Workshoprecreates some classics

The Radiophonic Workshop emerge from the studio for their first live tour, taking in St George’s Church, Brighton on March 23.

Wednesday, 19th March 2014, 8:38 am

Famed for their landmark sound design and musical themes for the BBC’s Doctor Who, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Timewatch, Newsround and Quatermass , they are regarded as the pioneers of electronica.

Spokesman Ian Sparkes said: “In a first for the legendary composers, the Workshop recreate some of their best-known music live alongside new tracks from their forthcoming album of collaborations entitled Electricity.

“The Regeneration Tour features original BBC Radiophonic Workshop personnel Paddy Kingsland, Roger Limb, Peter Howell & Dr Dick Mills with Mark Ayres as MD and ex-Prodigy sideman Kieron Pepper joining on drums.

“The show includes classic footage from the archives along with tributes to legendary Workshop composers Delia Derbyshire and John Baker. Always at the forefront of technology and sound design, selected live appearances will be augmented with 3D surround sound using state-of-the art spatial technology to immerse the audience.”

Dick Mills, founder member of the Workshop, helped realise the original Doctor Who Theme in 1963.

“As the senior player in this Radiophonic Band I’ve travelled through time and space with that well-known Doctor many times. But this is a real journey into the unknown for all of us. For most of our careers we have remained unseen, a supporting part of someone else’s TV or radio programs.

“Taking the music out of the Workshop means simply being ourselves as performers, sound designers and musicians and, of course, there’s the huge adrenalin rush of it being live! It’s going to be a thrill to meet audiences wherever they are and whatever dimension they are from!”