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Doctor Who returns to BBC Proms

The Tardis © BBC/M.Allan

Doctor Who returns to the BBC Proms in 2010 with brand-new Time Lord Matt Smith and his assistant, Karen Gillan, both joining the family spectacular in person.

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, who record the sound-tracks for the series, provide intergalactic music such as Murray Gold's music from the TV show, plus a selection of classical favourites, including Wagner's Ride Of The Valkyries, Holst's Mars, from The Planets, and Orff's Carmina Burnana.

Doctor Who first came to the Proms in 2008 and proved to be one of the hottest tickets that season – this year one of the performances will be broadcast by BBC Three.

The August Bank Holiday also boasts two more big family concerts – a morning Children's Prom offers a dazzling journey through the life and times of the orchestra, including plenty of surprises and opportunities to take part along the way, while the National Children's Chamber Orchestra and the National Youth Chamber Orchestra, join the young professionals of the Aurora Orchestra and conductor Nicholas Collon in this kid's extravaganza.

In the evening, the BBC Concert Orchestra teams up with Keith Lockhart, long-time conductor of the Boston Pops, for English classics and US pizzazz. He leads a giant audience-participation moment, in You Must Remember This – A Cinematic Singalong, and a Proms Family Orchestra and Chorus made up of families from Cornwall and London join the full forces of the BBC Concert Orchestra to perform the world premiere of PK, a BBC commission from Graham Fitkin.

Families in Cornwall are invited to join London families to perform a new BBC commission from Graham Fitkin, as part of an ambitious Family Orchestra and Chorus event with the BBC Concert Orchestra on Bank Holiday Monday (30 August).

This builds on the success of last year's project, which put a Proms Family Orchestra at the heart of a Royal Albert Hall Proms concert for the first time when families from Salford and London joined the BBC Philharmonic in the Free Prom.

The Proms Plus series at the Royal College of Music presents lots of ways for kids and families to get involved. Seven Family Music Intros offer dynamic, participatory workshops. Led by a team of presenters and musicians from the performing orchestras, these events reveal the stories and highlights of the concerts that they precede.

There are a further six Proms Family Orchestra events, inviting family members of all ages and abilities to sit alongside professional musicians and singers to make music.

For the first time, the BBC Proms is teaming up with the Royal College of Music Learning programme, RCM SPARKS, to offer a whole programme of different musical activities for six- to 18-year-olds throughout the season.

The BBC Proms is the world's biggest classical music festival, featuring concerts by world-renowned artists, taking place daily over two months every summer at London's Royal Albert Hall.

For 116 years, the festival has been introducing audiences to the imaginative world of classical music in a relaxed and informal way and, in recent years, putting on more and more concerts and free events for families.

There are more ways than ever for children to learn, participate and be inspired throughout the season and seats for all 89 BBC Proms concerts (excluding the Last Night of the Proms) are half price for under-16s.

Tickets are now available online at bbc.co.uk/proms, by telephone: 0845 401 5040 and in person at the Royal Albert Hall.

Listings

Friday 23 July
5.30pm: Proms Plus, Royal College of Music
Family Music Intro – Rachel Leach and member of the BBC Philharmonic offer a family introduction to tonight's concert (BBC Philharmonic/Vassily Sinaisky). Bring your instrument and join in!

Saturday 24 July
Proms Plus, Royal College of Music
2pm: Proms Family Orchestra and Chorus. You know how the theme tune to Doctor Who goes, now come and play it!

5.45pm: Proms Intro. Join members of the Doctor Who sound design team to discover how they create the stunning soundscapes for the BBC TV series. Presented by Matthew Sweet.

7.30-c.9.30pm – Doctor Who Prom
Karen Gillan (the Doctor's companion, Amy Pond) and Matt Smith (the Doctor) host an intergalactic musical adventure featuring Murray Gold's music from the TV series, plus a selection of classical favourites.

Sunday 25 July
11am-c.1.00pm: Doctor Who Prom
(See above)

Proms Plus, Royal College of Music
1.45pm: Proms Family Orchestra and Chorus You know how the theme tune to Doctor Who goes, now come and play it!

Thursday 29 July
5pm: Proms Plus, Royal College of Music
Family Music Intro Explore the music of tonight's three great composers (Wagner, Beethoven and Dvořák) with conductor (and mentor from the BBC's Maestro series) Matthew Rowe.

Bring your instrument to play along with musicians from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Saturday 31 July
Proms Plus, Royal College of Music
1pm: Proms Family Orchestra and Chorus
A Sondheim-themed Family Orchestra and Chorus session

Tuesday 10 August
5.30pm: Proms Plus, Royal College of Music
Family Music Intro. Join Rachel Leach and members of tonight's visiting orchestra (Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin) as they bring alive this evening's programme with stories behind the music, participation and live examples. Bring your instrument along and join in.

Sunday 15 August
Proms Plus, Royal College of Music
1pm: Proms Family Orchestra and Chorus. Join us for a Russian-themed workshop.

Wednesday 18 August
5.30pm: Proms Plus, Royal College of Music
Family Music Intro. Bring your instrument and play along with musicians from the Russian National Orchestra, as Fraser Trainer leads you through music by tonight's composers (Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky).

Sunday 22 August
Proms Plus Royal College of Music
1pm: Proms Family Orchestra and Chorus Celebrate the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein, in the 50th anniversary of Hammerstein's death.

5.30pm: Family Music Intro. Join Rachel Leach and musicians from the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a family workshop designed to uncover the secrets and delights of tonight's concert. Bring an instrument and join in.

Thursday 26 August
5pm: Proms Plus, Royal College of Music
Family Music Intro Join Fraser Trainer on a journey through tonight's Prom. Bring your instrument to join in with musicians from the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Monday 30 August
11am-c.12.30pm: Childrens Prom
(See above)

Proms Plus, Royal College of Music
1.30pm: Proms Family Orchestra and Chorus, the last of the season.

5pm: Family Music Intro. A family-friendly introduction to tonight's Prom.

7-c.9pm: BBC Concert Orchestra Prom
(See above)

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