BBC Radio 2 Orchestra plays Great Yarmouth Hippodrome

10:41 am May 14, 2022

3:06 p.m. May 14, 2022

Audiences are treated to a full orchestra at BBC Radio 2’s first performance this summer at Great Yarmouth’s Hippodrome Circus.

A musical celebration featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra and Orchestra Live will take place at the Circus on Friday 24 June from 7.30pm.

The concert features the 60 musicians from the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Bell, with special guests including Mercury Prize-nominated folk musician Sam Lee and singer Georgia Cecile.

Peter Jay, owner of the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome.
– Credit: Nick Warner

Hippodrome owner Peter Jay said: “The Hippodrome is the ultimate place to see this amazing orchestra at its best – you can see the orchestra from every seat – and it’s going to be a great night.”

The show will feature a range of styles and sounds ranging from Eric Coates’ Sleepy Lagoon – known to millions as the theme of Desert Island Discs since the show launched in 1942 – to Nitin Sawhney’s dramatic modern score for groundbreaking natural history TV the BBC hands series Human Planet.

The concert will also see folk singer Sam Lee reunite with the BBC Concert Orchestra for the first time since their success at the BBC Folk Prom in 2018.

The Yarmouth Hippodrome Circus building in Great Yarmouth. Photo: James Bass

The Yarmouth Hippodrome Circus building in Great Yarmouth.
– Credit: Archant

Mr. Lee has appeared on shows including the BBC’s “Later With Jools Holland” and NPR’s “Tiny Desk” sessions in the US.

He was recently chosen by director Guy Ritchie to write the theme song for his epic Hollywood fantasy King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Edinburgh based Georgia Cecile has become a popular artist in the jazz world with performances at festivals across the UK, guest appearances at the Royal Albert Hall with Gregory Porter in 2021 and most recently at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

This concert is part of Create Yarmouth’s three-year partnership with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Orchestras Live, which aims to engage the community through collaboration with world-class musicians and their music.

It will be broadcast later in the summer as part of the BBC’s Go Green initiative, bringing this event to the widest possible audience in the UK.

Tickets are now available. Call the Hippodrome ticket office on 01493 738877 or book online at

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