Play along to Prom 45 at home, in the hall or online
I've produced a few Proms in my time at the BBC but, for me, this year's line up is a bit different: Stan Tracey, the Michael Nyman Band and, because I begged to be allowed to produce it, Prom 45 with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. I can't wait. When I was told I'd been given Prom 45 I smiled for about 2 days. Then, on the way home, it occurred to me that it might be a great opportunity, as Interactive Editor for the Proms, to get the audience involved. I emailed Ellara Wakely (Learning Manager, BBC Proms) and Roger Wright asking both if we could have a 'bring your ukulele to the Prom and play along' moment. They said yes. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain said yes. My team said yes. I said yes!
On May 12th members of the Radio 3/Proms Interactive team turned up at the Warehouse studios to film half of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain giving an online masterclass. George, top ukulele man, helped us create a set of 4 short films for the web. So, the idea is that you can learn to play one of three parts so that you can play along with the Prom either online, on air or by bringing your ukulele to the Royal Albert Hall for Prom 45.
I'm getting together with Kathy Clugston (we met on Twitter), Jon Jacob (Proms fan extraordinaire), members of Radio 3, members of BBC's Future Media and Technology and members of the Proms team to rehearse our parts for the Prom. Should be quite a lot of fun.
You can learn one of the following: The tune; chords advanced; chords simple. There is also an introduction to the ukulele.
So, if you fancy playing along, feel free - online, live on-air or in the Royal Albert Hall or online afterwards at the Proms website forever!
And if you're a player or if you're coming to Prom 45, let us know in a comment. Likewise, link to your Uke photos or audio if they're online.