The BBC Proms has today announced that guitarist/vocalist Richard Hawley and vocalist Susanne Sundfør have been added to the line up to perform at The Songs of Scott Walker (1967 – 70) in a Late Night Prom at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 25 July at 10:15pm.
They will join Jarvis Cocker and John Grant on stage with Heritage Orchestra under pioneering conductor Jules Buckley in this hotly anticipated concert celebrating the works of 1960s pop icon turned 21st century avant garde Scott Walker, performed for the first time with live orchestral backing.
Featuring musical arrangements by Jules Buckley, the Prom will be a celebration of Walker’s music from 1967 to 1970 and include works such as Copenhagen and It’s Raining Today.
Richard Hawley said: "Singing a song of Scott's in the shower is major joy....well for me anyway....but to be asked to sing a few on a stage like the Royal Albert Hall is a thing of wonder, I hope I do Scott's genius credit.”
Susanne Sundfør said: “As a life-long fan of Scott Walker, I’m very honoured to be performing some of his music at the BBC Proms in July. I’m incredibly excited to share his enduring talent alongside John Grant, Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley, and to be able to take part in such an iconic event in British culture.”
Jules Buckley said: “Richard Hawley and Susanne Sundfør are joining Jarvis Cocker and John Grant - what an incredible line-up of musical heavyweights for one hell of a celebration of Scott Walker’s early work. So many artists have been deeply inspired by Scott's work, and together with Simon Raymonde and Dick Hovenga, who have been instrumental to the creation of this project, I am so excited to bring this performance to the BBC Proms. His seminal writing from his solo albums, Scott 1 - 4, having never ever been performed live in their original form, will, with Scott’s blessing, be given the full Heritage Orchestra treatment.”
Tickets for The Songs of Scott Walker (1967 – 70) will go on sale this Saturday 13 May and are available via the BBC Proms website. The Prom will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 6 Music and will be shown on BBC Four on 28 July.