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Fazer's Urban Takeover - Learning Zone

Rapper, musician and producer Fazer is best known for starring alongside Tulisa and Dappy in the British hip-hop group N-Dubz. Following a recent performance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, his eyes and ears were opened up to a whole new world - classical music.

Now he wants to share his new-found passion, so he is taking seven unknown urban musicians on a classical music crash course. His hope is that they will learn to appreciate classical music and understand how it can help them develop their own contemporary music styles. As well as listening to classical music, Fazer's young proteges embark on a series of musical masterclasses.

Gospel singer Shevelle meets with professional soprano Rebecca Lodge. Rebecca shows her some important breathing exercises and explains how to sing scales. It is the first time Shevelle has had any formal music training and she discovers that she has a much broader singing range than she ever imagined.

Urban rapper Curtis meets with acclaimed poet George Mpanga. George explains that key poetry principles such as word selection, structure, timing and rhythm can really help Curtis with his rapping.

Talented musician Vic meets with professional classical guitarist Robin Hill. In the past, Vic dismissed classical guitar as boring and soulless, and Robin is keen to show him otherwise. Vic discovers that a lot of contemporary music is rooted in classical compositions and takes away a few technical pointers from his session.

Rapper and beatboxer Sam meets up with UK beatboxing champion Grace Savage. In the past, Sam was a vocal freestyler, but Grace is keen to take her skills back to basics and discuss exactly how the beatbox sounds are made.

At the end of their learning journey, Fazer's troop are tasked with performing a piece of music that fuses their own urban sounds with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

The performance takes place at London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall in front of a 6,500-strong live audience, with millions more listening and watching at home.

Release date:

30 minutes

Last on

Thu 8 Jan 2015 04:00


Role Contributor
Executive ProducerKaty Jones

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