Doctor Who's 50th anniversary to be celebrated with BBC Prom


The Tardis is coming to the Royal Albert Hall as Doctor Who's 50th anniversary is celebrated during this year's Proms.

The concerts, which begin on July 12 and run for two months, include a series of appearances by Nigel Kennedy, a complete performance of Wagner's Ring Cycle and a special urban music night starring Laura Mvula and Maverick Sabre.

Kennedy returns for three performances including two on one night when he will appear on stage at the Royal Albert Hall during the last night and at the Proms in the Park in Hyde Park.

The Doctor Who Prom, which runs over two nights, will include scenes from the long-running science-fiction show soundtracked with music written by its teenage fans.

A 6 Music Prom, put together by the station's Steve Lamacq and Radio 3's Tom Service will include performances by Cerys Matthews, Laura Marling and punk veterans The Stranglers.

There will also be gospel choirs, orchestras and soloists from around the world, music from the big screen and a performance of Stravinsky's The Rite Of Spring.

Roger Wright, director of BBC Proms and controller of BBC Radio 3, said: "The BBC Proms is the world's largest and longest-running music festival which, over eight weeks every summer, welcomes the world's leading orchestras, conductors and soloists.

"With £5 Promming tickets for the eighth year running and more ways than ever for people to enjoy the events in person, on radio, television and online, the BBC's ongoing commitment to running the festival allows the Proms to be one of the best value-for-money experiences anywhere.

"From Wagner's Ring Cycle to a celebration of urban music, it is a festival where there is something for everyone to enjoy."

Highlights of the concerts will be broadcast on BBC One, Two, Three and Four as well as on radio.