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ABRSM partners BBC Get Playing!

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ABRSM's Executive Director: Strategic Development, Lincoln Abbotts, appeared on Radio Three's In Tune yesterday to discuss ABRSM's partnering of the BBC Get Playing scheme.

The Get Playing campaign aims to inspire amateur music lovers everywhere throughout the summer. On TV, Get Playing includes two prime time TV shows for BBC Two and BBC Four - The UK’s Best Part Time Band and a series showcasing a contest of the nation’s most inspiring amateur orchestras.

Lincoln Abbotts on BBC Radio Three

A virtual orchestra

BBC Music has also launched a 'virtual orchestra' as part of Get Playing – and it needs players!

Amateur musicians, lapsed players and anyone over 16 who loves music is urged to log on, tune up and get playing for the chance to feature in a unique digital performance which will be part of the world famous Last Night of the Proms celebrations on Saturday 10 September.

The BBC Get Playing virtual orchestra is led by the celebrated conductor Marin Alsop and features musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.

How do I participate?

To join in, you will need to upload a short video of yourself playing The Toreador Song from Bizet’s opera Carmen to the BBC Get Playing website by Saturday 27 August. A whole range of instruments are welcome and arrangements will be available on the Get Playing website for everything from piano and guitar to bagpipes!

The BBC will edit the videos into a spectacular three minute performance which will be shown on BBC iPlayer and Big Screens at Proms in the Park around the UK.

Expert tips: how to tackle The Toreador Song


ABRSM examiner Russell Hepplewhite provides an insight into how to approach The Toreador Song

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