BBC Concert Orchestra
The BBC Concert Orchestra, one of the UK’s most versatile ensembles, are based at Watford Colosseum and their mission is to bring inspiring musical experiences to everyone, everywhere.
You can hear them perform on the world’s longest-running live music programme, BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night, most weeks. Its old school radio made live with audiences who love its mix of stars, new talent and the big occasion.
Watford Colosseum has hosted the following Friday Night is Music Night performances:
- Friday Night Is Music Night presents Aliens, Sharks and Spies – the sizzling blockbusters of the 70s prsented by Mark Kermode
- Friday Night Is Music Night present The Swashbucklers!, presented by Michael Praed (picture below)
- Friday Night is Music Night presents Happy Birthday John Williams, presented by Ken Bruce
- Friday Night is Music Night presents You Should Be Dancing, presented by Ken Bruce
- Friday Night is Music Night presents Friday Night is Gilbert and Sullivan Night, presented by Ken Bruce
- Friday Night is Music Night presents Top That, presented by Anton Du Beke with Guest Appearance from Lee Mead
- Friday Night Is Music Night presents Wickedly Good, a live concert starring Kerry Ellis. With special guests Brian May (Queen); Ramin Karimloo (Phantom of the Opera) and Jonathan Ansell (G4)
- Friday Night Is Music Night presents A Salute to The Ivor Novello Awards, presented by Paul Gambaccini
- Friday Night Is Music Night presents Come and Sing Broadway (view the picture gallery on BBC Concert Orchestra's website)
Over on BBC Radio 3, the Orchestra search out the unusual and quirky, profile classical masterpieces and never forget to entertain. This year as an Associate Orchestra at the Southbank Centre they have presented Alistair McGowan in 1920’s Paris, maverick organist Cameron Carpenter in a Terry Riley UK premiere, British Jazz commissions at the EFG London Jazz Festival and Finnish music of various hues with Värttinä.
Listen out for the orchestra on TV; you can hear BBC Concert Orchestra on the soundtracks of The Paradise and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell to name but two.
And what about the world’s largest classical music festival, the BBC Proms? They perform there every summer, both in the Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park for the party that is Proms in the Park.
In the east and south west of England, the BBC Concert Orchestra are bringing BBC Music’s phenomenon Ten Pieces to school-age children and have produced Singing for the Brain sessions with the Alzheimer’s Society. Also for BBC Music, they were at Earls Court for the inaugural BBC Music awards and appeared as the “impossible orchestra” alongside 27 star performers in the film and CD release of God Only Knows.