BBC Proms
Royal Albert Hall,
Edinburgh International Festival, Usher Hall,

Five Telegrams was a co-commission for 59 Productions and composer Anna Meredith. The commission came from a joint venture between the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival and 14-18 Now. In a unique synthesis of music and visual design, a twenty minute animated piece was  projected onto the external and internal façades of the Royal Albert Hall, accompanied by Meredith’s new work for orchestra and chorus, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, under Sakari Oramo.


“An intricate video projection mapped onto the face of the Usher Hall which mapped every contour of the building, turning it into a towering special effect. Before our eyes, it exploded with bright colours, melted away into darkness and threatened to burst off its axis as the drum-like building spun with racing streams of digital code, smoke jets on the roof lending realism to the sense of frantic kinetic motion.”

The Scotsman

“The fruit of [59 Productions and Anna Meridith’s] research into communications during the First World War, from the gung-ho rhetoric of the media, to the censorship of postcards back from the front and then the pace of the message of the declaration of peace were themselves communicated with a clarity that surpassed the spectacles of previous years.”

The Herald

“A bold and imaginative musical expression of the end of WWI” [..] As for the visuals, they were so beautifully decorative that one sometimes forgot their sinister implication. Nonetheless this was a spectacular and brilliantly conceived start to the season.”

The Telegraph



Anna Meredith

Performed by

Sakari Oramo
BBC Symphony Orchestra
National Youth Choir of Great Britain
Proms Youth Ensemble

Commissioned by

BBC Proms
Edinburgh International Festival



Richard Slaney

Technical Manager

James Roxburgh

Assistant Designer

Matthew Taylor


Jarek Radecki

Technical Assistant

Iain Syme

Video Programmer

Sam Jeffs

Lighting Designer

Leo Woolcock

Movement Director

Nathan Clarke

Lead Designer

Nicol Scott

Technical Associate

Maximilien Spielbichler


Aaron Brady


Sean Kothe

Video Programmer

Jack Jewel

Video Programmer

Leo Flint

Sound Designer

Gareth Fry


Rebecca Collis

Producer (Interior Proms)

Ollie Hester


Emily Howells


Tom Munday

Video Programmer

David Callanan

Data Wrangler

Raphael Pimlott

Show Caller

Emily Thompson