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Video on demand: Meredith's Concerto for beatboxer and orchestra

Recorded at Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, London, United Kingdom
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Bringing together the worlds of classical music and beatboxing, Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra is composed by Anna Meredith for champion beatboxer Shlomo, which creates a new notation and precedent for beatboxing as a musical art form. Shlomo performed the Concerto with a bespoke 20 piece ‘Beatbox Orchestra’, self-selected members of the four Southbank Centre resident orchestras (the Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the London Philharmonic). Shlomo’s own ‘Beatbox Choir’ were also embedded within the ensemble. The compositional process was wholly collaborative involving all members of the ensemble. A new form of notation for beatboxing was developed and made freely available online.

If you want to find out more about this composer, read our interview with Anna Meredith.

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