13 Sep 2014


Last Night of the Proms Celebrations


If you’re a Mary Poppins fan – and let’s face it who isn’t? – and you love to sing then BBC Radio 2 and the BBC Proms would like you to join with the rest of the UK to sing the classic song: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. We’re celebrating 50 years since the release of Disney classic Mary Poppins with a sing-along Mary Poppins medley at this year’s Last Night of the Proms and Proms in the Park events around the UK on Saturday 13 September and we want you to be a part of this by pre-recording yourself singing along to this iconic piece.

All you need to do to take part is record a video of yourself singing the song, and send it back to us using the upload form on this page by Sunday 31 August 2014. So get singing.

When we’ve got all the videos, we’ll put as many of them together as we can and create a virtual choir which will be revealed on the Last Night of the Proms, online and on the big screens, during Proms in the Park on Saturday 13 September.

On this page you’ll find two different videos plus hints and tips on how to get the best out of your recording.

The first video is a singing lesson given by BBC Singer Rebecca Lodge. Be prepared: the music is fast so we advise you to watch the video first to familiarise yourself with the music. Rebecca gives some top tips for dealing with the speed and sings it through in full at the end.

The second video is a backing track with lyrics (recorded by none other than the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo, who will be conducting the Last Night for the first time!) which you’ll need to record your own version.


Take time to read the instructions, and you might like to rehearse a few times before you record your contribution and submit it to us.

Here’s how to send us your contribution at BBC Radio 2 and the BBC Proms.

Listen to the backing track through headphones. Film yourself singing along to it using a digital video camera or the built-in camera in your phone, tablet or computer. If you’re able to plug in an external microphone it may produce better results, but don’t worry if you haven’t got one. If you're filming yourself with a tablet, it would be better if it wasn't hand held but propped up in a stable horizontal position so that the picture doesn’t wobble. Once you've finished recording, upload your video file to the upload form on this page. It’s as simple as that!

A selection of the submitted videos will be edited together to make a special BBC Radio 2 and BBC Proms version of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious which will be revealed online and in the parks on Saturday 13 September 2014.

We don’t guarantee that every contribution will be used but we will do our best to include as many people as possible. You must be 18 or over to submit your contribution (if you are younger than 18 you can be in the video as long as you have your parents’ permission). The closing date for submissions is Sunday 31 August 2014 at 23.59 and videos received after this date will not be considered for inclusion.

Before you start here are some useful tips:

- Watch the ‘Singing lesson’ with Rebecca Lodge from the BBC Singers. Rebecca sings the whole song at the end of the masterclass so keep watching to the end!

- Practice a few times to familiarise yourself with the music.

- Make sure your face is sufficiently lit.

- Think about the background you’re against – make sure you stand out and that the background isn’t too busy.

- Find somewhere quiet. Don’t forget to wear headphones when listening to the backing track so we get to hear your voice in all its glory.

- You can sing it alone, in groups or with your family.

- Get creative – this is the magical Mary Poppins after all.

- And most important of all - sing loud and have fun!


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