Love Doctor Who, love the theme music - this is hardwired into the DNA of most Brits. So clever old BBC leaned on this genetic flaw in July to work up a bit of a musical education for the masses with the Doctor Who Proms. On Monday, 6 September at 8.30pm the concert is broadcast on BBC 3 and on iPlayer soon afterwards, we guess …
"...And let's not forget Holst's Mars."
Nor let us forget that it has its own movie connection; the Imperial March from Star Wars is a variation on it.
And a BBC TV science fiction connection
It's the (first) music for [Quatermass].
Oh, and it's about another planet (astrologically speaking).
What is a prom?
Ok in the US a prom is a dance for high school kids.
no use for a title
They are not talking about a prom but 'the proms.' I think it's short for promenade but it's just a concert featuring classical music. I'm wikipedia would put it much better than me.
The Promenade Concert series started by Henry Wood in the 1890s.
Accessible "proper" music presented to the masses and has become a major institution in the UK.
They're a season of summer concerts, held annually and often broadcast on the BBC, particularly the Last Night. I think the Boston Pops does something similar in the US, IIRC.
These concerts are unusual in that you can 'Prom', i.e. listen standing up in an area with no seats - either immediately in front of the orchestra or way up in the Gallery at the top of the building. Tickets cost £5 - half the price of the cheapest seats. Some Prom tickets are sold in advance in the form of season tickets for half or all of the concerts, but most are sold on the day and you can just turn up and queue.
It's like an American concert
Except the music is classical, quality and each piece lasts longer than 90 seconds.
same word, different meaning
A 'promenade' concert is one where the audience can wander around, in and out and (in the 19th C at least), make assignations with their mistress or trollop while being at a perfectly respectable event.
In the 18th century a "promenade" social was an event where people would walk around e.g. Bath or Edinburgh showing off their best clothes, mingling socially without introduction or formalities, and make assignations with their mistress or trollop while being at a perfectly respectable event.
In Edwardian times, a 'promenade' was a paved area near the sea-side where the newly leisured lower and middle classes could stroll around taking the air, and meeting other people informally, and make assignations with their mistress or trollop while being at a perfectly respectable event.
Now what was that about american teenagers again?
To our visitors from over the pond...
Prom is short for promenade concert, a term which arose from the original practice of audience members promenading, or strolling, in some areas of the concert hall during the concert. Promming now refers to the use of the standing areas inside the hall (the arena and gallery) for which ticket prices are much lower than for the reserved seating.
I could be arsed to scribble the above myself so nicked it from wikipedia.
Didn't you listen to it on Radio Three a few weeks ago when it was broadcast live?
No, because I was there, standing in the arena! It was very interesting to hear the incidental music with accompanying scenes from the series but no dialogue to get in the way. Very much looking forward to seeing the TV version.
Also on BBC HD:
Sat, Sep 11, 05:25 PM to 06:25 PM
90 minute version
There's a 90 minute version on on the 10th, according to the Doctor Who site.
Not the first Dr. Who Prom
The Doctor Whow Prom started in 2008. Here's an exert
Half of Holst's Planet's suite was nicked by Williams for Star Wars, not a bad thing too as it's a brilliant piece of music.
Pardon my ignorance,
but, is it Orff's cat that is longing for tuna?
The classical bits...
... might not be included tonight. I read somewhere that tonight's show is edited to show only the Whovian bits. The full-length concert gets transmitted another day.