Over 1,200 amateur musicians joined the BBC Virtual Orchestra

A video of the ensemble was unveiled as part of the celebrations of the Last Night of the Proms

The BBC has announced that over 1,200 amateur musicians were part of the Last Night of the Proms celebrations, after joining the digital Virtual Orchestra.

The Virtual Orchestra is part of the Get Playing initiative, a partnership between BBC, Making Music, ABRSM and Music For All.

More than a thousand music lovers from all over the UK signed up to the scheme after the BBC and its partners invited music lovers everywhere to get involved and take part in the world’s biggest classical music party.

Members of the public jumped at the invitation, uploading video clips of themselves playing a single three minute piece of music - the 'Toreador Song' from Bizet’s opera Carmen. The celebrated conductor Marin Alsop was filmed especially for the website to ensure everyone stayed in perfect time.

Barbara Eifler, Executive Director of Making Music, joined in on the piano.

Other Making Music staff, including Sharon Moloney, Member Engagement Manager, and Ollie Mustill, Marketing & Communications Manager, also did their bit.

The BBC has now edited all the videos into a spectacular performance which were shown at Proms in the Park events in London, Glasgow, Colwyn Bay and Belfast tonight.

The film is available to view in full on BBC iPlayer.

Watch the film