Katie Melua has recorded a version of Sting’s Fields of Gold and it’s being released as this year’s official BBC Children in Need single.
One of the late Sir Terry Wogan’s favourite songs, Fields of Gold was written by Sting who originally recorded it for his 1993 album Ten Summoner’s Tales.
Melua revealed the news live on BBC Radio 2 this morning. Talking about the release she 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 recorded at Hoxa Studios in West Hampstead and sees Melua playing acoustic guitar accompanied solely by band-mate Mark Edwards on hammond organ. The track was co-produced and co-mixed by Katie Melua and Adam ‘Cecil’ Bartlett.
Released on Friday 3rd November as a stand-alone charity single, the track will also feature on a reissue of Melua’s In Winter album, which will be released on 10th November 2017.
The debut television performance of Fields of Gold will be live on the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show on Friday 17 November, at 9.50pm on BBC One.
All profits from the single will go to the charity, with a minimum of 54p from each single sale.
BBC Children in Need currently funds 2,600 projects supporting disadvantaged children and young people in communities across the UK.