Make music with the BBC’s Lockdown Orchestra
The BBC has created a Lockdown Orchestra of 100 musicians from its orchestras, the BBC Singers and the Ulster Orchestra – and is asking the public to join their music-making.
All this week as part of the broadcaster’s Get Creative festival in the Culture in Quarantine season are asking the public to join in a national collaborative rendition of the 1986 anthem of hope You Got The Love by The Source by downloading a specially made backing track and film themselves singing or playing an instrument to the track and uploading it to bbc.co.uk/getcreative. Already signed-up as cheer-leaders are BBC North West weatherman-cum-drummer Owain Wyn Evans, actor and 6 Music DJ Craig Charles, and Radio 3’s Katie Derham.
Submissions close on Sunday, May 10, and a track will be made to go out on BBC Radio on Thursday, May 14, with a music video going out on BBC 4 at 8.55 that evening.
“This is a unique chance for the public to show their musical skills in the company of the world-renowned BBC orchestras and choirs, and contribute to an inspiring version of this uplifting song” said Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3. “Guitar or trumpet, violin or voice – bring what you will and join in a massive, awe-inspiring performance”, and the director of BBC Arts, Jonty Claypole, added: “The ambition of Culture in Quarantine is to ensure the UK continues to have access to great art and culture - and can take part and share too. Get Creative began as a participatory creativity campaign five years ago and in that time has fostered a large network of partners, communities and individual participants. At a time of national lockdown, it is perfectly placed to support a project of the scale, reach and joy of You’ve Got the Love.”