The full line up for ‘The Lost Words’ Prom has today been announced, to include several new additions including actors Indigo Griffiths, Janie Dee and Vincent Franklin. This family-friendly Prom is based on the best-selling book The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. The Prom will see the book performed on stage in a dynamic celebration of nature in music, with poems or ‘spells’ coming to life through song and spoken-word.

The Lost Words Prom will reflect environmental themes which the book explores, focusing on the connection between language, landscape and music and aiming to restore words about nature which are increasingly becoming lost in our daily vocabulary. With sounds alluding to water, wind and birdsong, as well as man-made sounds, the Prom will feature multiple musical genres including folk, hip hop and classical.

World premiere: You Need to Listen to Us by Jocelyn Pook will include words from speeches by environmental activist Greta Thunberg, set to music. Inspired by Thunberg’s speech at the Strasbourg Convention, Pook told the Guardian, “Her voice, a lone teenager, making such a difference is very heartening.”

Newly announced actors Janie Dee, Vincent Franklin and Indigo Griffiths will join the incredible line-up of performers including violinist Stephanie Childress, beatboxer Jason Singh, spoken-word artist Caleb Femi, singer-cellist Beth Porter, dancer Thomas Carsley, as well as British Sign Language interpreter Angie Newman. They will join folk group Spell Songs, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and the musicians of the Southbank Sinfonia under conductor Jessica Cottis. Jackie Morris will paint live on stage, as well as reciting some of the 'spells'.

The Prom will unveil a new ‘spell’ Red Fox (words by Robert Macfarlane, paintings by Jackie Morris and music by Alissa Firsova). The programme features works by composers inspired by the natural world including John Luther Adams, Sally Beamish, James Burton, Beethoven, Rautavaara, Vaughan Williams and Vivaldi, as well as World Premieres of new commissions by Alissa Firsova and Jocelyn Pook.

Audience members will also be invited to participate in the Dawn Chorus section of the concert, by playing downloads from their phones of various bird songs recorded around the country by leading nature sound recordist, Chris Watson. His soundscapes and field recordings will be heard throughout the show, including material recorded at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of a BBC project to tie in with the Prom. A group of 30 young participants from the East Education Summer School had the chance to work with Chris to learn about field sound-recording. The summer school is linked to East Bank – a new cultural and education district in Stratford that will include the BBC’s music studios alongside other creative organisations such as the V&A, the Smithsonian, University College London, the UAL’s London’s London College of Fashion and Sadler’s Wells.


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