HM the Queen's Ninetieth Birthday
Ken Bruce presents a concert to mark HM the Queen's ninetieth birthday featuring Sir Willard White. Interval: A visit to Madame Tussauds in London.
Friday Night Is Music Night - Happy Birthday Ma'am!
Originally broadcast to mark HM Queen's 90th birthday Ken Bruce presents a special Friday concert.
Bruton Street is a busy street cutting through London's Mayfair to Berkeley Square. True you'd be lucky to find a nightingale singing there these days - but just before you hit the square you will find a plaque marking the place where a fine town house once stood - Number 17 Bruton Street - home to the Earl of Strathmore and the birth place of Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor - later to be crowned HM Queen Elizabeth II.
She was born on 21st April 1926. The elegant terrace of houses in Bruton Street has long since gone - hit by a German bomb in 1937 and redeveloped to house a car showroom.
As part of her 90th birthday celebrations Ken Bruce presents a a musical congratulations to Britains's longest reigning monarch and the longest reigning queen in the world.
In Papua New Guinea she is called Missus Kwin or Mama Belong Big Family. Tomorrow she will attend the Trooping of the Colour on Horseguards Parade - a duty she has done for every year of her reign apart from 1955 when the ceremony was cancelled to the a national rail strike. She's sat for 130 official portraits, launched 23 ships, received 12 British Prime Ministers and 12 American Presidents and given her assent to more than 3500 Acts of Parliament. She's entertained more than a million of her subjects at her garden parties. She invented the royal walkabout. Sir Edward Elgar dedicated his Nursery Suite to her when she was a child and Gary Barlow wrote a song for her Golden Jubilee.
Paying tribute in this musical celebration is one of Her Majesty's Commonwealth's finest voices - Sir Willard White. He performs songs from South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof and Showboat. Joining Sir Willard is soprano Sarah Fox and musical theatre and Downton Abbey star Julian Overden. Stephen Bell conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra .
During the interval we visit Madame Tussauds in London, where 23 waxworks of the Queen have been displayed during her reign.