Music Day will feature live music events and performances involving both well-known musicians and local communities across the UK and the BBC’s Performing Groups, and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC 6 Music, Asian Network, BBC Local Radio, at bbc.co.uk/musicday, plus BBC One’s The One Show will be broadcasting live from the Music Day event in Glasgow.
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.
BBC Music Day involves musical events in more than ten UK towns and cities, with a number of star names acting as BBC Music Day Ambassadors including 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.
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.”
BBC Music Day kicks off with ‘Hadrian’s Wall of Sound’ – a musical relay from Bowness on Solway to Wallsend. Hundreds of musicians from diverse communities along the wall will journey by bicycle, horse, open top vintage bus, motorbike and unicycle, passing a baton from performer to performer. The music will start at daybreak in West Cumbria and finish in North Tyneside – 73 miles and 14 hours later. This ambitious feat will be reflected live on BBC Radio 3 - led by the BBC Singers - and on BBC local radio, BBC Radio 6 Music and during Look North on BBC One NE and Cumbria.
BBC Music Day leads to Music Night at Glasgow’s City Halls where a range of artists from different genres will perform with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. The event will be hosted by Radio 2’s Ken Bruce and BBC Radio 3’s Katie Derham and simulcast live on BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Red Button, with BBC Asian Network airing Jaz Dhami’s performance. The Glasgow event will additionally be the focal point of a five day Festival of Music at BBC Scotland’s HQ in Pacific Quay.
Among the towns and cities who will host additional BBC Music Day events are Belfast, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool and Plymouth.
BBC Music Day guide:
7:00pm: The One Show - live from Glasgow’s Pacific Quay on Friday 5 June.
BBC One North East and Cumbria
Coverage of 'Hadrian's Wall of Sound' on Look North.
BBC Radio 2
9:30am: Ken Bruce - will be broadcasting live from BBC Scotland’s HQ at Pacific Quay.
8:00pm Friday Night is Music Night - live from Glasgow’s City Halls. This special concert with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra will celebrate music across a wide spectrum of genres. From classical music to pop, stars taking to the stage include jazz-pop singer and songwriter Jamie Cullum, opera tenor Noah Stewart, the classic pop rock band Deacon Blue, violinist Jack Liebeck, harpist Catrin Finch, Bhangra artist Jaz Dhami and BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2015, Claire Hastings. Conducted by Richard Balcombe and presented by Katie Derham and Ken Bruce.
- The concert will be simulcast live on Radio 3, Radio Scotland and BBC Red Button, with the Asian Network broadcasting the Jaz Dhami performance.
BBC Radio 3
6:30am BBC Radio 3’s Breakfast - live from Hadrian’s Wall in Cumbria. Presenter Petroc Trelawny will be at Birdoswald Roman Fort, along one of the most picturesque stretches of this World Heritage Site, joined by the BBC Singers performing music with local connections as part of BBC Music Day’s ambitious Hadrian’s Wall of Sound
9:00am Essential Classics presented by Rob Cowan and Sarah Walker, which will also include the broadcast of a specially-recorded concert by the BBC Symphony Orchestra at London’s Maida Vale Studios.
12:00noon Composer Of The Week - exploring the life and work of Hungarian composer and creator of the Kodály Method, Zoltán Kodály.
1:00pm Lunchtime Concert: presented by Clemency Burton-Hill live from Snape Maltings Concert Hall in Suffolk featuring two Radio 3 New Generation Artists - Benjamin Appl (baritone) and Pavel Kolesnikov (piano) - alongside Aldeburgh Young Musicians, members of the Britten-Pears Young Artist programme and the choir of St James Middle School.
2:00pm Afternoon on 3: presented by Ian Skelly and Verity Sharp, with a live segment from Grange Park in Hampshire where members of the BBC Concert Orchestra will be joined by 90 children from Pimlico Opera's Primary Robins, an initiative which aims to enrich the lives of schoolchildren who have little exposure to music. Conducted by Michael Collins, the afternoon of music-making will feature music from Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll as well as a special appearance from opera star Bryn Terfel.
4:00pm Simulcast with BBC Radio Wales and Cymru
Radio 3 simulcasts with BBC Radio Wales to broadcast BBC Radio Cymru’s unique live link-up between Cardiff and Patagonia, bridging 7000 miles between the two countries. The link-up will be between singers in Cardiff and Patagonia and accompanied by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. This is a record-breaking attempt - certified by Guinness World Records - to achieve the greatest distance between people singing a duet and marks the 150th anniversary of the Welsh Colony in Patagonia.
4:30pm In Tune: at Bradford’s World Curry Festival presented by Suzy Klein. Collaborating in the heart of the city, musicians from the BBC Philharmonic and members of the South Asian arts organisation Kala Sangam in Bradford perform a brand new work composed especially for Music Day.
6:30pm Sean Rafferty: in Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast for a live show featuring the Ulster Orchestra. Followed by Sara Mohr-Pietsch live from London’s BBC Maida Vale Studios, presenting a concert with the BBC Symphony Chorus, Berkshire Young Voices and the Voyage Community Choir who perform music by John Rutter, Richard Rodney Bennett and the world premiere of Bob Chilcott’s Setting Sail, part of his new work, The Voyage, commissioned by Age UK Oxfordshire which will be premiered in full in 2016. Conducted by Stephen Jackson and Elizabeth Croft
8:00pm Simulcast with BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 6 Music
Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie will be getting behind Music Day in their show. Stuart will be in their Salford studio 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 incredible 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, with other BBC presenters introducing further acts on the night’s line up – see English Regions entry below for more details.
BBC Asian Network
For Music Day 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.
1:00pm Noreen Khan: showcasing the best of the Asian Network’s recorded concerts and sessions featuring: Qawwali and Bollywood playback singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan with band, recorded at Maida Vale; Pakistani singers Shazia Manzoor and QB accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic in Bradford; Punjabi Sufi singer Satinder Sartaaj, recorded at Maida Vale; Indian singer Sona Mahapatra accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic, performing music by one of India's greatest film composers, RD Burman; Celtic Connections, celebrating ‘The Music of AR Rahman’ alongside the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
5.30pm Bobby Friction: features award-winning 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
There's additional coverage on the BBC's radio stations for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales on Music Day, along with features on BBC Local Radio in England.