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Ochi Chernye: Hear the song behind the BBC's 2018 World Cup theme

Bass-baritone Sir John Tomlinson is the mighty voice of the BBC's 2018 FIFA World Cup launch film.

Hear Alex Baranowski's arrangement of this traditional Russian folk song, recorded with Sir John and the London Metropolitan Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. The BBC's World Cup title sequence features the song in a remix by DJ Sigala.

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5 minutes


Role Contributor
Singer John Tomlinson
Orchestra London Metropolitan Orchestra
Music Arranger Alex Baranowski