Bellringers at cathedrals and churches around the world are being invited to join a worldwide day of music organised by the BBC. Already 20 locations outside the UK, including Kenya, Australia, Zimbabwe and the United States have signed up to take part in BBC Music Day at 7pm, local time, on Thursday 15 June.
The sound of bells proved to be a popular feature of the event last year with peals ringing from around 200 towers. Organisers are hoping to build on that success by encouraging many more people to participate this year. Groups taking part are being asked to send a recording of their ringing to the organisers in advance. The organisers are gathering various performances to put on the BBC’s “Bells on Sunday” webpage. And, on the day itself, participants will be encouraged to be part of a global phenomenon by posting on social media pictures or videos of themselves ringing and by including the hash tag #bbcmusicday. The BBC World Service will also broadcast some performances from the Music Day.
BBC Music Day producer, Rebecca Sandiford, said, “Church bells are a wonderful symbol of community cohesion and since BBC Music Day is all about uniting people through music, bell ringing is going to provide a fantastic unifying moment. This year we’d like to make this even more special by inviting ringers around the globe to join us, ringing at 7pm local time, to show how the power of music can unite people around the world.”
Anyone interested in taking part should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and resources.