Vernon Kay announces month-long line-up for Radio 2’s Piano Room

A month of Piano Room performances return to BBC Radio 2 for February featuring 20 artists singing live accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra from London’s BBC Maida Vale studios.

Vernon Kay announced the feature during his mid-morning show on Wednesday.

He said: “Playing a wide variety of songs by so many different artists, from a variety of decades and genres, on my show is one of the many joys of presenting mid mornings on Radio 2 , so I can’t wait to meet and welcome some of them to perform for a whole month in the Piano Room at the Maida Vale studios.”

Helen Thomas, Head of Radio 2, says, “Since Vernon launched his new mid-morning show on Radio 2 in May last year, he has become a firm favourite with listeners, brightening up their days with his warm and funny show, which remains the country’s most listened to radio programme.

“Following his incredible achievement of raising over £6m for BBC Children in Need by completing his ULTRA Ultramarathon Challenge, I know he can’t wait for this next amazing line-up for Piano Room month.”

Here’s who’s playing live:

  • Monday 29 January: Bruce Hornsby, performing a Don Henley cover version
  • Tuesday 30 January: Beverley Knight, performing a Radiohead cover version
  • Wednesday 31 January: The Libertines, performing a Love cover version
  • Thursday 1 February: PP Arnold, performing a Miley Cyrus cover version
  • Friday 2 February: Gabrielle, performing a Lionel Richie cover version
  • Monday 5 February: Anastacia, performing a Whitesnake cover version
  • Tuesday 6 February: Olivia Dean, performing a Leonard Cohen cover version
  • Wednesday 7 February: Johnny Marr, performing an Iggy Pop cover version
  • Thursday 8 February: Shaznay, performing a No Doubt cover version
  • Friday 9 February: Rick Astley, performing an Olivia Rodrigo cover version
  • Monday 12 February: Texas, performing a Charles and Eddie cover version
  • Tuesday 13 February: Jalen Ngonda, performing a Beach Boys cover version
  • Wednesday 14 February: Valentine’s Day Special with Lisa Stansfield, performing a Lou Rawls cover version
  • Thursday 15 February: Crowded House, performing a Petula Clark cover version
  • Friday 16 February: Jess Glynne, performing a Fleetwood Mac cover version
  • Monday 19 February: Paloma Faith, performing a Tracy Chapman cover version
  • Tuesday 20 February: Delta Goodrem featuring special guest Gary Barlow, performing a Take That cover version
  • Wednesday 21 February: Elbow, performing a Louis Armstrong cover version
  • Thursday 22 February: Rod Stewart with Jools Holland, performing a Billie Holiday cover version
  • Friday 23 February: Artist to be announced at a later date