Join us for a special evening in our Elgar Room with the legendary Radiophonic Workshop – a group described as ‘the British Kraftwerk’ by the NME and cited by Sir Paul McCartney as an influence on The Beatles.
The show was streamed LIVE from the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room from 8pm on Saturday 26 May. You can still view the live stream here:
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This one-off performance, sponsored by the UK Space Agency, is taking place as part of the Hall’s Festival of Science: Space, and our multi-camera set-up aims to capture the magic of some of music’s most influential pioneers performing live in concert.
Drawing on the principles of musique concréte, early electronics, oscillators, handmade equipment, synths and crude tape loops, the Workshop created the other-worldly soundtracks and sound effects for some of the BBC’s most iconic programmes, including Horizon, Quatermass, Newsround, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Delia Derbyshire’s iconic Doctor Who Theme.
The Workshop was founded in 1958 by Desmond Briscoe and Daphne Oram as a home to a maverick group of experimental composers, sound engineers and musical innovators. They have found a new generation of fans since reforming in 2013, and released Burials In Several Earths, a brand new album of improvised electronica, in 2017.