The British Police Symphony Orchestra is proud to celebrate its 30th Anniversary with a Charity Gala Concert at the Royal Albert Hall. This concert will feature over 670 performers, drawn from the police service throughout the United Kingdom, including massed choirs, pipe-bands and fanfare brass.
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The programme of music guarantees something for everyone, especially fans of James Bond and includes works by Sibelius, Quincy Jones, Wagner and Rick Wakeman. Over 5,000 blue flashing lights will fill the hall during his “Dance of a Thousand Lights” whilst our favourite television crime fighters will be easily identified by their themes in the world premiere of a specially commissioned suite, “A Musical Salute”. Mahler’s powerful finale to Symphony of a Thousand will provide a most fitting climax to this momentous celebration!
Programme to include:
National Anthem (arr. Jacob)
Wagner Ride of the Valkyries
Rick Wakeman – Dance of a Thousand Lights
Sibelius – Finlandia
Copland – Fanfare for the common Man
Borodin – Polotsvian Dances
Williams – Hymn for the Fallen
Themes from James Bond – (arr. Black)
Quincy Jones – Soul Bossa Nova
A Musical Salute (British Police TV Themes) – (arr. Chapman)
Mahler – Symphony of a Thousand (finale)
Nick Knowles is one of the UK’s highest rated TV presenters and an RTS award-winning writer.
Over the past ten years he has hosted BBC1 prime time Saturday night quiz shows Break the Safe, Secret Fortune and Who Dares Wins, and he is the presenter of BBC1’s most watched and longest running prime-time factual series, DIY SOS – The Big Build which celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2019. Nick appeared as a contestant in the 2018 ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ winning a new legion of ITV fans.
His list of successful formats on all channels is extensive.
His first screenplay, ‘Golden Years’ was released, to high acclaim, in cinemas in 2016 and he is currently finishing his second. He wrote a cookbook in 2016 and released an album with Universal in 2017.
Exclusively contracted to BBC1 as a presenter and writer for the last 10 years, he penned the Royal Television Society awarded Historionics, best original drama.
Before working for the BBC, Nick worked as a journalist and producer in the UK, Australia and America.
Whether he’s mucking in with the real builders on DIY SOS, getting suited and booted as the suave host of his Saturday night quiz shows, or writing movies or cookbooks, Nick’s versatility is evident.
Our compere Danny joined the orchestra’s percussion section in 1999. He sat on the management committee for a number of years with responsibility for communications.
Ten years ago Danny took over the role as the orchestra’s compere at the annual Proms Night Spectacular and Family Matinee Concert at Symphony Hall, Birmingham each December.
He was soon invited to compere at Lichfield’s Proms in Beacon Park, a huge free event each September which currently attracts an audience of over 10,000. The orchestra had been headlining here for many years so it was a real honour for him to move to the front.
The character of PC Danny is now well known to the hundreds of young families that have attended our shows and they look forward to joining in his with his jokes and adventures each year.
Danny has been a police officer in London for nearly 29 years and is currently employed on the Marine Policing Unit.
COPS is a charity dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives on duty, to rebuild their lives. It aims to ensure that survivors have the help they need to cope with such a tragedy, and that they remain part of the police family. Find out more at www.ukcops.org
Youth Music is a national charity investing in music-making projects that help children and young people develop personally and socially as well as musically. Projects break down barriers to musicmaking that children and young people face because of who they are, where they live, or what they’re going through. Find out more at www.youthmusic.org.uk
The British Police Symphony Orchestra is a UK registered charity. The orchestra comprises serving and retired officers, support staff and close members of the wider police family. All concerts support charitable causes. Through these performances and the orchestra’s outreach projects – Playout!, the BPSO engages with a wide range of other charities, excites audiences of all ages and enlightens by providing enrichment opportunities, through music, to all for whom this may otherwise be inaccessible.