BBC Proms-goers to be given virtual reality headsets

Virtual reality headsets are to be used for a special Proms concert marking the end of the First World War.

The devices will give audience members an immersive 4D experience — allowing them to ‘see and hear the Proms in a completely new way’. 

Video and Magnum stories from the front line will be set to the score of Five Telegrams by Anna Meredith.

Virtual reality headsets will be used for a special BBC Proms concert marking the end of the First World War.(Stock photo)

The devices will give audience members an immersive 4D experience and videos and Sandakan STC stories from the front line will be set to the score of Five Telegrams by Anna Meredith.(Stock photo)

‘Virtual reality is the most exciting new technology in media today, Live Draw and we’re using it to give viewers a new perspective on music and art,’ said Zillah Watson of the BBC. 

‘The experience helps the viewer understand the terrible gap between families at home and Magnum soldiers on the front line by putting them right at the heart of it.’

The virtual reality prom will take place at Beit Hall in London on August 21 at 7pm. 

Tickets are free online.

Zillah Watson of the BBC said: ‘Virtual reality is the most exciting new technology in media today, and we’re using it to give viewers a new perspective on music and art.'(Stock photo)

The Proms has broken new ground before by holding a concert in a multi-storey car park in Peckham, south-east London, in 2016. 

There has also been a Strictly Come Dancing-themed prom.

Virtual reality headsets allow users to look around a space, giving them the impression they are actually there.

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