Join the internationally acclaimed BBC Big Band, conductor Barry Forgie and the extraordinary vocal talents of vocalist Emer McParland, for a fun-filled programme of festive favourites - with a Swing twist!
A real Christmas cracker of a programme, featuring big band versions of your favourite Christmas Carols alongside popular yule-tide numbers such as Santa Baby, I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, Baby It’s Cold Outside, through to Diana Krall’s version of Jingle Bells – to name just a few. The programme will also feature a selection of sparkling Big Band and Swing classics to warm you up on a winter’s night.
The perfect swinging start to your Christmas festivities!
'A wonderful band!' Tony Bennett
'Joyous...!' George Benson
'They brilliantly continue the tradition of Big Band music. As such they are important, as well as marvelous!' Michael Parkinson
About the Artists:
The BBC Big Band:
Widely regarded as one of 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.
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 perhaps best known for its show Big Band Special on BBC Radio 2, as well its appearances on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line Up. Its performances also reach huge global audiences through its regular broadcasts for the BBC World Service, satellite radio and via the internet.
Trained at Trinity College of Music in London, Emer’s unique versatility has led her to be involved in various music projects. These have included singing on movie soundtracks such as Mission Impossible 2, Sleepy Hollow and The Mummy Returns, as well as being featured along include popular music artists such as diverse as Peter Gabriel, Katherine Jenkins and Bjork.
Emer's heart lies in live work, and she has appeared at some of the UK’s premier music venues, including The Royal Albert Hall, London’s legendary jazz venue Ronnie Scott's, as well as London’s Hyde Park. Her orchestral experience includes appearances with the RTE Concert Orchestra (Ireland) and The BBC Concert Orchestra and, of course, the wonderful BBC Big Band.