Thursday, 24 April 2014

Pet Shop Boys: A Man From The Future

The opening night of the Late Night Proms will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on July 23rd, as part of the BBC Proms series, and will consist of music by Pet Shop Boys performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Dominic Wheeler.

The concert will be in three parts. Firstly Richard Niles' 1991 'Overture to Performance'. Then a guest vocalist and the orchestra will perform new arrangements by the film composer Angelo Badalamenti of some of Neil and Chris's most personal songs.

Finally the orchestra will be joined by Pet Shop Boys and the BBC Singers for the world premiere of a brand-new work by Tennant and Lowe, 'A Man From The Future'. This is an evocation of the life and work of the computer pioneer and code-breaker, Alan Turing and is written for orchestra, choir, electronics and a narrator with a text based on 'Alan Turing: The Enigma' by Andrew Hodges who has collaborated with Neil and Chris. The orchestrations are by Sven Helbig. The narrator is still to be confirmed.

Neil and Chris said: "It is an honour for us to be invited to present some new music at The Proms and to celebrate Alan Turing 60 years after his death." Andrew Hodges said: “It's just been wonderful working with Neil and Chris on this project”.

Judging by their last two albums, the Boys are on a roll now, so this could be stonking.
'Darling, you were wonderful' etc etc.

You can hear He Dreamed Of Machines here, and here are Neil and Chris talking about Turing with Graham Norton.

Codebreaker, a new choral work about Turing by James McCarthy, has its world premiere at London's Barbican on Saturday. This hasn't got quite so much publicity as the Pets.

PS I know it's over but, PSB should stop doing all that silly big hat things and so flamboyant costumes when touring.
It looks like you're trying too hard now.
Thanks for not asking.


  1. Andrew Hodges most ridiculous gay academic ever, his University of Oxford page used to have a link to his Gaydar with a load of naked pics and a lot of the biography stuff about Alan Turing on his website is wank fantasy about what he got up to with the other boys at boarding school.