BBC Local Radio to honour dead musicians

BBC local radio stations are searching for the UK’s most iconic musicians and venues as part of BBC Music Day 2017.

They will be working with The British Plaque Trust to choose a recipient for an official Blue Plaque in each BBC Local Radio station area in England and the Channel Islands. The plaques will be unveiled on Music Day itself – Friday 9 June.

Each station is now asking listeners for their nominations for an iconic location or dead music legend that they feel should receive the honour of an official Blue Plaque.

Listeners should contact their BBC Local Radio station via email or social media (Twitter or Facebook), or to localmusiclegends@bbc.co.uk. People can also share their suggestions on social media using #localmusiclegends.

Nominations close at midnight Sunday 26 February.

All nominations will then go forward to a local committee made up of representatives from each BBC Local Radio Station and from the music industry. The local committee will put forward their suggestions to a national committee who will make the final decision for each plaque to be unveiled in its location on BBC Music Day, 9 June 2017.

Also, at 7pm on BBC Music Day, bells from over 200 church towers across the UK rang out simultaneously throughout towns, cities and villages, from cathedrals such as Bristol and Manchester to smaller parish churches, like Saint Francis Xaviers in Liverpool and St Mary’s at Turville in Buckinghamshire.

Controller of BBC English Regions, David Holdsworth, says: “BBC Music Day is a great opportunity to celebrate and commemorate the places and people who have influenced our musical landscape. Each community has places or people they have reason to be proud of for their contribution to music and I’m sure the honour of who to award an official Blue Plaque to will be hotly debated across the country. I don’t envy the task of the BBC Local Radio committees who will make the final decision for each Local Radio Station, but all nominations from our audience will go forward for their consideration.

“I hope everyone who is passionate about their musical local heroes joins in with this great opportunity to celebrate our music heritage via their BBC Local Radio station.”

Bob Shennan, Director of Radio and 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. A Blue Plaque is an instantly recognisable symbol of a culturally historic building, and I’m delighted that BBC Music Day in partnership with BBC Local Radio will encourage listeners to nominate their favourite local sites.”

BBC Music Day will feature broadcasts across BBC TV, Radio and digital services from 6am to midnight

Posted on Monday, February 20th, 2017 at 10:06 am by RadioToday

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2 Comments

  1. jaq says

    pants. why don’t you concentrate on getting your audience back….

  2. John Warburton says

    As long ago as 1992, the UK held the country’s first “National Music Day” which was inspired by, among other events, France’s “Fête de la Musique” that began in 1982. For NMD that initial year, broadcasters of every type (radio, television, national and local) covered or organised events the length and breadth of Britain running alongside the government-sponsored programme. Included in the agenda were all-day concerts, “have-a-go” sessions, outside broadcasts, and competitions. A large outdoor popular concert, including a full symphony orchestra, took place in London and was televised. These events were all aimed at encouraging as much involvement as possible from a very broad range of people. However, official and unofficial support for NMD dwindled within a few years, so I wonder what can be done to make “BBC National Music Day” a longer-running success? Participation in music-making is a great gift to share.

    Elsewhere, Fête de la Musique (or “Make Music Day” in English-speaking countries) will be held on 21st June 2017, with the BBC’s festival occurring roughly a fortnight before. I wonder why the dates are not harmonized?

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