BBC Music Day 2016

It's the coolest thing we've been asked to do, coming at a point, I feel, where we've hit full creative bloom as a group. And the fact the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra will join us on our turf at the Barrowlands - and not in their usual habitat - is something I feel the audience will love.Fran Healy, lead singer, Travis
Date: 26.04.2016     Last updated: 09.05.2016 at 13.50
BBC Music Day returns bigger and better for 2016 with Duran Duran and Laura Mvula live at Eden, Travis and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in concert, live music at 40 iconic bridges, and unique musical celebrations across the UK including a vegetable orchestra led by Shaun the Sheep.

BBC Music has today announced the full line-up of events for BBC Music Day 2016 on Friday 3 June. BBC Music Day is a UK-wide annual celebration of music that aims to unite communities across different generations.

BBC Music Day Ambassadors, and musical legends, Duran Duran will be joined by Laura Mvula, when they headline the finale of BBC Music Day at the Eden Project*, with the iconic Biomes providing the backdrop to the spectacular outdoor stage. The concert will go out live on BBC Radio 2, as part of a four-hour show presented by Sara Cox. BBC One’s The One Show will be coming live from the Eden Project in the build-up to the concert.

Laura Mvula says: “I’m really looking forward to performing at the beautiful Eden Project with my band as part of BBC Music Day. BBC Music continues to find exciting and innovative ways to bring music to people all over the world, and it’s great to be a part of that, especially alongside Duran Duran!”

Award-winning Scottish band and BBC Music Day Ambassadors Travis will be performing live in a unique collaboration with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for a fabulous night of music at the Barrowland venue in Glasgow. There will be 1,000** free tickets available for fans to attend this exciting event, which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Scotland and streamed live on BBC iPlayer.

Travis’s lead singer, Fran Healy, believes it will be a night to remember in the group's spiritual hometown.

Fran said: "It's the coolest thing we've been asked to do, coming at a point, I feel, where we've hit full creative bloom as a group. And the fact the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra will join us on our turf at the Barrowlands - and not in their usual habitat - is something I feel the audience will love.“

BBC Northern Ireland Television and BBC Radio Ulster are planning a unique event celebrating the power and joy of music, culture and community at the historic Stormont Parliament Buildings. The event will feature the Ulster Orchestra and a wide variety of cross-genre musical talent spanning generations. The traditional home of political debate throws open its doors to the harmonious sounds of music at its very best. BBC Radio Ulster’s Sean Coyle & Hugo Duncan will also host special BBC Music Day outside broadcasts from Hilltown, Co Down and Carrickmore, Co Tyrone.

BBC Local Radio, in partnership with BBC Outreach, will be marking BBC Music Day 2016 with ‘Take it to the Bridge’. There will be musical collaborations on over 40 bridges around the UK – from large iconic bridges, such as the Tees Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough, to smaller and quirkier bridges, like Bishop Bridge in Norwich and Tadcaster Bridge in Yorkshire. There will be performances from BBC Introducing acts, and local community groups and choirs. BBC Local Radio stations will be broadcasting live from the bridges throughout the day.

BBC Wales and BBC Bristol are joining forces at dawn for a unique celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Severn Bridge, which connects South Wales to the West Country. Classical Brit Award-winners Only Men Aloud will lead the performance of a new song - composed especially for BBC Music Day – by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Amy Wadge.

Also, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Chorus will perform a concert celebrating the music from the terraces which propelled Wales to qualification for Euro 2016.

Presenter and opera star Wynne Evans will lead BBC Radio Wales’ Music Day with themed content throughout the day including music from the Urdd Eisteddfod – one of Europe’s biggest youth festivals - on BBC Radio Cymru.

At 7pm on BBC Music Day, bells from over 50 church towers across the UK will ring out simultaneously throughout towns, cities and villages, from cathedrals such as Bristol and Manchester to smaller parish churches, like Saint Francis Xaviers in Liverpool and St Mary's at Turville in Buckinghamshire. There will be a range of bell-ringers involved on the day from diverse communities and faiths, aged from eight to 90 years old. Choral composer Bob Chilcott is the BBC Music Day Ambassador for this ambitious plan.

Bob Shennan, Controller of Radio 2 and Director of BBC Music, says: “BBC Music Day is a unique opportunity for people to celebrate music and musical talent, whether attending one of the many events taking place or tuning in at home.”

Rebecca Sandiford, Producer of BBC Music Day, says: “It’s fantastic to be producing BBC Music Day for the second year running. The breadth of musical creativity this year is truly inspiring, from grass-roots musicians of all ages to collaborations with some of the biggest names in the music industry. I hope the events and activity throughout the UK will be as uplifting for audiences as they have been for those involved in creating them. I’m also delighted to have such outstanding Ambassadors involved on the day.”

There will be over 25 events across BBC English Regions. Locations and activities include:

In celebration of BBC Music Day and Aardman’s 40th anniversary, Bristol Plays Music and M Shed will be hosting workshops for children aimed at creating and decorating their own vegetable instrument on the morning of the event. Colston Hall will be running award-winning Conductive Music technology workshops. The groups will then get the chance to perform in a ‘vegetable orchestra’ led by Shaun the Sheep at Colston Hall.

BBC Radio 3’s In Tune will come live from Colston Hall with Sean Rafferty, where he’ll be joined by the Southwest Open Youth Orchestra, who use assistive technology to make music; conductor Charles Hazlewood and members of his Paraorchestra; Bristol Neurological Choir; The Bristol Youth Choir; and BBC Young Musician Winner, the violinist Jennifer Pike. Both Charles Hazlewood and Jennifer Pike are BBC Music Day Ambassadors.

At 8pm that evening, there will also be a special collaborative concert led Charles Hazlewood and the British Paraorchestra with the circus company Extraordinary Bodies for an aural and visual treat as they perform composer Terry Riley’s extraordinary cornerstone of musical minimalism ‘In C’.

In Birmingham, there will be a Songs Of Praise flash-mob-style performance of the Gospel classic 'This Train' at Birmingham New Street station, with soul singer and ‘Later with Jools’ star Ruby Turner, and the winners of the first-ever Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year, the Birmingham Town Hall Gospel Choir.

Sheffield has a proud heritage of making and enjoying music from the whole musical spectrum. On BBC Music Day, 'Sheffield Makes Music' will showcase the best and most diverse mix of talent in public spaces, with 22 planned events across the city which will be free of charge to attend. 'Sheffield Makes Music’ will suit every taste, from grime lovers to jazz aficionados, and there will be a few surprises along the way.

‘Get it Loud In Libraries’ is staging an exclusive all-ages show with the most talked about UK rapper and BBC Music Music Day Ambassador, Lady Leshurr.

For BBC Music Day, Leeds is celebrating music and bands from across the West Yorkshire region in a ‘Brass Bonanza’ – launching at Millennium Square, there will be pop-up bandstands around the city, finishing with a big collaborative performance of Yorkshire anthem ’Ilkley Moor Bah Tat’ in City Square. David Hoyles’ ‘Yorkshire Brass’ show on BBC Radio Leeds will also give people the opportunity to perform as part of a special band for the day, playing alongside all of the brass, jazz, funk and other musicians in the grand finale.

Norwich will be a platform for performers of all ages as colleges and schools around Europe showcase their talents, thanks to organisations like Laboratory Media Education. There will be an eclectic range of music, such as Norfolk Band Killamonjambo and the popular samba band, Rabo de Foguette. Also look out for Catton Grove Primary performances and the Sistema Norwich Orchestra, as well as events in Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library.

In Manchester, there will be an event at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital - Zest Fest run by LIME Music for Health. Zest Fest will be celebrating BBC Music Day with Manchester’s immense musical talent, including LIME’s incredible Music for Health Team performing as Zest Fest Ensemble, Lazlo Baby, Koraqueen (Holly Marland), unique artists and bands such as Project Jam Sandwich from local partnerships with Music in Hospitals, Brighter Sound and the RNCM and drummer and dancers from around the world!

Liverpool waterfront will host a stunning BBC Introducing showcase featuring both emerging and established bands, including Natalie McCool, The Sundowners, Claire Macleod, Cavalry, Tea Street Band, Louis Berry and Clean Cut Kid. This special event will culminate with Huey Morgan. The BBC Music Day content in Liverpool will take place as part of The International Mersey River Festival.

BBC Network Radio will be supporting BBC Music Day, including:

BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 2 will be covering BBC Music Day. Matt Everitt will be updating listeners across the day with what is happening around the UK.

Zoe Ball sits in for Ken Bruce in the week leading up to BBC Music Day and there’ll be special reports including a gospel surprise! Steve Wright in the Afternoon will interview the BBC Music Day ‘Unsung Heroes’ and will look ahead to the big concert, Duran Duran live at Eden with BBC Music Day.

Jo Whiley will focus on a different Nation every evening on her programme between 8pm and 10pm in the days leading up to BBC Music Day.

Sara Cox hosts a special four-hour show from 8pm to midnight on BBC Music Day, including Duran Duran live from the Eden Project.

BBC Radio 3
For BBC Music Day, BBC Radio 3 brings live performances by BBC Performing Groups, young performers and disabled musicians to concert halls around the UK. BBC Radio 3 Breakfast, presented by Petroc Trelawny, broadcasts live for the first time from the Commando Training Centre, Royal Marines, Lympstone, Devon, with live music from their Royal Marine Band.

In the spirit of collaboration, Guy Garvey from BBC Radio 6 Music will be Sarah Walker’s guest on Essential Classics, choosing some of his favourite classical tracks. There will also be the first of several features highlighting the learning and outreach work of the BBC Performing Groups which will air throughout the day.

There will also be a BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert live from the Hay Festival with collaboration between outstanding young musicians, guitarist Morgan Szymanski and the Cremona String Quartet.

As well as the special ‘In Tune’ broadcast from the Colston Hall (details in Bristol section) at 4.30pm to 6.30pm, there will also be a live BBC Radio 3 In Concert with the BBC Concert Orchestra and award-winning young conductor Ben Gernon, live from the Hall for Cornwall in Truro presented by Petroc Trelawny.

The day ends on BBC Radio 3 with a specially recorded concert from the Hay Festival featuring the Senegalese world music star Baaba Maal and band.

BBC Radio 6 Music
BBC Radio 6 Music’s Radcliffe and Maconie show will be live from Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the seminal Sex Pistols gig as part of BBC Music Day.

They will be joined by Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols, Manchester’s noveau punk band PINS playing live, and Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks.

Asian Network
Tommy Sandhu - ‘The Love Friday Mix – LIVE’, a 25-minute seamless mix of both mainstream, Bollywood, British Asian music anthems performed LIVE and accompanied by a live band and a DJ set.

Noreen Khan’s show will feature the ‘Old Skool Hour’ to include three live songs from the Eighties, Nineties and 2000 respectively. The songs will be performed by London-based Asian r‘n’b star Zack Knight, and supported by a student band from Rushey Mead School in Leicester.

BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4’s ‘Daily Service’ will mark BBC Music Day with a live performance from the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year, Angus Benton and Agatha Pethers, directed by Malcolm Archer.

BBC Radio 5 live
The regular ‘Friday Sports Panel’ on BBC Radio 5 live will have a musical makeover on BBC Music Day. There will be a series of musical collaborations from sport stars who love music and musicians who love sport. Two-time Moto GP champion James Toseland will be performing with the Rylands string quartet. There will be more music and sports guests announced in the coming weeks.

CBBC are calling for fans of Danger Mouse to send in recordings of themselves singing the theme tune. Danger Mouse will celebrate BBC Music Day with a unique, crowd-sourced version of the theme tune to open the show on Friday 3 June.

Stars of Lost and Found will play their version of Valerie, by the Zutons, made famous by Amy Winehouse. The film will be broadcast on CBBC as part of BBC Music Day.

CBBC’s favourite aliens, Zig and Zag, have put their minds together to try to create the best music that they can for BBC Music Day in a hilarious exclusive ‘Zog Cast’, airing on CBBC and previewed at live events around the country on our BBC Music Day big screens.

CBeebies Radio
CBeebies Radio has commissioned choral composer Sasha Johnson Manning to write a piece of music especially for BBC Music Day which celebrates and unites children across the UK.

Children from primary schools in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have contributed ideas about what music means to them, and from their thoughts, Sasha has composed lyrics. Sasha has written four songs with distinct elements from each country, with a chorus at the end which unifies the whole piece.

CBeebies Radio will broadcast the making of the song, and the final composition recorded with children from the Choir of St Mary’s Bowdon.

For more information about BBC Music Day, a wider events list and how to get involved, please visit

Notes to Editors

*Tickets for Duran Duran live at Eden with BBC Music Day are £57.50 (£50 plus a £7.50 booking fee). Tickets can only be bought online through

**Details of the 1,000 free tickets for the Travis and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra concert will be announced on BBC Radio Scotland’s Get It On Programme with Bryan Burnett at 8pm on Monday 9 May 2016.

The full list of BBC Music Day Ambassadors includes:

  • Duran Duran
  • Travis
  • Will Young
  • Laura Mvula
  • Naughty Boy
  • Lianne La Havas
  • Lady Leshurr
  • Martin Carthy
  • Mark Simpson
  • Charles Hazelwood
  • Ruby Turner
  • Jennifer Pike
  • Bob Chilcott