A special performance at the Last Night Of The Proms will be music to the ears of Grammy-winning composer Chris Hazell.
For the Studham music maestro was delighted to be asked to create a new orchestral arrangement of Danny Boy for the prestigious event.
Mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato will perform the firm favourite, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, on Saturday, September 7, at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Chris, 65, a music arranger, producer and composer, said: “It is true that you can’t please all the people all of the time, but I hope to please at least some of the 44 million listeners on the night!”
He and wife Alison will be at the concert, televised on BBC One and BBC Two.
Chris was involved in the Last Night five years ago, writing orchestral folk song arrangements for Bryn Terfel.
He said: “I assumed that it would be my one and only opportunity to work on such a fabulous occasion. I am very flattered that they have asked me again!”
It took him several weeks to create the new arrangement for Danny Boy, weaving in an Irish reel called The Merry Blacksmith. He said: “I let ideas float around my head for several weeks, when I actually did wake up in the middle of the night (which is how TV dramas would like it to be) with a solution!”
Chris, who has won three Grammys, has worked with a galaxy of stars, including Pavarotti. He has been musical arranger for international artists including Alfie Boe, Ronan Keating, Catherine Jenkins, and Jose Carreras, and his arrangements are performed worldwide.