"They started with 'Gaza', ended with 'This Strange Engine' and were fantastic for over two and a half hours. Monday night is going to be special." Praise indeed from our WRC spy at Marillion's Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, gig last Friday, and tonight the band play the penultimate night of their thirteen-date 'With Friends from the Orchestra' UK tour at London's Royal Albert Hall. With an extended line up of musicians joining Steve Rothery – electric/acoustic guitars, Pete Trewavas – bass guitar, backing vocals, Mark Kelly – keyboards, samples and effects, backing vocals, programming and Ian Mosley – drums, percussion, they will be playing songs spanning their 14 album-career with Steve Hogarth, lead vocals, lyrics, keyboards, guitars, percussion - who we recently had the pleasure of interviewing here (today's Track Of The Day) - this year celebrating 30 years since joining Marillion. The shows will also feature the In Praise of Folly String Quartet plus Sam Morris on French horn and Emma Halnan on flute, featured on select numbers.