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Don Black A Life in Song

An Oscar winner and one of the world’s most versatile lyricists, Don 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 (to be announced) celebrates the work of Don Black in which a selection of his most renowned songs will be performed live by the special guests artists and accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra. Don Black will also be on stage talking 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’ll not 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 repsected songwriters. The show is also being filmed for broadcast by the BBC at a later date

Some of the most renowned songs ever recorded, written by Don Black: Diamonds are Forever, Man with the Golden Gun, Surrender (Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, Born Free, Ben, To Sir With Love, Sunset Boulevard, The Italian Job, Love Changes Everything, Tell Me On A Sunday, Dances With Wolves, Out of Africa and many more

Music performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra, hosted by Michael Grade.

Guest artists include: Brian May, David Arnold, Eliza Doolittle, Frances Ruffle, Gary Wilmot, Gregory Porter, Joanna Riding, Katie Melua, Kerry Ellis, Laura Wright, Marti Webb, Mary-Jess, Marc Almond, Mria Friedman, Michael Ball, Only Men Aloud, Preeya Kalida and Richard Stilgoe

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