Friday Night is Music Night with The BBC Concert Orchestra

Tuesday 18th June 2024

Show Starts: 7.30pm

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Something for everyone in tonight’s Friday Night is Music Night! Stephen Sondheim’s showstopping overture rings up the curtain as singer Kathryn Rudge, conductor Martin Yates and the full BBC Concert Orchestra come to St Albans.

There’ll be English dances and French songs; exotic beauties and elegant dandies; movie themes and classical favourites – plus bees, wasps and mosquitoes like you’ve never heard them before. Don’t worry, though: they don’t sting and they know some cracking melodies – as does composer Dobrinka Tabakova, who wrote Orpheus’s Comet specially for the BBC Concert Orchestra. With orchestral favourites by Vaughan Williams, Borodin, Percy Grainger and Ron Goodwin (633 Squadron), she’s in great company tonight. And so are you, because Friday night is music night, and that means hit after hit after hit. Petroc Trelawny is your host for an evening of unforgettable tunes.

This concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Conductor: Martin Yates

Soloists: Kathryn Rudge

Presenter: Petroc Trelawny

Programme to include:

Sondheim: A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum Overture

Vaughan Williams: The Wasps Overture

Borodin: Polovtsian Dances
Malcolm Arnold: English Dances Set No.2

Percy Grainger: Molly on the Shore

Ketelbey: Bells across the Meadow

Frederic Curzon: The Boulevardier

Ron Goodwin: 633 Squadron (The mosquito etc)

Tabakova: Orpheus’ Comet