Friday Night Is Music Night

Friday Night Is Music Night




Friday Night has been Music Night for 60 years and the world’s longest-running live music programme on radio celebrates the big birthday in some style.

It was first heard on Friday 25 September 1953 on the old Light Programme, described as “Radio’s Hall of Melody and Song”, and created as a vehicle for the newly formed BBC Concert Orchestra under conductor Sidney Torch. He was an organist, pianist and the composer of the signature tune for radio’s Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh and his many arrangements for the Concert Orchestra have become regular Friday Night favourites.

Here — with the help of such singers as Russell Watson and Marilyn Hill-Smith — the orchestra pays tribute to some of the stars who have appeared at the microphone over the years and features music by well-loved composers, including Cole Porter, Ivor Novello, Eric Coates and John Williams.


Ken Bruce introduces a performance by the BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Roderick Dunk to mark the 60th anniversary of Friday Night Is Music Night. The are joined by guests Russell Watson, Wynne Evans, Marilyn Hill Smith, Mary Carewe and London Voices in a programme including music by Ivor Novello, Cole Porter, Eric Coates, John Williams and Antonin Dvorak. First broadcast in September.