Play along with the BBC Lockdown Orchestra – no auditions required

BBC Lockdown Orchestra

The BBC’s orchestras and singers are asking the public to join them for a mass rendition of Candi Staton’s gospel classic You Got The Love.

People across the UK are being invited to dust off their instruments and film themselves playing along to the track. Those who see themselves as non-musicians can show their creativity by submitting paintings, videos and photos.

The results will be edited into a ‘massive, awe-inspiring’ performance, premiering on TV and radio on 14 May.

Sheet music for You Got The Love is available to download on the BBC’s Get Creative website. A video of the backing track (below) can also be downloaded to play along with.

It features the ‘Lockdown Orchestra’, comprising more than 100 musicians from the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers and the Ulster Orchestra. They each recorded their contributions at home, which were then arranged and produced by Steve Pycroft, co-founder of the Kaleidoscope Orchestra.

Other BBC stars who’ve pledged to get involved include 6 Music DJ Craig Charles and Owain Wyn Evans, the weatherman who went viral after filming himself playing drums to the BBC News theme tune.

Wyn Evans said:

‘This is a fabulous idea, I can’t wait to get involved!

‘I’ve been playing the drums since I was eight years old, and having the opportunity to play ‘alongside’ – albeit in lockdown – such fabulous musicians is going to be incredible.’


How do I get involved?

Get the backing track and sheet music and film yourself playing You Got The Love. Then upload your video to the BBC Lockdown Orchestra by 11.59pm on Sunday 10 May.

What happens then?

The BBC will l use as many videos as possible to create the final virtual performance. The film will premiere on BBC Radio ond TV on Thursday 14 May 2020.

BBC Get Creative website

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