Robert Llewellyn (otherwise known as Kryten from Red Dwarf) presents BBC National Orchestra of Wales’ Geek Musique [25 March, Cardiff] with music from the world of science fiction and cult TV, featuring The Radiophonic Workshop.
Red Dwarf’s Robert Llewellyn presents two concerts at St David’s Hall, Geek Musique: Sounds of Sci-Fi [3.30pm] and Geek Musique: Cult TV Classics [9pm]. BBC NOW, also known as the Doctor Who house band, will bring to life the extra-terrestrial, transport you to parallel universes, and explore the weird and wonderful corners of the retro TV schedule, conducted by Edwin Outwater.
Sounds of Sci-Fi – 3.30pm
BBC NOW’s afternoon concert journeys through ten sci-fi soundtracks including Star Wars; E.T.; Back to the Future; Planet of the Apes; Independence Day; Terminator; Close Encounters of the Third Kind; Alien; and Avatar. The orchestra will also perform the rarely heard, unused film score for 2001: A Space Odyssey. Composed by Alex North, it wasn’t until the premiere that North found out that Stanley Kubrick had omitted his music!
Cult TV Classics – 9pm
The BBC Radiophonic Workshop was a studio that was set up in the fifties in Maida Vale, where a group of composers came together to create new music and effects for radio and TV. Peter Howell, Paddy Kingsland and Mark Ayres of The Radiophonic Workshop join BBC NOW in a performance of their music, featuring a bank of vintage synthesizers. BBC NOW visits the sounds of the sixties and seventies, performing a medley from the original BBC Doctor Who series, music from BBC Horizon documentary Space for Man and the Case of the Ancient Astronauts and a suite from The Changes (a 1975 BBC children’s sci-fi series). Cult TV Classics will also feature the music of Ceefax, HTV’s regional start up music and a selection of US detective classics including Diagnosis Murder, Cagney and Lacey, Murder She Wrote and Ironside.
BBC National Orchestra of Wales performs Geek Musique: Sounds of Sci-Fi [3.30pm] and Geek Musique: Cult TV Classics [9pm] on the 25 March at St David’s Hall. Tickets: £15-37. For further information and to book visit bbc.co.uk/now or call the BBC NOW Audience Line on 0800 052 1812.