Upshares Downshares: Hear all the music and give to Children In Need!
Hundreds of people have expressed an interest in a CD (for charity) of all the versions, and we're looking at whether that's possible.
In the meantime, if you want to hear all the themes we've broadcast....click HERE....and notice that there's a link where you can make a donation to Children In Need. You're not obliged of course, but we'd be grateful (breaks down and weeps openly, to try to make you give. It's for the kids, you know).
There's also this lovely montage, a shorter version of which features in PM tonight:
This is Sandy Faris, whose original composition got us going on all this. Sandy's book about his life, including of course details of the Upstairs, Downstairs story, is called Da Capo Al Fine: A Life in Music (by Alexander Faris). He is working on a new edition which features all this Upshares nonsense.
Before Christmas we heard from Sandy on the programme, as he listened to our listeners' themes, and played for us on his own piano.
Our adventure didn't end there. The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra kindly agreed to play a newly orchestrated version of Sandy's theme. Alan Gout (below) did the orchestration.
Nils was there for the recording.
And there was this spectacular video, shot by Simon Robertshaw:
(and finally...our compilation of the very best of Nils:)