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The Scary Fairy Saves Christmas

Craig Charles performs his latest modern day fairy tale with the BBC Philharmonic in a seasonal adventure packed full of humour, nostalgia and more than a few surprises.

For this unique performance recorded at the Lowry Theatre in Salford, Craig Charles joins forces once again with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in this, the latest installment in his series of modern day fairy tales. Written in conjunction with composer Iain Farrington, the Scary Fairy once again features a larger than life cinematic score as Craig's fable in rhyme takes the listener on a seasonal adventure packed full of humour and nostalgia with plenty of twists and turns along the way.

Presented by Angellica Bell, the first part of the concert features the BBC Philharmonic and conductor Clark Rundell with a programme of wintry delights. These include movements from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet Suite, Skating from Prokofiev’s Winter Bonfire, The Dance of the Tumblers from Rimsky Korsakov’s Snow Maiden and Claude Thornhill’s Snowfall. They are also joined by guest singer Curtis Stigers who performs with the BBC Philharmonic for the very first time in a set that includes his own hits, I Wonder Why and Never Saw A Miracle, combined with the festive groove of Christmas classics such as Let It Snow and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

1 hour, 57 minutes

Music Played

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Mlada: Procession Of The Nobles

    Performer: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Clark Rundell.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Nutcracker Ballet, Miniature Overture

    Performer: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Clark Rundell.
  • BBC Philharmonic & Clark Rundell

    Snowfall

  • BBC Philharmonic, Clark Rundell, Curtis Stigers & Curtis Stigers Trio

    Never Saw A Miracle

  • BBC Philharmonic, Clark Rundell, Curtis Stigers & Curtis Stigers Trio

    Let It Snow

  • BBC Philharmonic, Clark Rundell & Curtis Stigers

    San Diego Serenade

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Winter Bonfire: Skating

    Performer: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Clark Rundell.
  • BBC Philharmonic & Clark Rundell

    The Christmas Song

  • BBC Philharmonic & Clark Rundell

    Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

  • Blane

    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

    Composer: Martin. Performer: BBC Philharmonic. Performer: Curtis Stigers. Music Arranger: Chris Waldon. Conductor: Clark Rundell. Ensemble: Curtis Stigers Trio.
  • Ballard/Stigers

    I Wonder Why

    Performer: BBC Philharmonic. Performer: Curtis Stigers. Conductor: Clark Rundell. Ensemble: Curtis Stigers Trio.
  • BBC Philharmonic & Clark Rundell

    The Captain And The Kings

  • BBC Philharmonic & Clark Rundell

    Tahiti Trot

  • BBC Philharmonic, Clark Rundell & Craig Charles

    The Scary Fairy Saves Christmas

  • BBC Philharmonic

    High Adventure (Friday Night Is Music Night Sig Tune)

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