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BBC Asian Network to hold Queens Of Melody show
BBC Asian Network to hold Queens Of Melody show

The BBC Asian Network will be paying tribute to a slew of legendary female Pakistani singers including Noor Jehan, Musarrat Nazir, Reshma and Nazia Hasan after collaborating with the BBC Philharmonic.

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.

In the build-up to the event, Noreen Khan will host an In Conversation۝ event with both Shazia and QB on Friday 9th November. Shazia first hit the headlines in the late 90s with “Aaja Sohneya” which went on to become one of the biggest tracks in the British Asian music industry dominating charts worldwide. QB has been described by some as a breath of fresh air۪ with her fusion of Sufi, folk and pop drawing inspiration from artists as varied as Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to Adele. Noreen Khan will talk to both stars about their careers, their route to music and forthcoming projects.

This unique collaboration between the best in contemporary Pakistani performers and the BBC Philharmonic will be the culmination of a fortnight۪s activity in Bradford during which Asian Network presenters will visit local schools and several shows will be broadcast live from the city. The Network will also team up with various community radio stations, co-hosting shows and leading masterclasses for local people. The station are also recording a week-long series of My Bradford۪ features showcasing prominent success stories from the world of business, sport and entertainment exploring their Bradford, telling tales about growing up in the area and introducing listeners to their favourite places.

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 Asia۪s leading contemporary singers with one of the UK۪s leading classical orchestras is an exciting and extraordinary event.

It۪s 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.۝

Tickets to the concert and In Conversation۝ event are free but must be booked in advance.