Today it is announced that special guest Elaine Paige will join 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. James Bond Composer David Arnold has also been announced to take the stage joining Michael Ball, Only Men Aloud, Marti Webb, Mary-Jess Leaverland and Sir Richard Stilgoe. Elaine will be performing With One Look and As If We Never Said Goodbye, both from Sunset Boulevard.
Don Black is one of Britain's most successful and versatile lyricists. Songs like 'Born Free', 'Diamonds Are Forever' and musicals 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 hisworld-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 BBC is also filming the show for broadcast 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
The Italian Job
Diamonds Are Forever
To Sir With Love,
Dances With Wolves
Aspect of Love
The Man With The Golden Gun
Tell Me On A Sunday
The World Is Not Enough
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
If I Never Sing Another Song
Ticket price 50, 44.50, 38.50, 32.50, 29.50