For the last eight years one of the players has been unseeded. It started in 1977 with the youngest-ever semi-finalist, an amateur qualifier.... John McEnroe !
Two years ago Chris Lewis became the only one of the eight to reach the final. Last year Pat Cash earned the honour.
Can you name the other five? Peter Jones puts the commentary team on the spot!
direct from the Parish Church, Thaxted, Essex James Lockhart conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra leader ROY GILLARD
Friday Night's Star Singers Marilyn Hill Smith Anthony Roden
Featured instrumentalist John Wallace (trumpet) and the John McCarthy Singers As part of the 1985 Thaxted Festival the programme includes music from Lohengrin, The Gypsy Baron, A
Midsummer Night's Dream and Ivor Novello's King's Rhapsody. Two highlights are Handel's aria Let the bright seraphim, featuring the trumpet solo of John Wallace, and a performance by the BBC
Concert Orchestra of the ballet music to The Perfect Fool by Gustav Hoist, who had strong connections with Thaxted. Introduced by Robin Boyle Producer BARRY KNIGHT
Robert Bowman remembers Nights at the Opera
Alistair Cooke continues his 40-year survey of American popular music composed, played or sung by women 4: The Singers (1)
Introducing the voices of more than 30 great women vocalists Producer ALAN OWEN
They said it could never happen on radio!
They said it would be a horrific end!!
They said only two sugars please!!!
What were they talking about??? Stay tuned.
Producers ANDY ALIFFE and MARK ROBSON
12.0 VHF/FM rejoins Radio 2
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