Richard Hawley set for special Magna Centre show

Richard Hawley is set to play shows in Rotherham and Sheffield
Richard Hawley is set to play shows in Rotherham and Sheffield

SHEFFIELD legend and Yorkshire icon Richard Hawley is set to perform a special one-off concert with an orchestra at Rotherham’s Magna Centre.

The show is ahead of Hawley’s UK tour which will see him perform two homecoming shows at Sheffield City Hall.

Critically acclaimed singer-song writer and guitarist Richard Hawley returns home to perform with the BBC Philharmonic at Magna in Rotherham on Saturday 8th September.

It will be the first time that he has performed with an orchestra in the UK and he will play music from across his career.

The concert is being introduced by Jarvis Cocker and will go out in a Tom Robinson Special on BBC 6 Music as part of their BBC Philharmonic Presents... series.

Magna’s corporate sales director Helen Davies said: “We’re thrilled to have been chosen for this unique event for BBC Radio 6 Music.”

“As vast former steel works, the scale of the site as well as its industrial heritage lends itself to creating a truly unique and electrifying atmosphere.”

Richard, who will also be joined by his own band, will perform a personal selection of his songs specially orchestrated by composer and conductor Joe Duddell, who has previously worked with Nero and Elbow.

Tickets for this event are free and will be made available via a random draw.

For the chance to win tickets you can visit www.bbc.co.uk/tickets.

Half of the public tickets will be reserved and allocated to residents in the Sheffield and Rotherham area.

Following this, Hawley return to his hometown to play two shows at Sheffield City Hall on on Sunday 23rd September and Tuesday 2nd October.

The shows will round up Hawley’s tour in support of his critically-acclaimed latest album Standing At The Sky’s Edge.

Speaking to Guardian reporter Andrew Trendell, the former Pulp and Longpigs man said that the album was very politically-driven.

So how does Hawley feel about ‘Broken Britain’?

“It’s just a glib little phrase that some idiot has come up with,” he said.

“Cameron is seriously unfit to lead us. Thatcher was a ‘wannabe Toff’, these are the real deal. How can they possibly understand what it’s like to be a single mother from Rotherham trying to raise three kids on benefits?”

Richard added: “It’s beyond their understanding and they just can’t get it.”

For tickets to Richard Hawley’s Sheffield City Hall shows you can call 0114 2 789789 or visit www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk.