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Manic Street Preachers set for BBC Music Day concert

James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers, Lulu and Sir James Galway
Image caption L to R: Manic Street Preachers, Lulu and Sir James Galway

Manic Street Preachers, Craig Charles and Sir James Galway are among those involved in BBC Music Day, a nationwide celebration of music taking place in more than 10 UK towns and cities.

Events planned include a musical relay along the 73-mile length of Hadrian's Wall and a live concert in Crumlin Road Gaol, a former prison in Belfast.

The day culminates in a gala concert from Glasgow's City Halls.

Jamie Cullum, Deacon Blue and Lulu will be among the performers at the event.

Events in Cardiff include an attempt to set a new world record for the greatest distance between singers of a duet.

Accompanied by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, classical singer Shan Cothi in Cardiff will sing the Welsh hymn Calon Lan with Andres Evans, a member of the Welsh community in Patagonia.

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Media captionHundreds of performers will take part in the Wall of Sound event

Events and performances will be broadcast across the BBC, with BBC One's The One Show broadcasting live from the Music Day event in Glasgow.

BBC Music director Bob Shennan said the day was "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".

Highlights in each location include:

  • BRADFORD - An open-air concert in Bradford City Park featuring wind bands, choirs and local acts;
  • BRISTOL - An afternoon concert featuring Charles Hazlewood conducting members of the British Paraorchestra;
  • LIVERPOOL - A free concert on the waterfront featuring a Mozart "mash-up" and Craig Charles's Fantasy Funk Band;
  • LONDON - Various local music groups performing in different locations across the borough of Walthamstow;
  • NORTHERN IRELAND - An evening concert in Belfast's Crumlin Road Gaol featuring Sir James Galway on flute;
  • PLYMOUTH - Live performances in the city's piazza from young local talent and BBC Introducing bands;
  • PORTSMOUTH - A performance of Anna Meredith's Ten Pieces composition Connect It by more than 500 local schoolchildren;
  • SCOTLAND - A live-streamed edition of Ken Bruce's Radio 2 show featuring appearances from Midge Ure and James Bay;
  • WALES - Manic Street Preachers performing before 10,000 people at a sold-out concert at Cardiff Castle.

The Hadrian's Wall of Sound event sees hundreds of local musicians on board various modes of transport travel the length of the wall, passing a baton from performer to performer.

It began with saxophonist Roz Sluman greeting the day at 06:00 BST at Bowness-on-Solway. A BBC live page will cover the event throughout the day.

Friday will also see the fifth and final BBC Music Day Unsung Hero named on Steve Wright's Radio 2 show and performances and appearances from the event's starry line-up of ambassadors.

The BBC Music initiative officially launched in October 2014 with an all-star reworking of the Beach Boys' God Only Knows.

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