[B]BC Music has today (Thursday 7 April) announced that BBC Music Day is returning for its second year on Friday 3 June 2016, celebrating all types of music from around the UK and the Channel Islands.
As part of BBC Music Day, BBC Local Radio and BBC Music are launching a search for Unsung Heroes. This is a UK and Channel Islands wide search to find five finalists who are music champions who have made and continue to make a huge difference to people’s lives through music in their community.
BBC Music Day is looking for people who’ve made a positive and ongoing contribution to bring communities together though music – whatever the genre – from running choirs, orchestras, youth music projects, to initiatives for older people. BBC Music wants to hear from you if you know someone who deserves recognition. The winners of Unsung Hero and a friend will be VIP guests at the BBC Music Awards in December 2016.
Phil Roberts, Head of Regional and Local Programming for BBC in the North East and Cumbria said: “Last year BBC Music Day was a big hit in the region with a unique musical relay featuring hundreds of local musicians performing across the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall. This showed what a fantastic wealth of musical talent there is across the North East and Cumbria. This year we need everyone to think of the musical champions they know who have really made a difference to people’s lives and to put them forward for a BBC Unsung Hero Award. It would be fantastic if a BBC Cumbria listener was one of the five Unsung Heroes.”
Hannah Brine, a 2015 Unsung Hero, said: “Winning Unsung Hero last year was a real morale boost for everyone involved in the choir! All the singers are enthusiastic, hardworking and dedicated and we’re so lucky to have been brought together through our shared love of music. There are so many skills and talents between us and the choir is a real group effort resulting in something very special. We were very proud to be recognised by BBC Music Day.”
David Holdsworth, Controller BBC English Regions, said: “Honouring music’s Unsung Heroes is a core part of what BBC Music Day is about. Through Local Radio we’re looking for the stories of people who make an invaluable contribution to their community through music. So if your community has benefited, nominate your Unsung Hero now.”
Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Music, said: “BBC Music Day is a unique opportunity for people to celebrate music and musical talent, whether attending one of the many events taking place or tuning in at home. BBC Music Day is for everyone, it’s time for the UK and the Channel Islands to bring live music into their lives wherever they are.”
Registration for nominations will be open from Saturday 9 April to Friday 22 April 2016 on the BBC Music Day website. (bbc.co.uk/musicday)
The winners will be announced on BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon show between Tuesday 31 May and Friday 3 June 2016.
With support from BBC Music Day Ambassadors and organisations including the Arts Council, Music education hubs, music organisations, charities and local councils, BBC Music Day is a landmark annual event in the UK and Channel Islands calendar, celebrating our diverse musical talent, forging new musical collaborations and inspiring new connections.
The full BBC Music Day activity across England, Channel Islands, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will be announced from mid-April.
BBC Music Day brings live music to people through an exciting range of events around the theme of collaboration, it aims to unite communities across different generations. BBC Music Day will feature broadcasts across BBC TV, Radio and digital services from 6am to midnight.