Radio 2 Friday Night ... 24 December 2010

Lee performed in a Friday Night Is Music Night concert to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the birth of composer, Lionel Bart, recorded on Sunday 3 October at the Hackney Empire and broadcast on Radio 2 at 8pm on Christmas Eve.

Those at the concert reported a 'proper East End knees-up', presented by Barbara Windsor with music and more from a line-up which included Russ Abbott, Emma Barton, Bernard Cribbins, Kerry Ellis, Lee Mead, Bradley Walsh, Samantha Womack, backed by the Capital Voices and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe.

You can read more about the show at but the Listen Again link has now expired.

And Lee's contribution? While we knew from earlier reports to expect 'From Russia With Love' from Lee, we were delighted that he also sang a second number, the Anthony Newley hit 'Do You Mind' - fabulous both of them. During the interval there was a piece recorded during rehearsals, where Lee told of an early childhood memory of watching 'Oliver' with his Mum. Ahhhh!

Audio downloads:
Intros - from Barbara Windsor
From Russia With Love
Interval chat
Do You Mind


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