Pitch Perfect's Deke Sharon joins new BBC One Saturday night series Pitch Battle

I’m so excited to come to the UK to see the breadth of musical talent, and to provide the launch pad for what could be the world’s next megastar harmony group. If you love music, you love to sing and you are in a group or want to form one, come along - we can’t wait to see you perform!Deke Sharon
Date: 06.02.2017     Last updated: 06.02.2017 at 12.16
Deke Sharon, Music Director and Arranger for the box-office hit Pitch Perfect joins BBC One’s brand new Saturday night entertainment music show Pitch Battle (w/t), as Series Musical Director, it was announced today.

BBC One confirmed Deke Sharon’s involvement as auditions opened across the country to find Britain’s best singing group. Tuesday’s Child, who is producing the six-hour shows, is looking for the best singing groups from across the UK, from all musical styles: pop, rock, folk and gospel to acapella choirs.

Over the course of five hour-long, heat episodes, the groups will compete head-to-head over a series of choral challenges including Pitch Perfect inspired Riff Offs, a soloist’s challenge and an acapella round. The groups will need to pull out-all-the-stops in this no-chords-barred, sing or be sung-off tournament to win the live final.

Jo Wallace, BBC Commissioning Editor, Entertainment says: “Deke Sharon is an extraordinary musical talent and his experience with musical arrangement is second to none. He has a proven track record of delivering iconic songs with a fresh and unique flavour.”

Deke Sharon says: “I’m so excited to come to the UK to see the breadth of musical talent, and to provide the launching pad for what could be the world’s next megastar harmony group! If you love music, you love to sing and you are in a group or want to form one, come along - we can’t wait to see you perform!”

Karen Smith, CEO Tuesday’s Child says: “This is a contemporary new format and we are looking for spell-binding, hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck performances. We know they are out there – so get in touch! To have someone of Deke’s calibre advising on musical arrangements throughout the series is a once in a lifetime opportunity for ambitious groups around the country!”

Pitch Battle (w/t) is a 6x60 format and was awarded to Tuesday's Child following a three-stage pitch process after 12 independent producers submitted proposals.

The Executive Producer for Tuesday’s Child is Karen Smith and the BBC Commissioning Editor is Jo Wallace. The series will be distributed by BBC Worldwide.

To apply please email music@tuesdayschild.tv

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