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Show to be televised in UK in December

Monday 18 November 2002 @ 11:13 - GMT

UK television viewers will be able to see Elton John at the Royal Opera House, London in December 2002.

The sell-out concert will be recorded in early December for broadcast later in the month on BBC1.

It marks Elton's first performance on stage with a 90-piece orchestra in 16 years.

Tickets for the show went on sale to the public last month and sold out within 90 minutes.

It will feature all of his best loved songs - from Your Song and Rocket Man, to Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, through to more recent hits such as Circle of Life and recent hit  I Want Love.

The concert will also raise funds for the Royal Academy of Music, giving Elton a unique opportunity to repay the place where he studied in the 1960s.

The last time Elton performed with a full orchestra was in in Australia in December 1986, just ahead of a throat operation.

That series of concerts with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra was produced for CD release by the late Gus Dudgeon. The show at the Royal Opera House was meant to be produced by Gus. But following his tragic loss in July, the show will be dedicated to the late producer.