Thu 3rd Oct at 7:30pm
A Life In Song
@ Royal Festival Hall, London
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A Life In Song: Don Black + Only Men Aloud + Michael Ball + Marti Webb + Mary-Jess Leaverland + Richard Stilgoe + The BBC Concert Orchestra
A celebration of one of the world's most versatile lyricists, the Oscar-winning Don Black, with the man himself in attendance.
Black has written many of the greatest and most instantly recognisable songs of the last 60 years. He has written for TV, Film and Musical Theatre. His world-wide success has taken him from his roots in Hackney all the way to Hollywood.
This show, hosted by Michael Grade and featuring an array of very special guests artists, celebrates the work of Don Black in which a selection of his most renowned songs are performed live by the special guests artists and accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Don Black also takes to the stage to talk with Michael Grade about his life, the inspiration for his songs, the composers he has worked with and telling anecdotes about how some of the songs came about.
A truly special evening where you can only hear these fabulous songs performed but also get the chance to step into the life and mind of one of the country's most respected songwriters.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
Oscar-winning Don Black is one of Britain’s most successful and versatile lyricists. Black has written many of the greatest and most instantly recognisable songs of the last 60 years for TV, Film and Musical Theatre. Songs like ‘Born Free’, ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ and musicals like ‘Sunset Boulevard’, ‘Billy’ and ‘Aspects of Love’ have helped define popular culture. His world-wide success has taken him from his roots in Hackney all the way to Hollywood.
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Started in 2000 by Tim Rhys-Evans, the choir's aim is to tackle music not usually performed by traditional male voice choirs. Since winning BBC One ‘Last Choir Standing’ in 2008 Only Men Aloud have gone on to sell hundreds of thousands of albums, were awarded album of the year at the Classical Brits and performed at some of the world’s most prestigious events.
Now reinvented as an 8 piece vocal ensemble, the current official line up of Only Men Aloud is Wyn Davies, David Fortey, Ben Smith, David Mahoney, Craig Yates, Niall Allen, Stephen Hamnett and Huw Euron.
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Michael Ball is one of Britain's most famous musical performers, having starred in countless Broadway and West End shows. In 1998, he won the Variety Club of Britain's Best Recording Act Award and has a loyal and dedicated fan base. As well as on stage, he performs regularly on television and film and is a committed charity worker. He has a very special place in the hearts of his fans who have supported him for over twenty years.
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Actress and star of many of the best known musicals from the West End, such as Cats, Evita, Half A Sixpence and Oliver.
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Mary-Jess Leaverland made world headlines for being the British student who won the Chinese version of the X Factor while abroad as part of her Chinese and Music degree.
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Quick-witted songster full of charm, wit, satire and songs that will dazzle and delight.
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Now celebrating a half century of broadcasting, this versatile orchestra varies its range from classical works and grand opera to light music and popular songs. They are regular performers at the Last Night of the Proms and their wide-ranging and eclectic repertoire can be heard on Radio and TV, including The Blue Planet soundtrack and Proms in the Park and on the concert platform with artists such as The Corrs, Nigel Kennedy and José Cura.
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