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24 July 2014
Pet Shop Boys performed the world premiere of “A Man From The Future”, their evocation of the life of computer pioneer Alan Turing, last night at the Royal Albert Hall in London before a sell-out audience. The work is in eight sections which were narrated by actress Juliet Stevenson:
1. Natural wonders every child should know
2. He dreamed of machines
3. The Enigma
4. Other ranks
5. The memory and the control
6. The trial
7. Only in his death
8. A man from the future
The voice of former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, was heard in the last section, recorded especially for this performance. Juliet Stevenson narrated from within a specially constructed booth to ensure vocal clarity over the music. The BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC Singers were conducted by Dominic Wheeler. Neil Tennant sang alongside the BBC Singers while Chris Lowe played keyboards and electronics behind him and next to PSB programmer Pete Gleadall. The sound for the concert was mixed by PSB sound engineer, Holger Schwark. At the end of the performance the audience gave a standing ovation and Neil, Chris, Dominic Wheeler and Juliet Stevenson were joined onstage by Turing biographer and PSB collaborator, Andrew Hodges, and orchestrator Sven Helbig.
Before this, the audience heard the live premiere of the “Overture to ‘Performance’”, arranged by Richard Niles for the 1991 PSB tour, and then “Four songs in A minor”, arranged by Angelo Badalamenti and sung by Chrissie Hynde. The four songs were: “Love is a catastrophe”, “Later tonight”, “Vocal” and “Rent”. The last song was performed as a duet with Neil Tennant.
The entire concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and introduced by Sara Mohr-Pietsch. In the transition between “Four songs” and “A Man From The Future”, an interview with Andrew Hodges was broadcast. The entire programme can be heard for the next 30 days on the BBC iPlayer (link below).
Listen on the BBC iPlayer
Evening Standard (review)
The Guardian (review)
Daily Telegraph (review)
The Independent (review)
- 24 July 2014
- Last night's Prom
The Tennant/Lowe/Hodges tribute to Turing is premiered.
- 23 July 2014
- A Man From The Future
The world premiere at the BBC Proms in London takes place tonight.
- 19 July 2014
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- 2 July 2014
- Second Sage show announced
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Starlite Festival, Marbella, Spain
- 01 August 2014
Plaza La Laboral, Gijon, Spain
- 03 August 2014
Cap Roig Festival, Girona, Spain
- 07 August 2014
Smukfest Festival Skandeborg, Skandeborg, Denmark
- 09 August 2014
Lokerse Festival, Lokeren, Belgium
- 10 August 2014
TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
- 11 August 2014
TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
- 13 August 2014
Karlin Hall, Prague, Czech Republic
- 15 August 2014
Smukfest Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
- 29 August 2014
Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Ireland
On this day
1995: 'Paninaro '95' is released as a single.
2001: The Pet Shop Boys continue working on 'E-mail' and record overdubs for 'Birthday Boy.'
2002: They perform in Hong Kong.
2004: They perform at the Storsjoyran Festival in Ostersund, Sweden.
2007: Neil and Chris arrive in Spain in preparation for their performance two nights later at the Freedom 2007 festival in Malaga.
2008: A busy day during which, among other things, the Boys do a Radio 4 interview and give record company representatives a preview of several tracks from their next album (which hasn't yet been given its ultimate title, Yes).
2010: They make their South Korean concert debut at the Jisan Valley Rock Festival in Icheon, about an hour's drive from Seoul.
19 April 2014
Lyric of the day
Tonight, tonight, tonight, tonight
tonight is the first night
We don't need any more when we dance
I don't think of the future tonight
From Tonight is forever