone Else's Story

  • Julian Ovenden

    The Anthem

  • Rob Brydon

    It's Easy For You

  • Sophie Ellis‐Bextor

    Another Suitcase Another Hall

  • Rufus Wainwright

    Don't Cry For Me Argentina

  • James Fox & Diana Vickers

    A Whole New World

  • Laura Mvula

    Circle of Life


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Tim Rice
Presenter Michael Grade
Performer Alexander Armstrong
Performer David Arnold
Performer Gemma Arterton
Performer Rob Brydon
Performer Roger Daltrey
Performer Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Performer Cynthia Erivo
Performer James Fox
Performer Siubhan Harrison
Performer Seth Lakeman
Performer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performer Robert Lonsdale
Performer Tim Minchin
Performer Laura Mvula
Performer Julian Ovenden
Performer Clare Teal
Performer Frances Ruffelle
Performer Rufus Wainwright
Performer Rick Wakeman
Performer BBC Concert Orchestra
Performer Urban Voices Collective
Music Director Mike Dixon