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Urban Classic
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Get the lowdown on Urban Classic...

Urban Classic was a meeting of musical cultures that brought together some of the biggest names in UK black music with the BBC Concert Orchestra in a ground-breaking live event.

Grime producer DaVinChe and jazz musician Jason Yarde joined forces with conductor Charles Hazlewood, who lead a 36-piece BBC Concert Orchestra alongside several UK grime artists, to create a 70-minute musical suite of grime, hip hop and classical music.

The music was performed live for an audience on Thursday 16 February 2006 at Hackney Empire and was broadcast on 1Xtra Live on Saturday 18 February 2006 listen Listen now.

The event featured the following MCs, Bruza, Tor, Pase, Purple, beatboxer Faith SFX, alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra as well as DJ sets from 1Xtra's DJ Semtex (hip hop) and DJ Cameo (garage).

Genevieve Dowokpor, general manager of Bigga Fish*, said: "It is a great feeling for Bigga Fish to turn an initial idea into Urban Classic with the help of our friends at the BBC and Serious.

"We at Bigga Fish are dedicated to aiding and providing opportunities for young people to achieve their goals. The talented young artists collaborated with high-calibre musicians, taking their skills to new heights on a nationwide platform via the BBC."

*Bigga Fish is an urban music organisation for young people. Serious are international live music producers.

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