The BBC is offering the unprecedented opportunity for members of the public to win the chance to conduct the BBC Singers – the UK ’s only full-time professional choir - live on BBC Radio 3 for Comic Relief on Friday 18 March.

Anyone who wants the exhilarating experience of controlling (or not) these world-class voices in a performance of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus live on BBC Radio 3 is invited to enter. Experience and ability is irrelevant.

That’s only the first prize. Three other winners will also have the chance to conduct a rehearsal with any one of the BBC’s five symphony orchestras in England , Scotland and Wales or the Ulster Orchestra in Northern Ireland at a time and location to be arranged with the would-be maestro.

Lines are open until 10am on 9 March. Full details – including terms and conditions – can be found at

The BBC performing groups – as well as offering themselves up to an armchair conductor or two – are also involved in other fundraising activities for Comic Relief up and down the country.

The BBC Concert Orchestra is at the heart of BBC Radio 3’s Big Red Nose Show at the Royal Albert Hall on 14 March. Stars of the classical and comedy world – including Nicola Benedetti, Sue Perkins, Katie Derham, Basil Brush, Julian Lloyd Webber, Marcus Brigstocke, Tim Vine and many others – join together for a fun night of camaraderie to raise money for Comic Relief. The show includes an attempt on the Guinness World Record for the largest kazoo ensemble in which the entire audience is invited to join a celebrity kazoo band in renditions of Wagner’s Ride of Valkyries and Coates’s The Dambusters March. The event is broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Red Nose Day (18 March). Tickets and full information are available at

The BBC Symphony Orchestra is giving a light-hearted studio concert on Tuesday 15 March at Maida Vale, London , also for broadcast on Red Nose day. The concert opens with Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel, about the comic prankster Till and continues with music from Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Leroy Anderson’s Plink, Plank Plunk, Old MacDonald and Syncopated Clock. There will also be fun opportunities for audience participation plus a few surprises.

Live on Red Nose Day BBC Radio 3 catches up with some antics from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales as they rehearse in Bangor at 3.30pm. They’ll be working on Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with conductor Chrisophe Mangou and violinist Jack Liebeck as part of the Orchestra’s tour of Mid and North Wales , but anything could happen...


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