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It's Wagner vs Verdi. Little Mix vs One Direction. Girls vs boys...

We challenged nearly 200 musicians to 'be a hero' for BBC Children in Need. So the BBC Philharmonic and The Hallé orchestras joined forces with ten of the UK’s best young singers and conductors Sian Edwards and Clark Rundell for an exciting Radio 3 fundraiser.

Radio 3 and composer Steve Pycroft put together two tracks combining the song 'Wings' by girl-band Little Mix with Wagner’s 'Ride of the Valkyries', and One Direction’s 'What Makes You Beautiful' with Verdi’s 'Anvil Chorus'. Watch this making-of video:

In the girls’ corner are singers Ruby Hughes, Clara Mouriz, Charlotte Trepess, Elizabeth Watts and Kitty Whately, with the ladies of the BBC Philharmonic and The Hallé conducted by Sian Edwards, and with special guests – violinist Tasmin Little and pianist Kathryn Stott.

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In the boys’ corner are singers Benjamin Appl, Jonathan McGovern, Tim Mead, Nick Pritchard and Robin Tritschler with the gentlemen of the BBC Philharmonic and The Hallé conducted by Clark Rundell, and with special guests – pianists Gwilym Simcock and David Quigley.

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by Charlie

    on 24 Nov 2013 09:45

    I wish to register a complaint, Steve, on behalf of my old online adversaries, Neil McGowan and french frank. As Head of Interactive, you must know that when you post something online, you open yourself up to online criticism, which may be both positive or negative. It seems to me that it is the duty of any moderator to allow people to hold more complex opinions than whether the boys beat the girls, or vice-versa. For the record, I would go for the vice-versa too, but it seems to me that the BBC has given us Hobson's choice. Take it or leave it, Steve? c;4)

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by Karen

    on 22 Nov 2013 16:05

    The boys have it for me as I've now got it as an ear-worm!

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by HAH

    on 20 Nov 2013 23:11

    What lovely voices, and how delightful to see classical musicians enjoying themselves!

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by janep

    on 18 Nov 2013 22:57

    Just watched it again and feel inspired!! The women are clearly having a ball - so much passion and energy!! Why wasn't this shown on the night?????

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by DavidS

    on 18 Nov 2013 14:03

    I thought both were terrific but the R3 Girls did it for me. Fabulous movement in the front and back rows - had my feet tapping too.

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by Mimms

    on 17 Nov 2013 20:59

    The videos will be watched widely: terrific performances. And on re-hearing I'm going for the chaps!

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by Mimms

    on 17 Nov 2013 20:55

    Great stuff! Very well arranged and beautifully performed: tremendous sport. Well done all concerned. Hard to call between them.
    I hope both boys and girls do really well.

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  • Comment number 23. Posted by Taphouse

    on 16 Nov 2013 11:06

    Really enjoyed both performances but I thing the ladies had the edge as they looked as if they had more fun :-)

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  • Comment number 22. Posted by dave from sheffield

    on 16 Nov 2013 10:42

    Brilliant! For me the girls have the best tunes and voices but I love the men's grey shirts

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  • Comment number 21. Posted by Alvis1695

    on 16 Nov 2013 10:37

    The girls are fab-u-lous ! The girls must win - if pop music sounded this good I would listen to it. Gorgeous Liz Watts is clearly destined to be the next pop diva !!

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