UK urban music has come a long way, as this was seen on Saturday evening after the first ever Urban Classic Prom was held at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall and was hosted by 1Xtra DJs Charlie Sloth and Sarah Jane Crawford.
Designed to attract a younger audience to classic music the event was described as:
experimental fusion of musical styles, high-octane orchestral showpieces by Mosolov and Henze rub shoulders with rap, R&B and soul.
The event featured some of the best UK names including Wretch 32, Lady Leshurr, Maverick Sabre, Fazer and rising stars Laura Mvula & Jacob Banks who were each backed by The BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Broadcast live on BBC Radio 1, Radio 3 and 1xtra the night was a roaring success and was described as a ‘joyous & inspiring collision of musical worlds’ by The Telegraph who awarded it five stars in their review.
Twitter was also flooded with positive reactions after the concert, from viewers, media and the performers themselves.
I do not like the Proms… But the Urban Proms were amazing. Loved it.
— Karen Drake (@KaiDeyDey) August 11, 2013
Really good idea to bridge the gap between classical and pop/grime/soul- broadens the minds of youths starting out in music! #UrbanProms
— May Kay (@MayKayMoosic) August 12, 2013
Was an honour to work with Jules Buckley. Thank you especially for your arrangement of Father Father… http://t.co/j6mhiFEl1r
— Laura Mvula (@lauramvula) August 11, 2013
Tonight at the BBC Urban Classic Proms was one of the most enjoyable moments of my career…
— Maverick Sabre (@MaverickSabre) August 10, 2013
Seeing as it was such a success, we may be seeing the BBC Urban Classic Prom become a permanent fixture in the Proms series.