The BBC Philharmonic, which is based at MediaCityUK, will be showing off its full repertoire, playing a vast array of musical styles between September and October.
Performing live at Dock10, it will be teaming up with the Culture Club, Clean Bandit, John Grant and more for a series of shows, which will be broadcast across 7 of the BBC’s national radio networks as well as a special for BBC Radio Manchester.
BBC Philharmonic Presents runs from 10th September to 17th October and it all kicks off on BBC Radio One. Zane Lowe will host a performance of a new orchestral arrangement, based on Clean Bandit’s debut album, New Eyes.
For Radio 2, Culture Club will revisit Colour By Numbers. Jarvis Cocker will present a special edition Wireless Nights for Radio 4; and Radio 5 Live will relive the 2012 Ryder Cup with The Symphony of Medinah.
John Grant will perform with the orchestra for BBC 6 Music; a section of BBC Radio 3’s In Tune will simulcast with Blue Peter live on CBBC as the orchestra shows off its repertoire for the Ten Pieces schools project. BBC Asian Network will celebrate the music of one of India’s greatest film composers, RD Burman.
Finally, there will be a reflection on World War One as the recollections of a local Salford man are set to music and performed live on BBC Radio Manchester in Imperial War Museum North.
“These unique collaborations will bring together the internationally renowned BBC Philharmonic and globally acclaimed artists, showcasing some wonderfully diverse music to our audiences and engaging listeners across the country through our national radio networks. There will be something for everyone,” said Bob Shennan, director of BBC Music.
Tickets for all the shows are free and will be allocated via random ballot, with 30% of all tickets going to local Salford residents.