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Pop / Rock 01/08/2018

Kylie Minogue, Jarvis Cocker And Gareth Malone On Board For BBC Music Day On September 28, 2018

Kylie Minogue, Jarvis Cocker And Gareth Malone On Board For BBC Music Day On September 28, 2018
New York, NY (Top40 Charts) BBC Music today announces that Kylie Minogue, Gareth Malone and Jarvis Cocker are amongst the famous names taking part in BBC Music Day, which features programming and events building up to and on the day itself - Friday 28 September.

Superstar Kylie has recorded some very special music-related messages that will be played out at major rail stations on that day. The nation's favourite choirmaster will be hosting a brand new show, Gareth Malone's All Star Music Quiz, for BBC Two. And music meets antiques head on when Jarvis Cocker & Candida Doyle and Bez & Rowetta take part in a Pulp versus Happy Mondays Bargain Hunt special on BBC One.

Now in its fourth year, BBC Music Day is an annual celebration of the power of music to change lives. This pan-BBC initiative features live music events and performances across the UK involving famous musicians, choirs and local community music groups. This year, there will be many more celebrity and choir Transport Takeovers, a focus on Women in Music and huge TV and radio support - as well as Gareth Malone's All Star Music Quiz and the Pulp versus Happy Mondays Bargain Hunt, there's a Pointless Celebrities BBC Music Day Special, an episode of Trust Me, I'm a Doctor looking at how music can benefit our mental health, plus programming on BBC Four, coverage on The One Show and BBC Breakfast and much more. There will be tailored content across BBC network and local radio, including a 6 Music Freshers' Week Tour visiting art schools around the UK.

Kylie, Gareth Malone, Gabrielle, YolanDa Brown and Blossoms will be BBC Music Day Ambassadors - with more to be announced who will be taking part in a range of events and broadcasts in celebration of the day.

Kylie says: "BBC Music Day is a wonderful initiative - I truly believe in the power of music to bring joy and lift the soul. I am absolutely thrilled to be supporting it this year and very proud to be a BBC Music Day Ambassador. Hopefully my little messages for train passengers will be a nice surprise and a reminder of the power of music as they go about their daily locomotion journeys on Friday 28 September."

Gareth Malone says: "I'm so excited to be hosting my very own music quiz show on BBC Two - it's going to be a lot of fun and, of course, a perfect accompaniment to celebrating BBC Music Day. So much of my work and passion is to bring people together to make a difference to their lives through music so I'm also extremely honoured to be a BBC Music Day Ambassador."

Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Music and Radio, says: "The UK is truly a nation of music lovers. BBC Music Day aims to bring the nation together to celebrate this, from pop and rock to classical and choirs and everything in between - there really is something for everyone to enjoy!"

Rebecca Sandiford, Commissioner of BBC Music Day, says: "BBC Music Day partners with many national organisations and local community groups who all come together to make this a very special annual celebration of the power of music. Whether performing with a group or enjoying the entertainment as you pass through your local station, I hope BBC Music Day brings some joy through our shared love of music and its potential to change lives."

BBC Music Day 2017 featured almost 1,000 live music events across the UK, reaching an audience of 8 million on TV and 12 million on radio. This year a dedicated BBC live page will reflect all the special moments of the day. To find out more about the activities and broadcasts happening this year visit

Transport Takeovers: Last year famous names including Ozzy Osbourne and Shaun Ryder voiced passenger announcements on the transport networks of their home towns of Birmingham and Manchester. This year, there will be even more musical takeovers across the UK's transport systems.

Kylie has recorded some fun, music-related messages sure to raise a smile from people travelling through some of the UK's major stations on BBC Music Day.

For Platform to Perform, choirs across the UK are collaborating with over 40 railway stations to entertain commuters on the day, which will be covered by BBC Local Radio and Regional TV News. There will be a world of music throughout the day at Manchester Airport, and the Manchester trams will have surprise pop-up performances from some local music legends. The BBC Singers will be entertaining train passengers on the Euston to Birmingham line before performing in New Street Station with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as part of Radio 3's celebrations in the city.

Women in Music:In Birmingham, BBC Asian Network is collaborating with Free Radical on Pass The Mic - a performance takeover of Midland Metro tram network with an all-female line-up. Busk in London is planning female only busking spots across the city on BBC Music Day.

BBC Radio 5 Live's Afternoon Edition (24-27 Sept), will be shining a spotlight on women in the music industry, talking to performers and those who work behind the scenes.

On BBC Radio 4, Woman's Hour celebrates successful women in the global music industry in the Women in Music Power List: women having an impact on the music we enjoy - composing, writing the lyrics, singing the songs, producing and mixing, or seeking out the talent and supporting the work of artists. The Top 40 decided by a panel of judges - including Kate Nash and MPG Producer of the Year (2018) Catherine Marks - will be revealed in a live broadcast from BBC Maida Vale Studios (28 Sept, 10-10.45am).
TV: Across the television schedules, programmes will be shining a light on BBC Music Day.

On BBC One, Jarvis Cocker with Candida Doyle take on Bez and Rowetta Idah in a Pulp versus Happy Mondays Bargain Hunt special. And a Pointless Celebrities BBC Music Day Special will test the general knowledge of BBC radio presenters and musicians - 6 Music's Shaun Keaveny teamed with Lianne La Havas, Radio 1's Clara Amfo with Ella Eyre, Radio 3's Suzy Klein with Lesley Garrett, and 6 Music's Chris Hawkins with Amy McDonald. There will also be tailored content on The One Show, BBC Breakfast and The Andrew Marr Show.

On BBC Two, Gareth Malone's All Star Music Quiz is a special for BBC Music Day, where the nation's favourite choirmaster challenges two celebrity teams (with a wide range of ability!), to play the answer, as well as say it. The show tests their skill and knowledge across all music genres, with something for all and plenty for viewers to play along with.

Gareth Malone's All Star Music Quiz is made by Twenty Twenty, part of the Warner Bros. International Television Production group. Executive producer is Lisa Clark, series producer is Toby Brack. It was commissioned by James Stirling, Head of Content Commissioning, BBC Music, and Sarah Clay, BBC Commissioning Editor, Entertainment for BBC Two. Rhonagh O'Donnell is executive producer for the BBC.

Emma Willis, Twenty Twenty Managing Director, says: "We are delighted to be making this show as part of BBC Music Day celebrations. With Gareth at the heart of proceedings, the show promises to be fun, inspirational and all embracing!"

Also on BBC Two's Trust Me, I'm A Doctor, presenter Michael Mosely and team will investigate the science behind the mood-boosting effects of singing and will explore how music can help those suffering from dementia and post-natal depression.
BBC Four will have programmes to celebrate BBC Music Day, and the BBC News channel will also have coverage throughout the day.

Radio: BBC Music Day this year coincides with Freshers' Week. On that Friday, Radio 1 will provide the ultimate Freshers' party by hosting a Rave Lounge in Brighton University with Annie Mac and Danny Howard. And BBC Radio 6 Music will be celebrating the link between art and music, including broadcasting some shows from art schools around the UK, culminating on BBC Music Day at Sheffield's Spiegeltent.

On Radio 2, The Jeremy Vine Show (1-2pm) will feature Songs That Changed My Life across the week, exploring the impact music has had on people. Potential contributors can contact the show at with their story. At The Troxy in London's Limehouse, a Friday Night Is Music Night choral special (8-10pm) will encompass rock, classical, musical theatre and pop - from a solo performance, to a duet, to a quartet, to the twenty piece Dynamic Voices musical theatre group, to the 1,000 strong Some Voices choir - all performing with the BBC Concert Orchestra in binaural audio to create a 3-D stereo sound sensation for listeners. On Ken Bruce's show (9.30am-midday), The Kingdom Choir will perform live from the BBC's Maida Vale studios - over two billion people around the world watched the gospel choir perform at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. And Chris Evans' Breakfast Show (6.30-9.30am) and Steve Wright in the Afternoon (2-5pm) will also be reflecting BBC Music Day events.

BBC Radio 3 will be following the BBC Singers, broadcasting updates across the day as they entertain passengers on the Euston to Birmingham train, join with Workplace Choirs, and perform at New Street Station. In the evening, The Verb will be broadcasting from Contains Strong Language - a season of poetry and performance in Hull.

In addition to Radio 4 Woman's Hour's Women in Music Power List, the station's Daily Service will feature live performances before an invited congregation at the programme's traditional home of Emmanuel Church in Didsbury, Manchester.

Schools Get Singing for BBC Music Day: Last year more than 100,000 pupils in over 500 schools took part in special Ten Pieces assemblies for BBC Music Day. This year Ten Pieces is collaborating with charity Ex Cathedra's Singing Playgrounds, Sing Up and Young Voices to encourage even more primary school children across the UK to Get Singing for BBC Music Day. The initiative includes specially commissioned resources, featuring popular vocal coach Wayne Ellington, that will inspire children to sing in classrooms, playgrounds and assemblies on 28 September. Ten Pieces, launched by the BBC in 2014, is an initiative for primary and secondary schools which aims to open up the world of classical music to children.

CBBC: On CBBC, there will be a live performance on Saturday Mash Up and presenter Hacker T. Dog will have tie-in pieces in the week leading up to BBC Music Day.

BBC Northern Ireland: BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Radio Ulster will be celebrating this year's BBC Music Day themes with particular focus on how music helps create communities. They will also be championing the rise of women in music by featuring the most exciting, alternative female artists in Northern Ireland, and a special programme for Music Day will be hosted by Gerry Kelly on BBC Radio Ulster (3-5pm, 28 Sept). Other special Music Day programming will be carried by BBC Northern Ireland's The Arts Show and BBC Radio Ulster's 'introducing' programme, Across the Line.

BBC Scotland: BBC Scotland will be part of Music Day across radio, tv and online. Further details to be announced nearer the time.

BBC Radio Wales: On BBC Music Day BBC Radio Wales are heading to Porthcawl with Eleri Siôn and Owen Money for the start of the Porthcawl Elvis Festival. Elvis may have died in August 1977 but every September the small seaside town of Porthcawl is full of Elvis tribute acts. Attracting 35,000 visitors - the majority in costume - the Porthcawl Elvis Festival is the biggest Elvis festival in the world.

BBC Radio Cymru: Aled Hughes and Bore Cothi will be live from the National Library of Wales on BBC Music Day as they delve into the musical treasures and secrets held in the vaults.

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