Sunday, 12 June 2016

A fanfare, Dear Old Ivor, the rumbling Mississippi and Totty of the Day

It's a miserable, wet Sunday [lord knows how those hundreds of people who booked places at the "Patrons' Picnic" today on The Mall must be feeling; soggy I expect], so what more appropriate way to brighten the day than a selection of the array of talent we saw on stage at the Hackney Empire for the Queen's Birthday special live edition of Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night?

Julian appeared as Charles Blake in "Downton Abbey", and was also naked on stage in the gay play "My Night With Reg".

First up, a new "Totty of the Day", the rather gorgeous Julian Ovenden [who wore a most flattering suit on stage; from three rows back in the stalls we could admire his - ahem! - prominent talents...] - here live at the Proms singing Younger than Springtime:

"Top of the bill" was Sir Willard White [whose bass-baritone voice, even in his seventieth year, is utterly incredible] - here's Ol' Man River:

...and also on stage was the lovely soprano Sarah Fox [whose renditions of Ivor Novello were the sweetest we've heard] - she just Can't Help Singing:

With the BBC Concert Orchestra at its very best, and the added treat of the [gay fantasy-uniformed] Fanfare Trumpet team of the RAF College, it was a really great night's entertainment!

Friday Night is Music Night on the BBC.

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