Music Room London Featured on Fazer’s Urban Symphony – BBC Three


A BBC Three documentary follows Fazer and seven young musicians’ journey to the stage of the Royal Albert Hall as they join the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform in this year’s Urban Classic Prom.

Fazer of N-Dubz fame is outing himself as a closet classical music fan and is now on a mission to bring the genre to a whole new generation of British teens, many of whom have never heard the sweeping strings of Tchaikovsky or intricate layers of Bach before.

From Shevelle, an 18-year-old gospel singer from London, to Adil, aka Sin Seer, an MC/Rapper from Manchester, Fazer has assembled seven talented young musicians who are united in their opinion of classical music: ‘it’s boring, for old posh people, they’d never listen to it on their ipod and would likely fall asleep at a concert’.

Seventeen-year-old Curtis, a rapper from London ‘doesn’t see the point in music without words’ and like Sam, 22, a rapper, singer and beatboxer, he thinks classical music is for rich people. Fazer is out to dispel those myths and give those who wouldn’t otherwise, the opportunity to experience the music, the orchestra and the concert hall first-hand.

Fazer’s new recruits will join the BBC Symphony Orchestra to play the grime star’s latest composition, which aims to unite his two new worlds of classical and urban groove. The pressure is on for the group’s first ever performance, at the world famous BBC Proms on 10 August.

A two-part documentary for BBC Three will follow Fazer as he introduces Samara, 16, a singer from Luton; Vic, 21 who plays guitar, mandolin and Chinese flute; and drummer and guitarist Benji, 22, from Wiltshire to classical music, and prepares them for a concert of a lifetime.

Fazer says: “Hopefully they’ll get the same inspiration and feeling that I got when I first worked with an 85-piece orchestra. It’s like 3D music, music in high definition.”

Zai Bennett, Controller of BBC Three, says: “I’m really excited that this year BBC Three viewers from across the UK will be able to watch the first ever Urban Classic Prom as well as getting a first hand, behind-the-scenes account from Fazer and his urban orchestra of the kind of preparation involved to performing at such an event.”

Watch a trailer for the show here


Posted on August 6, 2013 by
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