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What Happened Where on BBC Music Day 2018

TV, Radio and Online

BBC Music Day was featured across the nations on BBC Television, Radio and Online, with special programmes, performances and activities taking place throughout Friday 28 September and the surrounding days.

Choirs across the UK took part in Platform to Perform as part of BBC Music Day 2018. Watch performances by clicking on the Platform to Perform link.

The BBC Live page covered the activity, which provided coverage throughout Friday 28 September, as well as the #BBCMusicDay hashtag on social media.

BBC Music Day 2018 was centred around these key themes:

Platform to Perform

Choirs and singing groups from across the UK performed at railway stations at the heart of their local communities throughout the day. There were also a number of special guests from the world of music making unique appearances and performances at stations.

See Platform to Perform highlights HERE.

Women in Music

BBC Music Day celebrates women in music. Special features and performances took place across the UK to highlight and celebrate women working across all areas of the music industry.

Get Singing

BBC Music Day teamed up with Ex Cathedra’s Singing Playgrounds, Young Voices, Sing Up and BBC Ten Pieces to inspire children to get singing in schools across the UK. Find out more on the Get Singing page.

Music and Wellbeing

An important part of BBC Music Day’s on-going work is to explore the different ways in which music can change lives and improve health and wellbeing. This year saw the launch of BBC Music Memories, a website designed to help people with dementia. Find out more on the Music and Wellbeing page.

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Find out what happened for BBC Music Day 2018 across the UK




Sunday 23 September

The Andrew Marr Show: featured a live performance by The Coral in Liverpool (08:30 – 09:30)

Friday 28 September

BBC Breakfast: featured a range of special BBC Music Day guests and performances (06:00 – 09:15)

Bargain Hunt BBC Music Day Celebrity Special: Pulp vs Happy Mondays (12:15 – 13:00)

The One Show: featured special BBC Music Day guests and features (19:00 – 19:30)

Saturday 29 September

Pointless Celebrities: BBC Music Day Special, featured special guests from radio and music; BBC Radio 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny teamed with Lianne La Havas, BBC Radio 1’s Clara Amfo with Ella Eyre, BBC Radio 3’s Suzy Klein with Lesley Garrett and BBC Radio 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins with Amy MacDonald.


Wednesday 26 September

Trust Me, I’m a Doctor: featured insights into the positive impact of singing for wellbeing (20:00 – 20:30)

Thursday 27 September

Gareth Malone’s All Star Music Quiz: featured a panel of special celebrity guests; Ed Balls, YolanDa Brown, Rob Rouse, Pippa Evans, JB Gill and John Thomson (19:00)

BBC Four

An evening of music documentaries:

Top of the Pops: 1986 (19:30 – 20:00)

Gregory Porter’s Popular Voices (20:00 – 21:00)

The Story of Pulp’s Common People (21:00 – 22:00)

Can You Feel It: How Dance Music Conquered the World (22:00 – 23:00)

Country Queens at the BBC (23:00 – 00:00)

Top of the Pops: 1986 (00:00 - 00:30)

Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top 10 (00:30 - 02:00)


BBC Radio 1

Rave Lounge special: live from Brighton University with Annie Mac and Danny Howard

BBC Asian Network

BBC Asian Network collaborated with Free Radical on ‘Pass The Mic’ - a performance takeover on the Midland Metro tram network with an all-female line-up.

BBC Radio 2

Ken Bruce: The Kingdom Choir – watched by over two billion people around the world as they performed at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - performed live from the BBC’s Maida Vale studios (09:30 – 12:00)

Monday 24 – Friday 28 September

Jeremy Vine: Guests contributed to ‘Songs That Changed My Life’; exploring the positive impact of music for listeners (12:00 – 14:00)

Friday 28 September

Jo Whiley and Simon Mayo: Nile Rodgers was the ultimate house band for All Request Friday, live from Maida Vale (17:00 – 19:00)

Friday Night is Music Night: a choral special that encompassed a wide range of genres and performances, including Carly Paoli, the twenty-piece Dynamic Voices musical theatre group and the one thosand-strong Some Voices choir. They performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra in binaural audio to create a 3D stereo sound sensation for listeners, live from the Troxy, London (20:00 – 22:00)

BBC Radio 3

BBC Singers performed live on a train from London to Birmingham, and with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Workplace Choirs at Birmingham New Street Station.

Contains Strong Language: a poetry and performance festival, featured special performances and activities from Hull

BBC Radio 4

Woman’s Hour celebrated successful women in the global music industry in the ‘Women in Music Power List’. The list included composers, lyricists, singers, producers, talent seekers and supporting artists, in a live broadcast from BBC Maida Vale Studios (10:00 – 10:45)

BBC Radio 6 Music

Monday 24 – Friday 28 September

6 Music Art School Tour: The Road to BBC Music Day: throughout the week, BBC Radio 6 Music came live from art schools and colleges around the UK, culminating in Steve Lamacq broadcasting live from Sheffield, with special guest features and performances

Partner activity

Kylie Minogue recorded a number of special, personalised train station announcements that played out across major UK stations throughout the day

#TwitterDisco - a united musical celebration for everyone on social media from the comfort of your own home; it used the hashtags #TwitterDisco and #BBCMusicDay on Twitter (21:00 - 22:30)


BBC One Scotland

Amy MacDonald performed ‘This is the Life’ live with a 50-strong all-female choir in a special pop-up performance on BBC Breakfast

Re-run of Texas performing with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at The Barrowland, Glasgow for BBC Music Day 2017 (23:25)

BBC Radio Scotland

Thursday 27 September

The Power of Music: a programme that was full of listener stories of how music has had a powerful effect on their lives (18:30 - 21:00)

Friday 28 September

Amy MacDonald performed ‘Women of the World’ live with a 50-strong all-female choir in a special pop-up performance on the Stephen Jardine programme

Re-run of Texas performing with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at The Barrowland, Glasgow for BBC Music Day 2017 (18:05 – 19:00)

The Barrowland documentary (19:05 – 20:00)

Ricky Ross Meets Gilbert O’Sullivan (20:05 – 21:00)

The Associates documentary (21:05 – 22:00)

Northern Ireland

BBC Radio Ulster

Hugo Duncan: BBC Northern Ireland Choir performed, conducted by Dominic Peckham (14:00 - 14:30)

Gerry Kelly: live from the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum Cultra with Loughshore Singers and other guests (15:00 - 17:00)

Arts Show: live from Ulster University at Magee, featuring Ulster University Choir and other guests (18:30 - 19:00)

Across the Line: live from Queen's University in Belfast, it featured an all-female cast, including Larks, Wynona Beach and Susie Blue (19:30 - 21:00)

Jazz World: Linley Hamilton celebrated established and emerging Irish, female jazz performers including Honor Heffernan and Katharine Timoney (22:00 - 23:00)

Platform to Perform

Belfast Community Gospel Choir performed live in new Lanyon Place Station (08:00 - 09:00)

North West

Partner Activity

Manchester Airport: a range of performances happened across the airport throughout the day, including; Indian Choir of England, Airport Choir, St Peters Primary School, Suffragette Singers, Radclyffe School Samba Drumming, Church God of Prophesy Gospel Singers, The Celtic Fettlers, Heartbeat Baber Shop Singers, and Together Dementia Care

The ADHD Foundation took part in a flash mob performance beneath the Umbrella Project installation in Liverpool

Blossoms performed with Soundsense and the Royal Northern College of Music Choir, whilst Lisa Stansfield, Yes Lad and The Happy Mondays’ Rowetta appeared in special pop-up performances across Manchester

Platform to Perform

Merseyrail Soundstation hosted a range of performances from bands and choirs at Liverpool Central Station

Preston People's Choir performed at Preston Station

North East

Platform to Perform

Bella Canta Ladies Choir performed at Middlesborough Station

Tuneless Choir performed at Newcastle Station


Partner Activity

Friday 28 – Sunday 30 September

Contains Strong Language: the UK’s biggest poetry and performance festival returned to Hull, with over 30 events across three days

Friday 28 September

National Science and Media Museum, and Picturehouse Bradford hosted a female-led concert and behind the scenes documentary, with a tour of the museum’s Sound and Technology collection with industry guests

Sheffield Makes Music returned with a variety of music guests and performances, including the live broadcast of BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq programme

Platform to Perform

Vivacity Choir performed at Sheffield Station

Rock Choir North performed at Leeds Station

All 4 One Choir and G Choir performed at Hull Station

St Aelreds RC Primary performed at York Station

West Midlands

Platform to Perform

BBC Asian Network collaborated with Free Radical on ‘Pass The Mic’ - a performance takeover on the Midland Metro tram network with an all-female line-up.

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra performed with the BBC Singers and the Workplace Choirs - Birmingham City Council Choir, Colmore Chorus, Gowling WLG Choir, HSBC Choir, BBC West Midlands Dementia Choir and The Big Lottery Fund Choir - around Birmingham and at New Street Station

Loudmouth Women and Staffordshire Community Choir performed at Stoke-on-Trent Station

Hereford Rail Male Voice Choir performed at Hereford Station

Harmony Junky performed at Shrewsbury Station

Forte Gospel performed at Coventry Station

East Midlands

Platform to Perform

Fosse Singers performed at Leicester Station

Be Vox Choir performed at Lincoln Station

Rockabilies Choir performed at Nottingham Station


BBC Radio Wales

Broadcast live from Porthcawl with Eleri Siôn and Owen Money for the start of the Porthcawl Elvis Festival, attracting 35,000 visitors - the majority in costume – it is the biggest Elvis festival in the world

BBC Radio Cymru

Broadcast live from the National Library of Wales, delving into the musical treasures and secrets held in the vaults.

Platform to Perform

Morriston Orpheus Choir with Into the Ark performed at Swansea and Cardiff stations

East of England

Platform to Perform

Salutem! and Invidia Voices performed at Norwich Station

Pop Chorus performed at Ipswich Station

The Sound Collective performed at Chelmsford Station

Vocal Remix performed at Cambridge Station

Northampton Male Voice Choir performed at Northampton Station

Junction 14 performed at Milton Keynes Station

South West

Partner Activity

Colston Hall and M Shed in Bristol hosted a range of choirs performing throughout the day

Platform to Perform

Sweet Honi and The Rocks performed at Exeter Station

Playful Chorus performed at Bodmin and Wenford Railway

Experimental sound installation by the University of West of England at Bristol Temple Meads Station

BBC Radio Gloucestershire 30th Anniversary performance at Gloucester Station


Partner Activity

Saxophonist YolanDa Brown performed outside the Portsmouth Guildhall with a choir of 2,000 school children

Monkey Music partnered up with Colten Care to host a toddler music class in a care home in Winchester

Platform to Perform

Reading Phoenix Choir performed at Reading Station

Soundabout & Choir performed at Didcot Parkway

South East

Platform to Perform

Busk London: featured special guests performing at pop-up locations across London, including Gabrielle, Nina Nesbitt, Lesley Garrett and Chelcee Grimes

Rock Choir performed at London Bridge Station

Big Sing performed at Liverpool Street Station

Topic of Cancer Choir performed at Guildford Station

InChoir performed on the Bluebell Railway in Uckfield

Partner Activity

Songhaven put on a dementia-friendly concert at St Paul’s, Knightsbridge

Chiltern Music Academy put on an interactive orchestra experience featuring well-known classical pieces, during which children and young people could move amongst the instruments and join in.

Channel Islands

Platform to Perform

Amity Singers performed at the Pallot Museum

Alderney Voices performed at Alderney Railway