BBC Music Day is returning for its second year and launching a search for Unsung Heroes of music in the community.
BBC Local Radio, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Ulster aims to find music champions who have made, and continue to make, a huge difference to people’s lives through music.
BBC Music Day will feature broadcasts across BBC TV, Radio and digital services from 6am to midnight on Friday 3 June 2016.
Unsung Hero is about looking for people who have made a positive and ongoing contribution to bring communities together though music – whatever the genre – from running choirs, orchestras, youth music projects, to initiatives for older people.
Bob Shennan, Director of 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. BBC Music Day is for everyone – it’s time for the UK and Channel Islands to bring live music into their lives wherever they are.”
The winners will be announced on BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright In The Afternoon show between Tuesday 31 May and Friday 3 June 2016.
The first BBC Music Day last year saw a dawn-to-dusk day of celebration involving musical events in more than 10 UK towns and cities, including ‘Hadrian’s Wall of Sound’, a musical relay from Bowness on Solway to Wallsend; a concert at Glasgow’s City Halls where a number of different artists performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; a certified Guinness World Record with a link-up facilitated by BBC Radio Cymru between singers in Cardiff and Patagonia, bridging 7,000 miles in distance between people singing a duet; and a special performance of Craig Charles’ BBC Radio 6 Music’s Funk And Soul show in Liverpool.
A number of star names supported BBC Music Day last year acting as BBC Music Day Ambassadors, including Tom Jones, Lulu, Ricky Wilson, producer Mark Ronson, Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor and conductor Charles Hazlewood.
The full BBC Music Day activity across England, Channel Islands, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will be announced from mid-April.