The xx and Richard Hawley to team up with BBC Philharmonic orchestra for free concerts

There will also be an evening with Ren Harvieu singing a selection of James Bond themes

The xx and Richard Hawley are to team up with the BBC Philharmonic orchestra for two special concerts later this year.

Both concerts are free and will be held in venues in the North of England, as well as in the BBC Philharmonic Studio at the BBC’s new Media City buildings in Salford. The xx have been confirmed to perform in the town of Bridlington on September 19.

The xx’s show will consist of them playing brand new material as well as tracks from their two studio albums.


The new material has been written by composer Alex Baranowski, who has most recently worked on the National Theatre’s productions Hamlet and Frankenstein.

According to BBC News, Baranowski, has said that the show would be “a mixture of arrangements of songs” from The xx’s first two albums “along with some new orchestral material”. Hawley, meanwhile, will perform his songs alongside an orchestra for the first time live.

There will also be an evening hosted by the BBC’s Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode, with Ren Harvieu singing a selection of James Bond themes as the pair try to establish what the best one of all time is.

This is the second year the BBC Philharmonic has collaborated with a big-name artist after they worked Nero to create an 18-minute dubstep orchestra last year.

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