When does the ‘heart song’ become the ‘chris stupleton song’
In its first two years, the BBC’s hit series The Heartbeat of Radio went to #1 in the UK chart and the US and Canada as well.
The series won the 2016 Grammy for Best Music Video and was nominated for a 2017 Emmy for Best Sound Editing.
Now, its time for a spin-off series, The Heartbeats of Radio 2.
With the help of a team of creative collaborators, BBC’s Radio Drama Centre has been tasked with bringing together a cast of award-winning musicians for a new, exciting, and engaging musical.
This is what they had to say: ‘The aim of this project is to bring together the finest musicians and sound designers in the country to make something truly special, using our experience in making music together with the best talent in the business.
We have chosen musicians including Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, and more, as well as award-nominated producers like Jonny Greenwood, Jonathan Coulton and Simon O’Malley, all of whom are all very experienced in the field and who have made music together in the past.’
Each member of this cast will be tasked with developing a unique piece of music that will be the highlight of the series and the highlight in our hearts for a lifetime.
The goal is to create a sound that will transport listeners to their heart.
‘There will be a total of three episodes, and each episode will be released on the same day each week, with each episode featuring the following music: a single song written by the band; a live performance; a collaboration; and a performance recorded by the performers.
‘The first episode will focus on Paul McCartney’s original score and features the first song from the original album, ‘Live at the Apollo’.
The next episode will feature the first live performance from the first album, The Last Time I Saw You, and the final episode will explore the band’s new collaborative album, I Love You, Sir, Wherever You Are.’
The final episode of the show will feature a collaboration between Paul McCartney and the band, which will be performed live on the BBC Radio 4 show, Live at the BBC Music Awards, on Monday 31st September.
‘With this partnership we hope to create something truly original and memorable and we’re really excited to bring this to life on the stage,’ said David McGlashan, Head of Music at the Radio Drama Center.
‘We have a long history of bringing together talented and creative musicians, and it’s great to be able to collaborate with them again.
‘This is something we are very excited to tackle again, and we can’t wait to see what they create.’
To watch the first episode of The Heart Beats of Radio, click here.
The HeartBeat of Radio is available to watch on the iPlayer and on BBC iPlayer app, BBC iRadio app, or the BBC iView.
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