Just in: Glastonbury’s tribute to Bowie will be a classical symphony

The Somerset rock festival has let it be known that it will commemorate the death of David Bowie in classical style.

 

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Charles Hazlewood will conduct an orchestra in Philip Glass’s 1996 ‘Heroes Symphony’, based on Bowie’s 1977 album ‘Heroes’. It will be accompanied by a light show.

Philip Glass says: ‘When Charles told me of his plan to take my ‘Heroes Symphony’ to Glastonbury, I was delighted. It’s very exciting to think of it playing – at the midnight hour – out across the parkland, a true celebration of Bowie. I am so very pleased members of the British Paraorchestra and Chris Levine’s epic light performance will be part of it – what a spectacular collaboration. This is sound and vision Bowie-style.’

The performance – on June 25 from 11.45pm to 00.30am – will be broadcast live on BBC4.

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