Elbow announce one-off concert with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

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The setlist may include "an extra Christmas treat", say the BBC.

Elbow are to play a special one-off concert with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra next month.

The concert will take place in the BBC Philharmonic studio at Mediacity Salford Quays on December 21. Starting at 3pm, it will be broadcast live on BBR Radio 6 Music with Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie hosting.

The concert will then be available to watch on BBC iPlayer and Red Button from 21 December until Boxing Day.

The BBC said in a press release that the band’s setlist will include classic Elbow tracks as well as songs from this year’s ‘Little Fictions’ album, adding: “There may also be an extra Christmas treat too!”

Earlier this month, this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert was unveiled, featuring Elbow’s cover of The Beatles’ ‘Golden Slumbers’.

The two-minute advert tells the story of Moz the Monster, who becomes unlikely friends with seven-year-old Joe after the youngster discovers him living under his bed. It was directed by Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind helmer Michel Gondry. After it premiered, some viewers complained that the much-anticipated advert failed to make them cry.

Describing their involvement in the advert, Elbow’s Guy Garvey said at the time: “This project was such a pleasure. Michel Gondry and the song did all the work for us. We are really proud to be involved.”