Urban Classic

An urban music event that provided the finale moment for Create London’s three–year music strand, Young London: Into Music

‘Urban Classic saw the world of urban music given a classical twist by the BBC Symphony Orchestra…a truly amazing concert…’ – NME

Young London: Into Music championed the next generation of east and southeast London’s young music creatives. Young London: Into Music provided mentoring and work-based learning opportunities to build confidence, entrepreneurship and acumen, supporting progression into further education, training or employment for over 600 young people over the past three years.

A genre-busting musical extravaganza, Urban Classic presented a unique performance bringing together the BBC Symphony Orchestra and contemporary pop musicians, all with their roots in London’s underground urban music scene: N-Dubz producer Fazer, multiple Brit and MOBO award winner Ms. Dynamite, Dagenham grime artist Devlin and MC Skepta. The performance celebrated the success of London’s urban music stars, moving from the underground scene to dominating the UK’s mainstream pop industry. The performance was conducted by Jules Buckley, who worked on the celebrated 2011 collaboration between Basement Jaxx and the Metropole Orkest (the world’s largest, full-time jazz-pop ensemble), where he is principal conductor.

Urban Classic was a highlight of the London 2012 Festival and was previewed at the Barbican as part of Music Nation, a nationwide weekend of live music events across the UK. and was broadcast live on Radio 1 and 1xtra to over 1 million listeners across the UK. Devised and led by the BBC, the weekend was the first nationwide countdown event to the London 2012 Festival.

Urban Classic was produced by Bigga Fish and Serious, in partnership with the Barbican.