MCL in the Proms

Choirs from the Music Centres have performed at nine BBC Proms, in 1998 (twice), 1999, 2002, 2006 (twice), 2011 (twice) and 2017. They have sung with the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Philharmonia under conductors such as Yan Pascal Tortelier and Leonard Slatkin. These concerts were all broadcast live on Radio 3 and three were televised.


In 1996 the entire Music Centre performed a concert at Saddler's Wells Theatre on the last night before the closure and demolition of the old theatre.

In March and June 1998 singers from a senior choir performed in a BBC2 TV programme featuring young music groups of high quality from across the country. One short film of the Centre's Madrigal Group was shown four times on BBC2 as part of their Talent 2000 series.

In June and July 1998 the Centre was filmed for "Don't Stop the Music" - a major Channel 4 film about national music education provision presented by Sir Simon Rattle.

Choirs from the Centre have performed twice on Blue Peter and at its 40th Birthday Celebrations at the Natural History Museum.

Many internationally renowned musicians have visited the Centre, including the Harlem Gospel Singers, Maria Friedman, Jacqueline Dankworth and Sir Simon Rattle. Following the Harlem Gospel Singers' visit singers from the Centre joined them on stage in one of their performances at the Peacock Theatre.

2000 - 2004

In 2000 the entire Music Centre sang at the Business Design Centre at a Millennium concert.

In 2003 a choir from the Centre performed at the first ever National Teaching Awards live on BBC1 from Alexandra Palace.

In September 2003 a choir from the Centre sang at the Mayor's Thames Festival.

At Christmas 2003 a choir from the Centre sang on the National Lottery Programme on BBC1 to an audience of 15 million.

In June 2004 singers from the Centre performed with South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela and Jazz Jamaica All Stars at the Barbican Centre.

In December 2004 a choir from the Music Centre performed at 10 Downing Street on the occasion of a State Visit from the President of South Korea.

2005 onwards

In June 2005 200 of our singers performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Alexandra Palace as part of Proms 'Out and About’.

In January 2007 they sang again with Hugh Masekela, at The Roundhouse.

In 2008 and 2011 choirs from the Music Centre were recorded for Sing Up, the UK’s national singing programme.

In 2013 choirs were filmed for the British Council's World Voice programme.

In March 2016 and July 2017 singers from the Music Centre performed in public concerts alongside internationally renowned choir Tenebrae.

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