Futures’ trip to the BBC Proms this year transported us through forest and glade by a beautiful programme of musical and visual delights. Based on the book The Lost Words, which was written to highlight natural words that are becoming extinct in the English language, we followed Diana on a journey as she met with animals and plants.
We watched the original illustrator painting inky watercolours of otter and fox, as she recited the poems, accompanied by the Southbank Sinfonia and The National Youth Choir of Great Britain. Together they created a musical image of the untamed ‘spirit of the wild’. Our young people were captivated by the harmonies created by the Spell Songs group, hearing new sounds of unusual instruments like the accordion, harp and the West African Kora.
We were also treated to beatboxing, dancing and spoken word which encapsulated starling murmurations and the meanness of the raven. Excerpts from Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending and Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony were also woven into the programme. It was a fantastic multi-media Prom, which had one young person on the edge of her seat for the whole thing, reaching to pull her support worker closer, just to check she was listening too! A great opportunity to experience new sights and sounds in the wonderful setting of the Royal Albert Hall.