A new day to celebrate music has been created by the BBC and will include special programmes across most BBC radio stations.
BBC Local Radio, Radio 2, Radio 3, 6 Music, Asian Network, Radio Cymru, Wales, Scotland and BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle will all be part of the inaugural nationwide BBC Music Day.
The day aims to bring people together across generations and communities through their love of music, featuring live music events and performances involving both well-known musicians and local communities and the BBC’s Performing Groups.
Radio 3’s Breakfast show kicks off BBC Music Day on Friday 5 June live from Hadrian’s Wall in Cumbria – the setting for the ambitious Hadrian’s Wall of Sound – a relay of music involving hundreds of performers from groups across the North.
Then BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce will be broadcast live from the BBC Scotland’s HQ at Pacific Quay from 9.30am.
There will also be an official World Record attempt between Wales and Patagonia, which will be simulcast on BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Wales.
The dawn to dusk day of celebration involves musical events in more than ten UK towns and cities, with a number of celebs acting as BBC Music Day Ambassadors: these include singers Tom Jones, Lulu, Ricky Wilson, Ricky Ross, Rae Morris and George Ezra; producer Mark Ronson, beatboxer Shlomo, Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor, Only Men Aloud’s Tim Rhys Evans, and conductor Charles Hazlewood. The Ambassadors will be championing BBC Music Day. Some will be doing this through live performances on the day, others will be taking part in radio and television programmes, others will be supporting Music Day on social media and on the website.
As part of the event, the BBC is launching BBC Music Day’s Unsung Heroes, a UK-wide search for individuals who have made or are continuing to make a big contribution to music in their community which will then be revealed during Steve Wright’s afternoon show.
Bob Shennan, Controller Radio 2, 6 Music, Asian Network and Director, BBC Music says: “BBC Music Day is a unique opportunity for people to celebrate music and musical talent, whether attending one of the many events taking place or tuning in at home. Honouring music’s Unsung Heroes is a key part of the initiative as there are so many people around the country who do great work in their communities and it’s time for their dedication and achievements to be recognised.”
Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie will be getting behind Music Day in their show on 6 Music. Stuart will be Salford crossing live to Mark who will be doing an outside broadcast following the musical relay at Hadrian’s Wall of Sound and bringing live music to listeners from this location.
And that evening, Craig Charles’ brings his Funk and Soul show to an audience at Liverpool’s waterfront as part of the International Mersey River Festival.
The BBC Asian Network will be showcasing the very best of its music offering. British Asian singer-songwriter, Arjun, launches the day with an acoustic performance in the Live Lounge on the Tommy Sandhu Breakfast Show. This is followed by Nihal’s show where the day’s chat will focus on the subject of connecting communities and generations through music. At 1pm, Noreen Khan brings a rich musical offering showcasing the best of the Asian Network’s recorded concerts and sessions.
From 5.30pm Bobby Friction’s show features Bhangra star Jaz Dhami’s session, recorded on Thursday 4th June at the Festival at the Quay in Glasgow. Also in the show, Bobby crosses live to City Halls in Glasgow for the BBC Music Night concert performance by Jaz Dhami who will be performing a classic Bollywood song alongside the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a show which will be simulcast with Radio 2, Radio 3 and BBC Scotland. Yasser rounds off Music Day on Asian Network, showcasing the best new and unsigned British Asian music and talent.
Events in Scotland kicks off on Wednesday 3rd June with the debut of BBC Radio Scotland’s new music live performance show, The Quay Sessions.
One of the highlights of BBC Music Day in Wales will be a live link-up between Cardiff and Patagonia on BBC Radio Cymru, bridging 7000 miles in an attempt to set a world record certified by Guinness World Records for the greatest distance between people singing a duet. This broadcast will also be simulcast live on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio 3.
BBC NI and BBC Radio Ulster will be coming together to broadcast an evening of music from Belfast’s former prison Crumlin Road Gaol and BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle will host a series of live outside broadcasts.
Led by Director Bob Shennan, BBC Music officially launched in October 2014 with the reworking of God Only Knows.