Popular BBC radio programme set to record in Billingham

Joe Stilgoe will host the evening and perform with the BBC Big Band.
Joe Stilgoe will host the evening and perform with the BBC Big Band.

A long-running BBC radio programme is to be recorded in Billingham later this month.

Friday Night is Music Night will record a one-off programme at The Forum on Wednesday, March 29.

The popular live BBC Radio 2 show will feature internationally-acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter Joe Stilgoe, with his Big Band Bonanza.

He will host the evening and perform with the BBC Big Band.

Radio Two editor Al Booth said: “The Friday Night is Music Night team welcome the chance to travel around the country, bringing the world’s longest running live music programme to all corners of the UK, and we’re looking forward to bringing a jam-packed evening of musical entertainment to Teesside.

"I hope the people who live in and around Billingham will come along and enjoy the Big Band Bonanza.”

Among those set to perform are jazz legend Madeleine Bell and British singer and pianist Anthony Strong.

The show will be filled with the country's leading jazz talent, while the BBC Big Band will be conducted by Chris Egan.

Mr Stilgoe is regarded as one of the world's best singer-pianists, touring the world with his band as as a solo act.

He made his solo debut at the Edinburgh Fringe last summer, with his sell-out show - 'One Hour!' - earning much praise.

His second album, 'We Look To The Stars', was released earlier this year, and went straight to the top of the jazz charts.

Tickets for Friday Night Is Music Night are available from Billingham Forum Theatre by calling 01642 552663, with the box office open from Monday to Saturday between 10am and 6pm.

Bookings can also be made online at www.forumtheatrebillingham.co.uk

The show will be recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 2 later in the year.