Critically-acclaimed live music concert, Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular is set to make its UK premiere at six major cities in May 2015.
The live show, which was a sell-out on its world premiere in Australia, will enjoy a limited run of 12 UK performances in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastleand Glasgow.
It features over 100 performers and is conducted by Ben Foster, who conducts and orchestrates the musical scores for the TV series. Music will be performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and members of the BBC National Chorus of Wales.
Tickets will go on general sale via the event and box office websites at 9am on Friday 1 August 2014, with prices starting at £20 per person. [x]
Music has always been a vital part of Doctor Who and BBC Learning and BBC Proms today announced a competition to inspire all UK secondary school students (aged 11-16) to get involved with this side of the show. The challenge is simple – we’re asking young people to create a short soundtrack to accompany a scene from the Doctor’s adventures.
Entries will be judged by top composers, including Ben Foster (conductor and orchestrator for Doctor Who and composer for Torchwood) and winners will be mentored by professional composers. The winning soundtracks will be showcased within the Doctor Who Proms on 13 July and 14 July, 2013… but hurry! The closing date for entries is Friday, 24 May, 2013.
Feel you need help? Don’t worry! We’ve got a special film full of great pointers along with a suite of videos that provide an insider’s guide to music technology and don’t forget to watch the two scenes we’re asking your soundtrack to accompany. And if you need more inspiration, take a look at where your music could be heard… The winners will have their soundtracks premiered at the Doctor Who Proms on 13 July and at the following day’s Doctor Who Proms.
You can find all the information, clips and files on our competition page. You can download and fill in the all-important application form and please read the terms and conditions which also include details about age groups, how schools should get involved and what teams are allowed to take part.
The Competition is open to all UK secondary school students (including those resident in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.
Even if you don’t qualify, the videos from the Competition page are worth a view and their intro to Music Technology clips are interesting.
On Tuesday night (February 26) in Liverpool, BBC Worldwide Showcase paid tribute to one of the BBC’s most successful and long-running global franchises, Doctor Who, as the series heads toward its 50th anniversary this November.
Mark Williams (who played Rory’s father Brian in Season 7) hosted the Doctor Who Showcase Symphonic Spectacular, a celebration of Murray Gold’s epic music score for the show. Led by the boyishly Tennant-esque Ben Foster as conductor, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Sense of Sound choir made Gold’s compositions sound even more mythic. The soloists Daniel Keating-Roberts and Elin Manahan Thomas lent their voices to a couple of the numbers; Thomas was particularly moving with her soprano renderings of “Madman with a Box” and the gorgeous “Abigail’s Song.”
Conductor Ben Foster, composer Murray Gold, and Dudley Simpson who composed the music for over 370 episodes of Doctor Who between 1964 and 1980.