– MC’s: Gen, Terra, Taliifah, Squintz, Special Guest tba
– With Brixton Chamber Orchestra, directed by Matthew O’Keeffe
– DJ’s: Roof Access from Balamii radio, Benteki from Reprezent radio, Ben Harris
Brixton Chamber Orchestra are teaming up with some of South London best MCs to deliver a Grime-Classical fusion show at Brixton’s Prince of Wales club on March 22nd.
BCO is a group of young professional instrumentalists from Brixton – but aren’t your standard orchestra. Since they launched in the Summer of 2018, they have been dedicated to engaging with the different musical cultures of Brixton: they played calypso in the summer, disco at Electric Brixton in October, and teamed up with Brixton SDA Gospel Choir in November. Now, they’re experimenting with one of the most popular kinds of music in South London: grime.
The Orchestra will perform with popular SW & SE grime artists, including Gen, Terra the Kid, Taliifah and young collective Mob Set at Brixton’s Prince of Wales. Terra said “I’m excited to perform with a live orchestra, it’s something I’ve never done – and in my hometown of Brixton it’s definitely going to be a lively night!” Gen, whose new single Nottingham Trent has gained much critical acclaim, said he’s looking forward to rapping over powerful samples from classical music. “Classical and grime performance are both driven, forceful, inventive and display a virtuosic level of skill. Orchestral instruments feature in loads of well-known grime beats but are rarely performed live, so we think this is a natural collaboration” says Matthew O’Keeffe, the Music Director of BCO.
Brixton Chamber Orchestra will lend a 30-piece ensemble to the artists’ songs and play orchestrated covers of classic grime beats from the last decade, as well as sampling classical music – from Stravinsky & Shostakovich to Bartok & Beethoven – to produce new sounds for this exciting collaboration. The orchestra aims to champion classical music to new audiences in unexpected places. As well as being musically innovative, the orchestra sees performances such as this as a way to pull listeners toward orchestral repertoire.