Recreating Andrew Lloyd Webber Tunes On The BBC

You'll hear my congas, udu (pot) and the odd bit of mark tree on the version of Lloyd Webber's 'I Don't Know How To Love Him' - Recorded at Maida Vale Studio 3 earlier this year. 

Airing around the Easter weekend I think! 

“Singers including Marc Almond, Ronan Keating and Rick Astley are to put their own stamp on Andrew Lloyd Webber songs, as part of a programme on BBC Radio 2 celebrating the composer’s legacy as he turns 70.

Andrew Lloyd Webber – Variations is one of four programmes that Radio 2 has commissioned to honour Lloyd Webber, with Mel C also presenting a show that will look at the story behind the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. This will feature contributions from the likes of producer Cameron Mackintosh and Lloyd Webber himself.

Variations, to be broadcast on April 2, will also feature singers including Imelda May, Holly Johnson and Mica Paris performing numbers from the composer’s shows. Numbers include Keating singing Tell Me On a Sunday, Astley performing Don’t Cry for Me Argentina and Almond singing Gethsemane.

It is presented by Jo Whiley, who said the songs would be performed in a “completely different way”.

Radio 2 head Lewis Carnie said the broadcaster wanted to make the show to “prove how great these songs are and how they stand up to interpretation”.

Mel C, who played Mary Magdalene in the 2012 arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, will present The Superstar Story on April 1.

She will look at the origins of the 1970s show, with contributions from performers including Tony Hadley, Murray Head and Paul Nicholas.

Other programmes over the Easter weekend include Jonathan Ross on Andrew Lloyd Webber and Michael Ball presenting rarely-heard interviews with the composer”.

— The Stage
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