BBC Music today announces details of events and activity for this year’s BBC Music Day on Thursday 15 June.

BBC Music Day is a UK-wide annual celebration of music that aims to unite communities and generations through their love of music. The theme for this year’s BBC Music Day is the power of music – to bring people together, to enhance feelings of well-being and to create unforgettable memories.

It will be broadcast across BBC Radio and BBC Local Radio and BBC Television and this year will take place not just on 15 June but also in the week leading up to BBC Music Day.

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Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Radio, says: “BBC Music Day is a chance for people across the country to celebrate the power of music in all its glorious forms, from participating in one of their local events to tuning in at home for some fantastic performances. There is a diverse array of activities on offer with something for everyone to help mark the contribution that music makes to our lives.”

Rebecca Sandiford, Producer of BBC Music Day, says: “This year BBC Music Day is an inspiring celebration of musical creativity, whether it’s an international music icon performing live on Radio 2, a brass band performing on a village green or children taking part in a classical music school assembly. We’re delighted to be collaborating with so many external partners this year. BBC Music Day is a powerful way to bring people together through the universal language of music.”

Live performances

The celebration will feature some amazing live performances. On Friday 9 June Texas play with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a free concert from Glasgow’s Barrowlands, which will be broadcast live on Radio 2 and BBC Radio Scotland.

Sharleen Spiteri of Texas said: “It’s always a magical moment to play with an orchestra, even more so in your home town.”

Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie will be broadcasting their BBC Radio 6 Music show live from Liverpool on BBC Music Day, celebrating the city’s musical legacy from the Beatles’ era to the present day. The show will include performances from local heroes Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and indie psych-pop four-piece She Drew The Gun.

Will Young and the Courteeners also provide unique collaborations in Salford, performing with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for BBC Radio 5 live’s Sports Panel, broadcast on Thursday 8 June 12.30-2pm. Exploring the common ground between music and sport, the programme will also feature Olympic gold medal-winning diver Chris Mears and Team GB long-jumper and The Voice contestant Jazmin Sawyers who have started musical careers alongside their sporting triumphs.


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