Radio 3 presents ultimate musical battle for BBC Children in Need

Date: 15.11.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.12

BBC Radio 3 this morning presents two singles for BBC Children in Need, in a girls v boys ‘Musical Battle’ inspired by songs by Little Mix and One Direction.

Manchester’s two biggest professional orchestras, the BBC Philharmonic and The Halle, have taken up the challenge to do something different and be a hero for BBC Children in Need, dividing into all-female and all-male orchestras, who are joined by five female and five male classical singers to record the two singles.

The R3 Girls and the R3 Boys will battle it out with reimagined classical versions of hits by One Direction and Little Mix, arranged by Steve Pycroft.

Music videos for each single and a behind-the-scenes video are available now on Radio 3's YouTube channel.

Battling it out for the girls, five female classical singers, an all-female orchestra and conductor Sian Edwards present an arrangement of Little Mix’s 'Wings' meets Wagner’s 'Ride of the Valkyries'. The R3 Girls are: mezzo-soprano and Radio 3 New Generation Artist Kitty Whately; soprano and winner of the London Handel singing competition Ruby Hughes; Spanish-born mezzo-soprano and Radio 3 New Generation Artist Clara Mouriz; soprano and winner of the Borletti Buitoni Trust Award Elizabeth Watts; and soprano Charlotte Trepess. The all-female orchestra also features guest-stars Kathryn Stott (piano) and Tasmin Little (violin).

In the boys’ corner, five male classical singers, an all-male orchestra and conductor Clark Rundell present a classical arrangement of One Direction’s 'What Makes You Beautiful' meets Verdi’s 'Anvil Chorus'. The R3 boys are: tenor and Radio 3 New Generation Artist Robin Tritschler; baritone and Royal Academy of Music Alumnus Jonathan McGovern; German-born baritone and winner of Deutsche Schubert Gesellschaft Schubertpreis Benjamin Appl; countertenor and founding member of The Prince Consort Tim Mead; and Tenor and winner of the Best Supporting Actor at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival Nick Pritchard. The all-male orchestra also features guest-stars Gwilym Simcock (piano) and David Quigley (celesta).

Both tracks are arranged for singers and full orchestra by Steve Pycroft, who composed Radio 3’s recent Baroque version of Justin Bieber’s ‘Beauty and a Beat’ for Comic Relief which after its Radio 3 broadcast became an online success with millions of online hits.

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Notes to Editors

BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 is the home of classical music. The station also broadcasts a wide range of cultural programming including jazz, world music, arts and over 25 new drama programmes a year. BBC Radio 3 features more live classical music programming than any other station and is the home of the BBC Proms, broadcasting every Prom live and over 600 complete concerts a year. The station is also the most significant commissioner of new musical works in the world and is committed to supporting new talent, composers, writers and new young performers through schemes such as New Generation Artists and New Generation Thinkers.

BBC Children in Need

The BBC Children in Need Appeal is a charity registered in England and Wales (802052) and Scotland (SC039557) whose aim is to make a positive change to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

BBC Children in Need’s vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential. We will realise this vision by supporting, promoting and publicising work that addresses the challenges that children and young people face and work that builds their skills and resilience.

We are currently supporting c.2,700 projects that are working with children facing a range of disadvantages for example, poverty and deprivation; children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people.

The BBC Children in Need 2013 Appeal show is on BBC One on Friday 15 November.