|Gareth Malone's All Star Choir|
Number of songs: 1 | Total weeks on charts: 23
Appearing in a total number of: 5 charts | Total period running: 53 days
British choirmaster and broadcaster, self-described as an "animateur , presenter and populariser of choral singing". He is best known for his television appearances in programmes such as The Choir which focus on singing and introducing choral music to new participants.
Choirmaster Gareth Malone brings together an array of untrained voices from the world of television, sport and theatre to form his All Star Choir, to release the official 2014 BBC Children in Need single Wake Me Up.
Actresses Alison Steadman and Linda Robson sings alongside EastEnders actor Nitin Ginatra and Strictly Come Dancing Queen of Mean, Craig Revel Horwood. Also searching for their inner songbird are Countryfile’s John Craven, Blue Peter’s Radzi Chinyanganya, Bake Off co-host Mel Giedroyc and comedian Jo Brand. Fabrice Muamba and Margaret “The Machine” Alphonsi join the choir from the world of football and rugby respectively, and the line-up is completed by Radio 1 DJ, Alice Levine and actor Larry Lamb.
Gareth Malone said, "I'm honoured to be asked to help create the 2014 official BBC Children in Need single. It's daunting to think of the list of artists who have sung for Children in Need in the past - now it's our turn. The task is enormous - none of these celebrities is known for their singing, but we are all coming together in support of a hugely important cause; it's time to put celebrity egos to the side and sing with one voice in the choir. I'm indebted to the generosity and bravery of these non-singing celebs who are putting their mouth where the money is to help raise funds for CiN. I hope that the nation gets behind our attempt at the coveted Number 1 spot."
Sir Terry Wogan, Life President of BBC Children in Need, said “I am delighted that young Gareth Malone is taking on this exciting challenge to support BBC Children in Need this year. I have no doubt Gareth will work his magic on this bunch of unlikely singers and I am looking forward to hearing the final result which will be this year’s Official Single. Let’s hope they’ve had plenty of rehearsals in the meantime!”
A camera crew is following Gareth on his journey, from scouting and auditioning the choir members to their final performances, in a two-part special documentary for BBC One. With only a few weeks to turn the cacophony into a choir, could this be Gareth greatest challenge yet?
The choir will come together for an exclusive television performance on the BBC Children in Need Appeal show, on Friday 14 November 2014 on BBC One, and the two-part Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir will be broadcast in the build up to the BBC Children in Need Appeal Night.
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia