Pet Shop Boys Salute Alun Turing

With special orchestral show...
Pet Shop Boys

Alun Turing's life and work remain emotive topics.

An astute mathematician, the English scientist helped break the famous Enigma codes before laying down some of the groundwork theory utilised in home computers.

Tragically, Alun Turing was also gay. Found guilty of homosexuality, the scientist committed suicide rather than face chemical sterilisation.

Now Pet Shop Boys are set to pay their respect to the mathematician. Part of the opening night of the Late Night Proms, the duo's performance will be split into three parts.

Opening with a special rendition of Richard Niles' 1991 'Overture to Performance' - an orchestral medley of Pet Shop Boys songs commissioned for their first world tour - the show continues with new orchestral arrangements by the film composer Angelo Badalamenti focussing on some of the pair's most personal material.

Finally, Pet Shop Boys themselves will take to the stage for the world premiere of 'A Man From The Future'. Written for orchestra, choir, electronics and a narrator, the text was based on 'Alan Turing: The Enigma' by Andrew Hodges - with Hodges himself assisting in the production.

Pet Shop Boys said: "It is an honour for us to be invited to present some new music at The Proms and to celebrate Alan Turing 60 years after his death."

Andrew Hodges said: "It's just been wonderful working with Neil and Chris on this project."

Pet Shop Boys are set to open the Late Night Proms on July 23rd. Tickets go on sale from 9am on May 17th.

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