What The World Needs Now… The Music Of Burt Bacharach

Recorded by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  Purchase here

 ‘...a huge success for the RPO, great arrangements and terrific singers,
we will certainly be presenting it again’.
Ian Maclay, Managing Director (retired), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

“...the concert simply blew us all away. Highly recommended.”
Jeremy Vine, The Jeremy Vine Show, BBC Radio 2

Burt Bacharach Cover

"What The World Needs Now... The Music of Burt Bacharach" celebrates 50 years of writing, arranging and producing a body of work second to none. As well as his extensive chart successes with the likes of Dionne Warwick, Gene Pitney, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield, The Carpenters, Herb Albert and many others, he has composed extensively for the big screen and the Broadway Stage, and is the recipient of three Academy and seven Grammy Awards.

With brand new symphonic orchestrations, a quartet of star vocalists and a programme including; Anyone Who Had A Heart, Close to You, What's New Pussycat?, Walk On By, Alfie and many more, "What The World Needs Now... The Music of Burt Bacharach" celebrates the sound of symphonic pop from one of the 20th century's most prolific and popular musicians, exploring the diversity and complexity of Burt Bacharach's music.

"What The World Needs Now... The Music of Burt Bacharach" has been performed by The BBC Concert, The Royal Philharmonic, The City of Birmingham Symphony, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, The Bournemouth Symphony and the Hallé orchestras (see reviews).


A concert for 4 singers - 1 male & 3 female.

Orchestra Requirements for symphony or 39 piece

For full symphony -  


  • 2 flutes (2nd doubles piccolo, both double alto flute)
  • 2 oboes (2nd doubles cor anglais)
  • 2 clarinets (2nd doubles bass clarinet)
  • 1 saxophone (Alto and tenor)
  • 2 bassoons


  • 4 horns
  • 2 trumpets
  • 3 trombones


  • timps plus 1

Rhythm section:

  • Kit
  • Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Piano



  • Normal symphonic strings (minimum 10, 8, 6, 6, 4)

 For 39 piece orchestra -


  • 2 Flutes (both doubling alto flute, 2nd doubling piccolo)
  • 1 Oboe (doubling cor anglais)
  • 2 Clarinets (2nd doubling alto & tenor saxophone)
  • 1 Bassoon


  • 2 Horns
  • 2 Trumpets (both doubling flugelhorn)
  • 2 Trombones (tenor)


  • Timpani (doubling percussion)
  • 1 Percussion
  • Harp

Rhythm section:

  • Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Kit
  • Piano (doubling synth)


  • Strings (6,5,4,3,2 players)

Also available for 8 piece band

  • Flute (doubling saxes)
  • Trumpet (doubling flugel)
  • Trombone
  • Guitar
  • Bass guitar
  • Piano
  • Synth
  • Kit

A sample of a recent performance with 8 piece band:


Also available for 8 piece band:

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