Katie Melua to release BBC Children in Need’s 2017 single
KATIE MELUA has recorded Fields Of Gold, one of Sir Terry Wogan’s favourite songs, as BBC Children in Need’s official single for 2017.
The singer-songwriter, 33, said it was a ‘privilege’ to release the track for a charity that was so important to the late television personality.
Sir Terry hosted the BBC charity event for 35 years until 2015, when poor health forced him to pull out. He died in 2016 after a battle with cancer.
After revealing the news on BBC Radio 2, Melua said: ‘I am delighted to have accepted the invitation by BBC Children in Need to record and release this single to support the charity’s 2017 appeal, in honour of the late Sir Terry Wogan.
‘He was a long-standing supporter of mine, and to re-record one of his favourite songs for a charity that was so dear to his heart is a privilege.
‘I hope it goes on to make a real and lasting difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.’
Fields Of Gold was originally written and recorded by Sting, featuring on his 1993 album Ten Summoner’s Tales.
It will be available as a standalone charity single tomorrow and will also feature as a bonus track on a reissue of Melua’s latest album In Winter, which is out on November 10.
Melua will give her first television performance of the song on the BBC Children In Need Appeal Show on November 17.
All profits from the single will go to the charity, with a minimum of 54p from each single sale.
Children in Need currently funds 2,600 projects supporting disadvantaged children and young people in communities across the UK.
■ The BBC Children In Need Appeal Show is on BBC One on Friday November 17
Author: Graham Gurrin