Friday Night Is Music Night

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Bacharach and David20131004
Bacharach and David20131004
EastEnders20150213
EastEnders20150213Friday Night is EastEnders Night . As part of the BBC One soap's 30th anniversary celebrations Barbara Windsor and EastEnders past and present gather for an evening of music, song and a good old cockney knees-up at London's Hackney Empire.||In February 1985 BBC One Controller Michael Grade launched his new look evening schedule. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays a live chat show hosted by none other than Radio 2's Terry Wogan. Tuesdays and Thursdays were to be a brand new drama series - a soap - to challenge its 25 year old ITV rival Coronation Street - the series was called EastEnders.||Created by producer Julia Smith and script editor Tony Holland EastEnders was set in a fictional square in London E20. It was a world of strong East End families (the Fowlers, the Beales, the Watts, the Mitchells) and cantankerous East End matriarchs ( Lou Beale, Pauline Fowler, Mo Harris, Pat Butcher and Peggy Mitchell). Plus, of course, a splattering of East End villains - Dirty Den, Nick Cotton, Trevor Morgan and Archie Mitchell. Its aim was to portray real life with gritty and often controversial storylines.||How we love a whodunnit! Who did kill Lucy Beale? Who shot Phil? Who murdered Archie Mitchell? 30 years on EastEnders is a substantial success for the BBC.Sold and shown worldwide , 3 decades on it is still attracting a large share of the TV viewing audience.||Tonight, BBC Radio 2 and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Mike Dixon invite EastEnders past and present to let their hair down and take to the stage of the Hackney Empire. As it turns out many EastEnders are also West Enders having trod the boards and learnt their trade in musical theatre. Tonight's guests include Shona McGarty(Whitney Dean), Tameka Empson(Kim Fox)Declan Bennett(Charlie Cotton), Bobby Davro (Vinnie Monks) and Johnny Partridge(Christian Clarke). We recall the history and some favourite doff-doff moments - the cliff-hanger at the end of each episode illustrated by a drum break to entice us back to the next episode...doff, doff, doff, doff, doff,doff,doff, doff,doff.....||Concert recorded at the Hackney Empire on 27th January 2015.
EastEnders20150213Friday Night is EastEnders Night . As part of the BBC One soap's 30th anniversary celebrations Barbara Windsor and EastEnders past and present gather for an evening of music, song and a good old cockney knees-up at London's Hackney Empire.||In February 1985 BBC One Controller Michael Grade launched his new look evening schedule. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays a live chat show hosted by none other than Radio 2's Terry Wogan. Tuesdays and Thursdays were to be a brand new drama series - a soap - to challenge its 25 year old ITV rival Coronation Street - the series was called EastEnders.||Created by producer Julia Smith and script editor Tony Holland EastEnders was set in a fictional square in London E20. It was a world of strong East End families (the Fowlers, the Beales, the Watts, the Mitchells) and cantankerous East End matriarchs ( Lou Beale, Pauline Fowler, Mo Harris, Pat Butcher and Peggy Mitchell). Plus, of course, a splattering of East End villains - Dirty Den, Nick Cotton, Trevor Morgan and Archie Mitchell. Its aim was to portray real life with gritty and often controversial storylines.||How we love a whodunnit! Who did kill Lucy Beale? Who shot Phil? Who murdered Archie Mitchell? 30 years on EastEnders is a substantial success for the BBC.Sold and shown worldwide , 3 decades on it is still attracting a large share of the TV viewing audience.||Tonight, BBC Radio 2 and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Mike Dixon invite EastEnders past and present to let their hair down and take to the stage of the Hackney Empire. As it turns out many EastEnders are also West Enders having trod the boards and learnt their trade in musical theatre. Tonight's guests include Shona McGarty(Whitney Dean), Tameka Empson(Kim Fox)Declan Bennett(Charlie Cotton), Bobby Davro (Vinnie Monks) and Johnny Partridge(Christian Clarke). We recall the history and some favourite doff-doff moments - the cliff-hanger at the end of each episode illustrated by a drum break to entice us back to the next episode...doff, doff, doff, doff, doff,doff,doff, doff,doff.....||Concert recorded at the Hackney Empire on 27th January 2015.
Elaine Paige20141205
Ivor Novello20140926
Ivor Novello2014092620150109 (R2)Friday Night is Music Night - Ken Bruce presents a special concert celebrating the music of Ivor Novello.||As a taster to Russell Davis's documentary next month Friday Night is Music Night presents a special concert featuring the songs of David Ivor Davies - or as we know him Ivor Novello. Although his shows are rarely staged today his music is a popular staple diet of Radio 2's Friday night show.||Actor, playwright, composer, songwriter , and dubbed one of the most handsome men in British Theatre , Ivor Novello was born in Cardiff in 1893. His father was a tax collector and his mother a distinguished soprano and music teacher - Clara Novello Davies.||He gained his first major success with a popular song written 100 years ago at the start of the First World War - Keep the Home Fires Burning. Numerous hit shows followed in which he took the leading role.||In this Friday Night is Music Night we feature songs from his great romantic musicals - including Glamorous Night(1935), Careless Rapture(1936), The Dancing Years(1939), Perchance to Dream(1945), King's Rhapsody(1949) and Gay's the Word(1951).||He died suddenly in 1951 in his flat above the Strand Theatre in London. 7000 mourners lined the streets at his funeral.||The BBC Concert Orchestra is conducted by Richard Balcombe with singers Wynne Evans, Sarah Fox, Charlotte Baptie and Lucy Williamson. The show is broadcast live from the Mermaid Theatre in London.
Ivor Novello2014092620150109 (R2)Friday Night is Music Night - Ken Bruce presents a special concert celebrating the music of Ivor Novello.||As a taster to Russell Davis's documentary next month Friday Night is Music Night presents a special concert featuring the songs of David Ivor Davies - or as we know him Ivor Novello. Although his shows are rarely staged today his music is a popular staple diet of Radio 2's Friday night show.||Actor, playwright, composer, songwriter , and dubbed one of the most handsome men in British Theatre , Ivor Novello was born in Cardiff in 1893. His father was a tax collector and his mother a distinguished soprano and music teacher - Clara Novello Davies.||He gained his first major success with a popular song written 100 years ago at the start of the First World War - Keep the Home Fires Burning. Numerous hit shows followed in which he took the leading role.||In this Friday Night is Music Night we feature songs from his great romantic musicals - including Glamorous Night(1935), Careless Rapture(1936), The Dancing Years(1939), Perchance to Dream(1945), King's Rhapsody(1949) and Gay's the Word(1951).||He died suddenly in 1951 in his flat above the Strand Theatre in London. 7000 mourners lined the streets at his funeral.||The BBC Concert Orchestra is conducted by Richard Balcombe with singers Wynne Evans, Sarah Fox, Charlotte Baptie and Lucy Williamson. The show is broadcast live from the Mermaid Theatre in London.
Off the Wireless and on the Box20150130
Off the Wireless and on the Box20150130Friday Night is Music Night - On the Wireless and Off the Box - Ken Bruce presents a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the BBC Light Programme. |When peace came to Europe in 1945 the BBC set about fulfilling a promise to its listeners that within 90 days of VE day they would return the airwaves to near normal and introduce improved services. On the Radio Times cover of 27th July the then Director General - William Haley - announced the roll out of 6 regional Home Services and a brand new venture, The Light Programme.||Haley said "It will be built for the civilian listener. Developing its own special character it will, we hope, be one of the most successful ventures the BBC has undertaken. It is necessary to stress this idea of development. ....the way must always be open for something better and something new. ... The BBC must not cease to innovate. Listeners will be tolerant towards experiment (even though not always successful) for it is only out of ceaseless experiment that still better broadcasting will come. Radio is still a new art"||The Light Programme was launched on 29th July 1945 . The first sound on the network was an arrangement of Oranges and Lemons by the BBC Theatre Orchestra - an ensemble of BBC musicians who would later be re-named and re-grouped as the BBC Concert Orchestra . The Light Programme - much loved, much missed, though often derided for being ... well... "light"... but during its 22 years on air its schedules were crammed with talented musicians, writers, actors and comedians. It was here we first Listened with Mother, Journeyed Into Space, took our Pick of the Pops asked Twenty Questions and passed the odd 30 minutes with one Antony Aloysius St John Hancock.||The Light Programme was to last until September 1967 when it split to form the brand new Radios 1 and 2. In our concert tonight Ken Bruce curates us through the Light Programme archives with the help of the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Gavin Sutherland with guests Roy Hudd, Kitty Whately(mezzo soprano), Simon Butteriss(baritone) and Tim Fitzhigham and Duncan Walsh-Atkins .||The concert is broadcast live from the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London as part of the London Southbank's Changing Britain season - looking at British History of the last 70 years.
Off the Wireless and on the Box20150130Friday Night is Music Night - On the Wireless and Off the Box - Ken Bruce presents a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the BBC Light Programme. |When peace came to Europe in 1945 the BBC set about fulfilling a promise to its listeners that within 90 days of VE day they would return the airwaves to near normal and introduce improved services. On the Radio Times cover of 27th July the then Director General - William Haley - announced the roll out of 6 regional Home Services and a brand new venture, The Light Programme.||Haley said "It will be built for the civilian listener. Developing its own special character it will, we hope, be one of the most successful ventures the BBC has undertaken. It is necessary to stress this idea of development. ....the way must always be open for something better and something new. ... The BBC must not cease to innovate. Listeners will be tolerant towards experiment (even though not always successful) for it is only out of ceaseless experiment that still better broadcasting will come. Radio is still a new art"||The Light Programme was launched on 29th July 1945 . The first sound on the network was an arrangement of Oranges and Lemons by the BBC Theatre Orchestra - an ensemble of BBC musicians who would later be re-named and re-grouped as the BBC Concert Orchestra . The Light Programme - much loved, much missed, though often derided for being ... well... "light"... but during its 22 years on air its schedules were crammed with talented musicians, writers, actors and comedians. It was here we first Listened with Mother, Journeyed Into Space, took our Pick of the Pops asked Twenty Questions and passed the odd 30 minutes with one Antony Aloysius St John Hancock.||The Light Programme was to last until September 1967 when it split to form the brand new Radios 1 and 2. In our concert tonight Ken Bruce curates us through the Light Programme archives with the help of the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Gavin Sutherland with guests Roy Hudd, Kitty Whately(mezzo soprano), Simon Butteriss(baritone) and Tim Fitzhigham and Duncan Walsh-Atkins .||The concert is broadcast live from the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London as part of the London Southbank's Changing Britain season - looking at British History of the last 70 years.
We Can Be Heroes20141017