Sir John Betjeman’s Banana Blush

October 25, 2024 | 7:30 pm
St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Sir John Betjeman’s Banana Blush with music by Jim Parker. Performed by Zeb Soanes (Classic FM) and the Chris Warner Ensemble.


In 1974 John Betjeman, the Poet Laureate, became an unlikely pop star, recording his verse to music by Jim Parker for the album Banana Blush. It became a cult classic, treasured by many musicians including Jarvis Cocker and ‘Suggs’ from Madness.


In this very special performance in its Golden Anniversary year, Zeb Soanes (Classic FM) will perform Betjeman’s much loved verse, accompanied by the dazzling virtuosity of the Chris Warner Ensemble, transporting the audience from 20’s cocktail party to village bandstand in an hour of toe-tapping delight — telling the story of this unique collaboration along the way.


Jim Parker’s music will be instantly familiar from countless memorable TV series: House of Cards, Foyles War, The House of Elliot, Mapp and Lucia and Midsomer Murders. He won the BAFTA for Best Original Television Music four times.


Banana Blush Jim Parker (arr. Chris Warner)

Zeb Soanes Reciter

The Chris Warner Ensemble


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