Michael Ball To Guest In DON BLACK: A LIFE IN SONG, Royal Festival Hall, Oct 3

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Today it is announced that Michael Ball will lead the stellar guest line up to perform and pay tribute at A Life In Song, Lyrics by Don Black at the Royal Festival Hall in London on 3rd October 2013 to the backdrop of the BBC Concert Orchestra. Only Men Aloud, Marti Webb, Mary-Jess Leaverland and Sir Richard Stilgoe will also to take to the stage.

Don Black is one of Britain's most successful and versatile lyricists. Songs like 'Born Free', 'Diamonds Are Forever' and musical's like 'Sunset Boulevard', 'Billy' and 'Aspects of Love' have helped define popular culture.

He has written many of the greatest and most instantly recognizable songs of the last 50 years and his world-wide success has taken him from his roots in Hackney all the way to Hollywood.

This show, hosted by Michael Grade celebrates the work of Don Black in which a selection of his most renowned songs will be performed live by the special guests artists and accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra. More surprise guests will be announced in due course.

Don Black will also be on stage talking with Michael Grade about his life, the inspiration for his songs, the composers he has worked with and telling anecdotes about how some of the songs came about. A truly special evening where you'll not only hear these fabulous songs performed but also get the chance to step into the life and mind of one of the country's most respected songwriters. The show is also being filmed for broadcast by the BBC at a later date.

Don made his West End debut as a lyricist with composer John Barry in the hit musical Billy starring Michael Crawford (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane). In a career that has won him many glittering prizes (an Oscar for his song Born Free, five Academy Award nominations, four Broadway Tony Nominations and two Tony awards, a Golden Globe, six Ivor Novello Awards and many platinum, gold and silver discs) he has worked with some of the world's leading composers - Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jule Styne, Henry Mancini, Quincy Jones, Elmer Bernstein, Michel Legrand, Marvin Hamlisch, Charles Aznavour, A.R. Rahman, Ennio Morricone.

In 2007 Black was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

Don Black - Some of the songs, films and musicals

Born Free

The Italian Job

Diamonds Are Forever

To Sir With Love,


True Grit

Sunset Boulevard


Dances With Wolves

Aspect of Love

The Man With The Golden Gun

Tell Me On A Sunday

Bombay Dreams

The World Is Not Enough

Downton Abbey

Tomorrow Never Dies

Dances With Wolves

Pink Panther Strikes Again

Out of Africa

As If We Never Said Goodbye

With One Look

Love Changes Everything

Take That Look Off Your Face

Walk Away

If I Never Sing Another Song

Ticket price £50, £44.50, £38.50, £32.50, £29.50


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