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Ambassadors

We teamed up with some of the most exciting musical artists around for BBC Music Day 2016, representing every genre of music, from rap to pop, and folk to classical. Our Ambassadors made appearances at events throughout the UK. Find out what BBC Music Day meant to them below

Nile Rodgers

Music takes you to a place you go during the experience of it, and then after you experience it you are different. I'm proud to be a BBC Music Day ambassador; to try and help a few someones to become different.

As one of the founding members of the most successful group of the disco era - Chic - Nile Rodgers has enjoyed an unparalleled career spanning decades. His profound influence extends across almost every musical genre and he has collaborated with some of the all time greats including Bowie, Madonna and Prince. He has also worked with some of the most exciting contemporary artists such as Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams and fellow Music Day ambassadors, Duran Duran and Laura Mvula.

Duran Duran

Will Young

Will Young

BBC Music Day ambassador Will Young

Will Young has been a household name for over a decade and is now one of the nation's best loved singers. In the studio and live on stage he is a natural performer and a true believer in the power of music.

I am very pleased to be an ambassador for BBC Music Day to help show how music in the UK can live and breathe and how it moves people wherever they are and whatever their circumstances.

For BBC Music Day Will Young performed for workers in a tea warehouse in Bristol. You can see highlights of his performance in our clips section.

Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula stormed onto the British soul scene in 2013 with her album 'Sing To The Moon' which gained her national acclaim. She cites her influences as Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill and has recently collaborated with fellow BBC Music Day Ambassador Nile Rodgers on her latest single 'Overcome'.

Laura performed alongside Duran Duran at our BBC Music Day finale event at The Eden Project. You can see the highlights on iPlayer.

Travis

Travis

BBC Music Day ambassadors Travis

In a unique collaboration for BBC Music Day, the award winning Scottish Band Travis joined the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for a fabulous night of music at the iconic Barrowland venue in Glasgow on Friday 3rd June 2016. The highlights are available on the iPlayer.

Lianna La Havas

Lianne La Havas

BBC Music Day ambassador Lianne La Havas

Soul songbird Lianne La Havas is a triple talent. She's a songwriter, a singer and plays more than one instrument. Her raw creativity earned her a place on the BBC's Sound of 2012 when she was just breaking through. Now an established artist, she is currently touring the world supporting global megaband Coldplay.

Labrinth

Labrinth

BBC Music Day ambassador Labrinth

"BBC Music Day believes in what I believe in - sharing music. I'm proud to be an ambassador"
Labrinth

Labrinth, is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and BBC Music Day Ambassador.

Jennifer Pike

Jennifer Pike

BBC Music Day ambassador Jennifer Pike

I was inspired to become an ambassador for BBC Music Day because it brings music to everybody

A renowned classically trained violinist, Jennifer Pike won the BBC Young Musician Of The Year award when she was just 12 years old. She now performs alongside the world's top orchestras and is a keen spokesperson, encouraging young people to engage in music.

Jack Savoretti

Jack Savoretti

BBC Music Day ambassador Jack Savoretti

Jack Savoretti's gritty, distinctive vocals have made him a star for acoustic and soul lovers alike. It's his song writing however, which really made him stand out in 2011 when he released 'Before The Storm'. The album became a massive Radio 2 hit.

On BBC Music Day, Jack performed live on the iconic Tower Bridge as part of Take it to the Bridge.

Lawson

Lawson have firmly established themselves as one of the nations favourites on the pop-rock scene, since their breakthrough in 2012. After a year long break from releasing music, Lawson are back with an exciting new sound.

You'll be able to catch Lawson on the CBBC Official Chart Show that is taking place at Eden, especially for BBC Music Day.

Naughty Boy

Naughty Boy

BBC Music Day ambassador Naughty Boy

From Sam Smith to Beyonce, Naughty Boy has worked with and produced records for the biggest names in the industry, so he knows a thing or two about the power of collaboration - the theme of BBC Music Day 2016.

Blossoms

Blossoms have featured on number of "bands to watch " list in 2016 including BBC's Sound Of new music list for 2016. The indy-pop 5 piece from Stockport are set to make waves on the music scene with their upcoming UK headline tour.

For BBC Music Day Blossoms revealed their cover of Manic Monday on Steve Lamacq's show on Radio 6 Music.

Charles Hazlewood

Charles Hazlewood has enjoyed a global and pioneering career conducting some of the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Gothenburg Symphony in Sweden and the Philharmonia in London. He is also the founder of The British Paraorchestra who he's conducting on Music Day at Colston Hall in Bristol. Tickets are available here.

Ruby Turner

Ruby Turner

BBC Music Day ambassador Ruby Turner

Gospel singer extraordinaire Ruby Turner will be in Birmingham New Street Station for an unforgettable performance at 9.00am on BBC Music Day, Friday 3rd June 2016. There will be a Songs of Praise flash-mob style performance at the station of the Gospel classic 'This Train' which Ruby will be performing along with the winners of the first-ever Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year, The Birmingham Town Hall Gospel Choir.

Lady Leshurr

Lady Leshurr

BBC Music Day ambassador Lady Leshurr

One of the most talked about female rap artists of recent times, Lady Leshurr's memorable lyrics are sure to stick. On BBC Music Day, Get it Loud In Libraries in Lancaster is staging an exclusive all ages show which she will be headlining. Tickets are available from : http://www.getitloudinlibraries.com/

Martin Carthy

Martin Carthy

BBC Music Day ambassador Martin Carthy

Martin Carthy is an English folk singer and guitarist who has remained one of the most influential figures in British traditional music. He emerged as a young musician in the early days of the folk revival and gained notoriety for his unique and traditional style. He has collaborated with a wide variety of artists throughout his career, which makes him a perfect BBC Music Day Ambassador.

On BBC Music Day, Martin Carthy is leading a unique folk collaboration with Manchester balladress, Jennifer Reid, vocalists Glen Latouche and T Carthy from Edward II and The Fosbrooks.
They are performing their version of 'Handloom Weaver's Lament' with clog dancing on the rooftop of Bruntwood's Blackfriars House and beautiful views of Manchester as their backdrop.

Bob Chilcott

Bob Chilcott

BBC Music Day ambassador Bob Chilcott

"I am thrilled to be associated with BBC Music Day, a day when communities are encouraged to make music together. There is something very special about joining with friends and neighbours to sing or play."

Bob Chilcott is a classically trained singer turned composer and conductor. Bob is our ambassador for the ‘Bells Ring Out for BBC Music Day’ – where church bells will ring simultaneously across the UK at 7pm. Bob was a chorister at King’s College Cambridge and is most renowned for his choral and sacred works, so he is well placed to champion the long held traditions surrounding church music within Britain. On Friday 3rd June Bob will be conducting the BBC Singers for their performances on Radio 3.

Mark Simpson

Mark Simpson

BBC Music Day ambassador Mark Simpson

At the age of 17, Mark Simpson became the first ever winner of both the BBC Young Musician of the Year and BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year. In 2015 Mark was appointed the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra's 'Composer in Association' and also continues to perform as a clarinettist.