BBC Music Day

BBC Music Day is returning for its third year on Thursday 15 June 2017, celebrating music’s ability to unite communities across generations, and this year ringers have been asked to play an even bigger role. The sound of bells, with their power to bring communities and generations together, was a feature of last year’s BBC Music Day, with over 200 bell-ringing groups taking part.

This year’s theme is the power of music, and the day will feature broadcasts on BBC TV, Radio and digital services from 6am to midnight. Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Radio and Music, explains: 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.

Please register your attempts for touches, quarter peals and peals here on BellBoard.

Last year

Last year’s BBC Music Day was supported by a number of stars including Duran Duran, Izzy Bizu, Laura Mvula, and Nile Rodgers, who performed at the Eden Project in Cornwall on BBC Music Day. Meanwhile, BBC Local Radio (in partnership with BBC Outreach) marked BBC Music Day 2016 with Take it to the Bridge: musical collaborations on over 40 bridges around the UK, both large iconic bridges such as the Tees Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough and smaller, quirkier bridges like Bishop Bridge in Norwich. Award-winning Scottish band and BBC Music Day Ambassadors Travis performed live with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the Barrowlands in Glasgow. And in the evening, bells from over 200 church towers across the UK rang out simultaneously throughout towns, cities and villages, from cathedrals such as Bristol and Manchester to smaller parish churches like Saint Francis Xaviers in Liverpool.

This year

This year’s BBC Music Day will be even larger, and the BBC would like to build on last year’s success by inviting tower and handbell ringers from the UK and around the world to ring out at 7pm at their local time.

BBC Music Day Producer, Rebecca Sandiford, comments “Church bells are a wonderful symbol of community cohesion and since BBC Music Day is all about uniting people through music, bell ringing is going to provide a fantastic unifying moment. This year we’d like to make this even more special by inviting ringers around the globe to join us, ringing at 1900 local time, to show how the power of music can unite people around the world.”

BellBoard

The Ringing World’s BellBoard website is helping! There’s a diary event for the day, which you can add your intended attempts to in advance, and link your performances to after the day. Click on ‘Diary’ and then ‘Search’ to find the event (‘BBC Music Day 2017’), and then click ‘Add Attempt’ to register some details of what you’re planning to ring (don’t worry if you don’t know everything!). The BBC are asking for anything from a few minutes of ringing, so you can ring a touch, quarter peal or peal, and they can all be added in the same way.

BellBoard also has a link on the front page from which you can download a pdf file of a flyer for the day, to help publicise the event.

How to take part:

  • Agree with your venue, plan your band, what you will ring and any special event or dedication associated with your performance. If possible, arrange permission from your band and venue in case the BBC ask you to video or record your ringing on the day.
  • Add your planned attempt to BellBoard in advance! Visit the diary event ‘BBC Music Day’ and click ‘Add Attempt’ to register.
  • Email the BBC Music Day team at BBCMusicDay@bbc.co.uk as soon as possible to let them know you’ll be taking part, with the subject heading “RINGING EVENT - <Your Location> <Your Country>, and including in your email: a contact email and mobile phone number; who will be ringing and what will be rung; and details of any event, story or dedication associated with your performance, which will be of interest to the BBC’s audience.
  • Ring! Start at 7pm local time on Thursday 15th June.
  • Link your performances (touches, quarters or peals) to BellBoard.
  • The BBC may invite you to submit a video or audio clip of your ringing on the day. If so, they will contact you using the email or phone number you have provided.