Tonight, the BBC Proms will hold its inaugural Late-Night Mixtape Prom. The full mixtape is announced today as audiences gear up for a one-off, immersive, meditative musical experience at the Royal Albert Hall.
Amongst many musical highlights, internationally-acclaimed sarod virtuoso Soumik Datta, who has worked with artists including Beyoncé, Nitin Sawnhey and Anoushka Shankar, will give the world premiere of his new work, Clouds, fusing the Indian classical tradition with the radiant choral sound world of Tenebrae.
In the spirit of the ‘mixtape’, first made popular in the 1980s, the Late-Night Mixtape Prom will be a live, late-night wind-down concert, exploring the fringes of Minimalism and meditative listening. Iconic works by some of the most prolific Minimalist composers, Arvo Pärt and Pēteris Vasks will emerge out of the sublime classicism of J. S. Bach and Schubert.
The evening will offer audiences the opportunity for a digital detox, encouraging them to switch off their phones and letting the live mixtape relax the mind and nourish the soul. Elsewhere in the programme, BBC Young Musician winner (2014), Martin James Bartlett will perform Chopin’s Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27, No. 2. Lobo’s Versa est in luctum and Pärt’s Fratres will also feature, as well as Max Richter’s Vladimir’s Blues.