Doctor Who at the Proms 2013
The BBC have officially announced details on the Doctor Who Proms which are making a long-awaited return for the 50th anniversary year.
Doctor Who fans will have the chance to hear the music from the hit BBC One drama live in concert, as part of BBC National Orchestra of Wales’s contribution to BBC Proms 2013.
On Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July 2013, London’s Royal Albert Hall will be invaded by fans eager to hear music from the Doctor Who soundtrack, in two special concerts given by the Orchestra. The performances were announced today as part of the launch of this year’s BBC Proms season, which also includes concerts led by the Orchestra’s new Principal Conductor, Thomas Søndergård.
BBC Cymru Wales has also confirmed today that BBC Proms in the Park will be returning to Owain Glyndŵr Playing Fields, Caerphilly for the third time.
On Saturday 7 September, Wales will once again be part of the BBC Proms Last Night Celebrations as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales brings the Proms in the Park to Caerphilly for an evening of spectacular performances in the open air against the magnificent backdrop of Caerphilly Castle.
BBC Cymru Wales Director, Rhodri Talfan Davies, said: “BBC Proms in the Park is a great opportunity for people to join together across the UK and enjoy a magical evening of music. Following the success of BBC Proms in the Park in Caerphilly last year we very much look forward to returning for another captivating evening of music led by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and enjoyed by both the audience on the evening and viewers at home.
“I’m sure that audiences will also enjoy Doctor Who’s own orchestra performing in a number of spectacular Proms at the Royal Albert Hall – including the first Proms under Thomas’ skilful baton – and I’m looking forward to seeing the Orchestra once again representing Wales to a national and international audience as part of the season.”
The Doctor Who performances at the Royal Albert Hall follow the hugely popular 2008 and 2010 Proms, where audiences were treated to a selection of music from the show – written by Murray Gold, and orchestrated and conducted by Ben Foster.
The Orchestra records the soundtrack music to Doctor Who in their home in Cardiff Bay, BBC Hoddinott Hall; a stone’s throw from BBC Cymru Wales’s new Roath Lock studios where the Doctor Who team is based, alongside Casualty and Welsh-language soap Pobol y Cwm.
BBC National Orchestra of Wales will give a total of six performances at this year’s BBC Proms, including two concerts led by the Orchestra’s new Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård. He makes his first appearances at the Proms in 2013 – with music by Shostakovich and Prokofiev on Monday 29 July; and a performance of Richard Strauss’s immense Alpine Symphony on Thursday 18 July, where the Orchestra is joined by BBC National Chorus of Wales.
Booking for the BBC Proms in London opens at 9am on Saturday 11 May, with tickets for the Doctor Who performances expected to sell very quickly. From today, concert-goers can plan their ticket purchases in advance by using the Proms Planner, available online at bbc.co.uk/proms.
The prom will take place on Saturday 13 July from 7.30pm, and be performed again Sunday 14 July at 10.30am. Booking opens on the 11th May.