Friday Night is Music Night Invite Violinist Diana Yukawa

London, United Kingdom, February 01, 2010 --( The world's longest-running live music programme, featuring the BBC concert orchestra have invited one of the worlds most pioneering solo violinist, Diana Yukawa, to perform with them for the performance on 5th February 2010.

The performance for Radio 2 will be broadcast live from the Mermaid Theatre in London in recognition of the arranger Angela Morley who died last year at 7:30pm.

Angela was born Wally Stott in Leeds in March 1924. In a career at the BBC, Wally was the musical director for the Goons Show and wrote the signature tune and accompanying music to Hancock's Half Hour. As a musical director in the 1950s, Wally worked with the cream of British pop including the likes of Shirley Bassey, Dusty Springfield and Ronnie Carroll. He also composed a number of tuneful light music pieces including Rotten Row and Canadian in Mayfair.

Following a sex change operation in 1960, Wally took the name Angela Morley and became one of the great orchestral arrangers working mostly in the United States. She won two Emmy Awards for her work with Julie Andrews and was nominated twice for an Oscar for her work on The Slipper and the Rose with the Sherman Brothers and The Little Prince with Lerner and Loewe. She also provided the scores for classic 70s television shows such as Dallas, Dynasty and Cagney and Lacey.

From the 1970s Angela was closely associated with the composer John Williams and aided him in the production of many of his classic film scores - including Star Wars, Superman and ET. It began a long association with the Boston Pops Orchestra.

The London based violinist, Diana Yukawa is due to perform “St Patrick's Day (from the multi Oscar winning motion picture, The Quiet Man) and Laura (from the Oscar winning motion picture Laura) both by John Williams and arranged by Angela Morley.

Diana Yukawa has recently released her new crossover album “The Butterfly Effect” in Japan which also features a track she performed for the motion picture Shizumanu Taiyo (The Sun that Doesn't Set). Eleven of the fourteen tracks were co written by Diana and recorded at Abbey Road studio in London, a venue often used by Angela Morley.

The revolutionary album is not yet available in the UK but is expected to make an appearance later in 2010.

Tune in to Radio 2 on Friday 5th February 2010 at 7:30pm on Digital, online at or on 88-91 FM. – Diana’s official website.

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