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Classic FM Live
Classic FM Live returns to the Royal Albert Hall for a fantastic evening of classical favourites, accompanied by amazing lights and fireworks.
Guest performers include the chart-topping New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra, the outstanding 25-year-old pianist Joseph Moog performing the famous Grieg Piano Concerto, and the massed forces of the Central Band of the Royal Air Force playing various regal favourites.
The Royal Northern Sinfonia, the orchestra for the night, will be joined by the Crouch End Festival Chorus for a selection of choral classics, and the evening's entertainment will conclude in rousing style with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
Don't miss one of the biggest nights in the classical music calendar, in the company of all your favourite Classic FM presenters!
At the age of 12, Westenra entered a professional recording studio to record Walking in the Air, a demo album done for friends and family; only about 1000 copies were made. Some time later, after finishing her album, both Hayley and her sister, Sophie, busked in the Christchurch streets. The pair drew a large crowd, and one woman asked the girls if they had ever recorded anything. This woman turned out to be a journalist with CTV, and asked Hayley to appear on air. A concert promotion company watched the show, and signed her to the Universal New Zealand Label.
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The Central Band Of The Royal Air Force
A military wind band made up of the finest musicians in the Royal Air Force. They perform a mixture of military, light classical and big band music.
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Crouch End Festival Chorus
Crouch End Festival Chorus is one of the UK’s leading symphonic choirs. Based in north London, it was founded in 1984 by David Temple and John Gregson. David has remained as music director ever since, shaping the choir’s progress as it has built a fine reputation in the UK and internationally. With some 150 singers on its books, CEFC is known for its versatility and eclectic repertoire, ranging from the traditional classical works to modern and specially commissioned pieces. The Chorus promotes its own concerts at major venues such as the Barbican Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, while also celebrating its local roots with performances in north London.
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Joseph Moog, The Royal Northern Sinfonia
Royal Albert Hall
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