Craig Charles teams up with the BBC Philharmonic

BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music presenter Craig Charles is teaming up with the BBC Philharmonic once again to create a spooky, alternative fairy-tale poem set to orchestral music.

Written by Craig, the Scary Fairy concert will be presented by BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin and opens with a feast of popular orchestral classics, before Craig takes to the stage with the orchestra. Craig will tell Scary Fairy’s version of the story of Hansel and Gretel, the brother and sister who lose their way in the woods and come across a seemingly welcoming gingerbread house.

His poem will be accompanied by a brand new score cooked up by Iain Farrington and conducted by Clark Rundell.

Craig Charles, says: “It’s a fairy tale for children of all ages. As for the first time we lift the lid on what really happened in the dark woods all those years ago. Hansel and Gretel will make you sleep with the light on and check under your bed for years to come”.

BBC Philharmonic General Manager, Simon Webb, says: “Following the success of Craig’s first Scary Fairy collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic (Little Red Riding Hood for Hallowe’en last year) I anticipate this performance being a highlight of our year.

“Our regular work across the full range of BBC radio stations allows us to perform with people who are not necessarily associated with orchestras and orchestral music, and these unlikely partnerships have become a hallmark of the BBC Philharmonic, and the collaborative nature of our home in BBC North.”

The programme will be recorded for broadcast from BBC Philharmonic’s studio in Salford, and will broadcast during a special Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2 on 6 January 2017.

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