Entertainment & Arts

Musical Highlights - 2011

The Andrew Marr Show doesn't just tackle the political issues of the week; it celebrates the arts and features music from across the globe.

The show also invites musicians to speak about the causes dear to them.

In past years, Annie Lennox spoke about her campaign against AIDS in Africa, Jarvis Cocker described his journey to the Arctic Circle to see the effects of climate change for himself and Jay-Z discussed black politics and musical innovation in an extended interview.

Highlights for the production team this year so far include:


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Media captionAngela Gheorghiu was interviewed at the Corinthia Hotel in London.

The acclaimed soprano and opera superstar was interviewed by Andrew Marr in October 2011.

She rounded off their meeting with a spectacular performance of an aria from Bizet's Carmen.


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Media captionPJ Harvey performed at the BBC's new base in Media City, Salford.

PJ Harvey sang The Last Living Rose on 2nd October 2011.

Before performing, the musician also expressed her concerns about local arts cuts to Prime Minister David Cameron, another of the show's guests.


Teenage piano prodigy Benjamin Grosvenor performed in October 2011.

Several months earlier, at only 19 years old, he became the youngest soloist ever to play at the First Night of the Proms.

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Media captionPianist Benjamin Grosvenor played on a Steinberg piano.


Beverley Knight sang her cover of George Michael's hit One More Try in September 2011.

Playing at the BBC Mailbox studios in Birmingham, the soul singer followed Andrew Marr's interview with the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

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Media captionThe show was in Birmingham for the Liberal Democrat Party Conference.


In March 2011, the band closed the show with a song from the album they describe as their 'last attempt at mass communication'.

The record was inspired by the early days of the group when they spent time writing letter and postcards to each other.