Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra

Here’s an amusing, if long, video of British comedian Bill Bailey discussing the instruments of the orchestra. Along the way he talks about 70’s cop show music and plays the theremin and the alpine bells. It’s from 2008, so some of you may have already seen it, but it’s a funny and interesting watch if you’ve got an hour to kill. The orchestra is none other than the BBC Concert Orchestra, and the conductor is the multi-talented (and Oscar-winning) Anne Dudley.


  1. Cath

    Is there a list somewhere that tells all of the pieces of music used in this fantastic video?

    • Jeff Tolbert

      Hi Cath,

      I think he’s pretty good about saying their names of most of the pieces in the video, but I’m not sure there’s a list anywhere. The video is for sale in England, so you may be able to find the track listing somewhere online.