Radio 2’s Ken Bruce introduces an electrifying evening of Symphonic Rock from the RPO


Royal & Derngate is delighted to announce that BBC Radio 2’s Ken Brucewill be compering the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s spectacular Symphonic Rock concert on Friday 2 November, as part of the theatre’s 2018/19 Orchestral Season.

Audiences can experience the immense power of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing classic rock and pop melodies with an orchestral twist. With a vast selection of specially arranged tracks, the traditional orchestra is amplified and enhanced with the addition of electric guitars, keyboards and drum kit, all conducted by David Firmanand featuring acclaimed vocal group Capital Voices.

The line-up for Symphonic Rockreads like a roll call for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, with classic anthems by bands such as Queen (Bohemian Rhapsody), Led Zeppelin (Stairway to Heaven), Survivor (Eye of the Tiger), Bon Jovi(Livin’ On A Prayer) and many more!

As a special feature for the 2018 show, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates British icon Adele with a selection of well-loved tracks including Rolling in the Deepand Someone Like You, along with a tribute to the legendary George Michael.

BBC Radio 2 favourite and rock ‘n’ roll aficionado Ken Bruce joins the Orchestra on stage to lead audiences through the evening, with his trademark witty anecdotes and insightful stories. Ken says: “There’s no concert more enjoyable than Symphonic Rock. The full-throated sound of a large orchestra puts a totally new spin on the most familiar of rock songs. I love it and I guarantee you will too!”

Symphonic Rock starts at 7.30pm on Friday 2 November,and concert-goers can hear more about the programmeat a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm, hosted by BBC Radio Northampton’s John Griff. Tickets are priced from £15 to £35*, with tickets for under 26s priced £11 as part of the Real Discounts scheme, and tickets for under 14s and schools at just £5 each. To book, call Box Office on 01604 624811or go to