Richard Rodney Bennett
In a special concert given at the Barbican in London, Claire Martin celebrates her onetime close musical partner, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.
Claire Martin celebrates composer Richard Rodney Bennett, recorded at the Barbican in London and featuring pianist Gareth Williams, bassist Arnie Somogyi, drummer Sebastian de Krom, saxophonist Julian Nicholas and Claire on vocals. Bennett was a prolific composer for television and the stage, having produced over two hundred works for the concert hall and over fifty scores for film and television. He was also a highly regarded jazz writer who worked with Cleo Laine, Marion Montgomery and was a close musical partner with Claire. As part of this special programme, Claire also shares stories and insights into her unique relationship with Bennett and there's a chance to hear her perform one of his compositions, Early To Bed, with the BBC Concert Orchestra.