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Classic FM Live is back!

By Sam Jackson

What are you up to on Thursday 19th April?  I realise you’re a very busy person (you’re no doubt already double-booked with a couple of can’t-be-missed-under-any-circumstances social engagements) but if you happen to be free that night, can I make a suggestion?  Why not join us for a huge great party at London’s Royal Albert Hall, complete with tons of music, a whole stack of fireworks and some of the best performers in the business?

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been putting the finishing touches to a particularly marvellous line-up for Classic FM Live, which we think you’re going to really enjoy.  Classic FM’s partner orchestra in Yorkshire, the Orchestra of Opera North, will be joining us on the night, conducted by the charismatic Jac van Steen.  We’ll also hear the fantastic trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth, who wowed us all at the Royal Albert Hall last year, the incredibly talented clarinettist Michael Collins, and the brilliant young soprano Laura Wright.

One of the things we love to to at Classic FM Live is champion up-and-coming artists – and, this April, we have someone who’s really very special.  About a year ago now, John Suchet and I were lucky enough to hear a young Uzbek pianist called Behzod Abduraimov perform in London.  I have to confess, neither of us had ever heard of him – but Decca Classics (who’d just given him a record deal) invited us to go along and give his playing a listen.  WOW.  What a pianist this young man turned out to be.  He played the piano so quickly, and with such precision, that the whole instrument started moving across the stage (looking back, I think someone must have forgotten to put the brake on, but it ended up working in Behzod’s favour as the whole spectacle was both amusing and impressive at the same time).  On 19th April, you’ll get to see and hear the phenomenal talents of Behzod Abduraimov for yourself, when he performs the whole of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 at Classic FM Live.  He won the London International Piano Competition in 2009, he’s got a recording contract with one of the world’s most prestigious classical labels under his belt, and now he’s performing a concerto in the UK – just for you.

If you STILL need convincing, here are three quick reasons as to why you need to book your ticket to Classic FM Live:

1.  There’ll be fireworks.  Lots of ’em.

2. The orchestral favourites on the night will include Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Khachaturian’s Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

3. If you’re a man, you could bump into Jamie Crick or Alan Titchmarsh in the gents.  And if you’re a woman, you may well find yourself washing your hands next to Myleene Klass or Margherita Taylor.  I know.  You can barely contain your excitement…

To find out more, just click on the homepage, or call the Royal Albert Hall Box Office on 020 7589 8212.  And I hope we’ll see you there!


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