BBC Big Band

BBC Big Band


Saturday 3 December 2016 Download Calendar

The Lyric


Conductor: Barry Forgie
Guest Vocalists: Jeff Hooper

Join the internationally acclaimed BBC Big Band, conductor Barry Forgie, and the extraordinary vocal talents of vocalists Jeff Hooper, for a fun-filled programme of festive favourites – with a swing twist!

A real Christmas cracker of a programme, featuring big band settings of favourite yule-tide numbers such as Let It Snow, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year and Mel Tormé’s The Christmas Song – and much more. Plus a selection of sparkling Big Band classics to warm you up on a winter’s night.

The perfect swinging start to your Christmas festivities!

About the Artists:

The BBC Big Band:
Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading and most versatile Orchestras, The BBC Big Band continues to delight audiences around the world through their broadcasts on BBC Radio and their live performances.

In addition to its regular studio and concert recordings, the BBC Big Band regularly gives live performances at major venues around the UK, as well as touring with major music artists abroad. Within the UK, the BBC Big Band is perhaps best known for its show Big Band Special on BBC Radio 2, as well its appearances on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line Up. Its performances also reach huge global audiences through its regular broadcasts for the BBC World Service, satellite radio and via the internet.

Jeff Hooper:
Early in his career Jeff worked with the likes of Matt Monro (who taught him how to tie a bow tie!), Morecambe and Wise and Stephane Grapelli. He sang with Dame Shirley Bassey and Sir Tom Jones at the opening of the National Assembly of Wales and has appeared on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night on numerous occasions. Jeff is a long-time collaborator with lyricist Hal David (of Bacharach and David fame) and has performed new songs by him at David’s request.

Jeff’s work is prolific, with overseas concert tours, weekly radio shows and regular performances across Britain and beyond. Jeff was chosen to front and direct the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Tour Band across and has also featured in TV and radio commercials for Skoda, Jeep and VW Motors.

‘I was totally blown away … his vocal range is stunning, and he swings too! A real treat’
Claire Martin OBE BBC Radio 3

Run time: 2hrs 10mins (approx)

Pricing & Concessions

Sat 7.30pm

Price band A: £26
Price band B: £23
Price band C £21
Price band D £19
Price band E: £16 (Restricted View)

No concessions