The BBC Proms are holding a Prom in virtual reality for the first time ever. Bringing the BBC Proms to life as never before, this seven-minute experience is a contemporary response to the First War World and takes the ‘field postcard’ as its inspiration.

Set to Anna Meredith’s dramatic and haunting choral score for Five Telegrams, the experience is a powerful and emotive exploration of the human stories beyond the edges of the postcards. Recorded live on the First Night of the Proms, Five Telegrams has been captured in cutting-edge spatialised sound with very high quality ambisonics, offering audiences the opportunity to experience the composition in its entirety in maximum quality.

Nothing to be Written takes the viewer on a highly emotive journey, positioning them as the main protagonist in the narrative: civilians transported on the same journey fared by their loved-ones during World War I. The piece merges two worlds - the hallways across the country with families and friends waiting quietly for news, with the unrestrained violence of the trenches. Throughout the piece, an image of a ‘field postcard’ remains the central thread.

The VR Prom is a further iteration of the Five Telegrams project which formally launched the BBC Proms 2018 season. A co-commission for Anna Meredith and 59 Productions by the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival and 14-18 NOW.

Ticket information

This event is free but capacity is limited; places are available on a first-come-first-served basis on the day. Further details on how to secure places are being made available via the BBC Proms website.