BBC Big Band

BBC Big Band

Conductor & Musical Director:  Barry Forgie

Join the internationally acclaimed BBC Big Band and conductor Barry Forgie for a celebration the very best of big band, jazz and swing.

Widely regarded as the world’s leading and most versatile Orchestras, The BBC Big Band continues to delight audiences around the world through their broadcasts on BBC Radio and their live performances.

The Band’s musical collaborations read like a ‘who’s who’ of the international music scene, and have included artists as diverse as:  Tony Bennett, Martin Taylor, Robert Palmer, Louis Stewart, Van Morrison, Amy Winehouse, Mel Torme, Clark Terry, Michael Buble,  Dr John, George Benson, Van Morrison, Georgie Fame and Ray Charles … to name just a few!

In addition to its regular studio and concert recordings, the BBC Big Band regularly gives live performances at major venues around the UK, as well as touring with major music artists abroad. Within the UK, the BBC Big Band is probably best known for its show Big Band Special on BBC Radio 2, as well its appearances on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line Up and BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night. Its performances also reach huge global audiences through its regular broadcasts for the BBC World Service, satellite radio and via the internet.

Live performances have included numerous appearances London’s Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms and also at the ‘Proms in the Park’ series in Hyde Park; at major festivals such as Aberdeen, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Great North and Brecon; as well as performances at the UK’s premier concert venues, such as Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Snape Maltings, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and The Sage Gateshead.

A wonderful band!   
Tony Bennett

They brilliantly continue the tradition of Big Band music. As such they are important, as well as marvellous!   
Michael Parkinson

World-class musicians … a brilliant musical force
The Telegraph