Gary Barlow Live at the Royal Albert Hall for BBC Children in Need


Every year, BBC Children in Need creates magic moments that raise huge amounts of money for disadvantaged children but this year’s appeal week will kick off with something a little different for BBC One audiences to enjoy.

Jay Hunt, Controller of BBC One, revealed today at this year’s autumn season launch that BBC Children in Need will stage a spectacular concert at the Royal Albert Hall put together by Gary Barlow, featuring Take That and a host of rock and pop’s finest to launch the 2009 appeal week.

The full line-up of performers and ticket details will be revealed in the autumn.

All profits from the tickets and sales of recordings will go to BBC Children In Need.

“It’s fantastic to be able to kick off BBC Children in Need 2009 in such a special way,” said Gary Barlow.

“I’ve always wanted to do something like this and I can promise a night to remember, a night that will, I hope, play a small part in changing the lives of disadvantaged children across the UK.”

Jay Hunt said: “This year the very best of British musicians, led by Gary Barlow, will stage a spectacular night at the Albert Hall in aid of BBC Children in Need.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Gary Barlow on this brand new addition to the Children in Need programming for BBC One.”

Children in Need CEO, David Ramsden, said: “We are so excited. It’s going to be a brilliant night and will help us make a difference to lots of young lives.”

In 2008, the BBC Children in Need Appeal raised more than £36million thanks to the generosity of the public and the enthusiasm of fundraisers, schools and businesses across the UK.

For every penny BBC Children in Need receives from the public, a penny will go to a project helping to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.