Thank you for the music – Update

12 08 2009

ABTYFTM1Radio 2 today announces the first wave of glittering artists who will perform at the ‘Thank You For The Music: A Celebration Of The Music of Abba’ concert in London’s Hyde Park on Sunday 13 September 2009.

Presented by Radio 2 Drivetime host Chris Evans, the gig will be broadcast live on Radio 2, with contributions from two members of Abba, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and a performance by the full West End cast of the musical Mamma Mia!

Lulu will sing ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’ on the night, Grammy Award-winning American singer-song writer Chaka Khan will perform ‘The Winner Takes It All’ .British band The Feeling will sing ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’. Texas front-woman Sharleen Spiteri will sing  ‘SOS’,  VV Brown will sing ‘Ring Ring’, BBC Radio 2 presenter  Elaine Paige will sing her classic 1985 hit duet ‘I Know Him So Well’ from the musical Chess, with the production’s original Svetlana, Siobhan McCarthy. Jodie Prenger will perform ‘One Of Us’.

Other artists performing on the night include Nerina Pallot (‘The Name Of The Game’), Christian Jon Billet (‘Anthem’) Beth Nielsen Chapman (‘Fernando’), The Benny Andersson Band, West End star Kerry Ellis with ‘You Have To Be There’ taken from Benny and Bjorn’s new musical production Kristina, Marti Pellow singing ‘One Night In Bangkok’ and Jason Donovan (‘I Have A Dream’).

Other hosts include long-time collaborator with Benny and Bjorn and multi-award winning lyricist Sir Tim Rice and Swedish actor and star of the hit movie Mamma Mia! Stellan Skarsgard.

The concert will also feature a performance by the full West End cast of the musical Mamma Mia! The event will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 from 6.30-9.30pm.

Further artists and line-up details will be announced at a later date. Read the full article at the BBC

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