Gareth Malone to form All-Star Choir for official BBC Children in Need single 2014

I'm indebted to the generosity and bravery of these non-singing celebs who are putting their mouths where the money is to help raise funds for BBC Children in Need. I hope that the nation gets behind our attempt at the coveted No. 1 spot.Gareth Malone
Date: 25.09.2014     Last updated: 25.09.2014 at 08.41
BBC Children in Need today announce that choirmaster Gareth Malone is to bring together an array of untrained voices from the world of television, sport and theatre, forming Gareth Malone’s All-Star Choir, to release the official 2014 BBC Children in Need single.

Actresses Alison Steadman and Linda Robson will sing alongside EastEnders actor Nitin Ginatra and Strictly Come Dancing Queen of Mean, Craig Revel-Horwood. Also searching for their inner songbird are Countryfile’s John Craven, Blue Peter’s Radzi Chinyanganya, Bake Off co-host Mel Giedroyc and comedian Jo Brand. Fabrice Muamba and Margaret 'The Machine' Alphonsi join the choir from the world of football and rugby respectively, and the line-up is completed by Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine and actor Larry Lamb.

Gareth Malone said: "I was honoured to be asked to help create the 2014 official BBC Children in Need single. It's daunting to think of the list of artists who have sung for BBC Children in Need in the past - now it's our turn. The task is enormous - none of these celebrities are known for their singing, but we are all coming together in support of a hugely important cause; it's time to put celebrity egos to the side and sing with one voice in the choir. I'm indebted to the generosity and bravery of these non-singing celebs who are putting their mouths where the money is to help raise funds for BBC Children in Need. I hope that the nation gets behind our attempt at the coveted No. 1 spot."

Sir Terry Wogan, Life President of BBC Children in Need, said: “I am delighted that young Gareth Malone is taking on this exciting challenge to support BBC Children in Need this year. I have no doubt Gareth will work his magic on this bunch of unlikely singers and I am looking forward to hearing the final result which will be this year’s official single. Let’s hope they’ve had plenty of rehearsals in the meantime!”

Twenty Twenty productions will follow Gareth on his journey, from scouting and auditioning the choir members to their final performances, in a two-part special documentary special for BBC One. With only a few weeks to turn the cacophony into a choir, could this be Gareth's greatest challenge yet?

The choir met for their first rehearsal yesterday (Wednesday 24 September) and will reveal which song they will be releasing as the official 2014 BBC Children in Need single in due course. The single will be released in association with Decca Records, part of Universal to raise funds for BBC Children in Need. The choir will come together for an exclusive television performance on the BBC Children in Need Appeal show, on Friday 14 November 2014 on BBC One, and the two-part Gareth Malone’s All-Star Choir will air in the build up to the BBC Children in Need appeal night.

Tim Carter, CEO Twenty Twenty Productions, said: “Gareth had his first No. 1 with the Military Wives. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could pull it off again for such a good cause?”

Gareth Malone’s All-Star Choir (2x60') is produced by Twenty Twenty Productions for BBC One. It was commissioned by Maxine Watson, BBC Commissioning Editor, Documentaries, and is executive produced by Tim Carter and Helen Soden at Twenty Twenty Productions.

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Craig Revel-Horwood

“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Gareth Malone’s fabulous All-Star Choir for BBC Children in Need, putting my voice on this year’s Official BBC Children in Need single is rather daunting and quite a step change from dancing, but I am sure Mr Malone will teach us well!”

Jo Brand 

“I’m not sure everyone is ready for this, but I’ve signed up anyway and can confirm that I’ll be treating you all to my singing as part of Gareth Malone’s All-Star Choir. When the time comes, please tune into the show and buy our official BBC Children in Need single so we can raise lots of money for this year’s Appeal.”

Alison Steadman

“Gareth Malone has asked me to be in his All-Star Choir for this year’s official BBC Children in Need single and I’m certainly ready to give it my all. This will be different to the stage I’m used to, but I’m sure it will be quite the experience.”

Mel Giedroyc

“I am really very excited to be joining Gareth Malone’s All-Star Choir in aid of BBC Children in Need, I must admit up front that I don’t quite have an all-star voice just yet, but I am hoping Gareth might help! It is going to be a great show, and I hope that the single goes on to raise lots for BBC Children in Need this year!”

About BBC Children in Need

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. BBC Children in Need is currently supporting c.2,600 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.

4. The BBC Children in Need 2014 Appeal show is on BBC One on Friday 14 November.

5. Further information on BBC Children in Need can be found at bbc.co.uk/pudsey as well as via Facebook and Twitter.