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Orchestra pulls strings for Jarvis shows

The reunited Culture Club, chart-toppers Clean Bandit and Pulp star Jarvis Cocker are to team up with the BBC Philharmonic for a series of concerts designed to broaden the appeal of orchestral music.

The events, which begin next month, will unite a number of BBC radio networks as well as featuring a live performance in CBBC show Blue Peter.

Clean Bandit - who feature string players in their line-up - are to perform a new symphony based on their debut album New Eyes which will be performed live on BBC Radio 1 on September 10 to begin the season.


Culture Club will be accompanied as they play their album Colour By Numbers, which included hits Karma Chameleon and Church Of The Poison Mind, in a show to be broadcast by BBC Radio 2.

Singer Cocker will work with the orchestra for a special edition of his Wireless Nights programme for BBC Radio 4, while BBC Radio 5 live will broadcast The Symphony of Medinah which tells the story of the 2012 Ryder Cup through music and poetry.

The US singer-songwriter John Grant will be backed by the 90-strong orchestra for a BBC Radio 6 Music concert in which he will play songs from his album Pale Green Ghosts.

Simon Webb, general manager of the BBC Philharmonic, called it "an outstanding line-up of varied and imaginative collaborations."