BBC Radio 2 has announced the line-up for the upcoming Friday Night Is Music Night shows at the London Palladium.
The show, which is the world’s longest-running live orchestral radio programme, will air three concerts, each celebrating the life and music of three of the most influential musical artists of recent years.
Former Keane frontman Tom Chaplin will be performing a repertoire of Queen songs on November 7. Chaplin – who achieved 4 UK Number 1 albums with Keane and one Top 10 album, The Wave, as a solo artist – said in a statement that it'll be "a lot of hard work" to match the “intricacy and brilliance” of Queen’s music.
Later in the month on November 21, Grammy-award winning soul star Peabo Bryson will celebrate Barry White’s esteemed career. Bryson has achieved UK chart success in the past with singles taken from classic Disney soundtracks, including the title track from Beauty and the Beast with Celine Dion, and A Whole New World from the Aladdin soundtrack with Regina Belle.
Finally, three-time BRIT awards nominee Beverley Knight will pay homage to Stevie Wonder on Thursday, November 22. She revealed she’s “counting down the days” until the concert, adding: "to be given the opportunity to perform songs by Stevie Wonder, one of my lifelong idols, with an incredible 24-piece orchestra accompanying me, is a true honour”.
The performers will be backed by a 24-piece orchestra and will each cover a range of songs from their respective artists’ musical catalogue.
The concerts will be recorded live at the London Palladium and broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in January 2019. Tickets for all shows are on sale from 9.00am on Friday October 19.