A HARTLEPOOL student has rubbed shoulders with the world’s greatest singers to appear on a new charity single – thanks to the magic of television.
Eve Proctor performs on BBC One’s new promo with a host of musicians, singing along to the Beach Boys’ 1966 classic God Only Knows.
The 19-year-old stars in the trailer – which has launched the new BBC Music services and been released to raise funds for Children In Need – along with fellow members of Tees Valley Youth Choir.
However, despite the plethora of well-known faces, including One Direction, Brian Wilson, Kylie Minogue, Stevie Wonder, Sir Elton John and Emeli Sande, Eve didn’t get the chance to meet any celebrities officially.
The A-level student at English Martyrs Sixth Form College said: “We didn’t have any idea of which celebrities were starring in the advert.
“But I saw Florence from Florence And The Machine walk down the corridor twice, so that gave us some indication that there would be some big names involved.
“The recording, which was in June, took probably about an hour. We just had to sing the chorus over and over again while they filmed from various angles.”
The promo marked a world-first, as the song was broadcast simultaneously on BBC One, Two, Three, Four and Radio 1, 2, 4, 6 and 5 Live, plus local and international stations at 8pm on Tuesday.
This was also the first time Eve, her mum Angela Proctor, 53, and sister, Alice, 15, got the chance to see the final version of the edit.
Eve, from Billingham, said: “It was very exciting, I’d told all my friend when it was on so they could watch too.
“I had no idea what it would look like in the end, as this was the first time I’d seen the finished version but it was really good.
“My mum dashed out yesterday to buy the single for Children In Need so I’ve got that too.”
Susan Robertson, service manager at Tees Valley Music Service, said: “We’re still not too sure how the choir ended up involved.
“They sung at the National Festival, at the Royal Albert Hall, and have also appeared in a few You Tube videos, so perhaps someone has seen them. It was a wonderful experience for everyone.”