In this special event for Comic Relief, Bill has been handed the keys to the BBC Concert Orchestra, and, in association with renowned composer Anne Dudley, he brings us a musical extravaganza featuring the music of all the master composers – Rossini… Shostakovich… The Bee Gees…
The concert also features arrangements of many Bailey originals with full orchestral backing, making this one of the rare occasions on which Bill hasn’t played every instrument himself! The orchestra is, however, in the capable hands of Oscar-winning Anne Dudley, who performs some of her own compositions. Bill provides vocal accompaniment to his own music, as well as playing guitar, keyboard, the enormous alpine horn, and, faithful servant, the theremin.
This epic 1 hour 45 minute concert is broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 7pm Friday, and promises to be informative, hilarious, uplifting, and maybe even inspirational, in a manic sort of way. And all in the name of charity…
And fear not, if you dread the feeling of waking up on Friday morning with the taste of anticipation in your mouth, but the depressing knowledge that you have almost a day to wait, you can whet your appetite by listening to the Phill Jupitus Breakfast Show on 6 Music, 7-10am, as Bill will be dropping in for a chat with his Buzzcocks colleague.
As January slips away from us, and the last tinge of festive spirit dies with it, Bill is firing on all cylinders; appearing on television, radio and stage. So why not take this opportunity to start pencilling some dates in your brand new diary?
The behemoth-like Never Mind the Buzzcocks rolls into its 20th series this week, airing on Wednesdays at 10pm, and repeated on Saturdays.
This Saturday morning, Bill can also be heard on Radio 4 exploring the mysterious properties of low-frequency sound in Hunt for the Hum, and in the evening, BBC Two's Culture Show visits Bill and the BBC Concert Orchestra behind the scenes of his Cosmic Shindig.
Bill is also busy appearing in Pinter's People, which begins its West End Run on Tuesday, and for those of you eager for a glimpse of his working lifestyle, the My Week feature in this week's Telegraph should satisfy your curiosity.