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BBC Music Day - Hadrian's Wall of Sound

BBC Music Day - Hadrian's Wall of Sound

Highlights of Hadrian's Wall of Sound

Hadrian's Wall of Sound was an ambitious musical relay that spanned 73 miles. The event began at daybreak in Bowness-on-Solway in West Cumbria and finished in Wallsend, North Tyneside 14 hours later.

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Hundreds of musicians travelled 117km along the wall using transport including a vintage bus, motorbikes, unicycles and a tractor, passing a baton shaped like a music note from performer to performer.

BBC News online covered the story, read more here

Catch up

Iwan Thomas followed the music on The One Show

Performances were broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio Cumbria, BBC Newcastle and BBC Look North

Selected highlights are also available on the Tyne and Wear and Cumbria online news pages

BBC News also ran a Hadrian's Wall live page from dawn until dusk


More than 600 musicians took part in the relay showcasing opera to indie, hip-hop to classical and pop to big-band classics.

The relay included opera singers Anna Flannagan and Graeme Danby, folk singer Maddy Prior, the BBC Singers, BBC Introducing act MyLittleBrother and folk duo The Unthanks.

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BBC Music Day: Northumbrian pipes performed live from Hadrian's Wall.

Corrie Schrijver and Frank Lee on Northumbrian pipes and Melodeon from Hadrian's Wall

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BBC Music Day: the BBC Singers live at Hadrian's Wall

For BBC Music Day, the BBC Singers perform as part of a unique musical baton relay.