1Xtra’s MistaJam to host classical music event

The BBC Concert Orchestra and Southbank Centre are working together on the WHYdentity event, with MistaJam as the host.

MistaJam will present from the stage, joining the BBC Concert Orchestra to bridge the gap between musical genres along with a variety of young talent in a concert centred on helping young people fulfil their potential through the arts.

The programme has been devised by Southbank Centre’s young Festival Makers and has a variety of music with recent songs from Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne, pieces by Prokofiev and Shostakovich and even the theme from Star Wars.

Under the guidance of conductor Keith Lockhart, the performance will feature a number of young artists alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra, including saxophonist and BBC Young Musician finalist Jess Gillam, Lambeth’s In Harmony Orchestra and dance group ZooNation Youth Collective. In a step away from traditional concerts, the Festival Makers are encouraging audience participation to connect generations and introduce everyone to something new.

MistaJam says: “Music is the only true universal language we have and as a broadcaster across the two main youth radio stations on the BBC, I’ve always tried to join the dots between genres, eras and styles. I’m thrilled to be involved in this event which I hope will enlighten both the classical music audience of the musical quality of contemporary music while also educating and entertaining the contemporary music audience with some of the most famous classical pieces ever committed to manuscript.”

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