A celebration of one of the world's most versatile lyricists, the Oscar-winning Don Black, with the man himself in attendance.

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, celebrates the work of Don Black in which a selection of his most renowned songs are performed live and accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Don Black also takes to the stage to talk 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 can 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.

Special Guests
Michael Ball
Brian May
Katie Melua
Eliza Doolittle
David Arnold
Only Men Aloud
Laura Wright
Marti Webb
Marc Almond
Preeya Kalidas
Gregory Porter
Frances Ruffelle
Mary Jess Leaverland
Richard Stilgoe
Kerry Ellis
Maria Friedman
BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Mike Dixon

Unfortunately, due to illness, Elaine Paige will no longer be performing in this concert. However, we are very pleased to announce that Maria Friedman will be joining us at short notice to perform.

The event will be filmed. By attending ticket holders give their consent to being filmed.


BBC Concert Orchestra
Michael Grade presenter
Don Black
with special guests