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  1. Thank you for joining us for BBC Music Day!

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    Video caption: Across the UK 40 choirs performed at railway stations for BBC Music Day

    That's it from us on the live page today, but BBC Music Day isn't over! There are still plenty of musical programmes for you tonight.

    Fancy a dance? Annie Mac, who was featured on Woman's Hour's Power List today, is taking the BBC Radio 1 Rave Lounge to Brighton with Danny Howard.

    If you'd rather sit back and relax Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2 celebrates the human voice with a wide range of genres and performances, including BBC Music Day Ambassador Carly Paoli, the twenty-piece Dynamic Voices musical theatre group and the one thosand-strong Some Voices choir.

    Over on BBC Four, there's an entire evening of music shows:

    Top of the Pops: 1986 (19:30 – 20:00)

    Chas and Dave: Last Orders (20:00 – 21:00)

    The Story of Pulp’s Common People (21:00 – 22:00)

    Can You Feel It: How Dance Music Conquered the World (22:00 – 23:00)

    Country Queens at the BBC (23:00 – 00:00)

    And if you're in Scotland, at midnight on BBC One Scotland you can watch a repeat of Texas performing with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for BBC Music Day 2017.

    Until the next time!

  2. BBC Music Day - what did you think?

    We take a look at how you reacted to surprise music across the nation

    It seems like impromptu orchestras, surprise choirs and pop-up gigs wouldn't go amiss every day of the week? Not to mention powerful women, Bargain Hunt scandals and strange and wonderful musical collaborations?

    We take a look at your reactions to some of the biggest events this Music Day:

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    Video caption: Blossoms performed for commuters at Manchester Piccadilly in the morning
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    Don't forget to add your voice to the choir! Let us know how you spent your Music Day using the official hashtag #BBCMusicDay. And goodluck to Hacker tomorrow on your new show and thanks for all your help on BBC Music Day!

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    Video caption: Hacker T. Dog joined the line-up for the Manchester Music Tram for BBC Music Day
  3. ADHD Foundation flashmob dance on the streets of Liverpool

    Celebrating the talent of those with ADHD

    This afternoon, The ADHD Foundation celebrated the gifts of those who live with ADHD with a fantastic dance flashmob in the centre of Liverpool.

    Beneath the beautiful art installation The Umbrella Project, young people who live with ADHD performed to Kylie's hit Spinning Around. You remember Kylie, right? National Rail's greatest train announcer?

    Take a look at their brilliant performance below, and show us how you've celebrated BBC Music Day using the official hashtag #BBCMusicDay.

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    Video caption: A performance celebrating the gifts and talents of those with ADHD on BBC Music Day
  4. The Big Sing choir at Liverpool Street Station

    If anything can make London commuters look up, it's this

    Just one level down from where Josephine Shaw was busking, proud community singers The Big Sing surprised travellers at London's Liverpool Street Station with a live performance this evening, as we celebrate the amazing impact group singing can have on those who take part and those who listen.

    Based in both London and Essex, the Big Sing choir is dedicated to uniting communities with the power of song.

    Take a look at them in action:

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    Image caption: The Big Sing at Liverpool Street Station
  5. Gabrielle, Chelcee Grimes and Nina Nesbitt busk for London commuters

    We celebrated women in music all day with surprise performances

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    Legendary singer Gabrielle, Liverpudlian singer/footballer Chelcee Grimes and singer/songwriter, guitarist and pianist Nina Nesbitt were among the brilliant female musicians surprising Londoners today with street performances.

    Part of Busk In London, and in celebration of BBC Music Day, these mini-shows brought a musical boost to the days of unsuspecting commuters.

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    If you spotted a great busker, like Josephine Shaw earlier this evening at Liverpool Street Station in London, make sure to let us know by using the hashtag #BBCMusicDay

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  6. "Let's dance about the seaside, remember happy memories"

    The Wombats team up with CBeebies tunesters and the BBC Philharmonic orchestra

    How often do you get to hear original songs created by international rock superstars and five year olds?

    As part of BBC Music Day, The Wombats took inspiration from the CBeebies tunesters - 5 year old Amelia, Franki and Harris - as they explored what they loved most about the seaside.

    From pretty shells to slimy seaweed, the musicians took these youngers' inspiration and customised one of their top tracks, accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Take a look at the glorious final result for yourself:

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  7. Watch Blossoms perform live at Manchester Piccadilly station

    The band surprised commuters this morning with a set for BBC Music Day

    Watch them perform their song There's A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls), accompanied by the RNCM Pop Choir, live from Manchester Piccadilly train station.

    The brilliant rock act performed at 9am this morning, kicking off the BBC Music Day festivities across the nation.

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    Video caption: Blossoms surprised commuters with a special performance, featuring the RNCM pop choir
  8. Tune into The One Show on BBC One right now

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    Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol talks about how his father has been affected by dementia, and how music is helping him.

    Quote Message: People just wake up and shine. They come back to themselves when they hear music... To see that effect is really extraordinary.

    We launched Music Memories as part of BBC Music Day today. It's a ground-breaking website designed to help people who are living with dementia by stimulating music memory.

  9. Nile Rodgers and Chic Live from Maida Vale

    Playing all of your favourite songs for All Request Friday

    Nile Rodgers and Chic perform live on BBC Radio 2 for BBC Music Day

    Obviously it's difficult to go wrong when requesting the hits of legendary Nile Rodgers and his band Chic, but even so, the live playlist was fantastic.

    Le Freak, Good Times, Thinking Of You, Spacer - we were treated to performances of truly iconic tracks at the hands of a musical master, live on BBC Radio 2.

    Thanks to Nile for being a BBC Music Day Ambassador, and we hope you enjoyed his set as much as we did.

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    You can listen again to the full programme on BBC Radio 2.

  10. Choirs meet at station for celebration of song

    Birmingham has been alive with the sound of BBC Music Day.

    The workplace choirs of Birmingham have been singing at venues across the city, and joined forces at New Street Station meeting the BBC singers off the train for a performance on the concourse.

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  11. Singing in support of dementia at Manchester Airport

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    Image caption: The Together Dementia Support choir performing at Manchester Airport

    This inspiring community gospel choir is made up of people living with dementia, carers for those with dementia, and the community. They say they get together about once a month, it's not always easy getting out to perform but they really enjoy it.

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    Image caption: Lillian Wallace, 79

    Lillian suffers from dementia and says she's part of the choir because "music means a lot to me. It helps my brain - it keeps me active, and I love singing." Her favourite song is Amazing Grace.

  12. New BBC music website offers help to those with dementia

    Music Memories aims to unlock therapeutic effects of music

    New BBC Website hopes to create a lifeline for dementia sufferers
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    Today the BBC launches Music Memories, a new website that hopes to build up a national database of songs to help those with dementia.

    The website allows people to browse more than 1,800 songs, classical works and TV theme tunes from the last 100 years, creating a playlist of personally meaningful music.

    Those playlists can then be shared - along with some basic information about the user's age, gender and place of birth - allowing carers to identify songs that could help others with a similar background.

    According to a BBC News article, uncovering songs that mean a great deal to specific groups could be vital to reconnecting them to treasured memories:

    "The example we often give is that there's a famous Scottish lullaby calledAlly Bally Bee," said Sarah Metcalfe from Playlist for Life.

    "Most people in Glasgow have it on their playlist because it takes them back to their mum singing to them and feeling safe and loved.

    "But if you're Glaswegian and you end up in a care home in Reading, the chances are nobody knows Ally Bally Bee. They've never even heard of it.

    "And if we can begin to connect up what people like in different parts of the country, we can actually begin to help reach people."

    It's hoped this platform will allow those without current access to music therapy groups to experience the healing powers of music, which has been well documented in dementia sufferers.

    Music Memories has been created in partnership with music and dementia charity, Playlist for Life, and supported by leading dementia organisations including Alzheimer’s Society, AlzheimerScotland, Dementia UK and Carers UK.

    Visit Music Memories now to get started.

  13. Take a look at music therapy sessions taking place today

    We celebrate the benefits music therapy offers

    Music Therapist Greg Hanford in Merseyside is spending time with clients today as part of BBC Music Day, and is keen to highlight the amazing benefits that music therapy offers those he treats:

    "Examples of positive outcomes could be increased engagement, social awareness, physical movement, and in some cases reduced anxiety."

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    Image caption: Greg conducts a session with a client as part of BBC Music Day

    If you or anyone you know benefits from music therapy, make sure to get in touch via our official hashtag #BBCMusicDay.

  14. Going the distance

    When cycling meet singing

    The Song Cyclists this summer used the positive power of music and sport to give a fourteen concert cycling tour over 1000 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise awareness and money for the UK’s largest mental health charity Mind.

    Here they are with a special performance to celebrate BBC Music Day.

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  15. Good Times!

    All Request Friday

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    Nile Rodgers and Chic are playing the classic hit right now, listen right here or tune in on BBC Radio 2.

    Phone lines are open until 6:45pm so call 08000 288 291 if you have a Nile Rodgers song you'd like to hear.

  16. BBC Introducing brings new music to surprise spaces

    New artists across the UK join music celebration

    As part of championing emerging artists, BBC Introducing has placed fantastic unsigned artists in unexpected locations across the country today - playing to impromptu crowds and brightening the days of commuters across the nation.

    With fantastic artists including The Wild Things, Lili Caseley, Lucy Grubb and Luke Yates, take a look at the BBC Introducing Twitter feed to get a full range of today's performances.

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    Seen a BBC Introducing act today? Be sure to let us know using the official hashtag #BBCMusicDay, and help champion fantastic new artists.

  17. All Request Friday with Nile Rodgers and Chic!

    Live from Maida Vale

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    Phone lines are open until 6:45pm, so get your requests in now:

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    Image caption: Simon Mayo and Jo Whiley kickstarting the weekend with All Request Friday, where they let YOU choose the tunes!
  18. Once more with feeling: BBC Music Day, what's it all about?

    We're proud to celebrate the power of music to lift us

    It's easy to get lost in the madness of pop princesses announcing train departures, rock legends breaking the sacred rules of Bargain Hunt and surprise choirs popping up on streets across the nation.

    But it's vital to us that the ethos of Music Day - the power of music to help us - sits at the centre of it all.

    Whether watching your favourite legendary band perform, singing with a group, singing on your own (and hoping no-one is watching), whether you've mastered a musical instrument or you're picking up a guitar for the first time, we want to celebrate the power of music to change lives.

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    Watching our BBC Music Day surprises unfold across the nation continues to be a joy, and we hope that - like suddenly hearing your favourite song - it brings a spark of light into your day. Music brings us together, it lifts us when we're low, it galvanises our joys, and so take some time to enjoy it today.

    Make sure you let us know how you're celebrating #BBCMusicDay, on Twitter and Instagram.

  19. Jo Whiley and Simon Mayo may have Nile Rodgers and Chic as their house band today

    But according to Lammo he's got an even better one on BBC Radio 6 Music right now.

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    Image caption: Reverend and the Makers performing live at The Spiegeltent in Sheffield

    We'll let you decide what you prefer!

  20. Get your requests in for Nile Rodgers, he'll be opening his back catalogue live

    As part of a very special BBC Music Day All Request Friday with Jo Whiley and Simon Mayo

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    Responsible for some of the most amazing hits of the last half century, the legendary Nile Rodgers will join Jo Whiley and and Simon Mayo from 5pm on BBC Radio 2.

    Along with his band Chic, he's known for songs throughout the 70s and 80s that need no introduction: Le Freak, I Want Your Love, Good Times and We Are Family to name a scant few.

    But it's his collaboration work that's ensured Nile remains as relevant and important now as he was 40 years ago: working with every artist imaginable, from David Bowie and Lady Gaga to Daft Punk and Duran Duran to Avicii.

    Releasing a brand new album with Chic today, we're overjoyed to have him join us as an ambassador for BBC Music day. You'll be able to request anything from his back-catalogue from 5pm today, and we can't wait.

    Quote Message: I'm equally humbled as thrilled to be a BBC Music Day Ambassador. Music is my livelihood and my pleasure. It can make me feel strong as an ox or weak in the knees. In my life, it's essential. from Nile Rodgers Music Producer and Musician
    Nile RodgersMusic Producer and Musician

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    Video caption: Nile Rodgers drops by for BBC Music Day with the latest Chic album 'It's About Time'.