BBC Proms invites the UK to join in song, as the Last Night of the Proms is alive with the Sound of Music

The Sound of Music is one of the all-time musical greats so I’m delighted to be inviting listeners to submit films of themselves singing Do-Re-Mi.Elaine Paige
Date: 19.07.2015     Last updated: 20.07.2015 at 17.33
The Last Night of the Proms will come alive with the Sound of Music this September, as the BBC Proms offers budding singers the chance to see themselves on BBC One, as part of a special video montage to The Sound of Music.

Announced today on BBC Radio 2’s Elaine Paige on Sunday, budding singers have until 30 August to submit their videos singing Do-Re-Mi from The Sound of Music. A selection of these entries will be included within a video montage, broadcast on BBC One as part of the Last Night of the Proms, and shown at the Royal Albert Hall and at all four Proms in the Park events across the UK on Saturday 12 September.

Elaine Paige says: “The Sound of Music is one of the all-time musical greats so I’m delighted to be inviting listeners to Elaine Paige On Sunday to submit films of themselves singing Do-Re-Mi. Break a leg guys!”

To send contributions to the Do-Re-Mi video montage, visit the Radio 2 website at bbc.co.uk/radio2 Contributions can be made individually, or as a group - and can be filmed using a camera, a smartphone or webcam. There are full instructions on the Radio 2 website, with an introduction from Rebecca Lodge from the BBC Singers to help you on your way.

Edward Blakeman, Director of the BBC Proms 2015, says: “Everyone who took part in our Mary Poppins challenge last year had such fun, and produced such a great range and variety of videos, that we couldn't resist repeating the challenge with the Sound of Music. Do, Re, Mi is one of the great show tunes, and it's about music itself - so get creative!”

The Last Night of the Proms is the finale of two months of music making from some of the greatest conductors, orchestras and soloists at the BBC Proms festival, celebrated around the world, and part of BBC Music.

Following her debut Last Night in 2013, Marin Alsop returns to the podium with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus - with highlights including a world premiere by Eleanor Alberga; Benjamin Grosvenor performing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No 2; performances by tenor Jonas Kaufmann and soprano Danielle de Niese - as well as traditional favourites including Pomp and Circumstance and the Hornpipe from Henry Wood’s Fantasia on British Sea Songs.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic film, soprano Danielle de Niese will lead audiences around the UK in a Sound of Music singalong, with music from the film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Danielle de Niese will be performing at both the Last Night of the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, and Proms in the Park in Hyde Park.

As well as the celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall, the Last Night festivities reach all corners of the UK, with Proms in the Park events taking place in London’s Hyde Park, Singleton Park in Swansea, Glasgow Green and Titanic Slipways, Belfast.

Last Night of the Proms around the UK

Once again, the Last Night of the Proms radiates out from the Royal Albert Hall to embrace all four nations of the UK, inviting music-lovers from across the four nations to enjoy the magic of the Last Night.

All four nations will come together with special joined-up moments, singing together, with all locations having their moment in the spotlight as audiences from around the UK come together to sing Aaron Copland’s I Bought Me A Cat.

Across the road from the Royal Albert Hall in London’s Hyde Park, The Jacksons headline this year’s BBC Proms in the Park, presented once again by Sir Terry Wogan. The BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Richard Balcombe, are joined by trumpeter Alison Balsom, soprano Danielle de Niese, tenor Russell Watson and singer Caro Emerald.

There’s also afternoon entertainment from 5pm at the Park hosted by Tony Blackburn, Ken Bruce and Anneka Rice - with the confirmed line-up including Jack Pack, The Mavericks, David Garrett, and Beverley Knight & Matt Cardle with the cast of Memphis.

Tickets are available from bbc.co.uk/promsinthepark costing £39 (booking fees apply). Tickets can also be booked by phone by calling SEE Tickets on 0844 209 7352* (a transaction fee of £2.50, plus a booking fee of £2.50 per ticket applies); or through the Royal Albert Hall by calling 0845 401 5040** (a booking fee of 2% of the total value, plus £1.50 per ticket up to a maximum of £20.00 applies) and in person at the Royal Albert Hall Box Office (no fees apply to tickets bought in person).

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In Northern Ireland, Noel Thompson and Claire McCollum present a night of music-making at the Titanic Slipways, Belfast. The Ulster Orchestra, under the baton of David Brophy, perform in a programme which combines classical and contemporary music and a few Proms surprises. Tickets were allocated by a free random ballot, and applications for tickets are no longer accepted.

In Scotland, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra takes the magic of the Last Night to Glasgow Green, for a glorious night of music on the banks of the Clyde. The BBC SSO and presenter Jamie MacDougall will be joined by a host of guest performers, including Alexandra Burke. Tickets are available from bbc.co.uk/promsinthepark or by calling 0141 353 8000 costing £13.50 / £7.50 (booking fees may apply).

In Wales, opera star Rebecca Evans is set to dazzle the audience at Singleton Park, Swansea, with an evening of celebrations with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, conducted by Gareth Jones. Adding to the all-Welsh line-up are presenters Alex Jones, presenter of BBC One’s The One Show, and Tim Rhys-Evans of Only Men Aloud fame. Tickets are available from bbc.co.uk/promsinthepark or by calling 03700 101051 (Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply). Advance ticket prices are £10 for adults during the month of July, increasing to £12 on 1 August until the day before the event and £15 on the day. Accompanied children 12 and under are free.

Last Night of the Proms on Television and Radio

Coverage of the Last Night of the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall will be broadcast live on BBC One (first half), BBC Two (second half) and BBC Radio 3. The Prom will also be broadcast live in surround sound online. Proms in the Park in Hyde Park will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2, and highlights of the Proms in the Park celebrations around the UK will be included as part of the BBC One and BBC Two coverage. Highlights from all four Proms in the Park events will be available to watch on the evening of 12 September via the Red Button for BBC viewers, and online at bbc.co.uk/proms

For full details of all Proms in the Park events across the UK please visit: bbc.co.uk/promsinthepark

BBC Proms 2015
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