Barney and Phil

Blue Peter and CBBC presenter Barney Harwood
Blue Peter and CBBC presenter Barney Harwood
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The BBC Philharmonic is under starter’s orders for a special concert in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games and Blackpool’s Barney Harwood is there to help them along.

The Blue Peter presenter will join the orchestra at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on Saturday at 3pm to present a gold-medal winning selection of sports inspired music.

The performances will include the theme music from Chariots of Fire, Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 and Also Sprach Zarathustra (better known as the theme from the film 2001 A Space Odyssey).

Conductor Richard Davis will be taking the winners’ podium for the one day event, alongside Barney, who makes his debut with the orchestra.

Manchester United Foundation Youth Choir will also be performing.

The BBC Philharmonic recently recorded the theme tune for all of the BBC’s Olympics coverage, which was written by Manchester band Elbow.

Says Barney: “Music and sport are a perfect match, and I can’t wait to hear a top flight orchestra performing some of this truly inspiring music. It will be the perfect way to build excitement for the 2012 Games.”

There will be pre- and post-concert fun too, including The Sounds of Sport, Tackle That Tune, Fantasy Football and Beat the Mascot as well as the chance to have a go presenting BBC Radio 5 Live’s News and Sport.

The BBC Philharmonic Family Concert is part of the London 2012 Festival, bringing leading artists from all over the world together in UK wide celebrations.

Tickets are priced at £8.50 for children, £12.50 for adults or £35 for a group of four (any combination of children and/or adults).

Call The Bridgewater Hall on (0161) 9079000 or (0161) 876 2199 to book, or online at bridgewater-hall.co.uk.