The challenge was for secondary school students to create their own musical soundtrack for a scene from Doctor Who, to be performed at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The winners – two in each of the categories, junior (11-14) and senior (14-16), attended a workshop with Ben Foster, the orchestrator and conductor of Murray Gold’s music for Doctor Who, and Samuel Thompson the orchestration coordinator for the television series. The workshop was held earlier this month at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios, former home of the BBC Radiophone Workshop, and the place where much of the soundtrack to the classic series was created, including the iconic theme music.
Winners of the Junior Category (11-14) were William and Jordan of the Biddulph High School in Stoke-on-Trent, who commented
Being big fans of Doctor Who, it is great to have our music recognised on the BBC Proms stage. We are now really looking forward to the Doctor Who Proms that are kicking off the season.Winners of the Junior Category (14-16) were Gabe and Matthew of Cirencester Deer Park School in Gloucestershire, who said
This is an amazing experience and a fantastic opportunity, particularly working with Ben and Sam to gain a real insight into this side of the music world. This experience has inspired us to work in this wonderful field of music-making and we are so looking forward to hearing our piece at the Proms.The jury which included Executive Editor Music Television BBC Cymru Wales Paul Bullock, composer Anna Meredith and conductor Ben Foster were extremely impressed by the quality of music submitted. Paul Bullock commented:
I was really impressed with the quality, creativity and individuality of the work submitted. The vivid imagination displayed across the wide range of entries truly captures the spirit of the Doctor Who series and I can’t wait to see the winners’ works come to life at the Proms!The 2013 Proms season starts on Friday 12 July with Prom 2 and Prom 3 featuring some of the music from Doctor Who.