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Proms, recitals, requiems, and Daleks

Rob Court at RAHUniversity Organist Robert Court, a familiar sight at graduation each year, will be fitting in his upcoming duties at St David’s Hall around a very busy summer of Proms, recitals, requiems, and Daleks.

Doctor Who returns to the Proms this year to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary with a musical journey through the series that will feature special guests, big screens and a host of monsters.

Rob, an associate tutor at the School of Music, will be playing the organ with BBC National Orchestra of Wales for the sold-out shows on 13 and 14 July. Murray Gold’s music from the series will be showcased along with the early groundbreaking work of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and other music from the 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.

Following on from organ duties at all 13 of the University’s graduation ceremonies (15-19 July), Rob will be back at St David’s Hall for the Welsh Proms on 22nd July. He’ll be joining organist and Cardiff alumnus Jeffrey Howard to perform organ duets, music for organ and piano, and even music for organ and iPad (possibly a world first!). Tickets are available from St David’s Hall.

Rob will also be playing organ continuo with BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the National Eisteddfod in Denbigh on 3rd August. 

Rob has already had a busy summer with performance activities including accompanying end-of-year recitals for 30 of our undergraduate students, recording for a television programme on the Requiem genre to be broadcast later in the year, harpsichord continuo for the popular BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, and recording with Julian Lloyd Webber and Cardiff alumnus Karl Jenkins for BBC’s Songs of Praise.

Image caption: Rob Court pictured at the Royal Albert Hall organ when he performed at a Doctor Who prom in 2010.