Would You Like To Be Involved In A “Virtual Orchestra”?

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The BBC is calling for amateur musicians to perform Bizet’s Toreador song, from Carmen, at the Proms.PMT BBC Orchestra

A “virtual orchestra” will be created to play the piece, conducted by Marin Alsop and supported by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.

Renowned conductor Marin Alsop also provides the tempo and context for musicians recording their contribution to the Virtual Orchestra by video.

Everyone from beginners to lapsed musicians are being encouraged to apply by sending a video of their performance to the Get Playing website.

Sheet music and tutorials for the Toreador Song are available on the BBC website, covering dozens of instruments – from the violin to the bagpipes – at all levels of ability.

The BBC says it will feature “as many audience videos as we can” in the final performance.

The best entries will be cut together and played at Proms in the Park events.

Deadline for entries: 23:59 on Saturday August 27 2016


Using as many audience videos as possible, the BBC will create the first ever BBC Virtual Orchestra. The film will be revealed on Saturday 10 September at Proms in the Parks across the UK.

As a thank you, the BBC will also be giving away a limited number of tickets (up to 500 pairs nationally) to BBC Orchestra events on a first-come, first-served basis as well as a personalised Get Playing certificate.

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