‘I don’t follow the latest fashions. I never sing a song that’s badly written. Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer and others just created the best songs that had ever been written. These are classics, and finally they’re not being treated as light entertainment. This is classical music.’
- Tony Bennett, 2010

From his recording debut in the 1950s to his collaboration with Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett’s seventy-year career has been characterised by class, style and an ear for a great song. In this spectacular programme, conductor Richard Balcombe, the Hallé and vocal stars Lance Ellington and Louise Dearman perform the songs that made Bennett a star.