Tuning up for a party! Leeds set for big role in 2016’s BBC Music Day

Ewan McGregor and Tara Fitzgerald in Brassed Off.
Ewan McGregor and Tara Fitzgerald in Brassed Off.
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The sound of top class brass will fill the air as Leeds plays its part in next month’s national BBC Music Day celebrations.

Bands from West Yorkshire will be lending their support to a Brass Bonanza event starting in Millennium Square, it was announced today.

A number of pop-up bandstands will be in place around Leeds and there will be a collaborative performance of Yorkshire anthem Ilkley Moor Bah’t At in City Square.

David Hoyle’s Yorkshire Brass show on BBC Radio Leeds will also give people the chance to perform in a band comprising musicians from genres including jazz, funk and, of course, brass.

Looking further afield, the day’s programme will feature a wide range of musical events at more than 40 bridges across the UK.

Towns and cities involved in the Take It To The Bridge extravaganza include Tadcaster, where the 18th century crossing over the River Wharfe collapsed during last year’s Christmas floods.

Billed as a celebration that aims to “unite communities across different generations”, BBC Music Day is being held this year on Friday, June 3.

Bells from more than 50 of the UK’s church towers will ring out simultaneously at 7pm. Special shows will also be broadcast on Radio 2, Radio 3 and Radio 6 Music.

Rebecca Sandiford, producer of BBC Music Day, says: “It’s fantastic to be producing BBC Music Day for the second year running.

“The breadth of musical creativity this year is truly inspiring, from grassroots musicians of all ages to collaborations with some of the biggest names in the music industry.

“I hope the events and activity throughout the UK will be as uplifting for audiences as they have been for those involved in creating them.”

Yorkshire’s proud brass band heritage famously featured in the hit 1996 comedy-drama film Brassed Off, which starred Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald and Ewan McGregor.