BBC Asian Network teams up with the BBC Philharmonic

Louise Duffy | 22-10-2012

On 12 November 2012, the BBC Philharmonic and BBC Asian Network are set to collaborate for the first time ever in a celebration of the life and songs of fabled Pakistani singers Noor Jehan, Musarrat Nazir, Reshma and Nazia Hasan.
Presented by Noreen Khan and Tommy Sandhu, the concert will take place at the ALCC in the heart of Bradford and will also feature music from other renowned South Asian performers. This Queens of Melody concert is part of the 2012 BBC Philharmonic Presents season.
International artists Shazia Manzoor and Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch (more commonly known as QB) will take to the stage with the 80-piece orchestra to perform some legendary Pakistani classics. The orchestra will also be accompanied by traditional musicians performing punjabi folk songs, ghazals and film classics.
Mark Strippel, Head of Programmes for Asian Network, said: “This collaboration with the BBC Phil is exciting new territory for Asian Network – to present music that our listeners will have grown up with, performed by some of South Asia’s leading contemporary singers with one of the UK’s leading classical orchestras is an exciting and extraordinary event.
“It’s also a brilliant chance to take Asian Network out on the road to the very heart of our listening community to forge new connections, inspire young people through our school visits and masterclasses, and build lasting relationships with the people that matter: our audience.”