On stage with Neil and Chris were the 60 (approx) members of the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Nick Ingman plus Trevor Horn (bass), Phil Palmer (acoustic guitars), Steve Lipson (guitars), Anne Dudley (piano and keyboards), Paul Robinson (drums). Backing vocalists were Lol Creme, Andy Caine, Lucinda Barry and Sylvia Mason-James.
Special guests Rufus Wainwright, Frances Barber (star of the original production of "Closer to Heaven") and Robbie Williams each sang a song. Trevor Horn was the musical director.
: The broadcast also opens with an interesting interview with the Boys where they talk about the stages of their career, their history with strings, the sound of a hit and turning down the opportunity to sing "Kisses On The Wind". Interested in more on PSB, then the new Skrufff interview with Neil is up and it touches on a broad range of subjects including their approach to "Fundamental":
We brought Trevor Horn into the album because he is an amazing guy and a real record producer. It was a bit like making a film with many re- shoots, where you spend a lot of time beforehand setting up the cameras and getting the lights right. With Trevor you have many musicians coming through and experimenting, he’s not a one take wonder type of producer. It’s an interesting way to work for us, Chris and I would normally work in a quicker way, but we appreciate what Trevor does in order to get the sound right.