Notes from the Orchestra

Laura Sinnerton, viola player for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and blogger for the BBC’s Wales Music site had been sharing a few secrets behind the recordings for the Doctor Who soundtrack.

While it may sound exciting to be providing the emotional and dramatic heft to those all important moments in an average Doctor Who episode, recording these moments can be anything but.

So Laura has decide to dispel a few studio recording myths. Firstly, she never gets to see any of the episodes:

“You know that wonderful scene in The Pandorica Opens when the Doctor gives an epic Churchillian speech from atop a boulder at Stonehenge? We did not see that.”

However because of the organisation and focus of composer Murray Gold and Session Director Ben Foster, these Doctor Who sessions are seemingly painless affairs. More importantly, they also coincide with ‘cake day’! Cake and Doctor Who; it’s like every Saturday of my life! Snacks-acoricofallapatorious get in touch! (With the orchestra I mean, not me, well actually…)

To read more bubble bursting facts about recording soundtracks, such as the unforgiving click track and the omnipresent fear of that moment when the red light flashes and recording begins, visit Laura’s BBC blog.


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