Prom 13: Pioneers of Sound

Event Date: Monday 23 July 2018 - 10.15pm
Address: Royal Albert Hall

Delia Derbyshire, The Delian Mode
Chaines, Knockturning (world premiere of new arrangement for orchestra)
Spiegel, Only Night Thoughts (world premiere)
Suzanne Ciani, Improvisation on Four Sequences
Daphne Oram, Still Point (world premiere of revised version)

The London Contemporary Orchestra leads a late-night tribute to the legacy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop – pioneers of experimental electronic music – which includes Daphne Oram’s groundbreaking Still Point and music by RW stalwart Delia Derbyshire.

Daphne Oram’s visionary Still Point fills the cavernous space of the Royal Albert Hall for the first time in the premiere of a revised realisation based on recently discovered archive material. Composed in 1949 – almost a decade before Oram co-founded the BBC Radiophonic Workshop – the piece was possibly the first to combine a live orchestra with live electronic manipulations, here played via turntables.

Still Point forms the centrepiece of a late-night sonic exploration that features work by Delia Derbyshire – another Radiophonic Workshop pioneer who achieved cult status for her electronic arrangement of the Doctor Who TV theme – as well as new works inspired by the Radiophonic legacy.

There will be no interval

Suzanne Ciani
Shiva Feshareki, Turntables/Electronics
James Bulley, Live Mix/Electronics
London Contemporary Orchestra
Robert Ames, Conductor