Watch the Heritage Orchestra reinterpret dance music’s classic hits

The BBC Proms aren’t usually the first place you’d expect to hear dance music, but 2015 saw a shake-up. This year, Britain’s annual celebration of classical music was hosted in part by none other than Pete Tong, the legend who’s sat behind the wheel of the Essential Mix for the last 20 years.

So what did Tong have up his sleeve for classical music’s night of nights? An Ibiza-style rave in Royal Albert Hall, of course. Tong’s ‘Late Night Prom’ event was billed as a “musical homage to Ibiza and its infection, energetic brand of club music”, timed to mark the 20th anniversary of the station’s White Isle broadcasts. With the Heritage Orchestra set to provide live reinterpretations of classics like Stardust’s Music Sounds Better With You, Orbital’s Belfast and Eric Prydz’s Pjanoo, the show promised a spine-tingling blend of classical and dance music.

By all accounts, the Late Night Prom delivered – but don’t take our word for it. Hit play below and you can get the first look at the Jules Buckley Heritage Orchestra in action, playing their tribute to Energy 52’s unforgettable Café del Mar and Faithless favourite Insomnia. Or if you want to hear the whole show – without visuals, we’re sorry to say – head to the BBC website now to listen in full.

“We do now live in a world, thank God, where you can like all kinds of music. We are not rigidly siloed,” Tong told The Telegraph in the lead-up to the Proms, taking aim at the naysayers who blasted dance music’s place in the program. “People like a whole range of music. These twenty years of dance have been a huge phenomenon on Radio 1, so why not celebrate it in a Proms way with a big orchestra?”

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Café del Mar at the Royal Albert Hall on a Wednesday night."Take that Mozart" – Pete Tong.

Posted by Essential Mix on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

We love dance music. Dance music keeps the world moving.Insomnia at the BBC Proms.

Posted by Essential Mix on Wednesday, July 29, 2015