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Proms 2018 The Virtual Reality Prom Experience

The Virtual Reality Proms Experience
The Virtual Reality Prom Experience
19:00 Tue 21 Aug 2018 The Metric
The VR Prom experience will take place at Beit Venues Imperial College Union, in the ‘Metric Bar’ on Tuesday 21 August. Sessions will run from19.00-23.30. Minimum age to attend is 13.
The VR Prom experience will take place at Beit Venues Imperial College Union, in the ‘Metric Bar’ on Tuesday 21 August. Sessions will run from19.00-23.30. Minimum age to attend is 13.

About This Event

The BBC Proms are holding a Prom in virtual reality for the first time ever. Bringing the BBC Proms to life as never before, this seven-minute experience is a contemporary response to the First War World and takes the ‘field postcard’ as its inspiration.

Set to Anna Meredith’s dramatic and haunting choral score for Five Telegrams, the experience is a powerful and emotive exploration of the human stories beyond the edges of the postcards. Recorded live on the First Night of the Proms, Five Telegrams has been captured in cutting-edge spatialised sound with very high quality ambisonics, offering audiences the opportunity to experience the composition in its entirety in maximum quality.

Nothing to be Written takes the viewer on a highly emotive journey, positioning them as the main protagonist in the narrative: civilians transported on the same journey fared by their loved-ones during World War I. The piece merges two worlds - the hallways across the country with families and friends waiting quietly for news, with the unrestrained violence of the trenches. Throughout the piece, an image of a ‘field postcard’ remains the central thread.

The VR Prom is a further iteration of the Five Telegrams project which formally launched the BBC Proms 2018 season. A co-commission for Anna Meredith and 59 Productions by the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival and 14-18 NOW

This event is free but capacity is limited; places are available on a first-come-first-served basis on the day. The experience will be shown in 15-minute ticketed time slots between 19:00 and 23:30. Collect your free ticket from the main entrance on the Beit Quad to secure your slot. Ticket collection opens from 18:30.

Please note: the minimum age for this experience is 13. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.