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10 September 2010
Concert-goers were taken on a journey through time and space at a special Dr Who BBC Proms Concert recently.
Hosted by Karen Gillan – the show’s Amy Pond – the concert took a musical tour of the Doctor’s Universe.
The show already has many connections with Cardiff University, and University organist Robert Court provided another. He was playing the organ for the concert, as part of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Robert, also an associate tutor at the School of Music, played a specially composed organ part in music from the most recent Dr. Who series. The Prom, held at the Albert Hall, has just been televised on BBC television.
Robert said: "This was a thrilling event to be involved in – complete with monsters, daleks and, of course, Dr Who and his companions. Rehearsing was also a surreal experience – I found I had the whole Albert Hall to myself at midnight and beyond!"
Robert has made two appearances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at this year’s proms. For the second, he was playing harpsichord in a suite of pieces by the French Baroque composer Rameau, and then on the organ again for Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" in an unusual version orchestrated by Sir Henry Wood, the founder of the proms. The piece uses a massive orchestra and included a short quiet organ solo for Robert.
With its production based in Cardiff, Dr Who has used many locations around the University as scenes for the Doctor’s adventures.
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