If you missed last night’s BBC concert commemorating the late composer, arranger and bandleader Graham Collier, you can still hear it online. The concert at the BBC studios in London featured the British premiere of The Blue Suite, one of Collier’s final works. His partner John Gill describes the program as containing “a selection of his and the musicians’ personal favourties from the Collier canon.” The 90-minute broadcast has Collier stalwart Geoff Warren conducting the BBC Radio Big Band with Roger Dean, John Marshall, Ed Speight, Art Themen and a number of former Collier collaborators including Roy Babbinton, Graeme Blevins and Andy Grappy.
BBC Radio 3 will keep the concert online for six more days. To hear it, click here.
For a Rifftides piece on Collier’s passing in 2011, a few thoughts about his importance and links to further information about him and his work, go here. The post contains a 15-minute video of Collier rehearsing a band and talking about his work.