Jacqueline Wilson to bring her characters to life in concert with BBC Symphony Orchestra

The much-loved children's author will be joined by Dani Harmer, who played the role of Tracy Beaker in the original CBBC series, in a special family concert at the Barbican

Published: October 14, 2021 at 1:18 pm

Jacqueline Wilson is set to join the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Mei-Ann Chen at the Barbican for a special family concert, which will see her much-loved characters brought to life.


For fans of Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather, the multimedia concert will combine readings from Wilson's iconic children's books with musical pairings. The theme from CBBC's 2002 series The Story of Tracy Beaker will be performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, alongside works by Rautavaara, Lumbye, Fucik, Stravinsky, Mason Bates and Anna Clyne.

Actors who have appeared in Wilson's TV adaptations will star as special guests throughout the concert, doing readings from her books. These will include Dani Harmer (Tracy Beaker), Emma Maggie Davies (Jess Beaker), Isabel Clifton (Hetty Feather) and Chloe Lea (Katy Carr).

For those unable to get to the Barbican on 23 October to attend the concert in person, CBBC will be broadcasting it for audiences at home on BBC iPlayer in December, presented by Blue Peter's Mwaksy.


Jacqueline Wilson's Wonderful World will take place at 4.30pm on Saturday 23 October 2021. Tickets on sale now.


Freya ParrDigital Editor and Staff Writer, BBC Music Magazine

Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.

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