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Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Celeste, Boy George and James Morrison to join Paul Weller live in concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jules Buckley

These three extraordinary artists will bring their individual style and musicality to Weller tracks arranged specially for them in brand new orchestral settings by the BBC SO's Creative Artist in Association, Jules Buckley.

The concert marks Weller's return to live performance for the first time in over two years. Spanning the broad spectrum of his career, from The Jam to as yet unheard new material, the programme includes classic songs You Do Something to Me, English Rose and Wild Wood, along with tracks from Weller's latest number one album, On Sunset.

This one-off performance is the latest collaboration in a series of innovative concerts from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jules Buckley, and is part of the acclaimed Live From The Barbican series and will be available to watch via a live stream on the Barbican website.

Following the live show at the Barbican, the concert will be broadcast across BBC TV, radio and online. The complete show will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 (13 June) whilst 6 Music takes highlights for Gideon Coe's show (17 June) and Edith Bowman presents the concert for TV audiences on BBC Two later in June. The concert will also be made available on demand on BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer.

Celeste says: "I have found Paul Weller to be such inspiration from afar, and also in the little moments I have spent with him. Wild Wood was a song sung at my first ever gig when I was 16, so to be able to sing it with him now 10 years later feels like a career full-circle moment and I'm truly honoured he's up for doing it!"

Boy George says: "'I'm a big fan of Paul and for me he just gets better and better. I can't wait to sing this song.  Nervous too!"

James Morrison says: "I finally got to meet and work with Paul last year. He's been a hero for my entire musical life. There's soul in everything he does and he's an absolute legend. Musical credibility starts and ends with Paul Weller, so to be invited to perform with him is a genuine honour. And I get to sing one of my favourite of his songs, so I cannot wait."

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