The world’s long running orchestral music show is set to pay its first visit to the Saffron Hall on Wednesday 25 November.
First broadcast in 1953 on the Light Programme, Friday Night is Music Night is now well into its 7th decade. On Wednesday 25 November at 7.30pm the show will make its debut at Saffron Hall when BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce presents a special concert recording of Friday Night is Music Night with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Joining Ken Bruce will be guest singers Rebecca Bottone (soprano) and Bonaventura Bottone (tenor). Richard Balcombe conducts music from Smetana’s The Bartered Bride; Suppe’s The Poet and Peasant; Sullivan’s Yeoman of the Guard and Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody.
The BBC Concert Orchestra’s principal cellist Benjamin Hughes is the soloist in Dvorak’s Silent Woods and pianist Roderick Elms joins the orchestra for Rachmaninov’s 18th variation of his Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini plus Richard Addinsell’s great filmic work The Warsaw Concerto. The programme will be recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Friday 27 November.
Tickets to attend the concert recording are free, but must be booked. To book tickets, call the Box Office on 0845 548 7650, or book online here