Dave Grohl, Lorde, Brian May, Jake Bugg launch BBC Music with all-star cover of ‘God Only Knows’

Florence Welch, Pharrell Williams, Chris Martin, Sam Smith and One Direction are also involved

Dave Grohl, Florence Welch, Lorde, Brian May and Jake Bugg are amongst 27 high profile artists who have joined forces and become The Impossible Orchestra to launch the all-new BBC Music season, with a star-studded cover of The Beach Boys‘ ‘God Only Knows’.

The song was broadcast simultaneously at 8pm this evening (October 7) across all of the BBC’s television, radio and online networks. The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson is also involved in the new version of the track, as are Sir Elton John, One Direction, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Emeli Sandé, Chris Martin, Kylie Minogue, Paloma Faith, Sam Smith and Chrissie Hynde. The song will be available to buy from midnight tonight, with proceeds going to BBC Children in Need. Click above to watch the video and listen to the track.

Classical musicians Alison Balsom, Martin James Bartlett, Danielle de Niese and Nicola Benedetti have also contributed to the track, as has Eliza Carthy, Baaba Maal, Jamie Cullum and BBC presenters Zane Lowe, Lauren Laverne, Gareth Malone and Jools Holland. The artists were backed by the Tees Valley Youth Choir and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

BBC Music is described in a press release as: “An ambitious wave of new programmes, innovative partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives that amount to the BBC’s strongest commitment to music in 30 years.”

Speaking about the song, Brian Wilson commented: “I just feel so incredibly humbled that the BBC would choose ‘God Only Knows’ to promote their new music initiative. All of the artists did such a beautiful job I can’t thank them enough. I’m just honoured that ‘God Only Knows’ was chosen. ‘God Only Knows’ is a very special song. An extremely spiritual song and one of the best I’ve ever written.”

Producer Ethan Johns added: “One of the things that interested me most about this project was the idea of bringing together so many different styles of music and as a great opportunity to bring the musical community together in celebration of the thing that we all love.”