From the Central Council:
Bellringers have been invited by the BBC to take part in their Music Day on 3 June by ringing at 7 pm that day. We hope there will be much coverage of ringing and do hope many bands will get in touch with the BBC to confirm they will be taking part. Please see details below from the BBC, together with details of who to contact. Do get in touch with the BBC and to take part.
We are hoping for a lot of coverage that day so you (or your association) may want to put out your own press release and tell your local media what you are planning – there is generally a lot of local interest in local participation in national events so let’s make the most of this opportunity.
This may also create the opportunity to mention our other national ringing events this year – ringing for the Queen’s 90th birthday on 12 June and opening towers for tours as part of the Heritage Open Day weekend 9-11 September.
From the BBC:
BBC Music Day takes place on Friday June 3rd and we'd like bell ringers across the UK to get involved.
The inaugural BBC Music Day in 2015 reached an audience of over 15 million. It united over 50 partners who delivered more than 20 live music events and over 17 hours of coverage. Events included a magical 73-mile musical relay along Hadrian’s Wall, a special educational needs and disability youth concert with The British Paraorchestra in Bristol and a world record-breaking music initiative in Cardiff. This short film sums up the day.
The second BBC Music Day takes place on Friday June 3 2016. The theme is collaboration and coverage is planned from 6am to midnight with involvement from the majority of BBC services. Ideas in development include live music events right across the UK and a BBC TV concert at a beautiful location in the South West. There's a plan for pop up music events across the UK and an ambition to unite 100 communities across 50 iconic bridges around England.
BBC Music Day digital content will include a bespoke website, targeted social media and a rolling live page, pulling together all the special moments throughout the day.
Church bells are a wonderful symbol of community cohesion and since Music Day is all about uniting people through music, we'd love to find a way to make bell ringing a part of BBC Music Day this year. We're exploring the possibility of bells ringing around the UK, from our cities, from our towns and villages all at the same time at 7pm on Music Day
If you and your team are interested in taking part, we'd love to hear from you. Please email to find out more.