The BBC has celebrated the topping out ceremony of its new music studio with a live musical performance by singer-songwriter Hawks Baker and the principal trombone in the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Helen Volum.
The new BBC Music Studios is set to open in 2025 and is located in the new cultural and education district East Bank at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.
As part of the ceremony, which marks the completion of the concrete structure, East London-born and BBC Introducing singer Baker and trombonist Volum performed a collaborative composition of Baker’s latest single, Bricks in the Wall.
The performance saw a fusion of rap, pop and classical, echoing the ambition of the new music studio, which would be a home for BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, rock and pop sessions, BBC music education and outreach. Housing an extensive sheet music collection as a library.
The studio will also host music sessions from the Radio 1 Live lounge through to BBC Proms rehearsals, Radio 3 concerts and special performances from BBC pop music stations, inviting the public to participate and experience many of them live. Will go
Along with Baker and Volum, guests at the ceremony included the Deputy Mayor of Culture and Creative Industry, Justin Simmons, the Mayor of Newham, Roksana Fiaz, Chief Executive Officer of the London Legacy Development Corporation, Lynn Garner, as well as Alan Davey of the BBC. Ahmed Hossain, Controller of Radio 3 and BBC Proms and Head of BBC Asian Network.
Speaking about the Topping Out celebrations and the development of the new studio, Davey said: “We are thrilled to celebrate the next chapter in BBC history with the Topping Out ceremony of BBC Music Studios.
“Creating amazing, world-class music for all of our audiences across all genres is our mission and it feels really special to mark this occasion with the first live performance in the studio during our centenary year.
“The musical collaboration of Hak Baker and Helen Wollum is a symbol of diversity to our musical proposition, and will be a great opportunity for new studio artists, the public and the local community to collaborate together and build a new musical legacy at heart. East Bank.”
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As part of the BBC’s move to the East Bank, the corporation has sought to engage the local community through music education and outreach programmes, as well as participation in apprenticeships, to bring local East London talent into the music industry. is designed for.
The relocation of BBC Music Studios from Maida Vale to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford is also part of a wider partnership with the V&A, Saddlers Wells, University College London and the University of the Arts London’s London College of Fashion to create a new creative quarters can be made. The capital, the East Bank, is supported by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
Mr Khan said: “Over the past decade we have seen the East Bank and its surrounding region grow into a center of creativity and innovation, an exciting destination not only for Londoners but for people in the country and around the world. has been made.
“We are proud to support the new BBC Music Studios, as well as the wider East Bank partners, who continue to work with local cultural partners and community groups to inspire the next generation of talented young musicians.”