November 15, 2013


Watch: BBC Philharmonic Cover One Direction & Little Mix

Ever wonder what your favorite pop songs would sound like if the BBC Philharmonic covered them? Of course you have.

Now you know: In honor of the British charity Children in Need, BBC Radio 3 teamed up with the BBC Philharmonic and the Halle Orchestra to tackle One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" and Little Mix's "Wings."

But wait, there's more! Composer Steve Pycroft has put the songs together with two classical... classics. "What Makes You Beautiful" is seamlessly blended into Verdi's "Anvil Chorus" while "Wings" quickly transitions into Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries." Because, yes, we did need some classical-British pop mashups in our lives.

Check out "What Makes You Beautiful"/"Anvil Chorus" above and "Wings"/"Ride of the Valkyries" below.