Duke Ellington’s ‘Sacred Music’

Jazz, showbiz swagger and spirituality come together as never before in Duke Ellington’s spectacular Sacred Concerts. With Monty Alexander, Carleen Anderson and the UK Vocal Assembly, BBC Singers and tap dancer, Annette Walker and conducted by Peter Edwards.

Described by Ellington himself as ‘the most important thing I have ever done’, these sacred revues, blending big-band jazz, gospel and Broadway-style melodies, bring all the legendary musician’s originality and energy to Christian subjects, and generated three critically acclaimed, boundary-crossing albums.

Drawing on these, the BBC Proms premieres a brand-new Sacred Concert – an exhilarating evening of dance, song and spectacle at Royal Albert Hall, London

Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC World Service and subsequently on BBC Four TV on Friday 6 September 2019. Available on BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer.