Paul Plays For Children In Need

16 October 2009

Children in Need Rocks the Royal Albert Hall - 12th November 2009

Every year, BBC Children in Need creates magic moments that raise huge amounts of money for disadvantaged children, and this year the UK's finest musicians hope to help raise more than ever with a spectacular show at the Royal Albert Hall.

For Children in Need 2009, Gary Barlow and Take That are adding to the magic by inviting Paul and an all-star line-up of rock and pop's finest, who in total have amassed over 50 UK number one hits, to take part in Children in Need Rocks the Royal Albert Hall.

Along with Paul, the star-studded bill includes; Lily Allen; Dizzee Rascal; Dame Shirley Bassey; Leona Lewis; Paolo Nutini; Mika; Snow Patrol; Cheryl Cole; Katherine Jenkins and Muse. And of course Gary will also perform on the night with his Take That partners, Jason Orange, Howard Donald and Mark Owen, as they again show their unwavering support of the charity.

And there will also be some very special surprises on the night. "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."

Radio 1's Chris Moyles will host the event and will be joined on stage by Peter Kay, Fearne Cotton, James Corden and, the legend that is, Sir Terry Wogan, who will help introduce the stars and remind us of the work that BBC Children in Need carries out in the UK.

The concert will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 12th November and will be part of a week of Children in Need related programmes when it is broadcast on BBC1 and Radio 2.

All fans will have a chance to buy a maximum of two tickets by registering their details at Tickets will be allocated through a ballot that will remain open from 7.00am, Friday 16th October until noon on Tuesday 20th October. Successful applicants, drawn at random, will be notified by email on Wednesday 21st October. Tickets for the concert will start at £50.

The show will be broadcast on BBC One in the weekend before the main Children in Need appeal on November 20th and coverage of the concert will be repeated on BBC 3, Wednesday 18th November at 9.00pm with highlights, presented by Kate Thornton, on Radio 2, Thursday 19th November at 8.00pm.

Viewers and listeners to the show will be invited to donate to help raise even more money.