Richard Hawley shows Sheffield steel with Magna show

Classic: Sheffield's Richard Hawley performing with a 90-piece orchestra at Magna.
Classic: Sheffield's Richard Hawley performing with a 90-piece orchestra at Magna.
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WHAT a classic…

There was an element of maintaining family tradition when Sheffield music star Richard Hawley put in a shift at Magna – with a 90-piece orchestra.

The singer and guitarist played an exclusive one-off show for BBC Radio 6Music listeners broadcast to the world via digital radio and the internet in the former steelworks where his dad and uncle, both musicians themselves, once worked.

It was down to former Pitsmoor lad Hawley to continue the tradition when he played on Saturday night with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in the former Templeborough Rolling Mill, now an award-winning science adventure centre.

His old mate and former Pulp colleague Jarvis Cocker – wearing his other hat as a radio presenter – introduced a magical show spanning the 45-year-old’s solo career, from songs penned as a teenager to his successful latest album Standing At The Sky’s Edge.

For nearly two hours a jeans and leather jacket-wearing Hawley and his band led an epic-sounding set.

Asked backstage afterwards what he made of one of his career highlights, Richard said simply: “Amazing…that was very, very special.”