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This year’s series of Prom concerts in London’s Royal Albert Hall includes a special tribute to the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. The musical extravaganzas are broadcast on the BBC – normally both Radio 3 and BBC Four – and this special one will feature:
‘Music from the Doctor Who series including the Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen Suite No. 2, Debussy’s ‘La fille aux cheveux de lin’ and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor.’
So exactly how they will shoehorn in the musical abilities of Carradale’s Lorne MacDougall is an enticing and exciting prospect. He announced a few days ago:
‘I’m playing at the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Prom at the Albert Hall along with the National Orchestra of Wales, Matt Smith and guests from the series.’
For any musician this would be a spectacular coup. But those who know Lorne well have come to learn that the only thing that keeps him away from a lively session in the Ben Nevis, or similar Glasgow saloon, is the latest episode of Doctor Who. ‘Superfan’ probably sums him up, such is his affection for and knowledge of the programme. So it’s great news for this talented musician that he’s been selected to perform at a prestigious Prom concert, one that will itself be a homage to British institution.
Talented across a range of instruments, Lorne will be playing the bagpipes on this occasion. This latest addition to his musical CV comes after his contribution to last year’s Disney hit animation, Brave.
The exact channel is still to be confirmed, but the Saturday 13th July Doctor Who Prom broadcast looks like it might be on BBC ONE.