Animate-d at The Proms

Animate Orchestra

Animate Orchestra – a project delivered by Trinity Laban and the South Riverside Music Partnership – has been invited to take part in the BBC Ten Pieces Prom, taking place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July.

The 26 young musicians taking part in this performance are aged between 10 and 18, and come from the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. They will perform The Tables Have Been Turned; their instrumental response to Gabriel Prokofiev’s ‘Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra’, which they first performed at The Southbank Centre earlier this year, having worked with Trinity Laban musicians, and musicians from Southwark and Lambeth music hubs.

Animate Orchestra offers young musicians in school years 5 to 13 opportunities to play together and create their own music in a ‘Young Person’s Orchestra for the 21st Century’. One of the Animate musicians Mia spoke to the BBC about performing at The Proms. She commented:

“I am mostly looking forward to playing the piece and meeting the fantastic musicians also performing in such a great venue. It will be the first time I will have played at such a world renowned concert hall and I am only 13! I am playing my saxophone in the performance and will not have to worry about squeaking on the clarinet.”

Commissioned and produced by BBC Learning and delivered in conjunction with the BBC Performing Groups, BBC Ten Pieces aims to inspire a generation of children to get creative with classical music by using a selection of ten pieces of music as a spring-board for creativity, as well as a range of online resources, UK-wide events and close collaboration with music and arts organisations.

The concert on Sunday 24 July at 16.00 will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 2. It will also be available to watch live at bbc.co.uk/proms.

To find out more about Animate Orchestra, please visit the Trinity Laban website. You can also watch their original performance at The Southbank Centre on the BBC website.

Animate Orchestra is a partnership between Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (Trinity Laban), London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) and the Music Education Hubs in Lambeth, Lewisham, Royal Greenwich and Southwark.

Photo credit: Tas Kyprianou