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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

Press Release

A Symphony For Yorkshire to benefit Children in Need

BBC Children in Need is to benefit from the sale of a special DVD produced by the BBC in Yorkshire.

A Symphony For Yorkshire is a short musical film which was first broadcast by the BBC on Yorkshire Day following open auditions and a competition to write the lyrics to a new Yorkshire Anthem.

Following popular demand, the film has now been made into a DVD. Copies will be available at a cost of £10 including postage and packing and £5 from the sale will go straight to Children in Need to help change the lives of some of the most disadvantaged children right here in the UK. The DVDs can be ordered at the Charity Goods website or by sending a cheque, payable to Charity Goods, to:

Charity Goods
PO Box 695
South Wales
NP20 4ZU 

BBC Head of Yorkshire, Helen Thomas, said:  "We've had a tremendous response from our audience since playing the Symphony on local radio and on BBC Look North. It was a hugely challenging piece of work for everyone involved and many viewers and listeners have written to us asking for the Symphony to be for sale as it would make a lovely present for people this Christmas.

"We're pleased to now be able to offer it for sale – and to be able to raise money for BBC Children in Need in the process."

The Symphony was also the subject of a special documentary called Making A Symphony For Yorkshire which  was broadcast on BBC Four in September and will be included in the charity package. 

Composer Benjamin Till wrote the score for the symphony and tailored the four very different movements to the individual talents of the 200 musicians who were then filmed in 50 locations across Yorkshire with a finale on the streets of Sheffield. 

Benjamin said: "This has been the most difficult, complicated, ambitious project that I have ever done – incredibly hard work but hugely rewarding. Yorkshire people have to be among the proudest people on the planet. It's been an enormous thrill and a great honour to be able to write a piece of music which brings so many Yorkshire-based musicians from so many different musical traditions together and I really hope I have done the county proud."

The winner of the lyrics competition was 98-year-old great grandmother Doreen Brigham from Harrogate.

Last year, BBC Children in Need raised over a record-breaking £39 million, which is hard at work making a real difference to some of the most disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK.

The 2010 appeal is on the 19 November, and we need your help again! This year we are asking everyone to "show your spots, let's raise lots!" for BBC Children in Need. This could be as simple as baking spotty cupcakes or getting the boss to wear spots for the day!

Call 0345 607 3333 or visit the Children in Need website for a fundraising pack full of fundraising ideas and inspiration.

For every penny you give us, a penny goes directly to projects helping disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK. We are able to make this promise because the charity uses its investment income and gift aid to cover all running costs.


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