BBC Music is launching a ‘digital orchestra’ for amateur musicians to be play with as part of the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms.
Amateur musicians, lapsed players and anyone over 16 who loves music is urged to log on, tune up and get playing for the chance to feature in a unique digital performance. This will be part of the famous Last Night of the Proms celebrations on Saturday 10 September.
To join, they will need to upload a short video of themselves playing The Toreador Song from Bizet’s opera Carmen to the BBC Get Playing website by Saturday 27 August. A whole range of instruments are welcome and there will be arrangements on the Get Playing website for everything from piano and guitar to bagpipes. The BBC will then edit the videos into a spectacular three minute performance to be shown on the BBC iPlayer and big screens at Proms in the Park around the UK.
The BBC Get Playing virtual orchestra will be led by the celebrated conductor Marin Alsop and features musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.
Conductor Marin Alsop said: ‘For me it’s incredibly important to support amateur musicians because music is a way to connect, communicate, transcend barriers, transcend differences and perhaps it’s a way to promote tolerance and peace in a world that desperately needs it.’
Anyone who wants help brushing up their playing or learning a new instrument can turn to Get Playing’s partners Making Music, Music For All and ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music). These organisations are arranging public practice events during the summer as well as free instrument lessons, support videos and online tips.
The virtual orchestra is part of the BBC Get Playing campaign, which aims to inspire amateur music lovers across the summer.
The BBC is also providing six special online masterclasses with some of the world’s greatest musicians including James Rhodes (piano), Alison Balsom (trumpet) Evelyn Glennie (percussion) Thomas Gould (violin), Courtney Pine (saxophone) and Nitin Sawhney (guitar).
Visit bbc.co.uk/getplaying for further information on the BBC Get Playing orchestra.