Jarvis Cocker joins campaign to broaden appeal of orchestral music

Pulp frontman joins Clean Bandit, John Grant and Culture Club in BBC season designed to showcase orchestral music

Jarvis Cocker is set to work with an orchestra on a special edition of his Radio 4 show as part of a campaign designed to broaden the appeal of orchestral music.

Culture Club will also be involved alongside the Pulp frontman while Clean Bandit will stage a new symphony based on their album ‘New Eyes’. Radio 1 will broadcast the band’s effort on September 10, the day that the campaign begins.

A special version of Jarvis Cocker’s Wireless Nights programme will see the frontman-turned-radio host work with an orchestra for a one-off Radio 4 broadcast. Meanwhile, John Grant will perform songs from his album ‘Pale Green Ghosts’ backed by a 90-person orchestra as BBC 6Music’s contribution to the campaign.

The BBC Philharmonic Presents campaign also looks to involve young people with Radio 3 and Blue Peter working together on a concert featuring music from the BBC’s Ten Pieces project. Elsewhere, Radio 5 live will tell the story of the 2012 Ryder Cup through music, narration and poetry in ‘The Symphony of Medinah’.

Bob Shennan, director of BBC Music, said: “These unique collaborations will bring together the internationally renowned BBC Philharmonic and globally acclaimed artists, showcasing some wonderfully diverse music to our audiences and engaging listeners across the country through our national radio networks.”

Tickets for the concerts, taking place in September and October at BBC North in Salford, will be free and allocated by ballot.