The Guardian festival blog: Proms in the dark: meditative music at the Royal Albert Hall | Music


Organisers of the BBC Proms are considering staging a concert in the dark where people can get away from the world by immersing themselves in meditative, mindful music.

Plans for the first Meditative Prom were revealed in the programme announcement of the summer festival, which is 90% classical but will this year have east-coast hip-hop and the Clangers as alternative options.

The late-night Meditative Prom at the Royal Albert Hall will have short pieces of music “to calm the mind and nourish the soul,” said the schedulers.

“I still don’t know whether we can achieve this, but I have the thought it would be lovely to do the whole concert in the dark,” said David Pickard, the BBC Proms director.

“We did think about calling it the Mindfulness Prom, but we thought maybe that was a statement too far. I cannot make any claims at all that you will come out of it feeling a new person and that your life will be changed…



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