Featuring Fazer, Ms Dynamite, Devlin, Skepta and the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre, London UK,Saturday 3 March 2012, 7.30pm
Urban Classic on Saturday 3 March 2012, the Barbican's 30th birthday, was a meeting of musical cultures, bringing together the BBC Symphony Orchestra with leading artists from the UK's urban music scene, including multiple BRIT and MOBO Award-winner Ms. Dynamite, N-Dubz producer Fazer, Essex MC Devlin and London MC Skepta.
Conducted by Jules Buckley, fresh from his collaboration with Basement Jaxx and the Metropole Orkest, where he is Principal Conductor, the BBC Symphony Orchestra performed brand new arrangements by Jason Yarde and Ayanna Witter-Johnson as well as orchestral pieces (Alexander Mosolov's Iron Foundry and John Adams's Lollapalooza). These new arrangements featured breakthrough anthems, top hits and exciting new material from Fazer, Ms Dynamite, Devlin and Skepta.
This event was part of Music Nation, a weekend of live music events devised and led by the BBC, and the first nationwide countdown event for the London 2012 Festival.
Check out the Radio 3 blog from Phil Hall, sub-principal viola with the BBC Symphony Orchestra: Culture mash - the Symphony Orchestra and the rappers in Urban Classic
Some behind the scene videos are available here
For more information please visit BBC Symphony Orchestra
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