Friday, 25 April 2014

All the classics

From The Guardian:
A new work by the Pet Shop Boys exploring the life and work of wartime codebreaker Alan Turing is to get its world première at this year's Proms, the 120th edition of the world's biggest music festival.

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe will perform A Man from the Future at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of Prom 8 with the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers...

Pet Shop Boys' homage to Turing – who played a crucial role in breaking the German Enigma code during the Second World War – comes 60 years after he killed himself. Turing took his own life after he was prosecuted for his homosexuality. He finally received a posthumous pardon on Christmas Eve last year.

While Tennant and Lowe have performed snippets from the new work before, it will be heard in full for the first time on 23rd July. The Prom will also feature new orchestral arrangements of five Pet Shop Boys' songs by the film composer Angelo Badalamenti.
From their symphony, here's He Dreamed of Machines:

Other pop acts making their début at this years Proms two-month season of 92 concerts are singer-songwriters Paloma Faith and Rufus Wainwright. Here's the launch video for the BBC Proms season 2014:

Mr Wainwright will also be appearing on stage in Hyde Park in September for the season-closing spectacle that is Proms in the Park - one of our gang's favourite events in our Season Calendar. But the big news is the headline act for that day-long outing... none other than '70s superstars Earth, Wind and Fire! Wow...

So, continuing today's "Thank Disco It's Friday" musical theme, here are the gentlemen themselves (much, much younger of course) with the able accompaniment of The Emotions (whatever happened to them?) and Boogie Wonderland:

I can't wait!


  1. Pet Shop Boys, Paloma Faith and Earth, Wind & Fire - not bad!

    Have a great weekend!

    1. And I haven't even started looking at all the actual classical stuff yet...

      Have a good one, dear! jX

  2. I'll mention the Proms in the Park line-up to Grumpy … x

    1. I fully expect to see him, replete with gold lamé cloak and platform boots :-)


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