Choirmaster Gareth Malone faces a tough celebrity challenge in his new two-part Children in Need project, having just three weeks to whip a selection of musically untrained celebrities into a passable choir.
They then must record this year’s official Children in Need charity single at the iconic Abbey Road studios.
Gareth reveals that getting stars from the worlds of acting, sport and television to sing in harmony in order to record this year’s official Children in Need charity single, Avicii’s Wake Me Up, was no easy undertaking!
“The task is enormous! None of these celebrities are known for their singing. But we’re coming together to support an important cause.
“These non-singing celebrities are putting their mouths where the money is to help raise funds for Children in Need.”
On board are actors Alison Steadman, Linda Robson, Larry Lamb and Nitin Ganatra; comic Jo Brand; Countryfile’s John Craven; ex-footballer Fabrice Muamba and rugby’s Margaret ‘The Machine’ Alphonsi; as well as Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood and Bake Off co-host Mel Giedroyc.
Gareth, 38, says: “It’s time to put celebrity egos to the side and sing with one voice in the choir.”
He added: “I’m honoured to be asked to help create the 2014 official BBC Children in Need single. I hope the nation gets behind our attempt at the coveted No 1 spot!”
See the stars sing their hearts out in the first part of the two-part documentary when Gareth’s All-Star Choir screens on Monday, November 3 on BBC1 at 9pm.