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30 famous singers from all different genres come together to create a masterpiece
This still never fails to bring a tear to my eye. Musicians, singers from every genre of music coming together in literal harmony to cover one of the greatest songs of all time
Elijah Chan
12.09.22

The performance starts with the rumbling of the orchestra.

Strings whir in a chaotic melody that seems to find the right places amid the misplaced notes.

The winds did the same and were singing their one tunes in bursts and hums.

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Then, a conductor taps his baton and put the ensemble in anticipating silence.

The BBC called this the Impossible Orchestra. And it has only one goal – to bring the most iconic musicians of our time into one venue to pursue greater advocacy.

The star-studded ensemble started with Martin James Bartlett.

Bartlett has been a finalist twice in the BBC Young Musician of the year.

Joining Bartlett in the first minute are Pharrell Williams, Emeli Sande, Sir Elton John who’s wrapped in blue butterflies, and Lorde, with her red CGI wings.

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YouTube Screenshot - BBC Music

The singers were singing God Only Knows by the American rock band The Beach Boys.

And yes, one of the band members also joined in.

Brian Wilson performed a bit together with a tiger, and Coldplay’s Chris Martin appeared as well.

As the video progressed, it only became more whimsical.

Big-name stars appeared one after the other with the second minute heralded by Florence Welch from the folk band Florence and the Machines.

Pop star Kylie Minogue floated over the audience in a literal bubble, and Stevie Wonder came in truly bedazzled.

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YouTube Screenshot - BBC Music

The second minute also featured Eliza Carthy, Nicola Benedetti, and Jools Holland for a piano bit.

The instrumental was also lit up by one of the most memorable British icons, Brian May from Queen.

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YouTube Screenshot - BBC Music

Then, it’s a montage from Jake Bugg, Katie Derham, Lauren Laverne, Gareth Malone, and Alison Balsom, then ends with the still-whole One Direction.

That would’ve put a tear in their fans’ eyes if they saw this video now.

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YouTube Screenshot - BBC Music

The video only got more magical as the music literally reached for the heavens.

Zane Lower can be seen switching records while Jhaz Dahmi climbs a ladder for his part.

As the video transitioned into the clouds, it showed how many genres it put together.

Paloma Faith swung from the skies then it skips to Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders, Jamie Cullum, Baaba Maal, a Senegalese singer, and Danielle de Niese.

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YouTube Screenshot - BBC Music

The last part features other big names like Dave Grohl, who was surrounded by lightning bolts.

It’s totally understandable given his contributions to rock and his bands Nirvana and Foo Fighters.

Then finally ended with the extremely talented Sam Smith then back to Brian Wilson.

The song’s cover was commissioned by the BBC.

The television network premiered the star-studded music video across multiple BBC platforms to commemorate the launch of BBC Music.

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The track was also released the day after the premiere as a charity single for the project Children in Need 2014.

The project can trace its roots back to 1927. Its aim is to raise funds for various projects to help the youth in different aspects like health, education, and social participation.

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This only goes to show the sheer power of music and how it can bring together people from all over the world no matter the genre and interest.

Watch how a British network brought together the biggest musicians to form an impossible orchestra.

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By Elijah Chan
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Elijah Chan is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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